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 »   

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 (28 found)

Jazz Guitar Clinic with Peter Bernstein

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediate

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

Sunday with Peter Bernstein

Peter Bernstein is one of the most sought after jazz guitarist in the last two decades. Peter will share some of his views on playing jazz guitar in a group and solo situation. He will also shed some light on topics such as chord voicings and improvising over standards.

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.

Steely Dan Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Cathy Norden

So won't you smile for the camera… we know you're gonna love it

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.

Memphis/New Orleans Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

From Ragtime to the Beale Street all flavors in between.

Windy City Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

Connect with your metropolitan roots!

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

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)

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday 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)

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  ·  $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)

This class is offered on a rotating basis.
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 Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

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.

Jazz Vocals - Art of the Duo

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Jazz Vocals is currently offered in the summer session only. Check back with us in early May for our summer class schedule.

Swing Vocal Harmony

Voice  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

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