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GI Jam w/ host, Soulful Kinship


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Check Out Our Fall Classes

We have some exciting new classes this fall. Click here for a complete list.

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Bucket Buddies (Ages 5-8)

An introduction to rhythm, notation, and basic percussion techniques. This fun and interactive session is perfect for the future drummer.

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Expand your range and increase lip flexibility while building that great brass tone. This session guarantees success for all students.

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Woodwind Workout


Increase endurance, articulation, tone quality, and finger technique in a session that is sure to place you at the front of your section.

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Anthony Perkin Live


25 Years of Life Show/Jam Session

Experience Anthony Perkin live, accompanied by some of Chicago's best musicians and vocalist, as he celebrates 25 years of life with good vibes and good music. This live performance covers selections from the great George Duke, Pat Metheny, Sean Jones and more! After the show will be an all out Jam Session. So bring your friends, family and prefered instrument of choice!

GI JAM: Poetry Edition

GI Jam: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hosts DJ Que 11 and Lady J

GI Jam: Soulful Kinship

November 15, 2018 6pm-8pm

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Jazz Academy

 Jazz Academy - Saturdays

Designed for players of varying levels, grades 5-12, the Saturday Jazz Academy focuses on the development of the CJP Youth Ensemble, mirroring the symphonic colors of the professional orchestra and performing CJP's signature 'third stream' repertoire. Strings, woodwinds, brass, and rhythm section players welcome!

28-weeks of Jam Sessions, Jazz Orchestra and Master Classes
Date: September 22, 2018 – May 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Chicago State University (9501 S. King Drive)

Questions? Contact

Sarah Pietlicki, Program Manager

Tel. (603) 275.2905 text or call


GI Jams

Every Thursday 6pm-8pm (Food Provided)

The GI Jams are designed to give students a practical and educational platform to harness and develop their individual skills while learning professionalism and performance etiquette while sharing the stage with some of the greatest musicians and educators in the Midwest.

Each week a different professional musician will host the GI Jams. The set-lists are made available one week prior to the GI Jam.  Students may sign up for no more than 2 selections and may add their name as a "Stand BY" on as many selections as they desire.

If you are a professional musician who would like to volunteer at the Griffin Institute by hosting a Jam Session, please contact us at (708) 973-4354 or educate@thegriffininstitute.org


GI JAM: Gon Fishin'

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jam List
Rock steady - Aretha Franklin  Listen here- eddie Harris  Blue train- Gon Fishin rhythm section starts groove and students rotate in after a few choruses  On green dolphin street  Maiden voyage   Chameleon

GI Spotlight

Our CEO/President is named a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Grammy Award for Music Educator. Congratulations Dr. Griffin

The Jazz Institute of Chicago has also selected Dr. Griffin as a 2017 Jazz Educator of the Year along with David Bloom.

GI Student, Jamal Cole, inducted into the National Honor Society


On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Jamal received a great honor by being inducted into the National Honor Society. Jamal is a Junior at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, IL. under the musical direction of Valeaka Freeman. We are extremely proud of this phenomenal young man.

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The Griffin Institute of Performing Arts

14200 Chicago Rd Unit 117, Dolton, Illinois 60419, United States

(708) 973-4354

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