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Jazz Classes for Adults

Jazz Improvisation and Combos All instruments welcome! 

  • Suggestion for all classes "iReal Pro" play-along app ($19.99)
  • $30 registration fee applies for all new students

 Questions?  Contact Audrey Morrison, Jazz Studies Director or call 847.905.1500


 Spring semester begins on Monday, January 30


Jazz Combos and Improvisation (adults) • 90 minutes • $420 • 15 weeks

Practice improvising in many styles of jazz, including swing, blues, bebop, New Orleans, Latin and contemporary. Emphasis will include learning jazz standards and will provide the opportunity to perform original compositions. Students are placed in small combos based on age and level. Increase your knowledge of jazz theory and jazz history and enhance your creativity through “playing by ear” on your instrument.  Learn to interpret great jazz recordings through listening and imitation. All instruments and voice are welcome. 



                        Tuesday            6:30 PM           Audrey Morrison          Winnetka 

                        Friday               1:00 PM           James Sanders            Winnetka 

            Advanced – by approval of instructor only

                        Monday            11:15 AM         Steve Ramsdell            Evanston East 


 Phone consultation required. Apply now and Audrey Morrison, Director of Jazz Studies will contact you regarding placement. Questions?  Call 847.905.1500



LISTENING TO MUSIC: A Selective Survey of Human Musical Expression for Adults • 60 minutes • $150 • 15 weeks 

Come and experience a survey of musical expression across many genres (jazz, classical, rock, R&B, blues, folk, Latin and more) and cultures from around the world with pianist, singer, and composer, Fred Simon. This class will emphasize the multitude of connections between genres, cultures, and eras and will also illuminate women's contributions to all styles. Hear quintessential and influential recordings of each genre with guided discussion. This class is for musicians and will include substantial discussion of musical details as we explore music and musical expression.       

                         Wednesday       7:00 PM           Fred Simon                   Virtual