Summer Jazz Camp

Summer Jazz Camp

Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students 12 – 18 years old who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation and jazz appreciation. Students receive both one to one and group instruction. The camp focuses on live performance, basic improvisation, theory, soloing concepts and phrasing, along with jazz history and appreciation. Daily classes are held in the VAPA complex at Cabrillo College, with the final day performance on the famous Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage.

Jazz Camp is directed by music educators Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, with assistance from rhythm section coaches Bill Bosch, Robert Mahoney, Zack Olsen and Gino Raugi. The 2015 camp also enjoys a special clinic with Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist in Residence, Ted Nash.

Camp Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos – VAPA Complex
Dates: Monday, June 15 – Thursday, June 25
Times: Grades 8-9 attend from 9:00 am-12:00 pm; Grades 10-12 attend from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Camp Concert: Thursday, June 25th, 6:30 pm at Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Required Skills: Students must know at least 3 major scales and have experience with instrument. Pianists should be familiar with jazz cords. Drummers must know standard jazz rhythms.*

*Drum positions are filled, please contact the office with questions.

$295, Register Here (opens April 1st at 9:00 am)
Scholarship Information: Limited need-based scholarships are available. We are committed to providing deserving young musicians the opportunity to pursue their passion for music in an intensive jazz instruction environment, regardless of financial resources. However, please note that Kuumbwa rarely grants full scholarships. Apply for a Scholarship Here. (This is also a registration form, only one entry needed)

Book Information:
Books are required for 1st day of Jazz Camp.
8 – 9 Grades: Real Easy Book, Sher Music Co.
10 –12 Grades: Preferred book: Real Book, 6th Edition, by Hal Leonard (note: any Real Book edition is acceptable if already owned for 10th–12th grades)

Optional Books:
Drummers in grades 8 – 9: Musical Time by Ed Soph
Drummers in grades 10 – 12: The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley
Guitarists: The Total Jazz Guitarist by Jody Fisher; published by Alfred Publishing Co. Inc.

Order at Thomas Musical Instruments (831) 425-0110
1010 Fair Avenue Suite H (corner of Ingalls Ave near New Leaf Market Westside SC)
Allow 7-10 business days for advance order to be picked up.

Last Year
The 2014 annual summer Jazz Camp was held from June 16 – 26 on the campus of Cabrillo College. The 53 participants, ages 12 – 18 yrs, represented 16 public, charter, and private schools throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. These dedicated young musicians studied and listened to jazz for nine days, under the direction of Santa Cruz County music educators and professional musicians Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton. Assisting were rhythm coaches- Bill Bosch, Robert Mahoney, Zack Olsen and Gino Raugi. Jazz Camp concluded with a joyfully successful, standing room only concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center attended by enthusiastic family, friends, and community supporters. Thank you for participating in this cultural enrichment program.

Questions? Contact Melody Korkos, Education Coordinator, at 831-427-2227 or send a message Here.


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March 22, 2015