Crossing the Free Improvisation Bridge

Last night at the Jazz Vocal Workshop we ended up Crossing the Free Improvisation Bridge. What I mean by this, is that we took part in a free improvisation exercise that turned out to be not only lots of fun, but […]


Thelonious Monk

Rhythm-a-ning – We’re playing this Monk rhythm-change-based tune in the bebop workshop (which is a little weird because Monk did not like bebop and he favored tenorists who would not place standard bebop language over his changes, as Coltrane and […]

Ray’s Idea & Nefertiti


Hi! Last Tuesday we worked on a bunch of new tunes at the Bebop Workshop namely Ray’s Idea & Nefertiti. Ray’s Idea was written by the great Ray Brown. I believe it’s a great melody that really needs work in […]

Jazz Vocal Workshop had the Blues!

Dinah Washington

Wow, last Thursday’s workshop was just too much fun! After the first session, I decided that each session we’d focs o one specific thing: talk about, do an exercise and play with it. After a good stretch and warm-up, we […]

Whisper Not – Benny Golson

Whisper Not Benny Golson

Whisper Not – Benny GolsonIn addition to playing Ray’s Idea in the Bebop Workshop, we also played the Benny Golson tune Whisper Not. Instead of descending by fifths, the harmony in the A section goes up by fifths every three […]


Stan Gets and Astrud Gilberto

Meditation, not transcendental, but bossa nova. Taking a break from a heavy dose of classic bebop tunes, our bebop workshop started working on Jobin’s Meditation. Curious about the harmony, which begins: | C6 | C6 | B7sus4 | B7 | […]



In the Bebop Workshop, we began working on Daahoud, a Clifford Brown tune (named after a friend of his). The song substitutes Eb- maj7 for the home key of Eb maj, which gives the song an exotic flavor. Here is […]

Back to Jazz School

back to jazz school

Back to Jazz School – Okay guys. I’m looking forward to all of us playing better—which means listening better and practicing more—and having another great “school” year. I’m excited. I took the 4-day NYJW Rhythm Workshop this summer with Tony […]

New York Jazz Workshop release 2013

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — More than beach and barbeques, for jazz musicians around the world summer is the time to take their playing to the next level in the world capital of jazz, as the New York Jazz Workshop School […]

Newsletters Archive

newsletter archive

If you have missed one of the New York Jazz Workshop newsletters about our classes , events, concerts around town and other useful information you can find them here in our newsletters archive.

Lester Young

Lester Young

Born on August 27th 1909, Lester Young ( “Prez” )was one of the giants of the tenor saxophone.  In the swing era he staked his claim by being refreshingly different from his peers Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.  Young’s sound was dancing, […]

Jimmy Smith

Jazz organ never received the seismic shift it did before Jimmy Smith entered the scene.  Born  on December 8, 1925 (some sources report 1928) in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he singlehandedly changed the way an instrument was approached forever.  Smith joined his […]

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman is one of swing’s most famous exponents. The rise to mass popularity, and his racially integrated bands are among his milestones. Born on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, Goodman excelled at music from an early age. He […]