Summer Jazz Camps

Kuumbwa Jazz is thrilled to be presenting virtual and in-person jazz camps this summer!


In partnership with El Sistema Youth Orchestra Salinas and Monterey Jazz Festival we will be presenting a virtual music education experience: the Central Coast Orchestra and Jazz Academy. This three-week (July 11 – 31), virtual academy will provide daily music education, to musicians aged 14-21, in both the classical and jazz repertoires. Activities will include sectionals, masterclasses, warm-ups, social activities, and rehearsals. The academy will culminate in a large group ensemble performance of the classic “Rhapsody in Blue.” Participants will have the opportunity to focus on their specific instrument and genre, as well as learn from an incredible group of accomplished musicians during the afternoon masterclasses. These masterclasses will be led by GRAMMY-nominated jazz musicians Christian Sands and Gerald Clayton, as well as musicians from the Israel Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Symphony.

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Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp is back in 2021! In partnership with Cabrillo College’s Summer Youth Program, we will be presenting a small-capacity, outdoor camp June 14-24. 

For over 25 years Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp has been a destination for dedicated young musicians to learn about the thrilling creativity and limitless possibilities of jazz. Through playing, studying, listening, and collaborating, this camp will help students grow as jazz musicians. Campers will receive one-on-one and group instruction by professional music educators, and will develop key musicianship skills for live performance, basic improvisation, soloing, phrasing, collaboration, and proficiency in music theory.

Dates: June 14th – June 24th, 2021
Session Options: 9 AM – 11 AM, 12 PM – 2 PM,  3 PM – 5 PM
Location: Cabrillo College campus quad, outside building 2100 
Cost: $390
Capacity: 14 students per session

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Statement from Cabrillo’s Summer Youth Program: “Resuming the Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Program is an important part of our commitment to help meet the community’s needs. Our camps provide a safe and engaging environment for children to explore and grow. We know it’s been a rough year, and we are ready for an active, fun filled summer!” Click here to learn more about the health and safety protocols that will be in place for Summer Jazz Camp and all other Cabrillo Summer Youth Program camps.

Questions about Camp? Contact Brian Fitzgerald.

Limited scholarship opportunities are available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please email Brian Fitzgerald.

The 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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