The 2020 jazz workshop offers summer student sessions at the Blake School in Minneapolis. Each session meets for one week with students rehearsing in a combo setting for three hours each day. All programs conclude with a Saturday afternoon student concert and live recording. Interested participants are welcome to sign up for more than one session.

The Workshop also offers an weekly Saturday session for spring 2020 and an adult (18+) session that will meet Tuesday Evenings. Everyone can now play jazz all summer long! Session dates below. Register HERE.

Spring Saturday Sessions

April 11th to May 16th (Saturdays)
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Student Summer Sessions

June 22nd to 26th (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
July 6th to 10th (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
July 13th to 17th (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 20th to July 24th (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 27th to 31st (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

August 3rd to 7th (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Adult Tuesday Evening Session

June 30th thru August 4th
Tuesday Evenings
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Workshop creates a setting in which students are advised and mentored by master jazz musicians and educators. Individuals new to jazz receive an excellent introduction to the music while more advanced students make use the workshop to rapidly improve in a short period of time. All students benefit from the low student/instructor ratio of seven to one. In addition to program director Doug Little, several guest faculty visit during the week and students receive a variety of insights into the music. Students study in a relaxed yet focused atmosphere which allows them maximize their creativity and understanding of jazz music.

The summer student workshops are open to aspiring musicians ages 13 and up. The adult Tuesday evening session from June 30th thru August 4th is for Adult Students 18 and older.

This activity its made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. Additional Support is provided by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.