Jazz at CPSM offers students a comprehensive approach to learning the jazz repertoire. Designed to meet the needs of both beginning and experienced jazz performers, the program presents students with a systematic presentation of numerous styles - from basic blues, bebop, and swing to advanced modern forms of jazz composition, including funk, jazz-rock and modern big band. An abundance of performance opportunities can be found at CPSM; featured ensembles include the Big Band, latin jazz ensemble and several small combos.
The program focuses on developing improvisational skills, sight-reading, composition, arranging and the art of performance. With the Louis Armstrong Archives located right on the Queens College campus, jazz at CPSM is steeped in tradition.
Private instruction for jazz students is available on the following instruments; saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums.
Also offered are a beginning group improvisation classes for students with little or no prior background in jazz studies.
Contact Vincent Sperrazza (Jazz Coordinator) for more information: