2018 Summer Jazz Workshops

Jazz musicians, students and enthusiasts are invited to hang out at The Nash this summer, jam with other students, learn new techniques, or try out different styles of jazz. From bop to brass, guitar to vocals, the popular jazz club will be buzzing as musicians work with instructors in a wide range of week-long workshops. The first session begins May 29, with a variety of workshops held throughout the summer.

Musicians of all skill levels and ages are welcome.

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ALL WORKSHOPS AND CONSERVATORY PROGRAMS ARE $150 PER WEEK

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Register by April 30th and receive a $25 REBATE*.

MULTIPLE WORKSHOP DISCOUNTS
Register for multiple workshops and receive a $50 REBATE*
for each additional workshop or conservatory
($150 for the 1st, $100 per additional)


Improvisation Essentials Workshop
Tuesday-Friday, May 29-June 1, 1pm-4pm w/ Final concert on Thursday June 1 at 7:30pm
Instructor: Pam Morita

Contrary to common belief, jazz improvisation is a learned skill. It is a language developed over time, which involves listening, imitation, speaking small phrases, and eventually sentences that have a deeper meaning. The Improvisation Essentials Workshop will explore these ideas and help students learn to use them over the harmonic structure of scales, arpeggios, and chords so that we can begin to speak the language of Jazz. “Maiden Voyage” by Jamey Aebersold is recommended, but not required. No prior experience of playing jazz is required, but knowledge of major scales and chords in all keys is helpful. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert on June 1st at 3pm at The Nash. Open to all ages and experience levels. 


Latin Jazz Workshop
Monday-Thursday, June 4-7, 1 pm – 4pm w/ Final concert on Thursday June 7 at 7:30pm
Instructor: Raul Yanez

Focusing on Afro-Cuban Jazz and Mambo literature made popular by artists such as Mario Bauza, Machito Grillo, Eddie Palmieri, and Chucho Valdéz. Under the direction of master musician and teacher Raul Yanez, this workshop is an inspiring and culturally enriching musical experience. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert on June 7th at 730pm at The Nash. Open to all ages and experience levels. 


Trad Jazz Workshop
Monday -Thursday, June 11 – 14, 1 pm – 4 pm w/ Final concert on Thursday June 14 at 7:30pm
Instructor: Zach Wiggins

Working in small and large group settings, the Trad Jazz Workshop focuses on music from the New Orleans tradition made popular by artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Bix Beiderbecke. The Trad Jazz Workshop will be a fun and exciting exploration of the music of ragtime, early swing, hot jazz, and more. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert on June 14th at 730pm at The Nash. Open to all ages and experience levels. 


Duos and Trios Workshop
Monday-Thursday, June 18-June 21, 1pm-4pm w/ Final concert on Thursday June 21 at 7:30pm
Instructor: Eric Rasmussen

This workshop will focus on ways to playing in duo and trio settings with various types of instrumentation. Throughout the workshop players will learn different ways of performing, improvising, and interacting with smaller and non-traditional instrumentation. Musicians involved with this workshop will discover the value of not being limited by smaller numbers and instrumentation. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert on June 21st at 730pm at The Nash. Open to intermediate (3+ years in jazz) and advanced experience levels.


Bebop Workshop
Monday-Thursday, June 25-June 28, 1pm-4pm w/ Final concert on Thursday June 28 at 7:30pm
Instructor: Mike Kocour

Explores Bebop music made popular by artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Barry Harris and more. Taught by Arizona State’s Director of Jazz Studies, pianist, composer, and arranger Mike Kocour, the Bebop Workshop offers an intensive jazz experience for those wishing to explore improvisation, arranging techniques & ensemble performance. Developing bebop vocabulary and experience is essential for every developing jazz performer.
Open to intermediate (3+ years in jazz) and advanced experience levels.


Vocal Jazz Workshop
Monday-Thursday, July 16-July 19, 1pm – 4pm w/ Final concert on Thursday July 19 at 7:30pm
Instructor: Dennis Rowland

The Vocal Jazz Workshop will focus on the vocalist’s role in a jazz ensemble. Through performance, vocalists and instrumentalists will explore the basics of what to listen for when performing with an ensemble, how to choose tunes and keys, intros and endings, improvisation and vocal techniques. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert on July 19th at 730pm at The Nash. Open to all ages and experience levels. 


June Summer Jazz Conservatory
This program runs M-Th 9am – 12pm Starting each Monday in June

The Nash Summer Jazz Conservatory is an opportunity for students to experience in-depth, college-level jazz education. Each one-week session is designed to cover the cornerstones of college-level jazz study: improvisation techniques, jazz theory/ear training, repertoire, and jazz history. Taught by the leading jazz educators in the Southwest, students will find each morning session (9am-Noon) closely connected to the afternoon Jazz Workshops. 2 or more years of jazz experience is required.


Conservatory Session 1 with Jeff Libman
Monday-Thursday, June -June 7, 9:00am-12:00pm


Conservatory Session 2 with Adam Roberts 
Monday-Thursday, June 11-June 14, 9:00am-12:00pm


Conservatory Session 3 with Russell Schmidt
Monday-Thursday, June 18-June 21, 9:00am-12:00pm


Conservatory Session 4 with Chaz Martineau & Alex Oliverio
Monday-Thursday, June 25-June 28, 9:00am-12:00pm


*All discounts and rebates will be in the form of a check from Jazz In Arizona/The Nash