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Designed for music students grades 6-12, with a recommended 3 years of experience or an intermediate proficiency level of the instrument.

This 5-session series will explore the many ways in which jazz artists approach improvisation. 


Each one-hour session will include a chance to interact with Latin jazz greats including Jane Bunnett, Victor Garcia, Miguel Zenon, John Santos and others, showcasing a range of musical instruments and Latin cultural backgrounds. The interactive sessions will include 60 minutes of bi-lingual instruction followed by  opportunities for participating students to meet and interact with the presenter and each other.

In each session you will explore an artist’s approach to improvisation and creative expression. You get a firsthand look at the breakdown of how life experiences, past and present, play a vital role in influencing the creative choices you make as artists and people. Improvisation is a study of who we are, and an honest look at our present selves. Join us as we explore these facets of ourselves and learn from the masters.

Through this workshop we hope to build cross-cultural bridges between our students and those we have invited from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Panama. The workshops will bring Latin music to the forefront and introduce and further delve into the world of improvisation through a different culture’s roots. We hope to highlight the ways in which improvisation is a human form of expression, one which can connect and speak to people regardless of age, language or background. This is a rare opportunity to meet people from different cultures and explore improvisation with the masters! 


Dates/Time:
Final Saturday once a month, Jan-May, 3:15-4:15 CST

REGISTER:
U.S. students click here 
Estudiantes internacionales haga clic aquí
*All registered Saturday Jazz Academy Students are automatically enrolled*


Meet the masters!

January 30 - Miguel Zenon

January 30 - Miguel Zenon

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.

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February 27 - Victor Garcia

February 27 - Victor Garcia

Examiner.com’s Neil Tesser calls him “one of the most exciting young musicians.” Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich says that he “stands out as an ebullient soloist offering a formidable technique and a radiantly polished tone.” JazzChicago.net’s Brad Walseth regards him as a “young lion trumpeter.”

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March 27 - Jane Bunnett

March 27 - Jane Bunnett

Five-time Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence.

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March 27 - Danae Olano

March 27 - Danae Olano

Danae Olano was born in Havana, Cuba in 1992 and currently tours as pianist for Maqueque. She obtained a Best Bachelor of Arts at the Conservatory of Music Roldan in Havana, then finalized her studies in the Superior Institute of Arts graduating cum laude. She captured a Juno award in 2015 in the Best Jazz Album category with Maqueque.

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April 24 - John Santos

April 24 - John Santos

Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, US Artists Fontanals Fellow, and 2013-2014 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today.Born in San Francisco, California, November 1, 1955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way.

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May 29 - TBC

May 29 - TBC