2017 JAM Camp Maryland

The Jazz Academy Annual Summer “JAM” Camp is a great place for young musicians grades 5th through 12th to learn to play and perform Jazz music the way the professionals do. Sessions are led by professional musicians and recording artists based in the DC Metropolitan area as well as other nationally renown recording artist from all across the country.

If you would like to play your instrument or sing like a jazz music professional read on!

JAM Camp is a Summer Youth Program structured yet full of fun for young musicians. To play and sing like a professional you must study really hard, practice a lot and listen to your teachers at school. You also have to go the extra mile, by listening to the music, learning its history and theory. At some point you also need to have exposure to the professionals. At the Jazz Academy of Music Summer Jam Camp, you will get just that–exposure to professional performing musicians that will share their experiences and techniques with you. At the camp you will explore the music of the great artist like Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. And, you will play and sing right along with the professional musicians. The guest artists and gifted instructors add to this American jazz music experience.

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It’s A Daily Jam Session!

There is nothing like playing, singing and performing with professional musicians and your fellow students. At the JAM camp you will be a part of sessions that include some of the top professional musicians in the Washington Metropolitan area and beyond. You will gain experience playing and performing in big band or jazz choir and combo settings. You will be in a professional atmosphere with various professional musicians in addition to the primary camp instructors who are also accomplished professionals.

The Camp Works This Way!

The Academy will hold its Summer Jazz Academy of Music (“JAM”) Camp for three weeks this summer, June 26 – July 14, 2017. The camp hours will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Monday to Friday (Camp will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th). Only students who have achieved the proficiency level of advanced beginner and above are eligible to attend the camp.

Students meeting the minimum criteria will be admitted to the camp on a first-come first-served basis until all slots are filled.

The camp will feature the following activities:


Big Band Sessions Instrumental students at the same level of proficiency are grouped into a large ensemble to learn and perform the big band charts of Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and other writers of the big band era.
Jazz Choir Sessions Vocal students at the same level of proficiency are grouped into a large ensemble to learn and perform the charts from the American Song Book as well as more contemporary pieces with accompaniment as well as A cappella.
Combo/Concert Hour Students are grouped into small combos or groups to create and perform their self-developed repertoire of music. On alternate days the combos perform for the other students or the camp instructors perform for the students.
Jazz Idiom Students are provided an overview of the history of jazz from the early 1900’s to today. Also covered will be the Blues, Spiritual and Classical influences in Jazz Music.
Improvisation & Music Theory Students learn the language of jazz and techniques for creating and playing extemporaneously created melodies over chord progressions on their instrument or through vocal scatting.
Solo Lab Students are provided the opportunity to practice improvisation techniques with a semi-private tutor to help the students create their own personal solo style.
Masters Class During the course of the camp, various established recording artists will be invited to work with the students and share their experiences as a recording artist.


Performing this year with the 2017 “JAM” Camp Students is TBD!

The camp will culminate with a student concert. The concert will be open to the public and will cost $12.00 per person. The students will perform the musical selections that they have learned and created over the course of the camp in big band and combo formats.

The final concert will be Friday, July 14, 2017. Students will perform at The Takoma Park/Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 per person.

To purchase tickets please use the following link: PURCHASE SHOW TICKETS or “Click” the GREEN ICON at the bottom of the column on the right-side of this website..

Camp Staff

Paul Carr, Camp Director
Pepe Gonzalez, Jazz Idiom, Bass and Guitar

Allyn Johnson, Vocal and Piano Instructor
Aaron Seeber, Drum Instructor
Max Light, Assistant

Guest Recording Artists from Prior Years:


Tim Warfield

Paul Bollenback

Branford Marsalis

Terell Stafford


JAM Camp fee is $585.00. This fee includes tuition, all music, and a JAM camp T-shirt that will be provided to wear at the final concert.

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Please Note: There is no discount for partial attendance.

If full payment is not made at the time of registration enrollment in our payment plan is required. Full payment is due by June 1, 2017.

Payment Plans: A $75.00 non-refundable deposit is required to initiate all payment plans.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $75.00 and 2 equal payments of $257.50 charged to your credit card on May 1 and June 1, includes a service fee of $5. (Total Payments $590)

All notices of withdrawal and requests for refund must be made in writing.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: All notices of withdrawal and requests for refund must be made in writing. You may email your request to coordinator@jazzacademy.org or fax it to 301-563-9339. Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start of camp are eligible for a 50% refund minus the $75.00 processing fee. Cancellation requests less than 30 days prior to the start of camp will not be eligible for a refund.




Bass Guitar 6
Guitar 4
Flute 6
Clarinet CLOSED
Alto Sax 5
Tenor Sax 5
Baritone Sax 6
Trombone 6
Trumpet 3
Violin 4
Vocal 8

Update: As of June 2, 2017 @ 15:30

Students must provide their own Musical instruments. [Camp supplies Piano/Keyboard and Drum Kit (student bring sticks and brushes)]

If there is a slot available for your instrument please click here to continue.

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Location & Directions

The location for the camp is for the first two weeks is Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. The third and final week of the camp will be held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

Directions To Takoma Park Middle School
From the Beltway Outer Loop: Head West on Beltway (I-495 Outer Loop) and take Exit 28B South/New Hampshire Avenue toward Langley Park/DC. Turn right onto Piney Branch Avenue. School on the left.(2.2 miles).

From the Beltway Inner Loop: Head East on Beltway (I-495 Inner Loop) take Exit 30B South/US-29 South/Colesville Road toward Silver Spring. Turn left on Sligo Creek Pkwy (.5 miles). Turn Right on Piney Branch Road (1.2 miles). School is on the right (.5 miles).

From the Western DC/Bethesda: Head East on 410/East-West Highway. Cross Georgia Avenue. Turn left on Piney Branch Road and School is on the right (.2 miles).

From Baltimore: Head South on I-95 toward Washington and take Exit 27 to merge onto Capital Beltway/I-495 West toward Silver Spring. Head West on Beltway (I-495 Outer Loop) and take Exit 28B South/New Hampshire Avenue toward Langley Park/DC. Turn right onto Piney Branch Avenue. School on the left.(2.2 miles).

Directions To National 4-H Center
From the Beltway 495 — Take Connecticut Ave Exit going south toward Chevy Chase. You will cross the major intersection of East West Highway and continue south. The 4-H Center will be on your right.


Paul Carr and Jazz
Wilson Center Article

SMP_3070Paul Carr and Jazz Wilson Center Article by Blair A. Ruble.

Saxophonist Paul Carr tells the story of waiting with his saxophone at the baggage claim belt in St. Petersburg, Russia, when another passenger came up and said: “Paul Carr, Westminster Church in Washington.” Paul recounts this incident as a way of testifying to the global reach of Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. Home to a hugely successful concert series now nearly two decades old, Westminster has become a touchstone of the D.C. jazz scene.


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the Ensemble?

The Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who have never improvised or created a solo or those who are in the formative stages of developing their improvisational skills.
No Audition Required!
Rehearsal begins 9/19/17 at 5:45pm (bi-weekly) $275 per semester.
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