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. See pictures from the 2013 Summer Jazz Camp on Facebook!

Major funding for the 2014 Summer Jazz Camp came from the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation and 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 9-20, 2014 / 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940
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Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp
Application Procedure:

All Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp students should download and fill out the Summer Jazz Camp application. All information is contained in the application.

Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) allows enrollment of middle and high school students into advanced scholastic college courses through the special admit Concurrent Enrollment program.

Please download the age-appropriate MPC enrollment forms along with the Monterey Jazz Festival Camp application below:

Completely fill out, sign, and return all forms by June 9, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., along with your fee payment to:

Monterey Jazz Festival
Attn: Paul Contos, Education Director
Monterey, CA 93942

If you have questions, please call 831.373.3366.

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 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, Eric Harland.

In addition to Mr. Harland, 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 welcomes 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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