The weekly standard

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Learn jazz standards and build better practice technique with basic instructions, easy exercises and no nonsense. This class is for musicians who want to gain a deeper understanding of a particular song and decode its basic underlying theory without drowning in technical details. Open to all instruments (including voice) and all levels, but ability to play major and minor scales on your instrument is helpful. We will study one standard per class session. Classes are $12 for one or $20 for two.

sunday jazz jam w/ Martha Larson

Sundays from 4:00 - 5:30 PM (every week)

Open to musicians of all ages and abilities, the Sunday Jazz Jam is a perfect way to run through standard charts in a low-key, laid-back setting.  We provide the music so everyone can follow along. We choose 2-3 "tunes of the month" so everyone has a chance to dig deep into a few specific tunes that we'll all get to know well. Then we open it up for suggestions, bring your favorite tune or learn something new!  $5 suggested donation. 


Bluegrass and Old Time Jam w/ Helen Forsythe

Every other Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:30 PM (see calendar for exact dates)

Hot Spot Music's resident banjo instructor, Helen Forsythe, hosts a lightly facilitated bluegrass and old time jam (all instruments welcome, but banjos guaranteed). Open to all skill levels, and is a great opportunity to get together with other musicians, learn new tunes, and show off the ones you know! $5 suggested donation. 


UKE Jam w/ rachel gordon-mercer

Every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30 PM (see calendar for exact dates)

Bring your own uke to this easy-going jam that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Open to all skill levels, charts and tab are projected onscreen. $5 suggested donation. 


improvisation workshop w/ david bloom

Next session: Fall 2019 (exact dates TBD). Know you can play, but want to take your skills to the next level?  Feel like you still play at the same level you did a year ago?  Have a band that's been relying on the same routine for years?  New to jazz and looking for some inspiration to decode its mysteries and get you in the game?  Chicago-based master jazz educator David Bloom, winner of the 2017 Jazz Institute of Chicago award, will awaken your musical sensibilities and raise your playing to new heights. Click here for full description and registration.

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