Chris Ishee, Director
SFYSA Jazz Ensembles include two groups, Jazz Essentials and Jazz Performance. Jazz Essentials covers basic improv and music theory concepts, with an emphasis on providing students with the basic skills and comfort level to perform and improvise in contemporary music idioms. Special jazz rhythm-section concepts are also addressed in this class. Jazz Essentials students perform a small program in the Winter and Spring concerts. Jazz Performance, the advanced section, covers more sophisticated improv concepts with an emphasis on concert level preparation. Placement into either section is at the Director’s discretion, but is contingent upon several factors, including the student’s performing ability, knowledge of music theory, necessary instrumentation, and the student’s age.