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.

Happenings

Visit the Upcoming Classes page for a listing of classes for the February-March session. Call 615-242-5299 or email Directors to sign up.

Tickets are on sale now (but going fast) for the next Snap on 2&4, with George Tidwell & the NJW All-Stars Friday, February 12. Click here to purchase.

As of February 1, 2016 our internet radio provider, Live365 is no longer in business. As a result, Nashvillejazz Radio is offline, at least for now. We want to take this opportunity to pause, reflect, and hear from you about what you thought of Nashvillejazz Radio . . . did you listen and how often? what did you like or dislike? what would you like to hear going forward? Please drop us an email with your feedback.

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 $225 per 6-week class unless noted otherwise.

Color Key:

  • Instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • All Musicians and Enthusiasts

Session Dates: January 4 to February 11
Please visit our class schedule page for registration & payment information

MONDAY 6:00pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Cecilia Grespan
    Antonio Carlos Jobim also known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. Widely known as the composer of "The Girl from Ipanema" (Garota de Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim has left a large number of songs that are today included in the standard Jazz and Pop repertoires. In this 12 week course, students will study and perform over 24 original compositions. Class will learn Portuguese lyrics as well as English translations. Students will perform at the end of 12 weeks.
  • Ear Training 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem
    AFTERNOON CLASS: MEETS 1-3PM
    A basic class starting with intervals, triads, 4 note chords, inversions of chords, bass lines and simple melody lines. Minimal dictation.
  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Evan Cobb
    A class open to all instrumentalists focusing on the beginning concepts of group playing such as feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening. A great class for the beginning jazz player.
  • Introduction to Ensemble Playing
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    A class open to all instrumentalists focusing on the beginning concepts of group playing such as feel, basic improvisation, blues, forms and listening. A great class for the beginning jazz player.

MONDAY 8:00pm

  • Advanced Vocal Literature: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Cecilia Grespan
    Antonio Carlos Jobim also known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. Widely known as the composer of "The Girl from Ipanema" (Garota de Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim has left a large number of songs that are today included in the standard Jazz and Pop repertoires. In this 12 week course, students will study and perform over 24 original compositions. Class will learn Portuguese lyrics as well as English translations. Students will perform at the end of 12 weeks.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Matt Endahl
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.

TUESDAY 6:00pm

  • Introduction to Jazz Singing - Level 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    A class for vocalists who want to learn jazz singing. Topics to be covered include jazz phrasing, tone, learning the correct melody to jazz standards, and microphone and stage performance technique. The class may be repeated as often as desired.
  • Jazz Drumset Essentials
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Josh Hunt
    For intermediate level & above
    This will introduce the beginning jazz drummer basic ride patterns, latin patterns, comping, song forms and an introduction to brushes.
  • Small Ensemble
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Roger Spencer
    AFTERNOON CLASS: MEETS 4-6PM
    A class made up of a quartet or quintet. Materials covered include literature, intros, endings, styles, tempos and comping.

TUESDAY 8:00pm

  • Horace Silver Ensemble - A 12-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Denis Solee
    A class covering the history, repertoire, and stylings of the Blue Note years of Horace Silver. The ensemble performs transcriptions of some of Horace's famous recordings. For trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone and rhythm section. Intermediate to advanced level required.
  • Introduction to Jazz Singing - Level 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    (new section just added)
    A class for vocalists who want to learn jazz singing. Topics to be covered include jazz phrasing, tone, learning the correct melody to jazz standards, and microphone and stage performance technique. The class may be repeated as often as desired.

WEDNESDAY 6:00pm

  • Vocal Literature: The Great Unknown Composers - A 6-Week Course
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Lori Mechem and Kevin Whalum
    There are many great tunes which, although "under the radar," belong on everyone's set list. The names Dietz/Schwartz, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, and Comden/Green may not be household words, but their songs - "Make Someone Happy", "Alone Together", "It Amazes Me", "You And the Night And the Music", "I Should Care", and many more - beg to be explored. Now's the time to do it!
  • Voice Fundamentals 1
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Liz Johnson Schafer
    Set your natural voice free with the foundations of healthy singing skills. This class will give you vocal exercises to promote ease and freedom in your singing, as well as some basic knowledge of physiology and anatomy so you can keep your voice in great shape. Expand your range, explore conversational singing, and unlock the secrets of voice through playful vocaleses, a little bit of voice science, and a whole lot of fun! All ages and levels welcome as we explore the voice from the inside out.

WEDNESDAY 8:00pm


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THURSDAY 6:00pm

  • Contemporary Improvisation for Jazz Guitar
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): James DaSilva
    This intermediate-to-advanced level class will include: An overview of techniques such as alternate picking, legato, & economy picking; overview of prominent contemporary guitarists; intervallic improvisation; superlocrian, whole tone, & diminished concepts; outside playing; tone; three note voicings, quartal harmony, quintal harmony, 'George Van Eps' style voicings.
  • Contemporary Vocal Literature
    Course Summary | Instructor(s): Christina Watson
    This course looks at Contemporary classics and how to present them in the jazz idiom. Songs like "Killing Me Softly," "How Sweet It Is," and "A House Is Not A Home" will be reimagined from a jazz point of view, and the students will be able to perform backed by a trio. A great class for those who are interested in filling out their repertoire with more current material while still keeping it "jazz." For Intermediate/Advanced vocal students. Students must be able to write their own charts.

THURSDAY 8:00pm

No classes are currently scheduled for this time