Connecticut Jazz Studio

Founded in 2012, the Connecticut Jazz Studio (CJS) was created to serve Fairfield County with high quality Jazz education and performances. Director David DeJesus, a Grammy-award winning multi-instrumentalist, is passionate about sharing his love for Jazz with aspiring young students and resident fans of music. With programs ranging from private lessons in woodwind and brass performance to improvisation and composition workshops to educational performances and concerts featuring world-class musicians, CJS strives to spread the joy of Jazz and create a community of students and jazz fans from all over Fairfield County.

Private Lessons

Jazz is a passed down art form where master players take on proteges and mentor them in the art of improvisation and composition. David DeJesus and the CJS continues that tradition with highly structured weekly private lessons that are custom tailored to each individual student. Past students have gone on to All-State festivals in New York and Connecticut as well as acceptance into major conservatories including Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, The New School, New York University, Oberlin, and Purchase College.

Areas of study include –

  • Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet Technique
  • Jazz Improvisation and Theory for all instruments
  • Jazz Composition
  • Latin Percussion technique

 

 

 

Workshops

Learning Jazz as a group is a fundamental part of this music. Jazz needs to be played with people and learning how to make music together is an important part of the craft. Drawing students from all over Fairfield County, CJS is proud to have workshops that bring these talented students together to form lasting friendships while creating great music.

CJS offers workshops in –

  • Jazz improvisation
  • Harmony and theory
  • Big band techniques and traditions
  • Small combo performance techniques

Live Jazz

Exposing the public to high quality Jazz is one of the main missions of the Connecticut Jazz Studio. Whether sponsoring trips into New York City to world-class Jazz clubs or presenting concerts in Fairfield County featuring New York City musicians, CJS aims to provide opportunities for students to hear high quality Jazz and meet world-renown musicians.

About Director David DeJesus

Saxophonist David DeJesus has been on the New York City Jazz scene since the late 90’s and has established himself as a key player in numerous bands in various genres. In Jazz, David has performed with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and Jimmy Heath’s Big Band along with many others. In Latin Jazz and Sasa, David has shared the stage with Ruben Blades, Larry Harlow, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Tito Rodriguez Jr. Currently, David is a member of the Grammy Award winning Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria Big Band, and the Legendary Ron Carter’s Great Big Band. On top of his busy performing career, David has long been involved in education. Having taught at major conservatories including Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the New School, David is proud to currently be a Professor of Jazz Studies at Purchase College where he directs the 18 piece Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, coaches student combos and instructs Jazz Arranging classes.

Ray Vega

Master Trumpet Player and Professor at the University of Vermont

“David DeJesus is at the forefront of the next generation of master musicians who are fully committed to education but who are also well versed in their crafts. When he relays information to his students it’s coming from a place of real knowledge. This knowledge comes from the work which he’s put in with artists like myself as well as Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience and Arturo O’Farrill among many others. David DeJesus is a consummate world class musician and educator.”

Ron Carter

Legendary Bassist and Composer

I am very happy to add David DeJesus to my list of alto saxophonists that I have enjoyed making music with.”

Bobby Porcelli

Master Alto Saxophonist and Latin Jazz Legend

David DeJesus is one of the sharpest, smartest, most ‘on the ball’ musicians that I have ever played with.”

Todd Coolman

Esteemed Bassist, Author, and Jazz Educator

David DeJesus is a masterful saxophonist creating a new and welcome voice in creative music and is sure to be a rising star on the New York Jazz scene.”

 

Calendar

2017

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  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    w/ Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club


  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Guest Judge for the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival

    8:00pm

    Performing Arts Center – Purchase, NY


  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017

    w/ Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Festival


  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    w/ Birdland Big Band

    5:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club

    New York, NY


  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    David DeJesus and DRIVE

    8:00pm

    The Sidedoor Jazz Club

    Lyme, CT


  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017
    Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    Teaching at Camp SOAR

    All Day

    Bridgeport, CT


  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017

    with The Jimmy Heath Big Band

    6:00pm

    Central Park (106th and Central Park West)


  • Sun
    06
    Aug
    2017

    Birdland Latin Jazz Big Band

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club


  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017

    Birdland Latin Jazz Big Band

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club


  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017

    Birdland Latin Jazz Big Band

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club


  • Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017

    Birdland Latin Jazz Big Band

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club


  • Sun
    03
    Sep
    2017

    Birdland Latin Jazz Big Band

    9:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club


  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017

    David DeJesus and DRIVE

    6:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club

    New York, NY


  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    w/ Ron Carter’s Great Big Band

    8:00pm

    Birdland Jazz Club

    New York, NY

     


  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017

    w/ Bobby Sanabria

    7:30pm

    Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

    New York, NY


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