Our 20+ weekly instrumental and vocal classes for students of all levels are set up as ensembles, so that students not only learn to play their instruments, solo and improvise, but also collaborate with other musicians.
The Dynasty Big Band explores the music of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other grand masters of jazz. The ensemble focuses on developing skills for playing in a section and addresses improvisation and jazz phrasing.
Director: Nathan Eklund
Students will be introduced to the exciting world of the Big Band and explore its rich history while developing the fundamentals of music and Jazz in a large ensemble setting.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG ENSEMBLE
Director: Abel Mireles
Serious fun! Entry-level performance ensemble for students new to jazz.
The road to Jazz is paved with blues and roots. Building the foundation of Jazz by starting with the blues, standard tunes, and Jazz classics in a fun and engaging setting. Also, for the student looking to expand his/her base of Jazz knowledge, an additional improv session will develop theory and a stronger understanding of the language of improvisation.
NEW! The highly selective CHiCA Power All-Stars is made up of middle and high school students from across NJ. The ensemble will rehearse weekly and perform at community events. To qualify students must be enrolled in a regular JAZZ HOUSE class. The CHiCA Power All-Stars ensemble is meant to augment music training, and will provide a rich mentoring experience. This program is made possible by the Jewish Women’s Foundation.
NEW!! Attracting the top talent from the area, these ensembles now have their own dedicated day to help serious jazz musicians advance their musicianship. This college preparatory track provides expansive instruction through the award-winning performance and touring JAZZ HOUSE Big Band, our Ambassadors small ensembles, plus an improv class focusing on theory, transcription and language. Students will play a wide array of music and perform in a series of concerts and competitions, including Inside the Jazz Note®, hosted by Artistic Chair, Christian McBride.
AMBASSADORS + IMPROV
NEW!! This award-winning performance and touring ensemble is comprised of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ top improvisers. Students will receive expansive instruction on small ensemble performance plus an improv class focusing on theory, transcription and language. Performances at regional and possibly national competitions, festivals and concerts.
The college preparatory track Vocal Jazz Academy is an intensive workshop for aspiring teenage vocalists. The academy will explore the art of solo and choral singing, plus provide comprehensive instruction in jazz theory and history. All singers from novice to advanced are welcome.