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Saturday CJP Jazz Academy

Given the overwhelming success of the Summer Jazz Academy, we are so excited to continue Jazz Academy's programming Year-Round on Saturdays on the campus of Chicago State University!

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Designed for players of varying levels, grades 5-12, the Saturday Jazz Academy will focus on the development of the CJP Youth Ensemble, mirroring the symphonic colors of the professional orchestra and performing CJP's signature 'third stream' repertoire - strings, woodwinds, brass, and rhythm section players welcome!

28-weeks of Jam Sessions, Jazz Orchestra and Master Classes

Tuition: $465.00* Click to make tuition payments.
*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by August 31 to receive a 20% discount. Discound rate does not apply to scholarship applicants.

Payment Plan Option: You may pay in two installments, but a processing fee is applied to each payment. $240 is due by September 15, second payment of $240 is due by November 15.

FREE BUS SERVICE between Daystar School (1550 S. State) and Chicago State University:

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Jazz Academy Attendance Contract

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CJP Jazz Academy - Orbert Davis

The Chicago Tribune's "1995 Arts People of the Year" and one of seven “Chicagoans of the Year for 2002”, Emmy-Award winner Orbert Davis is one of Chicago’s busiestand most sought after jazz artists. Davis has a bachelor's degree from DePaul University and a Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University. In addition to being a professional jazz musician, performer, and composer, he is a clinician and teacher, having taught music theory, jazz history, jazz improvisation and trumpet performance at Columbia College for 14 years, and was the Associate Professor of Jazz History at University of IL at Chicago for six years. In addition to having co-founded Discover Music: Discover Life, Inc. in 1999, he is the Founding and Artistic Director for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

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Golden Apple Award winner Roosevelt Griffin is is District Band Director for Harvey School District 152, the school and community from which he was raised. The Harvey Band Program has received great honors, ratings and accolades from all around the country, with performance invitations from the Chicago Jazz Festival, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and Jazz Education Network. He attended Northern Illinois University where he received his Illinois Teaching Certificate in Instrumental Music and a B.A. in Music Performance. He has been teaching for the CJP Jazz Academy since its inception in 2008. Most recently he received his doctorate in education from Argosy University.

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Phyllis has been with Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, both as a performer and teacher, since it’s inception. She has a BA in Music Education from the Chicago College of Performing Arts Music Conservatory (Roosevelt University) and an MA in Arts Management from Columbia College. She plays in the 1st violin section of the CJP Orchestra and also plays regularly with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Sanders is a member of the CJP Jazz Academy Faculty and she helped to launch CJP’s strings program McDowell, Linne, Hampton, and Higgins Elementary schools, where she continues to teach.

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John Sutton is a bassist, composer, and educator based in Chicago. His playing and writing reflect his belief in the power of simplicity and humor. John has scored music for a variety of narrative film projects, commercials and web series. As both a bassist and educator, John works regularly with Orbert Davis and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and he has recently been featured on albums by artists such as Ryley Walker, Tammy McCann and Laurence Hobgood, Mikel Patrick Avery and Rana Santacruz.

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Trombonist Henry Salgado established himself on the Chicago scene while working on his Jazz Studies degree at Depaul University. He began subbing in the pit orchestras of the Goodman Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire and the Drury Lane Oakbrook. Salgado has also performed with many top entertainers including Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, Kurt Elling, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Rita Moreno, Della Reese and the Doc Severinsen Orchestra. As a studio musician Henry has recorded over 100 Radio & TV commercials and has playing credits on several original movie soundtracks. Henry Salgado is currently a member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Artie Black is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in Chicago. Originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, he moved to Chicago in 2012, where he quickly established himself as an important part of the creative music scene. After graduating from Messiah College with a degree in music education, Artie continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, earning a Master's degree in Jazz Studies in 2012. At Indiana, Artie studied saxophone with Tom Walsh and worked as an Associate Instructor with legendary jazz educator David Baker. In addition to his passion for performance, Artie is fascinated by the learning and teaching process. He maintains a busy schedule of private saxophone instruction, and also joined the faculty of Wheaton College as an adjunct professor in Spring 2014. His goal as a teacher is to inspire his students to find joy through learning for themselves.

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Erendira has been a member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic for 4 years as a violinist and baritone saxophone player. Last summer she became a member of the Jazz Academy teaching faculty as a beginning violin instructor and now teaches the CJP Strings Alive program at Village Leadership Academy. Erendira is working on her Bachelors of Music – Violin Performance degree from University of Illinois – Chicago. She enjoys playing classical, jazz and mariachi music throughout the city.

Program Dates:

Sept 16, 23, 30

Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

Nov 4, 11, 18

Dec 2, 9, 16 - Winter Performance

Jan 20,27

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24

March 3, 10, 17

April 7, 14, 21, 28

May 5, 12 - Finale Performance

All Saturday classes will take place from 1-3:30pm at Chicago State University.