Free Jazz Strings Master Class with Diane Delin at the Music Institute of Chicago

Are you a string player who has always wanted to learn jazz improv techniques? Then you’ll want to check out renowned jazz violinist Diane Delin‘s free improv master class at the Music Institute of Chicago on March 24.

Ms. Delin has an impressive list of accomplishments. She has been voted as DownBeat magazine’s “Rising Star” four times and has recorded five jazz CDs on the BlueJazz label. She has played with artists including Frank Sinatra, Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, and Gladys Knight. She is also a jazz educator and teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

The master class is free and open to students of all ages. Ms. Delin will perform several pieces in addition to teaching improv techniques. Here are some of the topics to be covered:

  • Rhythmic placement, phrasing, and bowing techniques
  • Left-hand techniques for stylistic articulation and accentuation
  • Understanding simple harmonic foundations, and how to identify them in a piece of music
  • How to shape a melodic line
  • How to make and develop a musical improvised statement

Ms. Delin will bring jazz arrangements for participants to play along with her. She will also give students a list of recommended recordings and jazz string players to encourage further explorations of the music.

The master class will take place on March 24 at 2:30 PM at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL. For more information, please call 847-905-1500 ext. 108. And to check out more offerings from the Music Institute’s Jazz studies program, go to

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