Adult Jazz Classes


2020 – 2021 Adult Jazz Classes

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is for big kids too, offering year-long programming for adult instrumentalists of all levels and abilities.

Our effervescent big band leader ED PALERMO is back leading the ADULT COMMUNITY BAND with optional in-person outdoor sessions, weather permitting. Trumpeter + educator TED CHUBB returns to lead our new THEORY + IMPROV class.

What’s New for Our Adult Jazz Classes

Skill-Based Electives designed to give you a deep dive into the creative world of composition, the thrill of recording + production, the rhythms of Latin Jazz and so much more!

Weekly Masterclasses hosted by world-renowned guest artists such as six-time GRAMMY Awardwinning bassist and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Artistic Chair CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, GRAMMY Award-winning jazz historian ASHLEY KAHN and more!

Core Offerings

COMMUNITY BIG BAND

Sunday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm |  Instructor: Ed Palermo
Returning with renewed passion and enthusiasm this fall is our adult Community Big Band, led by the charismatic Ed Palermo. Open to students of all levels, Palermo uses custom arrangements, from big band swing to the music of Frank Zappa, to complement the talents of each performer. Online with optional in-person sessions.

THEORY + IMPROV

Tuesday, 6:30 – 7:45 pm | Instructor: Ted Chubb
Enter the world of music analysis and in-depth guidance to Jazz improvisation! Rooted in the bebop tradition while always looking ahead, trumpeter and educator Ted Chubb presents a 3-part course spanning across all trimesters. All levels welcome! Online.

JAZZ ELECTIVES

COMPOSITION I

Tuesday 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Instructor: Andy McKee
Get started on your own creative path now by unlocking your true artistic voice through composition.

PRODUCTION + RECORDING II

Tuesday 5:00 – 6:15 PM | Instructor: Lee Hogans
Learn essential recording and production techniques to create your own songs and take your music to the next level.

PIANO SHED II

Wednesday 4:00 – 5:15 PM | Instructor: Brandon McCune
This class will help you develop your piano chops even further. Improve your ensemble and solo playing.

NEW! FILM SCORING + COMPOSITION

Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:15 PM | Instructor: Alexis Cuadrado
Learn the musical secrets behind your favorite films and compose your own melodies to real film sequences.

NEW! JAZZ DRUM SET

Thursday 4:00 – 5:15 PM | Instructor: Jerome Jennings
This class is a MUST for all drummers, percussionists and musicians interested in exploring rhythmic possibilities.

LATIN JAZZ

Thursday 7:00 – 8:15 PM | Instructor: Mike Rodriguez
Students will learn core rhythms from the rich heritage of Afro-Caribbean and South American styles.

JAZZ HOUSE VOCAL CHOIR

Thursday 5:30 – 6:45 PM | Instructor: Dylan Pramuk
This ensemble explores the art of solo and choral singing. All singers from novice to advanced welcome!

BONUS

WEEKLY MASTERCLASSES

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 PM

OCTOBER JAM SESSIONS

Outdoor jam sessions on Saturdays 3:00 – 5:00 PM, weather permitting

Major support for our programs is provided by Brandenburg Productions, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Gia Maione Prima Foundation, The Herb Alpert Foundation, Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, TD Charitable Foundation, Verizon Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, and our many other generous supporters. THANK YOU!