JAM Improv (JAI)

JAM Improv Overview:

Our new jazz improvisation program, “JAM Improv”, offers a curriculum that provides a solid foundation on the traditional and the “outside” approaches. Led by renowned saxophonist, composer and director, Paul Carr, our instructors guide adult students, ages 16 and up, in learning a basic repertoire of jazz material, jazz improvisation including scatting and period based interpretation. Basic instrumental and vocal techniques imparted to include chord progressions, posture, ear training, sight-reading, pitch and tone.

Program Description:
The JAM Improv program offers six sessions that focus on learning the jazz improvisation concepts. You will work with a professional rhythm section to enhance your skills in the interpretation of the music. There will be monthly assignments given at each session to prepare you for your next session. Also, there will be two (2) performances at a professional venue, including the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

As with all JAM offerings, students will learn while having fun! You will jam along with your peers and professional instructors in a welcoming and supportive environment. The JAI focus is on the straight-ahead jazz genre.

So, if you want to improvise and learn more performance techniques including:

    • Rhythm and time
    • Developing your own style
    • Performance techniques
    • Complementing the rhythm section
    • Ear training
    • Musicianship
    • Scatting (vocalists)

Then, JAM Improv is for you…

October 27, 2015; November 10, 2015; January 12, 2016; March 15, 2016; April 12, 2016; and May 10, 2016.

Marketing – The Music Business:
BONUS OFFER – Attend 5 or more sessions and the JAM Improv Marketing class is free. This is a $25 value!

    To Register for JAM Improv:



MACJO Accepting
Applications Now!


The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (MACJO) is the premier performing and networking honor group for select collegiate jazz musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. The MACJO was founded in 2009 as an initiative of the Cumberland Jazz Society. Effective August of 2016, MACJO became a division of the Jazz Academy of Music.

MACJO has performed at such notable venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Kennedy Center, St. Peters Church (NYC), Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in New Orleans, in addition to their annual April performance in Cumberland, MD. This year marks the group’s debut performance on the Ronnie Wells Main Stage at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD. For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival please visit the website at Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

Deadline: November 14, 2016 CLICK HERE for more information.

JAO Opening for
Delfeayo Marsalis

The Jazz Academy Orchestra will be opening for Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Mardi Gras style gala. This is a pre-festival fundraising event at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Thursday, February 16, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Tickets starting at $165.00 Click here to purchase tickets online.


Arts and Humanities of MoCo The Jazz Academy of Music, Inc. is funded in part by the Montgomery County government and the Art & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.