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
As a young child Gerald Holden was constantly exposed to different musical genres. His father was also a musician (a classically trained trumpeter). He would spin recordings ranging from Ray Charles to Motown to Mozart while his mother would drag him to church to hear God's word along with good old foot stomping gospel music. At the age of 9, Gerald began playing the saxophone in his school band and would continue to play throughout high school. While attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, a consuming desire to further his musicianship reunited him with jazz guru and childhood mentor Jimmy Ellis.
Since then, Gerald has been actively performing solo and with various bands throughout the Midwest. The release of his debut album entitled Fearless earned him notoriety among his musical contemporaries and led to him being featured as the McDonald's McCafe Artist of The Month hosted by 87.7FM Smooth Jazz Radio. The 2017 release of his sophomore album entitled Elleven showcases Gerald's ability not only to perform but compose. Both albums are available on iTunes as well as other mainstream digital distribution stores and are a testament to one of Chicago's most dynamic rising talents.
What You Wont Do For Love-Bobby Caldwell
Sweet Love-Anita Baker
If I Ain't Got You Baby-Alicia Keys
Love On Top-Beyonce
You Are Not Alone-Michael Jackson
Off The Wall- Michael Jackson
Mr. Magic-Grover Washington Jr.
All I Do- Stevie Wonder
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The way we came together as strangers, but our musical gifts that God gave each one of us connected us as a family. The sounds we produce are directly from our soul, and that's our goal when people hear us, we want them to feel our souls through our music. We submit our body's and minds to be vessels to be used for the Lord. From smooth jazz to gospel, R&B to funk, B.B. King to Jill Scott, We enjoy good music. The fruits of the spirit are exhibited at all times: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Praise is What I Do - William Murphy
The Comeback - Soulful Kinship
Golden - Jill Scott
Soundless Cry - Soulful Kinship
Walk with Me Lord - Chicago Gospel
He Loves Me - Jill Scott
Creep - Scary Pockets
You Got Me - The Roots
Mr. Magic - Grover Washington
The Griffin Institute of Performing Arts utilizes music, theater, and dance to assist diverse learners ages 5-18 years of age in discovering their full potential through award-winning instructional strategies and a strong commitment to student success. We aim to provide communities of need with the gift of the arts. Our hope is to unite individuals from all walks of life while creating valuable and educational experiences for all stakeholders.
Our 8-week sessions include progressive, content-based courses in the areas of music, theater, and dance. These custom courses are offered through our course catalogue and will be taught by experienced staff. Additional instruction includes private and group lessons, workshops, master-classes, and performance opportunities.
The Griffin Institute commits itself to community outreach and youth development. This is done through the hosting of career days, mentoring groups, and community performances. Although our programs will be open to the public, our focus will be students and public schools in communities of need. We seek to provide instruction to at-risk students and those that are unable to receive quality education. Staff members include certified and non-certified teachers, artists and professionals from various occupations. Volunteers, community members and business owners are encouraged to help forward our mission of enhancing the lives of children through the performing arts. These partnerships will assist GIPA in creating valuable, creative, and relevant educational experiences for our members.
The Griffin Institute believes that education is the key to success. We encourage students to unlock as many doors as possible.
We offer 8-week courses that corresponds with academic fiscal year. Our courses are taught by award winning instructors and professionals.
Take a look at our course catalogue by clicking on the "enrollment" tab at the top of this page.
Enrollment for 8-week courses include general membership.
Fall 2017 Schedule will be available July 1, 2017
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding courses.
The Griffin Institute understands that throughout life, the most successful individuals had mentorship to help guide them. All of our members will receive mentorship and guidance from our knowledgable staff and community.
The Griffin Institute tracks its students from Kindergarten through college to ensure academic, social, and professional success.
The Griffin Institute is a community of students, artists, teachers, and professionals from various career paths who are uniting to provide children with experiences that will prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.