Summer Jazz Camp

Summer Jazz Camp

Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students entering grades 8-12 who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation, and jazz appreciation. Students receive both individual and group instruction on performance, basic improvisation and theory, concepts and phrasing, as well as history and appreciation.

Summer Jazz Camp

Our 2019 Jazz Camp was directed by music educators Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, with assistance from rhythm section coaches Robert Wider, Robert Mahoney, Zack Olsen, David McGillicuddy, and Brian Fitzgerald. The 2019 camp was our highest-attended camp to-date and featured students from over one dozen local schools. At the culminating concert at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, campers gave an exceptional performance to a capacity audience. Thank you to our campers, for participating in this cultural enrichment program and for sharing their talents with our community!

Questions about Camp? Contact Brian Fitzgerald.

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. Apply here.

The 2019 Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund is made possible by donations from our local business community and our year round education programs are made possible by generous donations from our many contributors, both individuals and businesses, ands well as Foundations and Agencies: David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Brian and Patti Herman Donor Advised Fund at CFSCC, David and Abigail Kaun Donor Advised Fund at CFSCC, Kathy Ferraro, Judy Boemer, and the Bill Graham Memorial Fund. Thank you – your support made it possible for us to grant all scholarship requests for the 2019 Jazz Camp.

Click here to make a contribution to the Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund

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