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4.30.22 is International Jazz Day! Please, Ask /call 1st for *Andrea* on phone 703-965-0245 (I receive a little credit when we shop together in-person or in an online order,) or walking into REED’s Jewelers in Springfield. Developed in the 1890’s; Jazz music stimulates a calm that lowers heart rate. Perfect conditions for a calm Marriage Proposal! I’ve featured a Pear/ Halo Ring here, but You do You! Drop by to your Jazz event, today. Pray for Peace; Speak of your fav Coltrane & Davis track 😊 & Call/ DM or Come by and see me so we find the perfect ring for Your Engagement! Please contact me with any questions you may have, Administrator. If you're reading this, kindly consider referring me. Jewelry & Watch Loving People, Join my page:
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I'm looking to replace the keyboard at The Jazz Workshop. My goal is to find something that's as much like a real piano as possible. I'd like it to be simple, with minimal controls, and designed to replicate the action / sound of a real piano to the highest possible degree (within what's possible of course).

I had been looking at the Roland RD-2000, which looks incredible - but it looks a little too fiddly / complicated, honestly. If there was something simpler / less distracting in terms of UI, that would be ideal.

I'd love to get suggestions / opinions. Thanks in advance!
Chris Grasso Wayne Wilentz Allyn Johnson
If you have a jazz group to play with on a regular basis, you know how much that means to you, and how special it is.
Finding a group to play with is a precious thing.

However, I know that there are many people who play and love jazz who don't have access to that experience.

I started The Jazz Workshop 15 years ago in 2007 because I wanted to make this experience available for everyone.

The Jazz Workshop is a place to play jazz - which is something we all need. But it's also a place to learn and grow, and a place to be seen and heard as well - not only by your peers, but by a professional jazz musician and coach who is there to help you have the best possible experience, and to get you where you want to go.

I invite you to come to our studio in Tysons Corner, VA and try a free session, with no obligation to continue. You'll love being part of our community of like-minded musicians, and having a great group to play with every week. I think you'll really love what we have to offer.

(If you'd like to learn more, visit our website at the link below. Our contact info is at the bottom of every page on our website.)
Local Jazz Man!
This is what my life looks like this week! Getting ready for our first in-person sessions starting this Saturday at The Jazz Workshop.
Just got an email that you are reopening June 19. Great news and good luck!
I still use this list in The Jazz Workshop, often.
Musicians who were pro level at jazz and classical: Andre Previn, Wynton Marsalis. Others?
It took a few takes to get this video right because someone was operating machinery outside, but I finally got it!
Happy to be sharing this announcement with everyone about new online sessions at The Jazz Workshop. 🎶🎶🎶
I've been spending my shelter-in-place time creating some new online programming for The Jazz Workshop. Join us!
What are the correct changes to the turnaround of Footprints (measures 17-20)?
This is deep. Like, I'm not even sure I understand. I guess he's saying, set a metronome, at a pretty slow tempo, so it only hits once every measure, or every two measures. Then, without doing anything physical, like tapping your foot, or even counting the sub-beat, play along. 🤯
Παρασκευή, λιακάδα, ταράτσα και νέες αφίξεις με Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Jazz Workshop, The Budos Band, Christoph de Babalon, Nightmares On Wax, El Michels Affair, St Germain, Almunia, Shinichi Atobe, Psychemagik, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, Floating Points, Oneness Of Juju , Charles Brackeen, Chaka Khan , Yussef Kamaal , Portishead, Horace Silver - Blue Note Records, Blue Note Records, Mr Bongo, Schema Records, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Turbojazz, Loz Goddard, Wink, Strictly Rhythm, Bill Withers, Roy E. Ayers, Mulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) plus more!
Trumpet and Trombone Players Needed for Capital Lab Big Band Tuesday Sessions

The Capital Lab Band is a full jazz big band that needs more talented trumpet and trombone players! You should be a capable music reader, but you don't have a be a perfect sight-reader, and you don't need to solo (but you can if you want!).

We meet Tuesdays at 7 pm, and play until 9 pm. Sessions are at the River Park apartment building, 1311 Delaware avenue SW, DC. There's street parking, or it's two blocks from the Waterfront Metro Station (one block straight down 4th St., then one block left down N St).

We gig at least every 3 months at Mr. Henry's Capitol Hill.

Want to give us a try?
The iReal Pro app is great for chord changes, especially in its ability to transpose (e.g., for singers). Is there a similar program that has song melodies, and can also transpose on the fly? Didn’t the Real Book publisher come out with something like that?
After a quick 12-bar blues intro, Basie Straight Ahead is an AABA song, where the A section starts on the IV, and winds its way down. Do you know other AABA songs where the A section starts on the IV? Stella By Starlight starts on the sharp-IV, which is similar...

The energy of a jazz jam session, the structure of a college improv class, and the fun of a great ti

The Jazz Workshop is Northern Virginia's premier destination for those who are looking to play jazz in a group. Whatever your level, we will put you in a group that meets at the same time each week, and challenges and inspires you, while you learn and grow as a jazz musician and improviser. Contact us today for more information, and for your free trial session.

Operating as usual


On this day in 1926, John Coltrane was born.

Photo: Jim Marshall


A beautiful tribute to Joey Defrancesco, from Christian McBride.

HOME | The Jazz Workshop 08/05/2022

The Jazz Workshop has a new website!
Have a look around, and send us a message if you like.

HOME | The Jazz Workshop ​Since 2007, The Jazz Workshop has offered DC-area musicians a convenient way to develop their jazz skills in a friendly group environment. Our program is structured to help players overcome the most common barriers standing in the way of their development.


Us too, George. ❤️🎶


The Jazz Workshop is proud to announce our 14th anniversary!

We opened our doors in July 2007, and since then it's been our honor and privilege to provide a place where we can celebrate our love of jazz with our students - currently around 90 people attending 19 two-hour sessions each week in our Tysons Corner studio.

We want to thank all of our past and present students for being part of our community. And for our future students, we look forward to working with you soon.
Here's to many more years of playing music together.


We're happy to announce that The Jazz Workshop will be re-opening for in-person sessions at our Tysons Corner lesson studio on Saturday, June 19th.

This is your chance to join a great jazz group where you'll learn and grow each week, playing with other musicians at your same skill level, whatever that may be.

Contact us today to schedule your free trial session, either by emailing us at [email protected], or sending a message here on FB. Let's get started!


New session alert! Join us online for this exciting opportunity.

Hello Facebook!
I'd like to let everyone know about a new online session The Jazz Workshop will be offering to the public.

This will be taking place on Wednesdays in May, from Noon - 1pm EST (May 5, 12, 19, 26).
Tuition for each hour-long session is $15 ($10 for Jazz Workshop members), and sessions will take place online, over Zoom (so of course this is available to you anywhere in the world).

Each session will be split into 2 half-hour sections:

PART 1: Reading and Internalizing Jazz Rhythm

I'll be guiding us through a series of written rhythmic exercises. You'll read these along with me, using your voice or by tapping on something, or clapping, or whatever your preference.
These sessions will be on Zoom, so you'll be muted - which means, hopefully, a pressure-free opportunity to read these rhythms and try to deliver them with conviction, with a metronome on 2&4.

The purpose will be not only to strengthen our rhythmic sense (and of course our reading!) but also to learn these classic jazz rhythms, and hopefully to get stronger at delivering these rhythms as part of our improvisation.

PART II: Singing Root Motion (and related ear-training exercises)

We'll be singing the "root motion" of several chord progressions,
with the goal of really internalizing the harmony of these tunes and strengthening our ear generally. We'll use a three step process for each tune - singing just the roots, then "1, 2, 3" from every root, and then "1, 3, 5".

Blues (Bb and F)
Blue Bossa
Autumn Leaves
Black Orpheus

Again, this will be over Zoom, so you'll be muted, which I hope again will be a low-pressure chance to strengthen your skills in this area.

If you're interested in trying these sessions, or in getting more information about them - contact me at paul @ thejazzworkshop . net (no spaces), or send me a message here on FB.

Thanks - I look forward to working with you!

The Real Book - 99% Invisible 04/08/2021

The Real Book - 99% Invisible Since the mid-1970s, almost every jazz musician has owned a copy of the same book. It has a peach-colored cover, a chunky, 1970s-style logo, and a black plastic binding. It’s delightfully homemade-looking—like it was printed by a bunch of teenagers at a Kinkos. And inside is the sheet music for ...

Ear Training: Singing 13th Arpeggios 03/29/2021

Here's the latest YouTube video from Paul Pieper / The Jazz Workshop:
"Ear Training: Singing 13th Arpeggios".
Check it out, and be sure to subscribe for lots more great content!

Ear Training: Singing 13th Arpeggios Singing 13th arpeggios will train your ear and make you a better musician, whatever instrument you play. But where do we start? Sing along with Paul and let'...


Check out this photo I found of me and Elvin Jones at Bradley’s back in 1991! Elvin just came to hang and decided he wanted to sit in. What a great night. If you look closely, you can see my E string hanging off! That’s how intense it got! 🔥 🔥 James Williams was playing piano, Carl Allen was playing drums and Javon Jackson was playing tenor. George Coleman Sr. showed up and said to Javon, “Gimme that horn!” 🤣 ( 📷: Susan Ragan/AP)


We have some amazing musicians in The Jazz Workshop. One of our groups decided to produce this collaborative video, and I’m excited to share it here today.

The tune is Sam Rivers’ “Beatrice”.
And the musicians are:

Rob Orwin: alto saxophone
David Walker: tenor saxophone
Jeremy Markowitz: guitar
Ethan Shenkman: piano
Tom Loughlin: drums
Paul Pieper: bass

It’s my privilege to be able to work with these amazing people in The Jazz Workshop, and I’m grateful that we can continue making music in these times.
Look for another video from this group soon!


So beautiful. One master pays tribute to another.


What are some jazz standards that explicitly mention musical instruments? Here are two examples to get us started:

"Quiet chords from my guitar..." (Corcovado)

"Here I go again
I hear those trumpets blow again" (Taking a Chance On Love)

Others? Can we get to ten? 🎸🎷🎺🎻🎹

Who's Streaming Tonight 07/14/2020

Hats off to Jack Gruber for this amazing resource, which shows which jazz artists are streaming online each day / night. Fantastic!

Who's Streaming Tonight See where and when your favorite jazz artists are streaming, all in one place!


Getting ready to leave the Workshop after a great day of online sessions. We’ve upgraded to a wired Ethernet connection that lets us provide an optimal experience.
I’m grateful to be able to continue working with our amazing students.


Here's a great Bb blues to learn on a Friday afternoon - J.J. Johnson's "Wee-Dot".
I think the title is a rendering of the first two notes and the syllables you might use to sing them.

This tune leads off Art Blakey's seminal 1954 recording "A Night At Birdland Vol. 2". It's packed with classic bop language. The last four bars are the same melodic fragment that forms the basis of Dizzy Gillespie's "Ool Ya Koo".

This tune is pure joy. Sing it and snap your fingers on 2 & 4 and make the world a little bit hipper. See below for a YouTube link to the recording.


The Jazz Workshop is excited to announce our new online instrumental sessions, featuring our Director, award winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Paul Pieper, which will begin April 1st. Contact us to learn more.


TJW Director Paul Pieper shares news about new programming at The Jazz Workshop.


Here's a Facebook Live performance from JW Director Paul Pieper from this past Tuesday.


Currently enrolled students of The Jazz Workshop, please check your email for a message from the Director. Wishing everyone safety and peace during this uncertain time.


Hey The Jazz Workshop Friends, check out our new hand sanitizing station! Also, currently enrolled students, please check your email for a note from our Director.

The Jazz Workshop takes the current events surrounding COVID-19 impacts to the Washington D.C. Metro area seriously. We care about the health of our faculty and students. We maintain a clean facility, and in addition to our normal processes, as of Thursday, March 12, 2020 our Instructors are disinfecting common hard surfaces (doorknobs, bathroom surfaces, chairs, water cooler, keyboard, etc.) with anti-viral surface cleaners before and after each session.

Washing hands carefully for 20 seconds has been proven to be effective at preventing the transfer of bacteria and viruses. It’s a great time to hum or sing your favorite song for twenty seconds. (The first sixteen bars of “All of Me” at 180 bpm is exactly 20 seconds!) Meanwhile, we have installed a hand sanitizing station near the water cooler.

Currently enrolled students, please check your email for more information.

We are open for business, and following Health Department recommendations. We look forward to seeing you.

Always Something There To Remind Me 02/27/2020

Always Something There To Remind Me This is my septet arrangement of Burt Bacharach's "Always Something There To Remind Me". I'm playing guitar, bass, drums, piano (not shown in video), and alt...


TONIGHT (Sunday Feb. 23rd) from 7 - 11pm, The Jazz Workshop will be hosting our monthly performance / jam session event at the Epicure Café in Fairfax, VA.

Come hear two of our groups perform for an hour each, and then join us for an open jazz jam session where all instrumentalists are welcome.
Don't miss it - we'll see you there!

The Five Forms 02/17/2020

Song form is a big deal in jazz. But why? Read our latest blog entry here:

The Five Forms The first thing that all jazz improvisers must master is song form, or just “the form” of the tune. “Keeping the form” is perhaps the most…


Jazz Workshop Director Paul Pieper will be playing in Hyattsville, MD tonight. Come out!

I’m looking forward to playing tonight (Friday 1/31) from 7-10pm with the wonderful Lena Seikaly at Maryland Meadworks in Hyattsville, MD. I’ll be on guitar, and Jeff Reed will be on bass.

Come enjoy some great music with us in this cozy listening room. And seriously, have you tried the hibiscus mead?


Join us at the Epicure Café in Fairfax VA tonight (Sunday 1/26) for our performance/jam session!
From 7 - 9pm, you'll hear two of our groups perform.
Then from 9 - 11pm we open things up for a jam session where all instrumentalists are welcome.

It's going to be a great time. We'll see you there!

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died 01/19/2020

RIP Jimmy Heath. A master has left us.

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.


We had some fun at the Workshop today in the 2:15pm session with a bit of jazz trivia - songs with titles that fit the formula of "_____ and ______", with three words total in the title.
We came up with a few:

Moon and Sand (this got us started)
Night and Day
Body and Soul

I have a feeling this list could get pretty long. Any other ideas? (jazz tunes only, or tunes that could plausibly be jazz tunes).


A highlight of the JEN conference for me was meeting Chuck Sher, the publisher. His books have been a big part of my musical life for the last 30 years, and I’m glad I got to tell him so in person.


A joyous moment here at the JEN conference just a minute ago. 🎉🎺🎷


The music at the conference is SO GOOD. Here’s a short video of the NYU Wayne Shorter ensemble doing Wayne’s “Endangered Species”, from the record “Atlantis”.


Great to catch up with the amazing Rick Beato at the JEN conference tonight! I’ve enjoyed Rick’s YouTube channel for many years. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I recommend it highly.


Its on tonight (Sun 12/29) at the Epicure Café in Fairfax! Come shake off that post-holiday stupor with us.

From 7 - 9pm, come hear two of our groups perform.
Then from 9 - 11, we open things up for a jam session where all instrumentalists are welcome.

Join us whether to play or just listen. We'll see you tonight!


Wayne Shorter

One of the greatest jazz albums of all time.

On this day 55 years ago, Wayne walked into Van Gelder Studio w/ Freddie Hubbard Music, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Elvin Jones, and recorded this masterpiece.

Tomorrow night at 1:30 am (Eastern) (technically the 26th), the group Palladium will perform "Speak No Evil" in full at Smalls Jazz Club in New York. One set, $20 cover at the door. Personnel: JD Allen (tenor saxophone), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Julius Rodriguez (piano), Neal Caine (bass) & Rodney Green (drums); produced by Jesse Markowitz. Livestream at


What a great jam session we had tonight. Thanks to all who came out!

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We have some amazing musicians in The Jazz Workshop. One of our groups decided to produce this collaborative video, and ...
An update from Paul Pieper, Director of The Jazz Workshop
A joyous moment here at the JEN conference just a minute ago. 🎉🎺🎷
The music at the #JEN2020 conference is SO GOOD. Here’s a short video of the NYU Wayne Shorter ensemble doing Wayne’s “E...
I had a great time attending the Loudoun Jazz Society’s jam session in Leesburg VA last night. Here’s the tail end of th...
I made a video last week to pay tribute to one of my musical heroes, Sonny Rollins. This is "Moritat", aka "Mack the Kni...
We put new top and bottom heads on all the drums today (including the bass drum). To celebrate, let's play a little "nam...
Here's my take on "Crowd-Sourcery", on tenor sax. 2 choruses melody, 3 solo, 1 melody. Thanks to all the co-composers!




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