Intermediate Combos

Playing music together!

Intermediate Combos at Jazz Night School focus on developing the students’ understanding, expressiveness, and confidence in the jazz language and tradition. Combos work on a few songs each quarter to develop their improvisational vocabulary and facility over songs with intermediate harmonic content. Each session culminates in a performance at a local jazz venue.

While the listen-first approach is at the root of all Jazz Night School curriculum, intermediate combos will include discussions of music theory concepts as well as improvisational techniques and approaches. Prior experience with jazz theory concepts and common jazz rhythms are highly recommended. Instructors provide feedback and suggestions for improvement to each combo member at every rehearsal.    

Intermediate level combos are designed to utilize skills taught in our intermediate level classes - learn more about Intermediate Classes. 

Combos at Jazz Night School: 

  • Meet 90 minutes in person once a week for 10 weeks
  • Are open to any instrument and range in size from trio to full band with vocals and melody instruments
  • Contain only one member per rhythm section instrument 
  • Are usually comprised of students with similar skill levels

Our combos provide potential for staying with the same group throughout the year and represent a range of styles.

Jazz Night School provides placement oversight for all combos, and placement is contingent on availability and enrollment. Skills assessments are required for new students or advancement of level. You can learn more about Jazz Night School levels by reviewing our Student Skill Levels Matrix.