Are you a musician who wants to find out how jazz works
or grow your knowledge?
Register to participate in an
MCJS Remote Jazz Camp!
The First Annual MCJS Remote Camp went great! So I’ve decided to create two more MCJS Remote Camps for the 2020 Summer. I hope that you’ll consider joining me!
Famous Groove Tunes & Solos of the 1960s
June 29 – July 3, 2020
analyze the song structure and improvised solos of some of jazz’s most famous groove tunes.
- Watermelon Man from Takin’ Off by Herbie Hancock
– Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon
- Alligator Bogaloo from Alligator Bogaloo by Lou Donaldson
– Lou Donaldson, George Benson
- Cornbread from Cornbread by Lee Morgan
– Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley
- The Sticks from Mercy Mercy Mercy by Cannonball Adderley
– Nat Adderley, Cannonball Adderley
- Freedom Jazz Dance from The In Sound by Eddie Harris
– Eddie Harris
Grammy Award Winning Song Analysis
July 27 – July 31, 2020
we’ll take a deep dive into the mechanics of songs featured on records that won the Best Instrumental Jazz Album Grammy Award. To provide extra perspective, we’ll focus on one tune from each decade.
- 1965: Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz
- 1976: No Mystery by Chick Corea & Return to Forever
- 1987: J Mood by Wynton Marsalis
- 1997: Tales From the Hudson by Michael Brecker
- 2004: Alegria by Wayne Shorter
How to Register
1. Fill out the online application (approx 3 minutes)
2. Pay $100 tuition via Square
3. Put the class on your calendar
Groove Tunes June 29- July 3
Grammy Winners July 27 – 31
4. Start listening to your class playlist
Since I started studying music, specifically jazz, Mr. Cobb has been and continues to be a key figure in my journey. His ability to explain concepts in an engaging way, his personable demeanour, and his investment in his pupils are all things that have kept me motivated to stay on my musical path. I can say that studying with him is never boring, and his witty-yet-informed commentary is delightful to hear; I always come away from his classes feeling like I’ve learned something useful. Without his help, I can say that I never would have placed for All-State and that I would not be as far along musically as I am at this point.
Parker B, Hume Fogg class of 2020
Our son studied with Evan for five years. Evan encouraged him to push out of his comfort zone offering opportunities for our son to continue to grow and thrive as a musician. He is an extraordinary teacher and a wonderful person who helped to mold our son into the musician he is today.
Lauren K, parent
As my teacher for five years, Evan was a constant source of inspiration and knowledge. He is an extremely skilled instrumentalist and an all-around great teacher. He instilled in me a passion for music that continues to motivate my musical journey to this day.
Jay K, USN class of 2017, Columbia University student
Studying with Evan Cobb was a true blessing for me. His masterful expression of the language and tradition of jazz is immediately shown from his first few notes on the horn. He is equally a master of conveying these expressions to his students in a very clear and concise manner, giving them the tools to find themselves in their instrument.
Carson Y, NSA class of 2015, UTK class of 2019
Having lessons with Evan was a positive experience that opened up one of my son’s view towards music, and taught my other son so much more. Not only did he teach him elements of jazz, but also gave my son plenty of opportunities to meet other musicians, making it so exciting to be involved in the musician community. Evan’s great personality, energy, and commitment towards music was something I really appreciated. I have no doubt that having Evan as my son’s instructor was the best choice.
Kuniyo S, parent
Evan Cobb provided me lessons from my sophomore to senior year of high school and truly prepared me for college and future endeavors in music. I have performed in my college’s premier jazz ensemble two years in a row, performed with many different groups in six different states in my freshman year alone and thanks to Evan, I was properly prepared for college and a professional career in music.
Miles W, Centennial HS class of 2018, U Memphis class of 2022
My son has been with Evan for the past 3 years. Thanks to Evan, during this time my son has made Mid State and All State Jazz band every year. He has been first chair tenor sax at Hume Fogg during this time as well. Evan was also instrumental in getting him ready for college auditions that resulted in several full scholarship offers, including one to Berklee School of Music! I knew my son was good, but Evan took him from good to great!
James K, parent
Evan Cobb is one of the most inspiring and highly influential musicians/teachers I have ever had the pleasure of learning from and playing with. His ability to clearly break down and demonstrate concepts on any level, allows his students to feel comfortable exploring new sounds and techniques. Evan teaches professionally and precisely while maintaining an environment that is fun and intriguing.
Gabe C, Centennial HS class of 2016, MTSU student
Evan has a teacher’s gift for listening to his students specific interests and objectives – and working with them in the direction and pace that they want to go. Although my son started playing late, Evan provided the specialized teaching to help him master skills quickly and develop his own style. That training and the accompanying confidence will allow him to continue playing in a collegiate level jazz ensemble.
Delana O, parent
I studied with Evan Cobb full time throughout middle school and high school as well as the occasional lesson today. His private lessons and teachings prepared me to study music at the collegiate level and now as a professional musician. I encourage any young musician looking to perform on the next level to study with Evan Cobb.
Seth F, McGavock HS class of 2014, TTU class of 2018
When I first started getting into jazz saxophone, I had no clue where to start or what to study or anything. Evan has helped me tremendously over the past 3 or 4 years and given me guidance all along the way. He’s helped me reach heights I never could’ve imagined, including full tuition scholarships from multiple schools! I’m blessed to have him as my teacher, and I recommend him to other aspiring saxophonists. Even though I’m going to college soon, he has prepared me with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed at that level as well. I truly don’t think I could’ve gotten here without him, and I thank him greatly for that.
Jacob K, Hume Fogg class of 2020, Berklee class of 2024
I am not exaggerating when I say that studying with Evan Cobb has been a significant turning point in my life. Becoming a student of Mr. Cobb in the middle of 9th grade, I was granted a myriad of opportunities to perform, introduced to a variety of some of the most talented students and teachers I have ever met, and cordially invited into a community of kind and extremely skilled individuals in which I have learned a great deal from. In my years as a student, he has become so much more than a music teacher, but a mentor and role-model.
Within the practice room, Evan provided me with personalized lessons as to learn ‘my sound’, and when describing the type of music and artists I was influenced by, he was able to simplify techniques and dedicate exercises that improved technical, theory, and listening skills where I needed them most. His elaborate musical experience and vocabulary has further influenced me with different styles, techniques, genres, and music in general, providing me a much larger world to explore. Not only are his lessons specifically catered to each individual’s goals, and necessities, but are also at a challenging pace; Evan has a deeply thought and structured schedule for each student and is extremely flexible in considering the needs of his students. Given the chance to be in the same room as Evan, I would recommend prospective students of any level to practice and discuss ideas with him as it is a memorable experience.
Mani S, Hendersonville HS class of 2018, UTK class of 2022