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, Nick Bianchini 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, 7:00 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.*

Walk-up registrations Monday, June 15 at 8:30 am. PRINT THIS for walk-up registrations.


The 2015 Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund makes it possible for Kuumbwa to grant all need based scholarship requests. Please join us in a robust round of applause for our business community members that value and support music education:  Appenrodt Commercial PropertiesHamilton Swift and Associates, Inc., David and Abigail Kaun Fund, Jill & Hal Judd, Newman’s Own Organics and Matthew Wood & Frances Ruiz-Wood. Thank you!

Special recognition to Cabrillo College for hosting 2015 Jazz Camp, 
and a very warm thank you to Pacific Cookie Company for donating cookies for the daily snack, Thank you!

Represented Schools Include: AFE Home School, Aptos High School, Branciforte Middle School, Cypress Charter, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, Half Moon Bay High, Hanova International School of Xi’an, China, Harbor High School, New Brighton Middle School, Pacific Collegiate School, San Lorenzo Valley High School, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz Montessori School, Scotts Valley High School, Shoreline Middle School, Soquel High School, Tierra Pacifica Charter

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


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June 1, 2015