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Youth Jazz Workshops

Spring 2021

Tuesdays or Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm ET, 12-week session, Jan 26 – Apr 15
Online classes

This is a 12-week online applied program offered to students in grades 7-12 who want to continue improving their individual skills within the context of an interactive jazz workshop. The 90-minute weekly sessions provide students the opportunity to grow their individual skills within a supportive and relaxed workshop environment, with a concentration on exploring jazz improvisation, styles, standard repertoire, theory, and history. There are two sessions for this class (Tues or Thurs) taught by Lovell Bradford and Sean Higgins. Audition placement is required.

Pre-requisites for this workshop:

  • Students with at least two years of musical experience.  A basic proficiency with your instrument, and understanding of chords and theory, would be beneficial.
  • No audition required.  A note from a music instructor indicating level of music experience would be beneficial.
  • Students are not expected to have prior experience with jazz.


  • Instrument (woodwind, brass, piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, string) in working condition
  • Access to reliable wireless internet or ethernet connection
  • Reliable computer for class on; this could be a webcam, laptop with webcam, smartphone with camera, iPad, Tablet, etc
  • Backing tracks with the iRealPro app or others to be determined
  • A working email address. Students will be emailed PDF’s of the examples covered in the course.
  • Pencil and paper (for notes); you can also use your device.

Faculty Bios

Lovell Bradford: Adjunct professor of piano at Davidson College where he also studied Music and Art, Lovell Bradford is well known artist, performing on a number of top recordings in both the Gospel and Jazz traditions. Bradford is a native of Gary Indiana. His first musical influences were in church where his first teacher, his grandmother, played every Sunday. His gifts grew and took him to Central State University where he would broaden his musical sphere of influences. He began playing in the jazz scene of Columbus, OH before moving to Charlotte, NC. Lovell has performed with artists such as Pharez Whitted, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, and many others. Bradford is currently the lead teaching artists for the JazzArts Academy.

Sean Higgins: Pianist, composer, and educator, Sean Higgins is an international touring and recording artist acting as a musical ambassador to audiences worldwide. While classically trained, his own group offers a modern take on the jazz trio configuration. He has played in many NYC clubs such as The Jazz Standard, Smoke, Dizzy’s-Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Lenox Lounge. Sean was a member of the Winard Harper Sextet for 2 years and has shared the stage with Antonio Hart, Charles McPherson, Bobby Watson, John Clayton, Russell Malone, and many others. Higgins enjoys exploring many musical genres and has played keyboards in many commercial settings such as R&B, pop, and fusion. Higgins completed a Bachelors in Jazz Performance at UNC-Wilmington, and a Masters at Northern Illinois University.

Registration & Tuition

Registration is open now through January 22.  Space is limited.

$250 for the full session (includes $15 non-refundable registration fee)

Financial Aid is available for up to 90% off the tuition. Click here for Financial Aid Application. Please call 704-334-3900 to register if you are applying for financial aid, as you will not be able to complete registration online.

Payment options are available. Please call our office at 704-334-3900 if you need to inquire, as you will not be able to complete registration online.

Payment and Refund Policy

Tuition is due at the time of registration unless applying for financial aid or requesting a payment plan. Full payment may be made by credit/debit card, check or money order. A full refund will be granted up to one week before the first program day – minus a $15.00 registration fee.

Questions? Call the JazzArts Academy at 704-334-3900 or email at

Special Thanks to our program sponsors

Thanks to Arts and Science Council, North Carolina Arts Council, Charlotte Woman’s Club, and Akers Foundation.

Arts & Science Council
charlotte womens club
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Instructor:  Lovell Bradford

Instructor:  Sean Higgins

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