About Jazz Academy

Jazz Academy is an out-of-school community music program that invites young musicians from all across the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond to participate in a two week intensive summer camp and/or a Saturday program during the school year. The Jazz Academy is an inclusive program where students are welcomed at any level and teachers work to meet their individual needs.

With its unique ‘third stream’ approach in combining jazz and classical genres, Jazz Academy students receive well-rounded music education that teaches theory, technique, and aesthetic creativity in both genres, with a focus on improvisation and self-expression.

"My boys were exposed to so much more than they are in regular school band. Jazz Academy changed their outlook on music for the best."



Jazz Academy takes place on Saturdays during the school year and as a two-week summer camp every July.

Jazz Academy includes International Masters of Improvisation Workshop (IMIW), Youth Ensemble, Student Leadership Council, and more.

Currently serving 20 students weekly, with an additional 20 international students at our IMIW workshops and summer camp.

Jazz Academy – Summer

Jazz Academy – Summer

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Jazz Academy 2022 back in-person!

July 18 - July 29, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm

At Summer Jazz Academy, students learn from world-class musicians and build confidence participating in daily ensemble and improvisation classes, discovering their own unique musical style. Camp includes unique electives and workshops, providing crucial life skills and a well-rounded experience.

Two-weeks of music making and fun, designed for music students of all levels, ages 10-17.

Chicago State University | Online (viewing only)


Jazz Academy – Saturdays

Jazz Academy – Saturdays

Registration for the Spring semester is open for new students!

Saturday Jazz Academy will now feature a hybrid model of virtual and in-person classes. We will be returning to Chicago State University for in-person instruction, while students who choose to remain virtual will participate live via Zoom.
*In-person instruction subject to vaccination status and CDC guidelines. In-person capacity is limited due to social distancing protocals*

At Saturday Jazz Academy, student musicians are welcome at any level, and teachers work with them to meet their individual needs. The curriculum combines jazz and classical genres, giving students a well-rounded education in music theory, technique and aesthetic creativity in both classic and jazz, with a focus on self-expression and improvisation.

Designed for music students of all levels, grades 5-12

Session II January 8, 2021 - May 14, 2022 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Online and at Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60628
Breaks will be as follows: Thanksgiving - 11/27, Winter Break - 12/18, 12/25, 1/1, and Spring Break - 4/9, 4/16

Year: $495 | Semester: $250
Scholarships and payment plans available!


Quesitons? Contact CJP Education Program Manager at jordan.mandela@chijazzphil.org

International Masters of Improvisation Workshop

International Masters of Improvisation Workshop

Session II of 2021-22 Saturday Jazz Academy
As part of Saturday Jazz Academy, our popular workshop series returns for it's second year, beginning January 15th, 2022. The series of interactive workshops features master improvisors in Latin Jazz. This year's presenters are Clarice Assad, Victor Garcia, and Melvis Santa.

Open to all music students. Registered Jazz Academy students are automatically enrolled.


CJP Youth Ensemble

CJP Youth Ensemble

Rehearsing on Saturdays and in the Summer as part of the Jazz Academy, the CJP Youth Ensemble mirrors the CJP professional orchestra (combining jazz and string ensembles). The CJP Youth Ensemble has participated in community performances, including a “curtain rousing set” (Chicago Tribune) opening for the professional orchestra at its most recent concert in Millennium Park (August 2017). In addition, CJP Youth Ensemble members have had opportunities to perform as part of the professional orchestra.