Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Summer Jazz Camp June 9-20, 2014 at Monterey Peninsula College

Camp Instructors Include 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival
Artist-In-Residence, Eric Harland

14 Nationally-Renowned Clinicians
Teach 110 Monterey County Music Students

Free Concerts and Jam Sessions Slated for June 17-20
in Monterey and Pacific Grove

June 4, 2014; Monterey, California; Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce its two-week Summer Jazz Camp for middle and high school students, taking place at Monterey Peninsula College, June 9-20, 2014. This year, 110 students from 20 schools in Monterey County and beyond will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in jazz study and performance with a star-studded line-up of professional musicians and educators. Through the generosity of its supporters, Monterey Jazz Festival provides subsidies for students in need to make the camp financially accessible.

Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp is an intensive immersion program for young jazz students to learn and develop jazz 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. Camp staff expect enrollment of over 100 young musicians to participate in this valuable music endeavor, keeping classes and ensembles to a small size. The students, ranging in age from 12-18 years old, earn one unit of credit from Monterey Peninsula College at the completion of camp.

“Summer Jazz Camp 2014, presented by Monterey Jazz Festival will be ‘in full swing’ on June  9, and we anticipate fantastic students from Monterey County and beyond,” said Paul Contos, Monterey Jazz Festival Education Director. “Our faculty of highly-skilled jazz professionals and educators from across the U.S. will be on hand, and we are delighted to host master drummer Eric Harland as Artist-In-Residence from June 17-19. Four consecutive nights of public performances during the second week of camp highlight the intensive work done by many instrumental and vocal ensembles, and all are invited to hear the results of students and jazz in its creation!”

The Student Jam Session will take place at the Museum of Monterey at 5 Custom House Plaza on Monday, June 16, at 6 p.m., with an additional Vocal Mic Night on Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m., also at the Museum of Monterey. The Combos Concert will take place Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Monterey Peninsula College Auditorium, with the Big Band and Vocal Concert taking place on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m, also at the Monterey Peninsula College Auditorium.

This year's Summer Jazz Camp will be highlighted by the presence of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2014 Artist-In-Residence, drummer Eric Harland.  He last played the Monterey Jazz Festival with Dave Holland in 2013, and will appear at this year’s festival five times, performing with Charles Lloyd, Eric’s own group Voyager, with Sangam, featuring Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain, and with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

In addition to Mr. Harland, the camp's roster of instructors features many of the finest jazz educators in the country. 2014 faculty include saxophonists Paul Contos, Paul Lucckesi, Virginia Mayhew, and Gary Meek; trumpeters Peck Allmond and Michael Galisatus; trombonist Robynn Amy, drummer Vince Lateano, bassist Scott Steed, guitarist Bruce Forman, pianist Eddie Mendenhall; and renowned vocalists Julia Dollison and Ashlee Varner. Committed to training the next generation of teachers, the camp also invites talented young instructors or alumni of the Festival's jazz education programs to mentor younger students. In 2014, the Summer Jazz Camp welcomes back as Teaching Assistants drummer Dylan Aiello, violinist Noah Freedman, and saxophonist David Lilley, and camp interns trombonist Veronica Christie, and drummer Matt Hannas.

Registration for Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp through June 9 can be made by contacting Paul Contos at the Festival offices at 831.373.3366, or email

Major funding for the 2014 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.

About Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958.

2014 Schedule of Events:

Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp
June 9-20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940

Student Jam Session
Monday, June 16, 6–9 p.m.
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California 93940

Vocal Solo Mic Night
Tuesday, June 17, 6–9 p.m.
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California 93940

Combos Concert
Wednesday, June 18, 7–9:30 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College Auditorium
980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940

Big Bands and Vocal Concert
Thursday June 19, 7–10 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College Auditorium
980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940


For more information please contact:
Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate
Monterey Jazz Festival
Direct Line: 510.652.1122
Monterey Office: 831.373.3366

Monterey Jazz Festival Partners:
North Coast Brewing, Scheid Vineyards, Alaska Airlines, Yamaha
The Jazz Cruise
, Inns of Monterey, Macy’s, Hyatt Regency, Amoeba Music
.9FM, DownBeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, KSBW/Central Coast ABC
Gallien-Krueger, Remo, Zildjian, Big Sur Land Trust, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey-Salinas Transit
Monterey Jazz Festival also receives support for its Jazz Education Programs from Arts Council for Monterey County, AT&T Foundation, Community Foundation of Monterey County, DAddario Music Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, 1st Capital Bank, Harden Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Quest Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Rotary International, Upjohn California Fund, Union Bank Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and generous individual contributors.