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!

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 »   

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 (28 found)

Studio - Jazz Dance: Intermediate

Dance  |  Group ClassIntermediate

75 minutes

Wednesday or Thursday with Nancy Teinowitz

Jazz steps and combinations to a variety of popular music!

Musical Theater Dance: Int/Adv

Dance  |  Group ClassIntermediate

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 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!

Beginning Jazz Lab

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 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  ·  $224 ($214 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  ·  $216 ($206 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  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $208 ($198 members)

Monday with David Jennings

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

Jazz Ensemble Improv 1

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Now we're starting to really play this stuff!

Jazz Ensemble Improv 2

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $200 ($190 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  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Radiators and all flavors in between.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Thursday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson or Steve Hutchins

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

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday or 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  ·  $196 ($186 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  ·  $196 ($186 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  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Luciano Antonio

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

Brazilian Guitar Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 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  ·  $196 ($186 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  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

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

Jazz Guitar and Bass Clinic

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Saturday with Ben Allison or Steve Cardenas Cardenas

Robben Ford Guitar Clinic

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

480 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $200 ($200 members)

Friday with Staff

A all day clinic with one of the greats. Early registration $200 until May 15.

Standards Made Easy

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Barbara Silverman

Let's get together and play the good old good ones

Bass Guitar 4

Bass  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 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.

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 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  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with David Jennings

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

Jazz Vocals - Art of the Duo

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 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  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

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