About Jazz Academy

Jazz Academy is an out-of-school community music program that invites young musicians from all across the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond to participate in a two week intensive summer camp and/or a Saturday program during the school year. The Jazz Academy is an inclusive program where students are welcomed at any level and teachers work to meet their individual needs.

With its unique ‘third stream’ approach in combining jazz and classical genres, Jazz Academy students receive well-rounded music education that teaches theory, technique, and aesthetic creativity in both genres, with a focus on improvisation and self-expression.

"My boys were exposed to so much more than they are in regular school band. Jazz Academy changed their outlook on music for the best."


Jazz Academy – Saturdays

Jazz Academy – Saturdays

More ways to participate than ever before!

Saturday Jazz Academy will now feature a hybrid model of virtual and in-person classes. We will be returning to Chicago State University for in-person instruction, while students who choose to remain virtual will participate live via Zoom.
*In-person instruction subject to vaccination status and CDC guidelines. In-person capacity is limited due to social distancing protocals*

At Saturday Jazz Academy, student musicians are welcome at any level, and teachers work with them to meet their individual needs. The curriculum combines jazz and classical genres, giving students a well-rounded education in music theory, technique and aesthetic creativity in both classic and jazz, with a focus on self-expression and improvisation.

Designed for music students of all levels, grades 5-12

Saturdays Sep 25, 2021 - May 14, 2022 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Online and at Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60628
Breaks will be as follows: Thanksgiving - 11/27, Winter Break - 12/18, 12/25, 1/1, and Spring Break - 4/9, 4/16

Tuition (year):
General: $495
Students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools: $395
Returning students and those enrolled in a Jazz Alive partner school: $295
Scholarships and payment plans available!


Quesitons? Contact CJP Education Program Manager at jordan.mandela@chijazzphil.org

Jazz Academy – Summer

Jazz Academy – Summer

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Summer Jazz Academy 2021!

This year expanded on the success of last summer's first ever virtual camp, with even greater emphasis on integrating students from Cuba and other Latin American countries.

Ensembles! Private lessons! Improvisation class! Unique workshops and electives! Special guests! and so much more.

Two-weeks of virtual music making and fun, designed for music students of all levels, ages 10-17.

Dates: July 12 - July 23, 2021
Time: Mon-Fri, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Additional Jazz Academy Programs

International Masters of Improvisation Workshop
In keeping with the theme of improvisation, we are launching a series of interactive workshops with master improvisors in Latin Jazz as part of our Saturday Jazz Academy.

Jazz Academy Student Leadership Council
Jazz Academy Student Leadership Council is a leadership development and mentorship program for students, ages 14-18 who are enrolled in CJP’s Jazz Academy program.

CJP Youth Ensemble

CJP Youth Ensemble

Rehearsing on Saturdays and in the Summer as part of the Jazz Academy, the CJP Youth Ensemble mirrors the CJP professional orchestra (combining jazz and string ensembles). The CJP Youth Ensemble has participated in community performances, including a “curtain rousing set” (Chicago Tribune) opening for the professional orchestra at its most recent concert in Millennium Park (August 2017). In addition, CJP Youth Ensemble members have had opportunities to perform as part of the professional orchestra.

Charles Danish Scholars

Charles Danish Scholars

In memory of a remarkable individual who helped a young Orbert Davis, the award provides one year of mentoring and private music lessons for students that show exceptional talent, promise, and dedication to their craft.