Premier Chicago jazz vocalist Tammy McCann, artist in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, performs with Music Institute Jazz Studies faculty March 21â€“24 at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago.
â€œThe Jazz Showcase performances demonstrate the importance of having working musicians teach young jazz students,â€ said McCann. â€œThe Music Instituteâ€™s Jazz Studies program has Chicagoâ€™s foremost jazz instructors, who are re-creating the â€˜apprenticeship methodâ€™ of teaching the art of jazz. As artist in residence, I have had the pleasure of performing with each of them individually and am looking forward to exploring our combined musical ideas on one stage.â€
â€œHow will the next generation of jazz artists be developed? The Music Institute of Chicago believes that excellent training in the jazz arts should include regular interaction between students and highly accomplished professional musicians,â€ commented Music Institute President and CEO Mark George. â€œJazz musicians have traditionally been developed through an informal cycle of mentorship and apprenticeship. Improvisation is a skill that you learn in the course of performing alongside more experienced players. The intimate eco-system that ideally exists in small jazz ensembles, and the necessary level of communication, must be demonstrated by master musicians. Because jazz is a relatively young art form, there is great reliance on professional mentors to pass along important oral traditions.â€
George continued, â€œThis is where the Music Instituteâ€™s Jazz Studies program shines. Students receive regular instruction from professional, working musicians. Faculty members jump in to play with student ensembles, enhancing the experience and passing on vital musical information.â€
Upcoming jazz mentorship opportunities at the Music Institute
Tammy McCann offers a master class, â€œSo You Want To Be A Jazz Singer?â€ Saturday, April 6, 1â€“3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. The class is free and open to the public.
Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Studies Director Audrey Morrison leads two sessions of The Art of the Jazz Band Camp, a week-long intensive with Jazz Studies faculty, June 17â€“21 at its Evanston campus, 1490 Chicago Ave., and June 24â€“28 at its Winnetka campus, 300 Green Bay Rd. For information, visit musicinst.org/jazz-camp.
Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Instituteâ€™s teachers and arts therapists reach more than 10,000 students and clients of all ages and experience levels at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Highland Park, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest and Downers Grove, as well as through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs in four distinct areas: the Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall.
Music Institute of Chicago Artist in Residence Tammy McCann and Music Institute Jazz Studies faculty perform Thursday, March 21 through Saturday, March 23 at 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.
For information call 312.360.0234 or visit jazzshowcase.com. For information about Tammy McCannâ€™s free master class April 6 at Nichols Concert Hall or The Art of the Jazz Band Camps in June, call 847.905.1500 or visit musicinst.org/jazz-studies.