Breaking Down Bebop:

An Introduction to Jazz Appreciation

Breaking Down Bebop will explore what made bebop so innovative and revolutionary and why it remains the jazz standard to this day.  Blending audio and visual aids, students will go on a journey through the historical and cultural influences of one of America's staple musical genres.

Participants will:

* gain a better, deeper appreciation of jazz, bebop in particular, as an art form

* learn what is going on in the interaction between the artists as they perform

* learn to listen for subtleties that may have gone unnoticed before

Class includes:

* 3 classroom sessions

Dates: Fridays - 11/22, 12/6 & 12/13 (no class on 11/29)

Location: Westchester Yoga Arts (49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor, New Rochelle)


* 1 field trip to a PJS Jazz Society jazz performance

Date: Sunday, 12/8, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church (199 North Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon)

If you are already a member of PJS Jazz Society, please email before registering. Enrollment closes on Sunday, 11/17.

3 classroom sessions
(Fridays - 11/22, 12/6, 12/13)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1 field trip
(Sunday - 12/8)
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Or, call (347) 903-3354



Westchester Yoga Arts

49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor

New Rochelle, NY  10801

  • Meter street parking available

  • Buses to Huguenot St./Bridge St. - 7, 30, 42, 45, 60, 61, 62

  • Metro-North New Haven Line to New Rochelle Station

Class is on the 2nd floor of a walk-up building.  Shoes must be removed upon entry into the yoga studio.

Westchester Yoga Arts is a newly renovated, friendly yoga studio. For more information about their offerings, visit



As President of PJS Jazz Society, an organization bringing premiere jazz performances to lower Westchester over the past 39 years, John Brathwaite has fused his love of music and visual art.  John has always been interested in photography, especially as it relates to the music world, and has been featured in prominent cultural publications including Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine. Photographing Blues and Jazz artists is a lot of what he does, as photographing artists during their performances offers him a different, unique insight to the music and the artist and takes the concertgoer experience to the next level.  Click HERE to watch an interview with John.

3WN:  How did you get started in this industry?

John:  My older brothers introduced me to jazz.

3WN:  What is your teaching philosophy?

John: I prefer an interactive approach and truly enjoy sharing my own knowledge while also incorporating the experiences of my students.

3WN:  What is your point of view about your art?

John:  Everyone has some knowledge of the material even if they do not "like" jazz. Through discussions, students realize that what they have found to be unclear, or non-traditional, blossoms into clarity once they have a better understanding of musical improvisation.