YJED MasterClass signups are open!



What is a YJED MasterClass?

  • While we cannot rehearse or perform as a group right now (see link for details), it is important to continue YJED's educational mission to help develop top high school jazz musicians from 20+ high schools in DuPage County and surrounding areas.

  • The YJED MasterClass program is structured to provide online clinics by top jazz performers, educators, and clinicians on specific topics of interest to these high school jazz musicians.

  • The online clinics will be scheduled for an hour, including a talk by a Jazz Master, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Who is eligible to attend an online YJED MasterClass?

  • All 2019-20 members of YJED (whether still in high school or graduated) - Mr. Blazek will email you at the email you used last year.

  • Prospective members of YJED who would be eligible to audition for the 2020-21 season. If you live in or near DuPage County (close enough to attend weekly rehearsals in Wheaton), perform in your high school jazz band program, and are able to play high-level jazz ensemble music.

  • High school jazz band directors with students who would be eligible geographically to be a member of YJED.  [As part of our continued support of local high school jazz band programs, we want to provide you the opportunity to impart some YJED Jazz Master wisdom that you think your students may benefit from!]

  • Other jazz music students and instructors at selected institutions. If you are in this category, you have been given an access code to sign up for the YJED MasterClass

How to sign up for a YJED MasterClass

  1. If you were a 2019-2020 YJED Member, jump to Step 6 (and be sure to use the email address that Mr. Blazek uses to send you email).

  2. If you have already registered with YJED from this page (either as a high school jazz musician interested in YJED or as a high school jazz band director), jump to Step 6

  3. If you have been given an access code, jump to Step 6 (and be sure to use the access code you were given)

  4. If you are a high school jazz band director and have not already registered with YJED, click this link to confirm your eligibility and register, then jump to step 6.

  5. If you are a high school jazz musician and have not already registered with YJED, click this link to confirm your eligibility and register, then jump to step 6.

  6. Now that you are at Step 6, click the link(s) below to sign up for any YJED MasterClasses that are currently available for sign-up:

About our upcoming YJED Jazz Master clinicians:

Composed bass lines can be very important when composing and arranging jazz tunes, especially with many Latin-jazz and funk-jazz genres.  But how to come up with lines that will lay well on the bass, make your bass player smile, and create that irresistible groove?

Eric Hochberg (website link) is a Chicago-based performer and recording artist, whose 40 years of mastery on the upright and electric bass will fuel his February 22 YJED MasterClass on "Writing Effective Bass Lines for the non-bassist".

With over 1000 recording sessions under his belt, and having performed with jazz greats including Pat Metheny, Cannonball Adderley, and Kurt Elling, Eric can speak both as a composer and bassist about how to create bass lines and not only work, but can elevate a piece of music. 


And even if you are not writing (yet!), you'll still come away with insights of how a bass player powers the rhythmic and harmonic  structure of a large band or small group

About our previous YJED Jazz Master clinicians:

Alan Baylock (website link) is a jazz composer and leader of the renown "One O'clock Lab Band" at the University of North Texas who will be our January 18 clinician speaking on "Getting started writing music for your big band or combo".


Prior to leading the Grammy nominated "One O'clock", he served as chief arranger for the USAF "Airmen of Note" for 20 years.  He has written for a "who's who" of jazz and pop artists.  He graduated from UNT in 1994, where his student writing was featured on their CDs .

Mike Smith (website link) is a Chicago-based recording artist, professor,  who will be our December 7 clinician.


After playing in the Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich big bands, Mike spent 13 years playing lead alto and music contracting for Frank Sinatra.  Subsequently, he has also played with many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, and Art Farmer.


He has recorded 8 CDs under his own name, and is a professor at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt College. 

Wycliffe Gordon (website link) is a recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator who was our November 2 clinician.


Recognized multiple times by Downbeat Magazine (Best Trombone) and the Jazz Journalists Association (Trombonist of the Year), he was an integral member of Wynton Marsalis's  septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.


He has recorded 21 CDs under his own name, and performed with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, David Sanborn, and many others.

Wycliffe was a Guest Artist on our YJED 2007 album

The YJED MasterClass series is supported in part by a grant from the JCS Arts, Health, and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation

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