Creative growth through improvisation
Welcome to the web site of Bill Chapin, jazz pianist and teacher. Bill plays and teaches jazz piano and bass, leads his own jazz combo, and coordinates the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop from his creative space, Chapin Jazz Studio. Explore the site and sign up for the monthly newsletter to learn more about opportunities to learn jazz at the studio and to hear jazz where Bill is playing.
Drew Chapin Memorial Concert and Jazz Jam July 31st
Come join us for this free concert in the park to raise funds for the Drew Chapin Scholarship for Change. All jazz improvisers are invited to join in the jam session.
Tuesday, July 31st, 6-8 pm
Grayslake Central Park Pavilion
Thanks to the Grayslake Park District and Knauz Auto Park for their support of this event.
Come out to enjoy the music, to play, or to enjoy an evening in the park.
Chapin Jazz X-Tet Plays 129 Center Cut
Hear the Chapin Jazz X-tet play their favorite jazz standards at Grayslake’s hippest new place to hear favorite jazz standards. Bill Chapin on keys and his friends on bass and drums.
129 Center Cut, 129 Center St, Grayslake
Wednesdays ~ 5-8 pm
- August 1 & 29
- September 19
For reservations, call 847.986.6872
GJCW Workshop Combos on Summer Concert Tour
Come out and hear the 52 students in this summer’s Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop perform at their concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Community Concert – Round Lake Beach Cultural Center, Gazebo, 2007 North Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Wed, Aug 8 – 6:00-7:30pm
Memorial Jazz Jam Concert – Central Park Pavilion, Grayslake
Tues, July 31 – 6:00-8:00pm
The Bill Chapin Jazz X-tet, a combo performing modern jazz, performs regularly in the Chicago area. Playing in formats from one to six pieces, the X-tet provides the sleek sound of solo piano, the pulse of a trio, or the harmonies of a full combo with saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Perfect for upscale dining and lounges, classy cocktail hours and receptions, fundraisers and galas, and corporate events.
The Chapin Jazz Studio offers lessons for the serious jazz pianist, for instrumentalists wanting to learn theory and explore jazz piano, and for anyone wanting to experience the fun of playing jazz piano. The studio also offers a monthly jazz jam session, jazz solo coaching, and instruction on jazz bass and composition. The Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop, where students study jazz every summer, also calls the studio home.
Meet Bill Chapin
Bill Chapin has performed as a professional pianist in the Chicago area since 1978 – as a leader of a combo, as a free-lance member of a variety of groups, and as a solo jazz pianist. As a teacher he has coached a succession of jazz pianists and improvisers at Chapin Jazz Studio, where he offers private lessons and other jazz-related learning opportunities. His students range in age from 10 through adult; and for each learner Bill’s goal is “creative growth through improvisation.”
Drew Chapin Scholarship
The Drew Chapin Memorial Scholarship for Change memorializes Drew Chapin, now deceased, a 2003 graduate of GCHS who lived his life consciously and was committed to family, the pursuit of knowledge, respect for all persons and cultures, peace, and celebrating life. The scholarship honors Grayslake Central High School students who are knowledgeable about national and international social problems and have a personal philosophy about what actions they might take to improve some aspect of our world.
Funds for the annual $2,000 scholarship are raised through the Drew Chapin Memorial Jazz Jam and Concert, held in August. At this annual concert area jazz musicians hold a jazz jam session and concert at the Grayslake Central Park Pavilion.