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.
CJS Sunday Jazz (Virtual) Jam
Students of all ages who can read music are welcome at the Sunday Jazz Jams…
Join us to chat about jazz improv, trade solos with everyone, and talk about jazz via Zoom at our monthly jazz jam sessions. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom invite.
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!
Watch this space for the charts for the Dec 13th jam:
2020-21 CJS Sunday Virtual Jazz Jam dates ~ from 4-4:45 pm:
Dec 13 | Jan 17 | Feb 14 | March 14 | April 11 |
Dinner with the Gaffigans Theme Song
Download the Dinner with the Gaffigans Theme Song Music Below
My wife, Amy, and I have been blessed by the fun, passion, concern for fellow humans, and family time we have enjoyed by watching the Dinner with the Gaffigans since last March. Oh yeah, we are also long-time fans of Jim’s well-crafted humor (thanks to Jeannie for your role in Jim’s editing, and thanks to all the kids for the inspirations for humor that you provide).
We invite anyone who wants to play these songs to download them from the link below.
Peace to all.
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.