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Welcome from the Hochstein Jazz Combos Director

Welcome Jazzers! 

The Hochstein Jazz Combo program is in its second decade of sharing "America's classical music" with young jazzers of all ages.

Join the program and experience what it's like to play in a small, tight jazz band! Not only will you learn lots of classic jazz standards, but how to play them and what your role is in an improvising, swinging ensemble.

Richard DeLaney, Coordinator and Coach

Please feel free to contact me at: Richard.DeLaney@Hochstein.org

Participation in the Jazz Studies program is open to the following instruments: piano, acoustic and electric bass, drum set, electric guitar, woodwinds, and brass.

Jazz Combos at Hochstein

Richard DeLaney, Coordinator & Coach

Fridays, 6:30-7:30 pm (additional time slots will be added as needed)
advanced level

grades 7-12 and adults NYSSMA Level 4-6, or the equivalent


Jazz combos are formed of students with compatible ages and abilities. Open to strings, piano, woodwinds, guitar, electric bass, and percussion. Reading skills and the ability to sight-read are necessary. A placement audition is required and will consist of sight-reading, selected scales in 2-4 octaves from all major and minor keys, and a performance of a prepared selection. Placement auditions will be held in early September, date TBA. Call (585) 454-4596 to schedule an audition time.


Fee: $20 registration fee; $648* yearly tuition payable in quarterly installments of $162 each. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, yearly tuition is $540 payable in quarterly installments of $135. (Fees are as of Fall 2023.)

Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.



Hochstein Jazz Studies Program

Under the leadership of Mambo Kings’ Richard DeLaney, the Jazz Studies Program is designed to provide aspiring jazz musicians with performance experience, standard performance practice, and exposure to repertoire through small ensemble settings and improvisation and jazz styles in individual lessons. The development of musicianship and stagecraft through weekly rehearsals and coachings gives the student an opportunity to explore jazz as a new venue or to build upon and fine tune skills that have already been learned.

Ensembles will have the opportunity to perform in concerts and in community events as well as in the Jazz Master Class Series, which provides students the opportunity to perform for and with professional jazz musicians in an informal recital setting.

Participation in the Jazz Studies Program is open to the following instruments: piano, acoustic and electric bass, drum set, electric guitar, woodwinds, and brass.

See faculty roster for Jazz Studies individual-lesson instructors.

Music Samples from Our Jazz Combos

A quick listen to a couple of classic jazz tunes.

Click here.