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Summer Jazz Camp

Summer Jazz Camp

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 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, Jon Dryden and Gino Raugi.

The 2016 Annual Summer Jazz Camp was held from June 20-30 on the campus of Cabrillo College. The 48 participants, grades 8-12, represented 22 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. Thank you for participating in this cultural enrichment program!

The 2016 Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund made it possible for Kuumbwa to grant all need based scholarships requested this year. Please join us in a robust round of applause for our business community members that value and support music education: David and Abigail Kaun Fund, Jill & Hal Judd, Brian and Patti Herman, Jennifer Walker – RPM Mortgage, Inc.Newman’s Own Organics and Matthew Wood & Frances Ruiz-Wood. Thank you!

Special recognition to Cabrillo College for hosting 2016 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, American School Foundation – Mexico City,  Mexico, Aptos High School, Aptos Junior High, Bethel Christian School, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Castillero Middle School, CT English Middle School, Cypress Charter, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, Half Moon Bay High, Harbor High School, Mission Hill Middle School, New Brighton Middle School, Pacific Collegiate School, San Lorenzo Valley High School, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, Santa Cruz High School, Scotts Valley Middle School, Soquel High School, Watsonville Charter School of the Arts, York High School. Thank you for participating in this cultural enrichment program!

The dates for the 2017 Summer Jazz Camp are Monday, June 19th through Thursday, June 29th. Registration for the 2017  Summer Jazz Camp will begin Monday, April 10th 2017.

Contact Brian Fitzgerald
831-427-2227 or send a message Here.


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June 1, 2015