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Summer Jazz Combo School

Summer Jazz Combo School will be offered in two sessions: June 17-21 and June 24-28. Participants will play in small group jazz ensembles that meet for two hours per day all week long.

In these five two hour sessions with a jazz pro you will get experience playing in a small group jazz ensemble with others who are playing at your level. A few of the things you will learn include:

  • How to learn a chart by ear
  • The importance of form, how it can keep you from getting lost, and how to decipher and understand the form of jazz tunes
  • Tips and tricks for starting and ending tunes and putting together cool arrangements
  • Plenty of advice on how you can become a better improviser and bandmate
  • The importance of listening and how to do it right!

When the week is over, you will know a few new tunes, have met new friends who also dig jazz, (and who you are almost sure to interact with later). And, you will have the knowledge you need to keep growing as a musician. You might even decide to start your own group and keep the music going!

How it works
If you are interested in participating, you can either gather a group of friends and request to be placed together, or, sign up as an individual and we will place you in a group based on your age and experience. Your group will meet either at 9 am to 11 am, 11:30 am to 1:130 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm. You can choose your week, but you can’t choose your time, so make sure you have some flexibility if you sign up!

The cost for the entire week, 10 hours, is just $125.

All instruments including strings and vocals are welcome. However, we will be limited in the number of each instrument that we can take. (We don’t want to end up with 4 drummers in each band!)

The sessions will take place at the Milestones/JazzFresno Studio located at 90 E. Escalon, Suite 115 in Fresno.

One of the following Milestones faculty members will run each ensemble:
Richard Giddens, Tim Shaghoian, Craig Von Berg, Benjamin Boone, Tom Wilson.

Registration is now closed! Information on Milestones Summer Jazz Combo School 2020 will be published in January. Please check back or sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any announcements.