The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) offers a stellar line-up of music making opportunities to engage all ages and interests with ongoing classes and workshops at the Jazz Academy community instructional space in the Lincoln Theatre complex. With nearly 5,000 square feet, the Jazz Academy is a premier facility for multi-generational and recreational music making, ensemble playing, after-school programs, technology instruction and lectures with world-class musicians.
Learn to listen to music more effectively while enhancing your enjoyment and appreciation of musical performances in Jazz History & Appreciation 101 (October 4 – November 8, with Jim Masters. Through listening and discussion, participants will compare and contrast various styles of jazz, while exploring the musicians and ensembles that made them famous.
Explore the role of the vocalist in popular music, including rock, pop,
rhythm & blues and jazz in Popular Music and the Singer (October 2 –
November 20) with Rachel Sepulveda. This class is open to singers of all
ages and abilities who love to sing!
Explore the role of the bass guitar as it relates to blues, jazz, gospel and
R&B music, both historically and within contemporary music in Jazz Bass
Lines & Soloing (October 3 – November 7) with Dwight Bailey. This hands-on
class will feature demonstration sessions, video and recording research, and
the function of the bass in the rhythm section including dialogue with the
Don’t miss our other fall offerings including three of Columbus’ finest jazz
guitar players – Derek DiCenzo, Colin Lazarski and Stan Smith – for a fun
and hands-on jazz guitar class (October 5 – November 17). Nationally-known
jazz educator, Bradley Sowash, will teach you how to play holiday melodies
by ear using lead sheets (notated melody with chord symbols) in “Cool Yule”
on the Piano Stool (November 7 – December 12). Jay Miglia brings back his
Big Band for Grown-Ups ensemble class (October 4 – 17), including a
culminating performance opportunity with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz
Orchestra at the Clintonville Women’s Club. And for our younger jazz fans,
Rebecca Ogden “The Music Lady” will lead J is for Jazz (October 22 –
November 5), providing kids the opportunity to indulge in jazz play, while
Jumpin’ JaKs (October 22 – November 5) offers preschoolers the chance to
explore American music in all of its forms.
The Jazz Academy will also host a series of free workshops from the Columbus
Music Co-op including “So You Want to Make Music in Columbus?” (October 16)
and “Legal and Business Issues for Musicians” (November 13). We’ll also host
a series of conversations from some of Columbus’ favorite personalities
about what they love to listen to and why in Playlist A-Listers including
Good Day Columbus’ Johnny DiLoretto (October 13); Adam Brouillette, Andy
Dodson and Josh Quinn of Wonderland (October 25); and Jazz Sunday’s Jack
Marchbanks (November 3). Helen Welch will lead a swingin’ rhythm section and
sing the Songs of the Season in a holiday sing-a-long (December 3). And you
can join the 3 B’s of the CJO – Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd and Bob
Breithaupt – for a day of music-making and exploration in Learnin’ the Blues
with Byron (December 28).
Discounted registration is available for Jazz Academy community partners
including subscribers to the Columbus Jazz Orchestra; Jazz Arts Group’s
Youth Jazz participants; employees of Abercrombie & Fitch, Cardinal Health,
Columbus Dispatch/10TV, Grange Insurance, Limited Brands, Merrill Lynch,
Nationwide Insurance, PNC Financial Services Group, Sequent and the State
Auto Group; students and faculty of Capital University and Columbus State
Community College; and members of the Columbus Blues Alliance (CBA), the
Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA), Columbus Music Co-op, King Arts
Complex, Swing Columbus, TiXiT, WCBE 90.5 FM, WOSU Public Media and United
Way of Central Ohio’s Young Leadership Group, Key Club and Cinquefoil.
For more information regarding classes, registration policies, or
scholarships, please contact Jazz Arts Group at 614-294-5200 x 107 or visit