Summer Jazz Camp


Every year since 1984, Monterey Jazz Festival hosts Monterey County students in an intensive, two-week Summer Jazz Camp, with professional musicians serving as Camp Clinicians.

Major funding for Summer Jazz Camp comes from Quest Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, and generous individuals.

Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp
June 15-26, 2015 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940
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The Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp is an intensive immersion day program* for young jazz students to learn and develop music skills and knowledge, with classes including big bands, small ensembles, vocal performance, instrumental master classes, and daily workshops on different music subjects. The camp also includes special sessions for students to attend combo rehearsals and theory classes. The students range in age from 12 to 18 and will earn one college unit upon completion of the camp.

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 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 eighteen, 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 was recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and was released in 2010. The album is the first composition 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, Paul Lucckesi and Virginia Mayhew; trumpeters Peck Allmond and Michael Galisatus; trombonist Robynn Amy, drummer Vince Lateano, bassist Scott Steed, guitarist Bruce Forman, pianists Milton Fletcher and Eddie Mendenhall; and renowned vocalists Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh. Committed to training the next generation of teachers, the camp also invites talented young instructors or alumni of the Festival's Jazz Ed Programs to mentor younger students. In 2014, the Summer Jazz Camp welcomed back as interns drummer Jesus Vega, violinist Noah Freedman, saxophonist David Lilley, and bassist Ryan Grech to its faculty.

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

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

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