Weekly Workshops

Weekly jazz workshops are ongoing classes for adult students (17 and up) organized by level and musical style. They can be joined at any time according to availability. All classes have a hands-on approach, and every week students will learn important musical techniques in an ensemble setting. Maximum 7 students per class. Students will perform recitals in jazz venues around NYC twice per year. The workshops are listed by the day of the week. For a one page overview please visit our calendar.

From Bebop to Hard-Bop. MONDAYS 6:15pm
With MARK SHERMAN: Play in a jazz band under the direction of Mark Sherman, winner of “Rising Star Vibes” Downbeat Magazine Readers and Critics Poll 2007-2015. He will take you on a musical journey spanning three decades from Bebop to Hard-Bop. You will play, among other things, the music of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Benny Golson, Art Blakey and more. Mark is an experienced instructor and faculty member of The Juilliard School who has taught […]
BEBOP Workshop. MONDAYS 8:30pm
Bebop Workshop with ANDREA VENEZIANI: Any musician who wants to understand and play jazz today has to know the language of Bebop. The style, born in the ’40s until the early ‘60s, is the root of the modern jazz language. The goal of the course is to explain the nature of this music through the analysis of compositions by major musicians of that era: Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, etc. […]
Intro to Jazz Improvisation 1B TUESDAYS 5:30pm
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation 1B with Jazz Flutist Bart Platteau The Intro to Jazz Improvisation Workshop is open to all instrumentalists who have a desire to improvise. Every class, youʼll play songs from the jazz repertoire with your fellow musicians and learn to improvise on every tune. Beginner Level. Twice a year, the New York Jazz Workshop schedules a concert performance for the student classes/workshops. This usually takes place at Smalls Jazz Club in the Village and in other […]
Jazz Improvisation and Theory 2 TUESDAYS 7pm
With MARC MOMMAAS: Without the ability to put words together a language cannot be spoken. In the Jazz Improvisation and Theory workshop we provide students with the vocabulary and understanding of jazz music theory that is needed to begin improvising with conviction and musicianship. Students will gain valuable experience playing with other musicians of similar levels every week. Together they will explore different harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements through the use of exercises, group improvisation, […]
RHYTHM for all instruments: Polyrhythm and Mixed Meter Workshop TUESDAYS 9pm
Polyrhythm and Mixed Meter Workshop with MARC MOMMAAS for all instruments: As an improviser and student of music, rhythm stands at the center of your muse. Often instrumentalists seem shy and hesitate to embark in a rhythmic adventure, maybe because the concepts feel too far removed from your instrument. Yes, there is always a lot to work on, but recognize that rhythm is the mainframe with limitless possibilities and colors to explore. Do not worry […]
Modern Jazz Ensemble. WEDNESDAYS 6pm
With Sebastian Noelle: The Modern Jazz Ensemble class offers the opportunity to study the styles of jazz between the 1960s and the present, and incorporate them into one’s own playing. The Modern Jazz Ensemble class will focus on seminal instrumentalists and composers from this period, such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Steve Swallow, among others. All of these players have a strong background in bebop but […]
Funk Fusion Workshop WEDNESDAYS 8:30pm
This workshop is tailored for musicians who want to explore and embrace the repertoire of the many great Funk-Fusion bands that further enriched the history of jazz in the 1970’s and 80’s. Garnering inspiration and guidance from the music of Weather Report, Headhunters, Chick Corea Elektric Band, Brecker Brothers and many more, students learn the musical elements that made these bands so successful.
Afro-Cuban Jazz Improvisation Workshop THURSDAYS 5:30pm
Welcome to the Afro Cuban Jazz Improvisation workshop with Doug Beavers and Ivan Renta: Led by Doug Beavers, Grammy winner for his arranging and trombone work with Eddie Palmieri, Afro-Cuban Jazz Improvisation Workshop is designed to introduce and foster the powers of Latin rhythms and clave in improvisation. When Doug is touring, Ivan Renta takes the helm of the workshop. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ivan Renta has become one of the premiere saxophonists in the […]
Let’s Sing with Olivia Foschi THURSDAYS 7pm
With OLIVIA FOSCHI: Olivia Foschi’s vocal workshop is open to beginner and intermediate students looking to develop vocal technique while tapping into the language of jazz. Whether you are an aspiring singer or an instrumentalist who would like to do more singing, if you are looking for singing classes in New York City, this workshop will give you the ability to learn the foundations necessary to develop your singing voice, learn a vast selection of […]
Jazz Vocal Workshop THURSDAYS 8pm
Jazz Vocal Workshop with FAY VICTOR: This is a Jazz Vocal Workshop for intermediate to advanced singers who would like to improve their vocal skills with a true professional. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times calls Victor “artistically complete.” Fay Victor hypnotizes audiences, whether she sings a blues, sculpts a free piece, reinvents a Herbie Nichols tune through her own lyrics, or effortlessly scats over the harmonies of a jazz standard. She is a very […]
Blues and beyond lead by Dave Scott
Blues and Beyond FRIDAYS 6pm
Blues and Beyond from the blues form to jazz standards. Meet, play and learn with other enthusiastic musicians. This class introduces students to the world of improvisation through interplay in an ensemble setting (max class size 7 students). Participants should be comfortable playing their instrument or singing, the ability to read music is recommended but not required. The only other requirement for the class is that you come eager to learn and to grow as […]
BEBOP 2 Workshop FRIDAYS 8pm
Bebop Workshop with CARLO DEROSA: Lear the language of Bebop the style at the root of the modern jazz language. The goal of the course is to explain the nature of this music through the analysis of compositions by major musicians of that era: Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, etc. This class allows you to play as much as possible while touching on the specific concepts of Bebop. It focuses […]
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