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Summer Jazz Camp JC14_Drums
Our 2014 annual Summer Jazz Camp, directed by Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, was held on the campus of Cabrillo College where 53 happy campers, ages 12 – 18, played and listened to jazz for nine days. These aspiring young musicians came from 16 public, charter and private schools throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. Their free concert on the Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage was filled with an audience of family, friends and community supporters of music education. 
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band KJHB14_Final
The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians. Weekly rehearsals provide the structure to study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging. These talented students also learn essential life skills such as collaboration, communication, cooperation and critical thinking. This working band often performs at community benefits, festivals and special events throughout the community. 
The Jazz Kiln JK13
Our newest program, The Jazz Kiln, is a six-week workshop open to all ages. Each workshop provides a unique, tailored approach to help students become better improvisers. Improvising is about listening and learning to communicate one’s instincts, feelings and interpretation of musical meaning through performance. These limited enrollment workshops help music students find their own jazz voice, while understanding their role within an ensemble. 
Artists In The Schools AIS_13_5
Our Artist in the Schools program brings professional jazz musicians/educators into Santa Cruz County schools in an ongoing effort to support and enrich local music programs, many of which have suffered severe cutbacks in recent years. Kuumbwa is pleased to partner with cellist, composer and globetrotting clinician, Dr. Renata Bratt, as our Educator in Residence. Renata’s knowledge and enthusiasm has inspired many young musicians in the classroom and her encouragement has resulted in many students continuing their music studies on their own. In 2013 Dr. Renata Bratt made ten visits to three schools, teaching nearly 400 students. 
 photo credit: r.r. jones


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