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Griffin Institute partners with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to bring 2 new programs this spring.

 "Little Giants and their Guitars" 

Instructor: Debra Parks 

Group Guitar Class for no more than 10 beginning students ages 5-8 (exceptions can be made for older students). This primer class will focus on basic guitar technique, rhythm, notation, and chords required to perform beginner level popular repertoire. Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm

"The Gospel Groove"
Samuel Jewels, Drums

Runere Brooks, Bass Guitar

Brytish C. Moore-Thomas, Piano 

An introduction to playing in a gospel rhythm section. This class is designed for beginning students ages 10-15 who want to begin their journey into playing gospel music. Whether their desire is to play in church or play for personal enjoyment, this class will provide the basic tools needed to get started. Focus areas: ear-training, sound development, form, and chord progression.
Requirements: Students should have the ability and instruments available to practice outside of class.

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

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Percussion Techniques


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

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: Warped Wonder


Thursday, January 10, 2019


Butterfly - Herbie Hancock

Interplay - Bill Evans

Passion Dance -McCoy Tyner

The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius

Second Balcony Jump - Dexter Gordon

Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

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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