The 2019 jazz workshop offers morning and afternoon 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.

And new for 2019, an adult (18+) session will meet Tuesday evenings. Everyone can now play jazz all summer long! Session dates below. Register HERE.

Spring Session (New for 2019!)

Adult Session (New for 2019!)

April 20th to June 1st 
Saturdays Mornings 
10 a.m. to 12 p.m

April 20th to June 1st 
Saturdays Afternoons
12:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m.

July 9th thru August 6th
Tuesday Evenings
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Summer Sessions - Morning

June 10th to 14th (Mon thru Fri) 
Morning - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 15th to 19th (Mon thru Fri)
Morning - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
July 22rd to 26th (Mon thru Fri)
Morning - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 29th to August 2nd (Mon thru Fri)
Morning - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

August 5th to 9th (Mon thru Fri)
Morning - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Summer Sessions - Afternoon

July 29th to August 2nd (Mon thru Fri)
Afternoon - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 student workshops are open to aspiring musicians ages 13 and up. The new summer adult session July 9th to August 6th is for 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.