Jazzschool youth ensembles take place in person at the California Jazz Conservatory.
Ensembles meet weekly and conclude with a performance, open to the public during the week following the 10th class session.
All ensembles require a consultation/audition.
2022 – 2023 School Year (In-Person) Audition Dates
High school and middle school combos: August 27 – 28, 2022
Studio Band: August 20 – 21, 2022
Advanced High School Jazz Workshop: August 27, 2022
The Jazzschool offers ensembles for middle school and high school students at all levels.
Studio Band (big band)
Develop technique, knowledge of jazz style, and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This highly-selective ensemble records at a professional studio, performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the U.S. The Studio Band has played at top local clubs and jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, and Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. A full school year commitment is required. Instrumentation: five saxes, five trumpets, five trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums.
Fall Quarter Class Schedule:
Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
9/19 – 11/28 (10 weeks) No class on 11/21
Ensemble Director: Dave Eshelman
Tuition: $290 (per quarter)
Click here for audition information.
Advanced High School Jazz Workshops
Explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal innovations of Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock, Brecker, and others in this multiple DownBeat award-winning ensemble. For advanced level high school student players, competent in the bebop language. The ensemble records annually and participates in various competitions and festivals.
Fall Quarter Class Schedule:
Mondays 4:45 – 6:15 pm
Ensemble Directors: Mike Zilber (AHSJW 1), Colin Hogan (AHSJW 2)
Tuition: $420 (per quarter)
High School Jazz Ensembles (Combos)
Gain a greater understanding of jazz theory and develop improvisation skills through the study and performance of challenging jazz repertoire.
Multiple sections throughout the week.
$420 (per quarter)
Middle School Jazz Ensembles (Combos)
Learn to play jazz and improvise while covering a wide repertoire from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris, and other jazz masters.
High School Funk Ensemble
Learn the classic funk hits of James Brown, Sly Stone, and others. Vocalists and horns welcome! Music is learned by ear. (Also open to advanced middle-school musicians.)
Saturdays 10 – 11:30 am
9/24 – 12/3 (10 weeks)
Ensemble Director: Simon Keyser Petty
COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
In the interest of providing the best possible health and safety conditions for our campus community, all in-person participants are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This includes staff, faculty and students in classes and workshops, and performers and audience members at concerts. All participants must wear masks regardless of vaccination status with the exception of horn players and vocalists in classes/workshops and performers in concerts, providing they maximize physical distancing.
After registering, a CJC staff member will contact you to request a scanned copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card or a copy of your Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record. Registration will not be considered confirmed and finalized until proof of vaccination has been received.
The California Jazz Conservatory kindly requests that anyone feeling unwell refrain from attending in-person events of any kind.
Participants who are exempted from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons only, must provide the California Jazz Conservatory with verification of exemption from a licensed medical professional, and proof of negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of each event, to participate.