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!

Put it all together with Applied Jazz Theory »

You've studied some theory, can read a little music and are feeling good about your scales so now is the time really sink your teeth into playing the tunes and improvising. David Jennings will share his vast knowledge of the genre and provide a solidly focused course of study for any melody instruments.

Applied Jazz Theory for All Instruments »   David's website »   

List of All Jazz Classes (32 found)

Jazz Dance

Dance  |  Group ClassOpen to All

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $150 ($140 members)

Friday with Nancy Teinowitz

Jazz steps and combinations to a variety of popular music!

JUMP RHYTHM® Technique

Dance  |  Group ClassOpen to AllNew!

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $150 ($140 members)

Monday with Billy Siegenfeld

Join us in this class making joyously rhythm-charged body music!

Musical Theater Dance

Dance  |  Group ClassIntermediate

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $150 ($140 members)

Monday with Nancy Teinowitz

Taught by Jeff nominated choreographer Nancy Teinowitz, Musical Theatre Dance will teach you to be at your best for auditions and performances!

Americana Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Skip Landt

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s but includes songs from the folk revival and beyond.

Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Work collectively on scales, arpeggios and basic improvisation.

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

Voices and instruments join together to play this infectious music.

Godfathers of Funk & R&B

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

Session 2: Chicago Soul Greats

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

Come join the Hot Club of Lincoln Square.

Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday or Thursday with David Jennings or Jack Cassidy

You've learned the chops and charts and now it's time to play with others.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Sunday with Manny Bances

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

New Orleans Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Radiators and all flavors in between.

Lead Guitar Basics

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday or Friday with Charles Kim or Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Building Chord Vocabulary: Beyond Bar Chords

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

This and other musicianship classes are 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.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Time to take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

Learn this specific style of playing and it will inform all of your guitar playing from now on.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

A Conversation with Guitar Legend John Pisano

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Saturday with Staff

Exploring The Guitar With Modes

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Sunday with Nathaniel Braddock

Jazz Guitar Clinic with Mike Moreno

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Saturday with Staff

Bass Guitar 3

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

Begin to apply general music theory and expand your techniques and vocabulary.

Bass Guitar 4

Bass  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 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.

Crash Bass 2 Expanding Your Toolkit

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

A brief overview of musical genres because it's all about the Bass.

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

This class is offered on a rotating basis. We'll return in the fall.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Applied Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Monday with David Jennings

You've learned the scales and chords, now it's time to take it to the bandstand.

Introduction to Jazz Singing

Voice  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

This class is offered alternately with Jazz Singing Techniques. If it's not available for this session, it will be coming around for the next one!

Jazz Singing Techniques

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

This class is offered alternately with Intro to Jazz Singing. If it's not available for this session, it will be coming around for the next one!

Jazz Vocals - Art of the Duo

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 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  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

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