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Jazz Angels Summer 2020

VIPO – Virtual Interactive Programs Online

Summer dates: June 22-August 1

Note:  During this time Jazz Angels remains fluid and flexible aiming to meet the needs of our community. Therefore, class days/times may be adjusted to accommodate schedules of our students.

Summer Program Overview

40-minute bi-weekly classes taught via Zoom

Choose from Jazz Band, Improv & How to Record, History of Jazz and Song writing. Each class will have an independent study component such as practicing or working to present to the class.

In addition to the classes, students become more socially engaged with their peers in other activities like riffs of the week, jazz in our community, open mic nights, joke of the week and recipe of the week.


Jazz Bands: Horns and rhythm sections rehearse separately at first with 2 teachers and no more than 5 musicians. When songs are learned horns and rhythm are invited to attend all rehearsals. Sheet music is arranged and provided along with different playback tracks: full band, solo only and sections for recording. We also provide solo scales and a transcription of a famous solo. Materials are emailed or delivered via Dropbox. Each musician records an audio and video track of their songs which we mix together for our virtual performances. We invite the world to attend!

Improv & How to Record: Musicians improve their improvisational techniques by learning scales and how to use them for improvising, how to transcribe and play famous solos, how to streamline practice, and how to musically communicate with other musicians when rehearsing and performing. They will also learn how to make the best recordings, with the equipment they have, from home.

Jazz History: Multimedia class in which students explore a decade in the evolution of this great American music and how the music of that decade related to other forms of art and world events.

Song Writing: Classes for students with and without musical experience.  Song form, harmonic structure, melody and lyrics are explained in a way that is understandable. Students will showcase their songs at the end of the session.

Private lessons: Beginning to advanced

All instruments, all levels. Some instrument rental available.


Jazz Band – $200

40-minute rehearsals, maximum 5 musicians per section. 10 Jazz Band rehearsals on M/W or Tu/Th. Sheet music, playback and recording tracks provided. 2 virtual performances.Placement auditions to take place before 6/18

Improv & How to Record – $150

40-minute classes; maximum 5 musicians per class. 10 classes. Sheet music provided. Students may use YouTube or iReal Pro for backing tracks. 

Jazz History – $125

40-minute classes; maximum 8 students per class. 10 classes. No materials needed

Song Writing – $150

40-minute classes; maximum 5 students per class. Students will need to keep a notebook or journal.

Private lessons – $40/half hour

Beginning to Advanced. Sheet music and play along tracks provided

5% discount for 2 classes

10% discount for 3 classes

15% discount for 4 classes

Does not apply for private lessons

Needs-based scholarships available


Click here to sign up!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Barry at barry@jazzangels.org or 310.850.0026