Alums and current participants of the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop 2013 join professional players onstage at the Drew Chapin Memorial Jazz Jam Session held on August 6, 2013 in Central Park, Grayslake.
Our next 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam session will take place on Sunday, Nov 13th from 4-5:30 at the Chapin Jazz Studio. All improvisers and listeners are welcome. See flyer. Our coached tune will be Miles Davis's So What. Get the lead sheets here. Playalong tracks here.
In October, the coached tune was Joe Henderson's Recordame (access playalong tracks here). Players included Johann on trombone, Kyle on alto sax, Damien and Gareth on tenor sax, Ethan on trumpet, Jonah on clarinet, and Griffin on drums. The group also played Mercy Mercy, Watermelon Man, and Song for My Father, and they improvised some great horn backgrounds behind the soloists. Thanks to Jim Jacobs for helping everyone follow the tune forms, and thanks to Tim, Regina, and Gareth Fullin for bringing in the Hammond B-3 keyboard for me to play with--it provided a fun new sound for the jam.
The Chapin Jazz Studio, located in downtown Grayslake, offers private lessons, improv coaching, workshops, and jam sessions...
- for students of all ages interested in learning to play jazz piano
- for instrumentalists wanting to improve their improvisation
- for musicians who want real-world experience playing in a jazz combo.
The studio is equipped with a Yamaha acoustic piano, multiple electronic keyboards, an upright and electric bass, drum set, amps, music stands, and computing devices--everything individuals and groups need to advance in their study of jazz and improvisation.
Bill Chapin brings to this creative learning environment more than 30 years as a jazz pianist, educator, and learning technology specialist. Musically, Bill continues to advance his own skills as a jazz piano performer and improviser through ongoing study, steady work at area clubs, and teaching. Bill also founded and co-leads the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop. This summer program provides opportunities for jazz students in grades 7-adult to develop their improvisational skills in a jazz combo.
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