MENTORSHIP

When students perform with their mentors, they are pushed to a higher level of musicianship


 Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 

HIGHLIGHTS

The heart and soul of the Jazz Apprenticeship Program is the “Common Session” which has become the focal point of the curriculum. Similar to the “Celebrity Night” jam sessions that occurred at Minton’s Playhouse in the 40s and 50s, the new generation of talent perform with the experienced generation of musician’s in an intensely challenging environment. The concept of “learning on the bandstand” is the old-school approach that our program values as a continued tradition. 

ANNUAL PROGRAMS

The Jazz Apprenticeship Program offers unique programs that include courses in improvisation, jazz harmony, ensembles and a common session where students perform with their mentors. 

A variety of courses range from amateur to professional levels and are designed to provide a strong academic structure while developing the artistic awareness of being a jazz musician.

IMPROVISATION

Students learn various methods of harmonic, melodic, modal and bebop structures for gaining improvisational skills

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ENSEMBLES

Large and small ensembles are coached by a mentor with emphasis on the stylistic and interactive aspects of group performance

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COMMON SESSIONS

Advanced level students rehearse and perform with iconic professionals in an intensely challenging environment

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OUR MENTORS

PAST & PRESENT

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SLIDE HAMPTON

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RODNEY JONES

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HUGH FRASER

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CECIL MCBEE

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RUFUS REID

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SARINA BACHLEITNER

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BRUCE COX

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PATIENCE HIGGINS

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ABOTSI GODWIN

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MIKE LONGO

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CHRIS PARKER

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JESSE ANDRUS

1957-2013

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JOHN STUBBLEFIELD

1945-2005

OUR STORY

The Jazz Apprenticeship Program was inspired by the life-long relationship between founding director 

Sarina Bachleitner and her mentor John Stubblefield who was pivotal to the success of her professional career. 

With an affinity for mentorship, Ms. Bachleitner strives to pass down the legacy of jazz by uniting the younger generation 

of musicians with established and notable professionals.

SARINA BACHLEITNER

Sarina Bachleitner is a pianist, composer and the founding director of the Jazz Apprenticeship Program. Highlights of her career include composing an Operetta for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and aired on PBS, co-founding the Discover Jazz Festival, directing the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Preparatory Division, contracting for the film Gray Matters and arranging for the King of  Thailand. She has managed several bands including the successful Motown band called Shaketown and has shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Anthony Braxton, Pat LaBarbara, the Parker Brothers, Mo Holmes and the Pioneers, Glenn ​Miller Orchestra and the Stan Rubin Big Band. Ms. Bachleitner is the recipient of the 2017 University of North Texas Music Entrepreneurship Award.

JOHN STUBBLEFIELD

1945-2005

The late, great saxophonist John Stubblefield was a notable educator and composer who performed with icons such as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mulgrew Miller, the Fort Apache Band and the World Saxophone Quartet. As a leader he produced notable songs such as Prelude, Confession', Midnight Over Memphis and Midnight Sun. Successor to Charles Mingus, he directed the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty Band and served as director at Rutgers University and the Jazz Mobile in Harlem NY and was a mentor at the Jazz Apprenticeship Program.

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