“Russ really does an excellent job of finding serious non-professional players who already have some ability to play, along with the desire and the ability to improve, and of coming up with tunes and concepts for the band to work on and dig into. Playing regularly with other like-minded individuals in JazzLabNY under Russ’s guidance- along with that of special guest stars when Russ is on tour- has really helped me to play more consistently and to synthesize and stabilize various things I may have learned or heard about over the years but hadn’t been able to internalize. If you feel like your jazz progress has fallen off the growth chart and want to get back on track, give Russ a call” — Ken L.
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JazzLabNY is a tuition-based program for adult Jazz students. Small groups are formed with musicians of similar experience and meet twice a month for 2 hours each plus Performance Opportunities throughout the year. YOU JUST SHOW UP AND PLAY IN YOUR REGULAR BAND! Prospective students are invited to visit and observe sessions at no charge. Contact us for Session Times and Locations. Private instruction on all instruments is also available.

  • Groups are led by Artistic Director, Russ Nolan, a 32-year touring saxophonist/educator consistently ranked in DownBeat Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll. Russ also invites Guest Artists who are not only world class performers, but who also are the most impactful educators.
  • Convenient locations with Full Back Lines (Drums, Piano/Keyboard, Amps) in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Contact us for locations and times.
  • Small group repertoire ranges from Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Samba, Bossa Nova, and Afro-Cuban

WE BUILT THIS FOR YOU. THIS IS THE COMMUNITY YOU HAVE EITHER TALKED ABOUT WITH OTHER MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST WISHED FOR. COME FIND YOUR SPOT WITH US.