Evan Cobb has extensive experience as an instructor of private music lessons. With a BM in oboe performance from Northwestern University and an MM in jazz studies from Purchase College, Evan Cobb is uniquely qualified to work with students who are interested in developing instrumental technique and improvisational language. His compositions and playing reflect his diverse background (click here for audio sample and here for video). Evan has been fortunate to study with some of the world’s finest musicians, both from the classical and jazz vernaculars. Some of his most formative classical studies were with Ray Still, Alex Klein, Elaine Douvas, Mallory Thompson, and Louis Caimano. Jazz studies have included Jon Faddis, Eric Alexander, Todd Coolman, John Riley, Greg Fishman, Ralph Lalama, and Steve Wilson.
Students of Evan Cobb benefit from his high level of organization, a necessary trait learned from shifting his musical focus from the oboe to the saxophone, as well keeping regimented on four + instruments (flute, clarinet, oboe, all saxophones). Studies with Evan include active listening, transcriptions, instrument fundamentals, and play-alongs. The lessons incorporate books he himself studied with their authors, including Greg Fishman’s Jazz Saxophone Etudes and Jeff Coffin’s The Articulate Jazz Musician.
Evan Cobb is available in the Nashville area for private lessons on the saxophone/oboe/flute/clarinet, in-school masterclasses, and ensemble instruction. Along with a private studio of 30 students, Evan also directs the Nashville Jazz Workshop Summer Camp, a week long camp he designed that features ensembles, masterclasses, ear-training, repertoire building, music theory, and jam sessions. At the Nashville Jazz Workshop Evan also heads the Scholarship Lessons Program, an intensive course of study that provides fully funded lessons to local teenagers. As a faculty member of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, Evan has provided masterclasses and ensembles for numerous area schools.
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