• JAZZ ACADEMYSummer Jazz Academy 2021 info below!


    Summer Jazz Academy 2021 info below!


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."



NEW Jazz Academy Programs - January 2021

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.

Jazz Academy – Summer

Jazz Academy – Summer

International Summer Jazz Academy - Bold. Borderless.

This year will expand 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.

Please note: camp is starting a week earlier than usual!
Dates: July 12 - July 23, 2021
Time: Mon-Fri, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Jazz Academy – Saturdays

Jazz Academy – Saturdays

Saturday Academy 2021-22 Coming Soon

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.

Make music, friends, and fun, as you participate in instrument technique classes and virtual ensembles and work on classic jazz and big band tunes, as well as original Third Stream music by CJP Artistic Director Orbert Davis.

Designed for music students of all levels, grades 5-12
When: Saturday's during the school year
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.