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Conversational Jazz Course

I created the Conversational Jazz course for anyone who's ever dreamed of sitting down at the piano, and improvising over their favorite jazz tunes. So sign up today, pour yourself a cocktail, and let's get started. You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

More about the course:

Conversational Jazz an 8-week program that gives you a solid foundation of the most fundamental principles in jazz, exactly the way I learned it. In this course, I'll retrace the steps that I took to learn to play jazz.

The course will teach you to think for yourself within this music, build chords, improvise your own solos, play in a jazz combo, and learn new tunes for years to come.

New material released each week will provide you with fresh and stimulating content to keep you moving throughout the course.

To read my personal guarantee and other frequently asked questions, click here.

Course Objectives

  • Overcome the most common obstacles to learning jazz
  • Learn the fundamental building blocks of jazz
  • Gain confidence improvising your own melodies and solos
  • Learn to build jazz chords intuitively
  • Understand basic song structure and form
  • Explore the blues (my favorite)


About Doc Watkins

Doc Watkins is a pianist, vocalist, producer, bandleader, and the owner of Jazz, TX in San Antonio.

He co-hosts the weekly radio show, Live at Jazz, TX on Texas Public Radio. He's also the creator and host of The Doc Watkins Show, an online television broadcast created in 2020.

A typical year for Watkins involves over two hundred live shows with multiple groups under his name.

He has released nine albums, covering multiple genres including Classical, Jazz, Blues, and Texas Swing.

Watkins received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and moved to San Antonio in 2006. In 2016, Watkins opened his own venue, Jazz, TX, and performs there regularly with his groups. Deeply committed to the heritage and tradition of Texas music, he includes a wide variety of styles at Jazz, TX including Jazz, Blues, Texas Swing, and Salsa.

What People Are Saying:

I’ve been playing piano for most of my life and have always struggled with reading sheet music. So much that I never enjoyed learning pieces or would just give up and “fake” them…. I knew Doc was a fabulous musician from visiting his Jazz, TX! Club. So when I had the opportunity to try his Conversational Jazz course, I had to jump in! Doc’s easy, “conversational”, approach to chord development, chord progressions and jazz improvisations really worked for me. It’s given me a whole new approach to playing jazz and swing, and the confidence to jump into music that I never would have been able to master.

Mike Acquisto

What Doc Watkins has created is something truly remarkable - great teaching that works from the first lesson and gives you a lifetime of material. It is fun, inspiring, exciting, instructive and it WORKS! He brings down so many barriers for the classical trained as well as those new to piano. He goes into the history and ethos of the music which helps you play it and also enjoy listening to jazz even more. It is a great course in every way and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Kenneth Thompson