Virtual Summer Jazz Intensive

Due to public health concerns, Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp will not proceed as previously planned. In its stead, we are excited to present a Virtual Summer Jazz Intensive, in partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival, taking place June 23-25, 2020. 

Join us online June 23-25, as we partner with the Monterey Jazz Festival to bring you the Virtual Summer Jazz Intensive – a virtual summer camp that will offer daily video content and enrichment courses.

Click here for a playlist of educational videos, including master classes with Christian Sands, available now on Youtube.

For the duration of the Intensive, free daily videos on music theory, jazz history, as well as sessions with Monterey Jazz Festival 2020/2021 Artist-in-Residence Christian Sands will be available on our web platforms.

Those eager for a more in-depth interactive focus on their instrument can register to receive additional premium content, which will include access to daily 45-minute Master Classes (held on Zoom) for the following instruments: bass, drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and vocals. The premium content will culminate with a round-table discussion between the clinicians and Monterey Jazz Festival and Kuumbwa Jazz Artistic Director Tim Jackson.

Registration for premium content is $50 and must be completed on or by Friday, June 19thClick here to register.
Questions? Email

Meet the Virtual Summer Jazz Intensive faculty.

Summer Jazz Camp

Our 2019 Summer 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 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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