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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. The camp focuses on performance, basic improvisation and theory, concepts and phrasing, as well as history and appreciation.

Camp was a really fun experience and it changed the way I think about music and playing guitar.” – Jackson Kachman

Registration for 2019 annual Kuumbwa Summer Jazz Camp is now open!

Camp Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos – VAPA Complex
Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 27
Times: Grades 8-9 attend from 9 AM -12 PM; Grades 10-12 attend from 11 AM – 2 PM
Camp Concert: Thursday, June 27th, 6:30 PM at Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Required Skills: Students must know at least 3 major scales and have experience with their instrument. Drummers must know standard jazz rhythms.

Tuition: Register early! $325 before May 30th! $355 after May 30th.
Registration:  Register online or call: 831-479-6331

Jazz Camp 2019 will again be directed by music educators Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, with assistance from rhythm section coaches Robert Wider, Robert Mahoney, Zack Olsen, and David McGillicuddy.

Left to right: Bob Weider, Rob Mahoney, Steve Wilson, Terrel Eaton, Zach Olson, Dave McGillicuddy, Jeremy Yanowitz

photo credit: r. r. jones

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.

The 2018 Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund is made possible by donations from our local business community, including, but not limited to: Appenrodt Commercial Properties, Hamilton Swift and Associates, Inc., Erik and Judy Johnson, Network Mortgage, Inc., New Leaf Community Markets and Newman’s Own Foundation. Thank you!

Our year round education programs are made possible by generous donations from our many contributors both individuals and businesses and the following Foundations and Agencies: David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Newman’s Own 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 and the Bill Graham Memorial Fund. Thank you!

Our daily cookies are made possible through the generous contribution from the Pacific Cookie Company.

Questions about Camp?
Contact Brian Fitzgerald

Questions about Camp registration?
Call: (831) 479-6337


Jazz Camp 2018 Gallery: