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Our mission is to provide World class performance-based education with a focus on improvisation and jazz performance practice in group settings and through 1-on-1 instruction.

- Dr. Karim Yengsep

About Us

SoCal Jazz Academy is a community jazz education program that was established in in Orange County, California, by bassist and educator, Dr. Karim Yengsep in 2018. After first couple of years of renting hourly space in Tustin, faced with the need to expand teaching hours the Academy found its new location in Lake Forest in November 2021.


Our new location is conveniently located close to I-5 and 405 highways (Lake Forest Dr exit), has ample parking, and most importantly allows us to create a unique environment suitable for small group rehearsal. In addition, our private lesson room is equipped with top of the line and industry standard 8x10' WhisperRoom sound isolation booth, which allows for uninterrupted learning experience.

To learn more about our school, please check out a short video we put together about our first year in business -- School of Dreams: Meditations on the topics in community jazz education on YouTube.

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