At JazzClubsNW, Clubs are small groups consisting of students and jazz professionals. These small clubs meet wherever we find good space to practice and learn the art of Jazz performance in a small-ensemble mentorship setting. JazzClubsNW is proud to support these groups and feature them at Venues on a regular basis.
How Jazz Clubs Work
We bring students interested in learning and performing Jazz in a small group setting together with a Mentor Jazz Professional. Most groups meet on a weekly basis and work with a mentor for 8 to12 weeks. Mentors rotate among different groups, to keep the curriculum and repertoire fun and challenging. These small groups prepare for and give performances with their mentor.
Curriculum varies with each Jazz Club Mentor, based upon their areas of performance and specialty as well as the group's abilities. In addition to abundant playing time, these small groups learn about Jazz standards, Jazz & Music Theory, Scales, Key & Time Signatures, Chord Progressions, different Improvisational Approaches and Ear Training. Additionally, students learn how to develop Riffs, Jazz Feels & Styles, are directed to great recordings by “Jazz legends” to listen to and study, Tune Analysis, Reharmonization, Master Classes, running a group and leading on the bandstand, and even some public speaking. Each group prepares for, performs and runs their own gigs.
Small groups may be comprised of the following instrumentation: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and/or Vocalist(s).
Jazz for the Ages
Students involved in groups can be from all ages. We have groups consisting of middle school, high school and adult groups. If you are interested, contact us, and we will let you know what's available.
Opportunities for all abilities...
We work hard to make Jazz accessible to learners at different ability levels. Even if you are just starting out and you have never improvised at all, if you want to learn we have opportunities for you. Our introduction to Jazz Improvisation program is perfect for someone who is just starting out.
Jazz Clubs are Available
Jazz Clubs are available and/or forming in the following areas:
- East Side
- North Bend & Snoqualmie
- Issaquah & Sammamish
- Redmond & Kirkland
- Mercer Island
- South Sound
- North Sound
- Lynnwood & Edmonds
- Everett & Marysville
Financial Assistance is Readily Available
Don't let lack of finances prevent you from getting started with a Jazz Club or Improv Class. JazzClubsNW has partial and full scholarship opportunities available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about how to qualify for financial assistance from JazzClubsNW.
Jazz Mentors Include...
At JazzClubsNW we are honored to have a great team of Jazz musicians working with our student groups. These mentors work with student groups on a weekly basis helping them learn about Jazz and performing with them. Musicians are added often as new student groups form, and they also rotate from group to group offering a chance for more students to work with and perform with each professional. This list changes often based upon the availability of these professionals and their busy schedules. [Read more about our supporting musicians.]
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