2014 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 23 – July 11, 2014. The camp hours will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Monday to Friday (Camp will be closed on Friday, 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:  

 

 

 

 

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
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.

Concert

 

Performing this year with the 2014 “JAM” Camp Students is a surprise guest artist!

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 held on Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:00pm at the Round House Theatre – Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Camp Staff

Paul Carr, Camp Director
Pepe Gonzalez, Jazz Idiom Instructor
Richard Seals, Combo Instructor 
TBD, Brass Instructor
Eric Byrd, Piano and Voice Instructor

Guest Recording Artists from Prior Years:

          

  

        

  

TimWarfield

Tim Warfield

Paul Bollenback

Branford Marsalis

Terell Stafford

Tuition

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, 2014.   

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

2014 PAYMENT PLAN
  • 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 kcarr@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.

NOTE: NO CAMP ON FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014.


INSTRUMENT
REMAINING SLOTS
AVAILABLE
Piano 6
Bass Guitar 6
Guitar 6
Drums 6
Flute 6
Clarinet 6
Alto Sax 8
Tenor Sax 8
Baritone Sax 4
Trombone 10
Trumpet 10
Violin 4
Vocal 10

CALL FOR CLASS OF 2014 STATUS (Updated 6-25-2014)

Students must provide their own Musical instruments.  

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

This Jazz Education Experience Is Waiting For You!

Registration

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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: Head East on Beltway (I-495 Inner Loop) take Exit 30B South/MD-29 South/Colesville Road/Columbia Pike toward Washington, DC. Turn left onto Sligo Creek Parkway (1.2 miles). Turn right on Piney Branch Road and proceed approximately 0.9 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. Take Exit 29B South/MD-193E /University Boulevard (1.3 miles) towards Langley Park. Turn right on Piney Branch Road and proceed approximately 1.5 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. 

News

Jazz Academy
Introductory Ensemble

Starts January 28, 2015

The best place for the young musician to start learning about Jazz music is the Jazz Academy Introductory Ensemble (JAIE). JAIE is for students who have never played jazz music and would like to learn how to read and play jazz. To be eligible for JAIE, students be at least 8 years of age and must have at least 1 year of study on their instrument. Many students in this group have basic to intermediate classical training and would like to develop jazz music skills. Students will learn and develop improvisational skills and will learn how to read and interpret basic jazz charts. This is a great starting point for those students that are not quite ready for JAE.

Class are every other Wednesday at 5:45pm beginning 1/28/15 at Sligo Middle School; 1401 Dennis Ave; Silver Spring, MD.

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