Jazz Night School offers performance ensembles for all ages and levels, that provide potential for year-long continuity. Our ensembles represent a range of styles including mainstream jazz (from standards to post-bop), Trad Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Latin/Salsa, Brazilian, and Forro. Ensembles range in size from trios up. (Listings below.)
Jazz Night School ensembles provide students valuable learning experiences while playing with others under the mentorship of a jazz musician/instructor. Weekly rehearsals work on a manageable amount of music and use song study to develop knowledge and skills appropriate for the level of ensemble. Ensembles receive direction as a unit and each member gets individual guidance. Drummers in small ensembles receive additional guidance from frequently visiting drum instructors.
Jazz Night School instructors are distinguished professional musicians who are outstanding educators and enthusiastic about helping people learn and perform music.
We welcome musicians of all skill levels and instruments. Most ensembles assemble students with similar skill levels, therefore placement auditions are required for new students and Jazz Night School provides placement oversight for all ensembles. You can learn more about Jazz Night School levels by reviewing our Small Jazz Ensemble Levels Matrix.
Ensemble rosters are set for Fall Session and once placed, students have the option to pre-register and maintain their ensemble spot each following session of that year. If a students skips a session, they might not be able to re-enter the same ensemble later in that year. Students requesting a change of ensemble during the year and students wishing to enter into ensembles at Winter, Spring and/or Summer Sessions need to go through the Open Enrollment process to be placed in an ensemble.
Students new to Jazz Night School must contact us to schedule a placement audition before enrolling.
To find ensembles, you can filter by day, instructor, level, or session.