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Bucket Buddies (Ages 5-8) Pure Percussion (Ages 8+)

Introduction to drums



Woodwind Workout


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Upcoming Events

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"Chasing the Changes"

with Shaun Johnson

Chicago trumpeter Shaun Johnson will present a 3-part series on approaching chord changes and learning new jazz standards. This series will focus on the process of learning jazz tunes and melodic improvisation. All skill levels are welcome to attend this series.

Trumpeter Shaun Johnson is highly respected by his peers for his humility and skill and believes music is a therapy through which he can interact with and uplift people. Shaun has graced stages all over the world, including stages in Italy, Poland and Chicago’s House of Blues. He has also performed with jazz legends Von Freeman and Fred Anderson. The Chicago native is a husband, father, mentor and positive example to his community and is widely acclaimed as a captivating, yet humble, musician who seeks to dedicate his life to sharing his love for music.

Currently, Shaun performs, composes and records with many groups and is using his extensive experience with performing, composing, arranging and music copying to produce The Shaunlive Project, a way for Shaun to share his life’s dedication to music through mentorship, workshops, recordings and live performances. It is an extension of his utmost desire to uplift people through music

GI Jam: Poetry Edition

with host DJ Que 11

Dj Que 11 is back for another Jam for the ages. This time he is bringing students and veteran poets to grace the stage. Come out and get you fingers ready for snapping at the GI Jam: Poetry Edition.

Samuell Jewell & ItzUs

A Benefit Concert for the Griffin Institute

Samuel Jewell and ItzUs come together for 2 nights of soul touching sounds to benefit the students of the Griffin Institute. This production is sure to sooth your hearts and relax your minds with special appearances by students of the Griffin Institute.

Tickets and Special Packages

Food and reserved seating is available with select tickets. VIP Tickets: $35 General Admission: $25

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Jazz.Academy

January 20, 2018-May 12, 2018


Instrumental students of ALL levels can learn from musicians of the 

CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC! We still have openings for BRASS and STRING students!


15-weeks of Jam Sessions, Jazz Orchestra and Master Classes

Saturdays, January 20 – May 12 

1:00pm - 3:30pm



Jazz Academy is pleased to continue our weekly Saturday Jazz Academy.

The second session is a 15 week program available to instrumental students grades 5-12. Students will enjoy a half hour jam session, an hour of master class and an hour of ensemble rehearsal.  Ensembles for Level 1 students are jazz band and string ensemble classes.  Level 2 students will form the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Youth Ensemble, mirroring the CJP professional orchestra in instrumentation - strings, woodwinds, brass and rhythm section - and performing CJP's signature 'third stream' repertoire.

Chicago State University

9501 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Tuition: $265 per student

Scholarships Available!


Questions? Contact


Jennifer Thompson, Program Coordinator

Tel. (312) 965.6789 text or call



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

1/11/18 Jacob Slocum

Jacob Slocum is an Artist who approaches his medium of music through the Lens of Jazz. Made Eclectic by Design. Although Firmly rooted in an ethos of Soulfulness (the Blues, the music of the Black Church, and the tradition of Jazz); Jacob lives by Charlie Parkers words that there is no boundary line to art. Jacob is an artist easily at home in a variety of settings and genres secular or sacred ins

1/18/18 Barrett Harmon


Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop, Latin, and the Blues became part of Barrett Harmon’s identity, due to his mother exposing him to a variety of music at an early age. The early influences of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson,Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Howlin’ Wolf, kept him singing often. 


Caravan F min

So What


A Night in Tunisia

Red Clay

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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