JazzLabNY Small Groups consist of adult musicians who have studied privately or have some jazz and improvising experience all the way up to serious, semi-pro musicians and full-time music teachers. Each 5-7 person group is assembled with the aptitude and experience of its members in mind — the perfect environment for jazz experimentation and growth! Adult ensembles meet for two hours per session, twice a month, year round.

  • LEARNING TO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF A BAND is our focus. Nonverbal communication,
    pro level group dynamics and focused listening are all addressed.
  • Pragmatic, useful Jazz THEORY, COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS methods are discussed in every
    class as well as MELODIC DEVELOPMENT. Student compositions are also encouraged.
  • PLAYING (not lecture) is what it’s all about. This is the place to put into action your many hours
    and years of practicing and private study. You will have plenty of time just to play with your band
    members, and yet you will also leave with a clear understanding of what to practice for the next class.
  • RECITALS & GIGS are the goal. Several times every year, we will play in public venues and clubs for
    your friends and family to hear.