Center Teaching Vid Thursday Class The Chicken

Video # 2: Working with our Thursday class

In case you missed my previous comments –

We’re back! And I am very grateful to be working with our students at the Westchester Center for Jazz. All the new technology we’ve installed to make us Covid friendly also allows us to record and playback during rehearsal and also allows us to share what we do.
And always enjoyable to watch our director Joey Berkley in action.

Joey as usual says it better than me:

For me, the journey of Jazz is about learning and expressing. I think we can all agree we now face historic uncertain times as musicians collectively. While we race to find the “new normal”, as performing musicians we do not want to give up on the “only normal” and what it takes to get there. In our own way, the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music is back at it live, expecting their students to know their scale/arpeggio exercises; rhythm-changes; time is Number 1; intonation matters, forever!!! I say, let’s learn and teach for the one normal that matters most: Miles, Monk, Trane, Bird, Brecker, Ellington, SRV, James Brown, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong and on and on…..and In Our Own Sweet Way, the Westchester Center For Jazz is back at it live.


Sunday Ensemble Improv Lesson

It’s great to be back working with our students at the Westchester Center for Jazz. All the new technology we’ve installed to make us Covid friendly also allows us to record and playback during rehearsal and also allows us to share what we do.

And always enjoyable to watch our director Joey Berkley in action.

Joey as usual says it better than me:

For me, the journey of Jazz is about learning and expressing. I think we can all agree we now face historic uncertain times as musicians collectively. While we race to find the “new normal”, as performing musicians we do not want to give up on the “only normal” and what it takes to get there. In our own way, the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music is back at it live, expecting their students to know their scale/arpeggio exercises; rhythm-changes; time is Number 1; intonation matters, forever!!! I say, let’s learn and teach for the one normal that matters most: Miles, Monk, Trane, Bird, Brecker, Ellington, SRV, James Brown, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong and on and on…..and In Our Own Sweet Way, the Westchester Center For Jazz is back at it live.

Please check out the improvisation section of our Sunday class below


WCJCM COVID Modifications

Check out this video that outlines all of our latest updates and provisions in order to ensure a safe environment for the return of our students. With guidance form the CDC and our team’s collective efforts, we have made state of the art upgrades and accommodations so that we can all come together, social distance, play our tunes, and remain as safe as possible.


We Are Back and Better Than Ever!!

There are many wonderful things happening at the Center and in Yonkers this week!!

I am so excited to announce that we are back open for socially distanced in-person and virtual classes for the Fall 2020 season! In accordance with CDC guidelines, we will be limiting class sizes to 4 to 7 people. Interested in Beginner Improvisation & Theory, Jazz Improv, Composition, general skill building, and more? Click the courses tab above to learn more about our class offerings, schedule, and pricing!

ALSO!! Our very own Liz Sander will be a guest speaker for this week's virtual Jazz Fest, TONIGHT! Visit www.artsw.org/jazzfest for more information!