• Jazz Academy

    Jazz Academy


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

Registration for the 2019-20 Saturday Academy program is open!

Designed for players of varying levels, grades 5-12, the Saturday Jazz Academy focuses on the development of the CJP Youth Ensemble, mirroring the symphonic colors of the professional orchestra and performing CJP's signature 'third stream' repertoire. Strings, woodwinds, brass, and rhythm section players welcome!

16-weeks of Jam Sessions, Jazz Orchestra and Master Classes
Date: January 11, 2020 – May 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Chicago State University (9501 S. King Drive)

Jazz Academy - Summer

Jazz Academy - Summer

Registration for Summer Jazz Academy 2020 will be open soon!

Summer Jazz Academy is a two-week, full-day (8:30am - 5:00pm) intensive camp designed for music students of all levels, ages 10-17.

Camp runs from July 20 through July 31, 2020 - Monday through Friday - at Chicago State University.

In addition, students are exposed to other artistic disciplines, civic engagement, and college and career counseling.  Each day is capped off with a professional performance by guest artists. The program is taught by world-class musicians with goals to help sustain an important art form, provide crucial life skills, and open doors to higher education.

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.