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

Register for Session II beginning January 8!

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

Session II January 8, 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

Year: $495 | Individual Session: $250
Scholarships and payment plans available!


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

International Masters of Improvisation Workshop

International Masters of Improvisation Workshop

Beginning Session II of 2021-22 Saturday Jazz Academy
As part of Saturday Jazz Academy, our popular workshop series returns for it's second year, beginning January 15th, 2022. The series of interactive workshops features master improvisors in Latin Jazz. This year's presenters are Clarice Assad, Victor Garcia, and Melvis Santa.

Registration opens early December 2021!

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

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.