Project Description


Private Jazz Improvisation Lessons for All Instruments

  • Read and improvise over chord changes
  • Transcribe jazz solos
  • Build vocabulary
  • Practice techniques
  • Music Theory

Private Trumpet Lessons for all skill levels

Students develop skills that help them play any style of music.  All ages and skill levels are welcome!  Styles include jazz, classical, popular, funk, etc.



DEREK SIMSCourse Instructor
Derek Sims is an in-demand trumpeter in both the jazz and classical Portland music scene. Derek graduated with honors from The University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Music degree. While at Michigan, he studied with the great Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony), and Charles Daval (Montreal, Seattle Symphonies). After college, Derek went to play with Princess Cruise Lines, and toured over 40 countries around the world for 2 years.
Derek has had the privilege of performing with such artists as Benny Golson, Freda Payne, Danilo Perez, Gerald Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Pancho Sanchez, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Ron Miles, Martha Reeves, and many others. Currently he performs with the Mel Brown Septet, and co-leads the Brown/Sims Big Band. He has also performed with many different groups in the Portland area including: Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, The Oregon Symphony, Columbia Symphony, Big Horn Brass, Alan Jones Sextet, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Soul Vaccination, Linda Hornbuckle, Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, Pink Martini, and Dahlia.

Portland Jazz School

Become Part of Derek’s Portland Jazz School to Further Your Jazz Improvisation Skills.