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PO Box 170472, Milwaukee, WI 53217-0472

©2019 by Milwaukee Jazz Institute.

 

YOUTH ENSEMBLES

Be Part of the Legacy

High school and middle school students learn from the area’s top jazz musicians who are also committed educators. Rehearsals take place in historic jazz venues where Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, and others once performed. Students carry on the tradition by performing classic jazz repertoire through which they study improvisation and accompaniment techniques and become familiar with the essential practices of small ensemble jazz. Ensembles have opportunities to perform at community events and local jazz clubs. Students must audition to participate.

AUDITIONS

In addition to our current Wednesday classes, we'll be forming ensembles on Sundays and Mondays starting this summer. New student auditions will be held on Sunday, April 5 at the Saint Kate Arts Hotel or by appointment. There is no fee to audition.  Please contact us to schedule your audition time.

2020 ENSEMBLE SCHEDULE

Each two-hour session includes an ensemble rehearsal and a jazz theory and improvisation class. 

SPRING TERM - $480 (16 sessions)
YARDBIRD ENSEMBLE
Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery. (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212).
Classes begin January 15 with the program ending May 13 with a performance at the Jazz Estate.
(Class will not be held on March 18 or April 15.)

SUMMER TERM - $240 (8 sessions)

  • SO WHAT ENSEMBLE
    Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jazz Estate (2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211).
    Start date: June 28

  • MAIDEN VOYAGE ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212).
    Start date: June 29

  • YARDBIRD ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212).
    Start date: July 1

 

FALL TERM - $480 (16 sessions)

  • Sunday classes begin September 13 and are held 1:00-3:00 pm at the Jazz Estate​ 2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

  • Monday classes begin September 14 and are held 5:00-7:00 pm at the Jazz Gallery. 926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212.

  • Wednesday classes begin September 16 and are held 5:00-7:00 pm at the Jazz Gallery. 926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212.