Jazz Classes



Been playing or singing a while now? Ready for some jazz? Well, we're ready for you.

Now that you've built up some skills (perhaps in a basic guitar or voice class), you're ready to move onto one of Old Town School's jazz classes!

Our talented staff has put together a terrific set of classes with opportunities for you to work on individual instrument or vocal skills, or to move to the next level and begin negotiating the dynamics of a group setting. So, turn off that turntable and check out our jazz program - it's comfortable, it's professional, it's your next step!

Jazz Language for All Instruments »

Developing a solid understanding of jazz theory will enhance your music ability regardless of the genres that you play. Dave Jennings presents a clear and tangible overview of harmonic motion and analysis in a very mellow setting. Walk away a better musician after 8 weeks or stick around for the follow up course, Applied Jazz Theory. Mondays at 6:30.

Jazz Language for All Instruments »   Jack Cassidy »   

Play Jazz Guitar at Old Town School »

Jazz is an indigenous music form of the United States revered and enjoyed around the world. Take your guitar playing to the next level by learning Jazz Guitar right here in the friendly confines of the Old Town School. Increase chord and scale vocabulary and delve into musical improvisation. The renown Tony do Rosario offers classes Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar »   Jazz Guitar 1 »   Jazz Guitar 2  »   Tony do Rosario »   

Intro to Gypsy Jazz Guitar »

Learn basic comping skills and chord voicings in the style of the great Django Reinhardt. Add a new dimension to your guitar playing and perhaps join the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble in the future. Michael O'Toole is a multi-instrumentalist who has played all sorts of music in this country and others.

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar »   Michael O'Toole »   

List of All Jazz Classes (26 found)

Jazz Language for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Jack Cassidy

talk the talk and walk the walk

Jazz Dance Styles

Dance  |  Group ClassOpen to AllNew!

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $76 ($71 members)

Monday or Friday with Nancy Teinowitz

This new class features a new style each 4 weeks!

Musical Theater Dance: Int/Adv

Dance  |  Group ClassIntermediate

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Kim Davis with your contact information.

Miles Davis Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Jack Cassidy

Beginning Jazz Lab

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

This is the class to build your chops in.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $232 ($222 members)

Tuesday with Jack Cassidy

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Brazilian Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio or Heitor Garcia

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Jazz Ensemble Improv 1

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Now we're starting to really play this stuff!

Jazz Ensemble Improv 2

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Let's get good and serious.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz performance will inform your jazz study.

Latin Grooves and Roots Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

Add some spicy flavorings to whatever style you play: Jamming with Latin Roots music and contemporary funky fusions.

Windy City Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson or Steve Hutchins

Let's go beyond bar chords and learn to respond fearlessly to any chart.

Sinatra on Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Steve Hutchins

Spice up your repertoire with classics from the American Songbook. Come on baby!

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Jazz Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

8 chord shapes will enable you to start playing in this style

Gypsy Jazz Guitar Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bass Guitar 4

Bass  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class is offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

The Magic of Chord Twins for Ukulele

Ukulele  |  WorkshopOpen to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with James Hill

Join renowned ukulele master, James Hill, for a unique workshop before his Old Town School performance.

Jazz Vocals - Art of the Duo

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($212 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Swing Vocal Harmony

Voice  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000