Jazz Aspen Snowmass is partnering with the Nashville Jazz Workshop to provide even more music education opportunities for both JAS In-Schools students as well as our adult audiences. The Nashville Jazz Workshop, founded in 1998, offers a unique approach to jazz education that benefits the entire community. Their Mission is to expand and enrich people’s lives by offering world class jazz education and performance in supportive and creative environments. They accomplish that mission through:

  • A workshop environment where jazz professionals pass on their knowledge & experience in a journeyman/apprentice situation
  • Classes for players & non-players
  • Performances to promote community appreciation of jazz

Through this new collaboration JAS will be introducing audiences to a wide-range of virtual educational and performance opportunities, while also sharing JAS specific content with the Nashville Jazz Workshop, such as the new virtual JAS Listen Up Virtual Artist Interview series and broadcasts of future JAS Café shows and education programs. For more information on the Nashville Jazz Workshop please visit nashvillejazz.org

Below you’ll find info on the two March workshops recommended by JAS & Nashville Jazz Workshop. We hope you’ll join us in participating!

Hammond Heroes
For many years the legacy of the Hammond organ has been lauded by fans and practitioners of improvisational music. During the years 1956-1970, this sound gained new listeners for the music based on the soul and invention of players like Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Shirley Scott, Larry Young and Dr. Lonnie Smith. We’ll examine these players and more, along with the roots of the sound and what makes the expression popular with many listeners then and now.
A live, online, 3-week course 5pm-6:30pm MST on Mondays starting Monday, March 1st 2021. $100
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BREAKBEATS – Bridging the Gap from Jazz to Hop Hop
Designed to help understand the inherent connection between jazz and hip hop. This course will take you on a journey through an extensive catalog of jazz classics and hip hop hits, focusing from a rhythmic perspective.  We will explore the parallels between the two genres and the significance and influence of drum beats on the sound of hip hop. Whether you are a drummer, vocalist, songwriter, DJ, beatmaker or just an avid listener, this course is for you.
A live, online, 3-week course 5pm-7pm on Wednesdays starting Wednesday March 3rd 2021. $150
Register here