Jazz Forum Student Ensemble

Contact information

Phone: 914 631 1000
Email: [email protected]

Jazz Forum Arts is excited to offer a new ensemble program for aspiring young musicians, grades 5-12, offering them the opportunity to become jazz improvisors.

Under the direction of Ron Vincent and Nancy Kennedy and using a repertoire of blues and jazz standards, these ensembles will give students a chance to learn the tools of improvisation, melodic and motivic development and basic jazz harmony. Students will explore jazz while playing in a group setting of their peers under the experienced guidance of the ensemble directors. All instruments are welcome.

Please register your interest before purchasing tickets. We will get back to you via email or phone.

Play in a Jazz ensemble.

Become a Jazz improviser.

All instruments are welcome.

About the Jazz Forum Student Ensemble • Winter/Spring Sessions

The program includes ten 90 minute weekly classes and an end-of-semester concert.

In order to participate it is recommended students have a minimum two years experience on their instrument and a basic knowledge of major scales, fingerings and are comfortable reading music. There will be a consultation for admission to help ensure balanced ensembles. We welcome all interested students.

Please register your interest before purchasing tickets. We will get back to you via email or phone.

Program Overview

  • Learn to become a jazz improviser while playing in an ensemble
  • For students, grades 5-12
  • 10 weeks of ensemble sessions plus an end-of-semester concert
  • Program runs from February 6 to April 10
  • Mondays 5:30-7:00pm (90 minutes)
  • Program is held at the Jazz Forum club at 1 Dixon Lane in Tarrytown, NY. Find us on the map!
  • Price: $650 per student
  • Scholarships available: please mention the scholarship in the registration form and we’ll get back to you with more info.

Ron Vincent, Program Director

Drums, percussion and educator

Since 1987 Ron has presented workshops at over 100 Colleges and Universities, has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the Stanford Jazz Camp (CA).

In 1996 Ron received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance. In 2012, as a faculty member for the non profit RiverArts, Ron formed the RiverArts Jazz Ensembles which over 10 years grew to 3 ensembles and in 2014 he established the RiverArts Jazz Camp which flourished until the pandemic in 2020. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Ron attended Berklee College of Music from 1969 to 1973 where he received a B.A. in Music Ed.

After touring the U.S. with a variety of jazz groups, Ron lived in Kansas City for three years (79-82), and settled in New York City in 1982. Since then, Ron has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman he has been recorded on over 90 CDs. Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the Re- Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CDs with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis and Slide Hampton to name a few.

As a leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the New York City area and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe.

Nancy Kennedy, Co-Director

Pianist, composer and educator

Nancy Kennedy has long been committed to sharing her love of jazz, improvisation, composition and the piano with her audience and her students. A dedicated educator and piano instructor, Ms Kennedy currently serves on the faculty at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry.

She has been on piano faculty at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY; The New England Conservatory of Music, Extension Division; The New School of Music, Cambridge, MA; Greenwich House Music School, NYC and Bloomingdale House of Music, NYC. Nancy also taught for RiverArts, a non profit arts organization serving lower Westchester, where she worked to develop their Summer Jazz Camp and Student Jazz Ensemble program.

As a jazz artist, Nancy toured Europe with her quintet where her work won acclaim in Rome, Torino and Milan, Italy and is Grenoble and Lyon, France. Her music is engaging, vibrant and energetic with a contemporary jazz flavor. As a composer, Nancy received an Artists Fellowship in Music Composition from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Fellowship from the I. Austin Kelly Fund for the Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Meet the Composer sponsorship for her work with the Brooklyn Jazz Composer’s Orchestra.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nancy is a 30 year resident of the New York area. New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA M.M., Jazz Studies Mills College, Oakland, CA, B.A. in Music

Check out this article about the Jazz Forum Student Ensemble by ArtsWestchester: Fostering a Love of Jazz in Teens

November 28, 2022

Check out this article about the Jazz Forum Student Ensemble by The Hudson Independent: A Chance for Kids to Learn Jazz ‘Improv’

January 12, 2023

Contact Information

Do you have any questions about the program? Please connect with Ron Vincent, director of the Jazz Ensemble, at [email protected].