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 Students Perform @ Grayslake’s Arts Fest

Jazz piano students from Chapin Jazz Studio will perform swing, Latin, and blues tunes at the Grayslake Arts Fest Holiday Art Show. 
Stop in at the performance at Grayslake Village Hall, 10 Seymour Av, 2nd Floor between 5 and 8 pm on Friday, Nov 24th.

Chapin Jazz X-tet @ Center Cut December 8thth

Join us for our next CJS Sunday Jazz Jam on Sunday, Dec 10th at 3:30 pm. 

At the November jam, we played Blues by Five, Song for My Father, Impressions, and Cold Duck Time.

And hear them play at the GAA Holiday Art Show at 7 pm on Friday, Nov 24th, Grayslake Village Hall, 10 Seymour Av, Grayslake, IL

CJS Sunday Jazz Jam

Students of all ages who can read music are welcome at the Sunday Jazz Jams…

Next Jam? Sun, Dec 10th!

Join us on Sunday, Dec 10th from 3:30-5 pm to play some jazz tunes. 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!

CSJ Jazz Jam Dates for 2023-24:

Dec 10 | Jan 14 | Feb 11 | Mar 17 | Apr 14 | May 5


Chapin Jazz X-tet Recording

Recorded in early 2021, Suspended Bridges is composed by Bill Chapin. Jim Batson-bass, Bill Chapin-piano and melodica, and Jim Richardson-drums recorded themselves at home; Bill assembled it as part of an adventure in learning about audio and video recording, editing, and mixing.


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 $2,500 scholarship are raised through donations through the Grayslake Central High School Online Store