Resources for YLJC students

Below you will find important documents for returning to in-person classes:

  • The county requires all businesses to complete a Reopening Plan and post it at the business entrance.
  • Every student is required to have a waiver on file with a parent or guardian signature prior to attending in-person classes. Important: if we don’t receive a waiver for your student, we cannot allow them to join the class in person, so please sign as soon as possible.

  • The symptom checker must be taken prior to arriving for class, every time, and your student may only attend class if s/he answers “No” to all questions. If your student answers “Yes” to one or more questions, s/he should not attend class. Instructors will double check with students that they have answered “No” to all questions as they arrive.  

Classes 2020-2021

Private Instructors:


Rob Thorsen – rthorsen711@gmail.com

Drum Set

Matt Taylor – kloochie@gmail.com 


Bob Bossbobboss@cox.net


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Charlie Arbelaez  arbelaez.music@gmail.com


Matt Hall – email@url.com


Gilbert Castellanos  – gilbert@yljc.org


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Important Jazz Albums:

List created by Dr. Paul Haar 

  • Buck Johnson and his Band – The Last Testament (Phillips)
  • Fats Waller – Fractious Fingering (RCA Victor)
  • Jelly Roll Morton – The Saga of Mr. Jelly Lord (Circle)
  • Various Artists – Classic Jazz Piano Styles (RCA Victor)
  • Various Artists – Pianola Jazz (Saydisc)
  • Scott Joplin – Scott Joplin 1916 (Biograph)
  • James P. Johnson – Snowy Morning Blues (Decca/MCA)
  • Art Tatum – Solo Masterpieces (Pablo)


  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band – The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (RCA Victor)
  • King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – The Complete 1923 OKEHS (EMI)
  • Freddie Keppard/Doc Cooke – The Legendary Freddie Keppard (Smithsonian)
  • Jelly Roll Morton – The King of New Orleans Jazz (RCA)
  • The Clarence Williams Blue Five – With Louis Arnstrong and Sidney Bechet
  • New Orleans Rhythm Kings – Volume Two (Village)
  • Louis Armstrong – The Complete Hot Fives and Sevens (Columbia)
  • Jelly Roll Morton – Mr. Jelly Lord (RCA Victor)
  • Sidney Bechet – The Luebird Sessions (Bluebird)


  • Coleman Hawkins and His All Stars – Colman Hawkins All Stars (HMV)
  • Artie Shaw – The Early Artie Shaw (Ajaz)
  • Fats Waller – ’34/’35 (RCA Victor)
  • Count Basie – Count Basie and the Kansas City Seven (Decca)
  • Count Basie – Jumpin’at the Woodside (Ace of Hearts)
  • Woody Herman – The Thundering Herds (CBS)
  • Lester Young/Count Basie – The Lester Young Memorial Album (Fontana)
  • Benny Goodman – Carnegie Hall Jozz Concert (Philips)
  • Jay McShann – Kansas City Memories (Brunswick)
  • Duke Ellington – Ellington at Newport (CBS)
  • Count Basie – The Atomic Mr. Basie (Columbia)


  • Al Haig – Jazz Will O’the Wisp (Esoteric)
  • Sonny Stitt – Stitt’s Bits (Prestige)
  • J.J. Johnson – The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson
  • Charlie Parker – Bird/The Savoy Recordings (Savoy)
  • Charlie Parker – Bird Lives-The Complete Dial Masters (Spotlight)
  • Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell (Blue Note)
  • Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music (Blue Note)
  • Fats Navarro – The Fabulous Fats Navarro (Blue Note)
  • Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra – Ol’ Man Bebop (HMV)
  • James Moody – Moody’s Workshop (Prestige)
  • Charlie Christian/Dizzy Gillespie – The Harlem Jazz Scene (Esoteric)
  • The Quintet – Jazz at Massy Hall (Debut)
  • Miles Davis – Miles Davis Volume 2 (Blue Note)


  • Lee Konitz – Very Cool (Columbia)
  • Chet Baker – Chet Baker and Crew (Pacific Jazz)
  • Jimmy Giuffre – The Jimmy Giuffre 3 (Atlantic)
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet – One Never Knows (Atlantic)
  • Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool (Capitol)
  • Shorty Rogers – The Swinging Mr. Rogers (Atlantic)
  • Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker – Mulligan/Baker (Prestige)
  • Art Pepper – Art Pepper Plus Eleven (Contemporary)
  • Dave Brubeck – Time Out (CBS)


  • Art Blakey – A Night at Birdland (Blue Note)
  • Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (Prestige)
  • Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane – MONK/TRANE (Milestone)
  • Miles Davis – Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige)
  • Theolonious Monk – Brilliant Corners (Riverside)
  • Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (Blue Note)
  • Horace Sliver – Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  • Johnny Griffin – Little Giant (Milestone)
  • John Coltrane – Blue Trane (Blue Note)
  • John Coltrane – Giant Steps (Atlantic)
  • Dexter Gordon – Our Man In Paris (Blue Note)
  • Wes Montgomery – The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Riverside)
  • Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder (Blue Note)
  • Jimmy Smith – The Sermon (Blue Note)


  • Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (CBS)
  • Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Riverside)
  • John Coltrane – My Favorite Things (Atlantic)
  • Herbie Hancock – Maden Voyage (Blue Note)
  • McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy (Blue Note)
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (Impulse)


  • Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic)
  • George Russell – The Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor)
  • Charlies Mingus – Pithecanthropus erectus (Atlantic)
  • Eric Dolphy – Out to Lunch (Blue Note)
  • John Coltrane – Ascension (Impuse)


  •  Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (CBS)
  • John McLaughlin – The Mahavisnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (CBS)
  • Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (CBS)
  • Weather Report – Heavy Weather (CBS)

Jazz Musicians:

The following list consists of many (but not all) of the great artists of jazz. This list is by no means complete, however it will point the novice listener to the key figures on each instrument.

List created by Dr. Paul Haar 

Eddie Daniels, Benny Goodman, Gary Foster, Buddy DeFranco, John Carter, Phil Woods, Bill Smith, Don Byron, Ken Peplowski.

Sidney Bechet, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Jane Ira Bloom, Steve Lacy, John Coltrane, Joe Lovano, Bill Evans (not the pianist), David Liebman.

Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond, Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, Frank Morgan, Art Pepper, Gary Fostser, Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess, David Sanborn, Bud Shank, Arthur Blythe, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett, Stephano DiBaptista, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Jerry Dodgion, James Moody, Bobby Watson, Charles McPherson.

John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Gene Ammons, Warne Marsh, Ralph Moore, James Moody, Joe Henderson, George Coleman, Paul Gonsalves, Hank Mobley, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Joe Farrell, Ernie Watts, Bob Cooper, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer.

Gerry Mulligan, Scott Robinson, Pepper Adams, Gary Smulyan, Roger Rosenberg, Nick Brignola, Hamlet Bluette.

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan,
Wynton Marsalis, Terrance Blanchard, Chet Baker, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Tom Harrell, Woody Shaw, Nat Adderly, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Blue Mitchell, Conte Candoli, Fats Navarro, Kenny Wheeler, Ingred Jensen, Tim Hagens.

J.J. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, Carl Fontana, Kai Winding, Jiggs Whigham, Steve Turee, Robin Eubanks, Bill Watrous, Jimmy Knepper, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Bill Reichenbach, Slide Hampton, Ray Anderson. Conrad Herwig, Paul McKee, John Fedchock.

Herbie Hancock, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Chick Corea, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, Lennie Tristano, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Kirkland, Marcus Roberts, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, Red Garland, Hal Galper, Gene Harris, Joe Zawinul, Ahmad Jamal, Lyle Mays, Don Grolnick, Joey Calderazzo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, James Williams, Donald Brown.

Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Kenny Burrell.

Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Charlies Mingus, Paul Chambers, Dave Holland, Richard Davis, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Bob Bowman, Niels Pedersen, John Patitucci, Scott LaFaro, Milt Hinton, Robert Hurst, Charles Fambrough, John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Percy Heath, Bob Cranshaw, Charnett Moffett, Anthony Cox, Jimmy Garrison, Jaco Pastorius, Christian McBride.

Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Mainieri, Gary Burton, Red Norvo, Terry
Gibbs, Charlie Shoemake, Victor Feldman.

Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Elvin Jones, Brian Blade, Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Paul Motian, Dennis Chambers, Max Roach, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Art Blakey, Mel Lewis, Roy Haynes, Gene Drupa, Billy Hart, Connie Kay, Steve Gadd, Jimmy Cobb, Dave Weckl, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Alex Acuna, Omar Hakim, Al Foster, Joey Baron, Willie Jones lll, Jeff Hamilton.

Books About Jazz:

  • Satchmo: My Life In New Orleans (Louis Armstrong)
  • Treat It Gentle (Sidney Bechet)
  • Miles (Miles Davis)
  • Why Jazz Happened (Marc Myers)
  • The Blue Moment (Richard Williams)
  • But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz (Geoff Dyer)