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Nashville Jazz Workshop

1319 Adams Street
Nashville, TN 37208
ph. 615-242-5299
em. [email protected]



Nashville Jazz Workshop

The Nashville Jazz Workshop provides our community with quality jazz education in a non-traditional setting and excellence in jazz performance.

We accomplish our 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

History of NJW

The organization was founded in 1998 as the Nashville Jazz Institute by Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer, and opened with a handful of students. The program was based on a workshop model developed by Mechem and Spencer growing out of their dissatisfaction with traditional academic jazz education. The workshop model is based on a journeyman/apprentice approach. Students have the chance to play with faculty and perform in different settings. The school attracted a loyal and growing following of students. It also became clear that besides helping the students and instructors, the workshop format was a unique approach to jazz education that could benefit the entire community.

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Hosts Jam Session: Yes

Directions: From Downtown: Rosa Parks Blvd. north towards Metro Center Cross over Jefferson St. Turn right at first traffic light onto Monroe. Cross over 2nd Ave; cross RR track onto private property. Follow road between 2 pink buildings, then left into gravel parking lot. From I-24 Downtown: Take the Jefferson St. Exit. Go west over the river. Turn right onto 3rd Avenue. Go two blocks and turn right at first stop sign (Monroe Street). Cross over 2nd Ave; cross RR track onto private property. Follow road between 2 pink buildings, then left into gravel parking lot.


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