Nashville's community center for jazz, with classes, public performances, and special events. The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community.

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Upcoming Classes

The Jazz Workshop has classes from introductory to advanced — for students just learning jazz, professionals wanting to "sharpen their edges," and non-musicians wanting to learn more about jazz. Instructors are Nashville's finest jazz musicians. Classes are 2 hours a night, once a week for 6 weeks. Tuition is $250 per 6-week class unless noted otherwise.

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: January 7 to February 14
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

Monday 6 pm

  • Introduction to Jazz Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    This class is designed for beginning jazz guitarists, advanced beginners, and players versed in other styles who want to make the transition to jazz. Students will focus on the simple chord shapes and rhythms that create a jazz sound, as well as chord voicings, comping rhythms, and guide tones.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • Vocal Literature: The Music Of George & Ira Gershwin - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, the most popular songwriters of the Golden Age of Broadway, including songs such as "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "Summertime," "They Can't Take That Away," and "A Foggy Day." You'll focus on phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, and performance techniques that apply to Gershwin songs. Part 1 of 2. At the end of 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Monday 8 pm

  • Intro to Chord Melodies for Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Mel Deal
    This class is designed to create your own arrangements for solo guitar. Students will study chord voicings, bass line movement, chord substitution, and key placement, while covering styles that include ballads, Latin, jazz waltz, and swing.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.

Tuesday 12 pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Music Of George & Ira Gershwin - Part 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    Study and perform over 24 famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, the most popular songwriters of the Golden Age of Broadway, including songs such as "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "Summertime," "They Can't Take That Away," and "A Foggy Day." You'll focus on phrasing, lyric content, stylistic considerations, arrangements, and performance techniques that apply to Gershwin songs. Part 1 of 2. At the end of 12 weeks, you will perform with an instrumental trio.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing

Tuesday 6 pm

  • Beginning Vocal Performance Techniques - Parts 1 and 2
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Develop and practice the skills needed to effectively enhance vocal performances for the stage setting. In this class, students will develop excellent stage presence and communication skills, practice proper microphone technique, and learn to maximize good vocal technique for a live performance. Students will also learn how to communicate with the band in terms of presenting form, tempo, and groove. At the end of the 12 weeks, the student will perform two or three songs as a mini set.
    Suggested Prerequisite: Introduction to Jazz Singing
  • Blues Improvisation
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    As an introduction to the blues for the musician, this class is a blend of patterns, ear training, analysis and technique. Students will learn various ways to improvise over standard changes and substitutions, including a look at Minor blues.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Joe Freel
    Learn to sing jazz standards. In this class, you'll learn correct melodies to jazz standards along with groove, jazz phrasing, and tone, while getting comfortable singing with an accompanist.

Tuesday 8 pm

  • Lee Morgan Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s):
    Study and perform the compositions and style of the Blue Note years of Lee Morgan. Students will explore tunes including "The Sidewinder," "Ceora," "The Procrastinator," "Mr. Kenyata," and more.
    For trumpet, tenor, alto, trombone, and rhythm section.
    Intermediate to Advanced level suggested.

Wednesday 12 pm

  • Ear Training 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    This is a basic class that begins with intervals, triads, 4 note chords, inversions of chords, bass lines and simple melody lines.

Wednesday 6 pm

  • Jazz Keyboard Voicings 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    This class provides a beginning look at 4 note chords and their inversions. It then moves to upper structures, such as 9, 11 and 13 chords and their alterations. Students will learn to play these in several positions. The emphasis will be on ii-V-I's and their inversions.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jonathan Wires
    This intermediate to advanced ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Students will cover more advanced concepts of literature, including intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping. The ensemble will perform at the end of the six-week session.
  • Vocal Tech 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson
    An introduction to the basic rudiments and the four vocal positions used in singing. Building the mask voice. Exercises to blend chest, middle and head registers. Focus on singing upbeat tunes to develop conversational placement of word, tone, and clipped phrases that swing. Understanding breath and natural support. Emphasis on singing in neutral position with compressed and soft closure tone. Handouts provided. Students sing with jazz tracks, and must purchase Hal Leonard's Jazz Tracks for Singers (male or female), book of 15 tunes and CD. Order from www.sheetmusicplus.com.

Wednesday 8 pm

  • Ear Training 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    This is a basic class that begins with intervals, triads, 4 note chords, inversions of chords, bass lines and simple melody lines.
  • Jazz Drumset Essentials
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Jordan Perlson
    This class will introduce the beginning jazz drummer to basic ride patterns, simple Latin patterns, comping, song forms, and brushwork.

Thursday 6 pm

  • Chart Writing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    January 17 - 6-9pm
    This 3-week class will cover basic theory and notation and apply these to writing simple chord charts.
  • Improv Comedy for Musical Artists
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    3 week course - Jan. 10, 17, 24
    Want to learn to get "out of your own way"? Want to be more free with your musical exploration? This fast-paced and funny 3 week mini session will shine some light on ways to embrace spontaneity, stretch your creativity, and allow yourself to listen and respond in a more organic way. And what better way to do this than that creatively-dangerous artform: Improv Comedy. Through exercises and games that get to the root of improv skills, participants will laugh and learn at the same time, and come away a new approach to musical and creative choice-making.
  • Master Class
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Carolyn German
    Cabaret Masterclass - A 3 week course - Jan 31, Feb 7, 14
    A class focused on special topics or skills, led by a master NJW vocal teacher. Topic will vary with the instructor.