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.
Chapin Jazz X-tet at 129 Center Cut
Celebrate Valentines Day with the Chapin Jazz X-tet at Grayslake’s hippest place to dine and hear live music. Bill Chapin-piano, Paul Nielsen-bass, and Daniel Beckwith will serve up a selection of lively and luscious jazz love songs over by the fireplace. Join us!
- Saturday, Feb 15 ~ 7:00-10:00 pm
129 Center St, Grayslake, IL
GJCW Registration for 2020 Is Open
Registration is now open for the 2020 Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop
Learn jazz tunes, improvisation skills, and jazz theory.
Learn and perform with a jazz combo.
Early bird deadline for registration is May 15th. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Chapin Jazz X-tet at the LakeHouse, Lake Bluff
Come join the X-tet at the LakeHouse, where we serve up a side of blues, Latin and swing jazz tunes to complement your dinner. Every weekend, alternating Fridays and Saturdays, year-round. In February we are featuring jazz tunes with a “love” theme. Expect to hear tunes such as My Funny Valentine, There Is No Greater Love, and Lover Man.
- Sat Feb 8, 6-8 pm
- Fri Feb 14, 6;30-8:30 pm
- Sat Feb 22, 6-8 pm
- Fri Feb 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
525 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff IL
Call 847-295-7140 for reservations
CJS Sunday Jazz Jam
Students of all ages who can read music are welcome at the Sunday Jazz Jams…
We start each session with a coached tune. Then participants select the jazz standards for jamming. Fake books, drums, bass, piano, keyboards, and amps are provided. Just bring your horn and your spirit of adventure for a fun opportunity to play and improve your improv skills–mostly playing, with a bit of helpful coaching.
The jam is a friendly environment where musicians can try out and learn more about improvising jazz. And it’s free! Want to improve as an improviser? Come join us!
2019-20 CJS Sunday Jazz Jam dates ~ always from 4-5:30 pm:
2/9 ~ 3/15 ~ 4/5 ~ 5/3
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
Drew Chapin Scholarship
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.