Jazz Combo


Learn how to play real jazz in the same way the pros do: by improvising. This jazz combo will take the raw materials of any jazz standard—melody and chords—and use them to craft an original arrangement for a wide variety of tunes from the Great American Songbook. Never improvised or played jazz before? No problem. Take a chance and be amazed by what you’ll be able to do after just one week!

Program Schedule


SESSION 2 (Middle and High School): Monday, July 15, 2019 through Friday, July 19, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, daily

Program Details

Middle School ensembles are for students who are entering or currently attending 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. High School ensembles are for students who are entering or currently attending 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Recommended minimum experience is either two years of private instruction or two years of playing with a school ensemble. There is a questionnaire on our registration form that will ask for each student’s age and musical experience so that we can organize ensembles with students of similar backgrounds.



$299.00 per student. We have a variety of scholarships and discounts available. If you’re interested in an ensemble, but affordability is an issue, EMAIL US. We are committed to making our programs affordable for everyone to the best of our ability. Discounts are offered periodically throughout the spring. Scholarships are based on need. Jazz Combo is run subject to a minimum enrollment of three students. If this program doesn’t work with your schedule, just give us a call. We’d be happy to look into adding more!

About The Instructor

Joseph Goguen is a Music Education and Trumpet Performance major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating in 2017. Studying under Eric Berlin, Joseph’s musicianship has been recognized by the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet Competition. He has performed with a variety of ensembles on campus, including the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra, and has traveled with these groups throughout Massachusetts and the northeastern United States. ::READ MORE::

About The Instructor

Dan Kennedy’s commitment to contemporary instrumental music goes back to the 1980s. Conservatory trained, he got his start playing evenings of improvised piano music at Oberlin’s Cat-in-the-Cream Coffeehouse. His music has been in rotation on Sirius XM Satellite Radio ever since 2009, and can be heard on over 250 terrestrial radio stations, as well as Pandora, Spotify, and Music Choice. His debut EP LANTERN was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman, producer for George Winston, Michael Hedges, and Liz Story. His third and latest album BLOOM ROAD (2015) provides a scintillating coffeehouse-style set of piano driven music. It features guest artists Charles Neville on sax (The Neville Brothers, Ray Charles, B.B. King), David Rose (Painted Raven, Mars Lasar) on Native flute, and Greg Loughman (Patti Page, Philip Aaberg) on bass. BLOOM ROAD went to #7 on the ZMR Top 100, an American chart, and to #4 on the OWM Top 100, a British chart.