Summer Jazz Camp


Joe Lovano at the Summer Jazz Camp in 2013. ©Monterey Jazz Festival/Craig Lovell

Summer Jazz Camp
June 15-26, 2015 / 9am-3pm at Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940
www.mpc.edu
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Jazz, it’s YOUR music. Come out and play! Join us this summer for our fun and immersive day camp where you’ll get to play with motivated students just like you, and study with world-class artists and educators.

Open to instrumentalists and vocalists ages 12-18, a typical day includes:

  • Instrument-specific master classes focusing on technique, theory and jazz language
  • Small-group rehearsals that invite you to develop your improvisational skills
  • Big band rehearsals tailored to your level
  • Camp-wide clinics and performances featuring 2015 Artist-In-Residence, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra saxophonist Ted Nash
  • Opportunities to play alongside our professional faculty
  • Optional afternoon master classes for high school students from 3-3:45pm

Camp culminates in two evenings of free performances for family and friends on June 23 and 24.

REGISTRATION: Tuition starts at $900 with special discounts for students who participate in our year-round education programs. Scholarships are also available.

  • $450 for students who participate in our Traveling Clinicians program
  • $225 for members of Monterey Jazz Festival’s all-County high school ensembles

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL CAMPERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR CREDIT ONLINE WITH OUR HOST, MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE (MPC). INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE WITH MPC WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL CAMP REGISTRATION. STUDENTS 13 AND UNDER WILL NEED TO COMPLETE A PAPER REGISTRATION AND ATTEND A SHORT STATE-MANDATED WORKSHOP THAT DETAILS THE CAMPUS CODE OF CONDUCT.

About Our Faculty

Teaching at the Summer Jazz Camp will be the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member saxophonist Ted Nash.

Ted Nash (alto and tenor saxophone, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) was born into a musical family in Los Angeles. His father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians. The younger Nash exploded onto the jazz scene at 18, when he moved to New York and released his first album, Conception (Concord Jazz). He is co-leader of the Jazz Composers Collective and is constantly pushing the envelope in the world of “traditional jazz.” His group Odeon has often been cited as a creative focus of jazz. Many of Nash’s recordings have received critical acclaim, and have appeared on the “best-of” lists in the New York Times, New Yorker, Village Voice, Boston Globe, and Newsday. His recordings, The Mancini Project and Sidewalk Meeting, have been placed on several “best-of-decade” lists. His album Portrait in Seven Shades, recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, was released in 2010. The album was the first to be released by the JLCO featuring original music by a band member other than bandleader Wynton Marsalis.

In addition to Mr. Nash, the camp's roster of instructors features many of the finest jazz educators in the country. Past and present faculty include saxophonists Paul Contos and Virginia Mayhew; trumpeters Peck Allmond and Michael Galisatus; trombonist Robynn Amy, drummer Vince Lateano, bassist Scott Steed, guitarist Bruce Forman, pianists Eddie Mendenhall; and renowned vocalists Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh.

Read the bios of the Camp Clinicians.

Scholarships are available from Monterey Jazz Festival. For more information, please contact Paul Contos, Monterey Jazz Festival Education Director at 831.373.3366 or email jazzinfo@montereyjazzfestival.org.

*The Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp is not a resident camp and does not provide housing.

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