Beginner's Combo

This course is a gentle introduction for any type of musician, beginner to advanced, who has yet to learn the profound language of jazz. We understand that a lot of mistakes are always made when undertaking something new and we support those initial efforts with an overall ambiance of fun and acceptance. Very simple tunes are played in a small group. This is a great course to stick your proverbial "big toe" in the jazz pond to see how it feels to you. The class ends with the class playing a short afternoon concert.


You will:

  • Be introduced to the Ten Commandments of Jazz Soloing
  • Improvise your own jazz solo
  • Learn to properly play major, minor scales and modes
  • Learn to play basic 7th chords
  • Play a short afternoon concert with your combo
  • Learn 3 simple jazz tunes
  • Listen to recordings of yourself playing in order to critique
  • Meet other musicians and be a part of the Chicago jazz community

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Bloom Advanced Jazz Combo

Now that you have a good handful of tunes under your belt and you can solo over some chord changes, it's time to turn up the heat so you can truly express yourself through music without letting your mind get in the way. Jazz Combo will raise the bar for your playing in order for you to rise to the next level. 


You will:

  • Solo over multiple choruses with something to say
  • Solo through more difficult changes
  • Learn how to use dynamics, rhythmic variety, and motivic development to create dramatically improved solos
  • Arrange a set of music to be played live with your combo
  • Meet other like-minded musicians
  • Raise your musical standards
  • Expand your repertoire by mastering 5 new tunes
  • Learn how to listen and respond
  • Learn music theory to expand musical vocabulary

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