FALL 2021

NMJW offers classes for adults of all ages and skill levels. Our long-running classes offer adults a chance to revisit their passion for music in a supportive setting. With classes ranging from Big Band to Jazz Improvisation to voice studies and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Since we are working remotely these days, we are asking everyone to please register online.


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We're following some COVID-safe practices.
The health and safety of our students and instructors is our primary concern, therefore all students and instructors will be required to show proof of vaccination. We will not be able to include students who have not been vaccinated due to the nature of creating music, often with singing and horn blowing, both of which could possibly put other students and instructors at risk. If you have not been vaccinated, please contact the NM Dept of Health in order to arrange a vaccine. There will be a process for requesting exemptions on medical and non-medical grounds. We appreciate your cooperation.
All participants must submit a photo/scan of their vaccination record to by Friday at 4pm for the following day's Saturday Real Book jam OR at the time of registration for an Adult Ed class. Please include which class you are registering for when emailing your vaccination card.
Due to the recent masking order for New Mexico, the Jazz Workshop
WILL NOT be hosting Saturday Jams until the order expires in November.
We will re-open our Jams when it is deemed safe to do so by the State of New Mexico.
Thank you from the NMJW staff.


Community Big Band--CANCELLED

Instructor: Henry Estrada

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

10 weeks: September 22-November 24

Wednesdays: 5:45-7:15 pM

General-$140/NMJW Members-$125



Love big band jazz music? This is the class for you!  From playing a variety of great tunes to navigating your way through chord changes and solo sections, this class will have you wailing in your final performance! Proficient music reading skills required.

Jazz Guitar

Instructor: Michael Anthony

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

6 weeks: September 13-October 18

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

General-$95/NMJW Members-$80


This course explores the art, challenges and the fun of improvising jazz on the guitar.  It includes learning tunes and related scales, arpeggios, chord forms and comping. Students will also study phrasing examples which express the language of jazz as well as techniques to facilitate these ideas and ear training. For hands on experience, a portion of class time will be spent on jamming on the material learned in class. Questions in class are encouraged. Please bring an 'acoustic' guitar, a pad and pencil. For intermediate and advanced players.

Jazz improvisation--CANCELLED

Instructor: Micky Patten

In person (5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

6 weeks: October 25-November 29

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM

General-$95/NMJW Members-$80



Our Improv class is about developing your sound, relaxing and playing with others. We’ll address topics like harmony, rhythm and form and you'll immediately apply them by playing with a rhythm section. Micky is an active jazz musician in and around Albuquerque.

Jazz singing

Instructor: Patty Stephens

On-line via ZOOM

8 weeks: September 16-November 4

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM

General-$175/NMJW Members-$155



This class will explore the basic elements of singing a song; tempo, groove, style, form and arrangement.  We’ll work on strengthening the voice and polishing your performance.  We will choose songs from the jazz standard repertoire and be accompanied by a professional musician in our recital.  This class is open to singers of all levels and is guaranteed to be a fun and enriching experience.

Latin Jazz Appreciation and Improvisation

Instructor: Rodolfo Gonzalez

On-line via ZOOM

10 weeks: September 14-November 16

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM


4 week Latin Jazz Appreciation (Sept. 14-Oct. 5): $52/General, $48/NMJW Members

6 week Latin Jazz Theory & Improvisation (Oct. 12-Nov. 16): $78/General, $72/NMJW Members

Both sections: 10 weeks (Sept. 14-Nov. 16): $130/General, $120 NMJW Members

For this session’s on-line Latin Jazz class, we are doing things a little differently! The class will be divided into two sections: Latin Jazz Appreciation and Latin Jazz theory & Improvisation. Students are welcome to take either or both!

The four-week Latin Jazz Appreciation section will explore the many facets of Latin Jazz in a non-playing format. Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Latin Fusion, and American Latin jazz will all be explored through video examples and lecture.

The six-week Latin Jazz Theory & Improvisation section will be hands on playing with students working on theory, scales, and Latin rhythms.

This will be a really fun exploration of Latin Jazz, please join us!


*When you register and get to the payment page, you will have the choice to sign up for one or both classes.

Due to the recent masking order for New Mexico, the Jazz Workshop
WILL NOT be hosting Saturday Jams until the order expires on 9/15/2021
Jams cancelled include:
Saturday, 8/21/2021
Saturday, 8/28/2021
Saturday, 9/4/2021
Saturday, 9/11/2021
We will re-open our Jams when it is deemed safe to do so by the State of New Mexico.
Thank you from the NMJW staff.

Real Book Jam

Jam Coordinator: Lisa Nichols

In person (at NMJW, 5500 Lomas Blvd. NE)

Saturdays: 10:30 am-noon and noon-1:30 pm (two sessions)

$5.00 drop-in fee