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 (37 found)

Bass Guitar 3

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 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  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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 ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

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

How to Build Bass Lines

Bass  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

Discover the tools that will put your playing a cut above.

We Got Rhythm – And So Do You!

Dance  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($14 members)

Thursday with Billy Siegenfeld

Join this workshop in making joyously rhythm-charged body music with Chicago's “miracle of inventive energy,” JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project! Taught by Billy Siegenfeld, JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project's Artistic Director.

The Great American Songbook Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Jack Cassidy

Think the Cotton Club comes to Lincoln Square.

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Paulinho Garcia

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  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with John Mead

Session 3 Al Green Session 4 More Mephis

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 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.

Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

This ensemble is geared towards heavy hitters in the jazz idiom

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 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  ·  $184 ($174 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  ·  $184 ($174 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  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Steve Hutchins

Learn to respond fearlessly to any chord chart.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

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  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Paulinho Garcia

Build your Brazilian repertoire with a true master of the genre.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Jazz Guitar 1 Intro/Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Time to take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2 Skills and Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Work on ensemble arrangements of jazz classics.

Django Guitar Styles 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Learn a distinct musical style that's loved all over the world.

Django Guitar Styles 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Continue your study of this inspired style.

Jazz as a Common Language

Guitar  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Thursday with Oscar Penas

Visiting artist Oscar Penas invites musicians of all instruments to join this fun exploration of composing and playing jazz together. Don't miss it!

Jerry Garcia Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Learn a Guitar Solo a Week

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Master a handful of classic guitar solos and under both the how and why.

THE SOCIAL

  |  WorkshopOpen to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($10 members)

Friday with Shelley Miller, Mark Vavra, Daniel Connolly, Andrea Bunch or Tommi Zender

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 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  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with David Jennings

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

Swing & Jazz Uke Special - Chorded Melody from the American Songbook

Ukulele  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

105 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($33 members)

Saturday with Marcy Marxer

Marcy will teach two classic jazz tunes such as Fly Me To The Moon and Autumn Leaves in the chorded melody styles

Brazilian Vocals

Voice  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

Jazz Vocal Choir - The Treblemakers

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Tuesday with Typhanie Monique or John Erickson

Jazz Vocals - Art of the Duo

Voice  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Tuesday with Typhanie Monique

Discover the beautiful relationship between singer and accompanist.

Swing Vocal Harmony

Voice  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Barbara Silverman

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