Jazz Academy of Music (JAM) LAB

2017 JAM Lab Maryland

The Jazz Academy Annual Summer “JAM Lab” is a 6-day 5-night residency instrumental and vocal jazz music camp located at The National 4-H Youth Conference Center just outside of Washington, DC in Chevy Chase, MD. It is a great opportunity for young musicians’ grades 6th through 12th to learn to solo on their instrument and with their voices. The focus of the camp is on jazz improvisation. Students learn play and perform their own extemporaneously created solos. It is a fun way for musically inclined youth to spend time playing their instrument with the professionals and their peers. The camp begins on July 9, 2017 and concludes July 14, 2017.

The JAM Lab works this way!

The focus of the JAM Lab is primarily on the development of improvisational skills. During the camp students are placed into groups based upon their skill level and introduced to various improvisational styles and techniques. Students apply what they learn to develop their own improvisational style and practice and perform with the instructors and with combos comprised of their peer musicians.

In addition, master classes are conducted by faculty and touring artists. Students play and sing right along with the faculty in the Jam Sessions. The camp culminates in a concert where students perform in large ensemble and combo formats.

The camp will feature the following activities:

Combo Sessions Students are grouped into small combos or groups to create and perform standards as well as their self-developed repertoire of music. Students name their own combo and choose their combo selections with the assistance of one of the instructors who will serve as their “Combo Coach”. Each combo will perform their selections at the final concert.
Listening 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. Students view films and listen to and discuss various musical styles.
Improvisation & Music Theory Students learn the language of jazz and techniques for creating and playing extemporaneously created melodies over chord progressions. This is referred to as improvisation. For vocalist, scatting concepts are explored.
Sectionals Students are group by instrument/vocal and skill level to work on the technical aspects of playing and performing certain musical passages and are given tips to improve their vocal or instrumental proficiency.
Masters Class During the course of the camp, various established recording/touring artists will be invited to work with the students and share their experiences as a recording artist.
JAM Sessions Students JAM into the night right along with their instructors. This setting gives the students the opportunity to apply what they have learning in a free form format.
Faculty and Student Concerts In the evening the faculty and any visiting artists perform for the students in concert.
The final evening of the camp, the students perform in concert. The concert will be held at the TBA.
Private Lessons Students can receive an optional 1/2-hour private lesson for an additional $60.00.
Private lessons are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and may be ordered on-line.

The JAM Lab Schedule looks like this:

CHECK IN: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Resident Registration and Check In
02:00pm to 04:00pm Check-In
04:30pm to 05:30pm Welcome and Orientation Meeting

(JAM Lab Resident Students Only)

05:30pm to 06:45pm Dinner for Resident Students
Daytime Schedule
July 10 until July 14
07:45am Breakfast
09:00am Sectionals
11:00am Combos
12:00pm Lunch
01:00pm Big Band Rehearsal or Jazz Choir
02:15pm Session # 1 (Applied Improvisation or Jazz Idiom or Combo)
02:45pm Session # 2 (Applied Improvisation or Jazz Idiom or Combo)
03:15pm Session # 3 (Applied Improvisation or Jazz Idiom or Combo)
03:45pm Break
04:00pm Concert Hour/Combo Performance (Guests, Faculty, Students)
Evening Schedule
July 10 until July 12
05:00pm Free Time or Private
Lesson [Add’l Fee]
06:00pm Dinner
07:30pm Faculty Concert / Students Concerts / Rehearsal)
08:30pm Jam Session
09:30pm Extended Day Students Depart
10:00pm Free Time
11:00pm Lights Out
Evening Schedule
July 13
06:00pm Dinner
07:30pm JAM Lab Dinner Concert
09:30pm Resident and Extended Day Students return to 4H Conference Center
10:00pm Free Time
11:00pm Lights Out
Evening Schedule
July 14
04:00pm Dinner
05:00pm T-shirt Distribution / Free Time
05:30pm Concert Sound Check/Rehearsal
07:00pm Concert
10:00pm JAM Lab Complete
CHECK OUT: Friday, July 14, 2017 (or Saturday, July 15, 2017 (Based upon student travel schedule/Friday Night Stay Additional)
07:45am Breakfast
09:00am to 11:00am Check Out

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 serve basis until all slots are filled.

The Best Instructors

There is nothing like playing and performing with professional musicians and your fellow students. At the JAM Lab 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 in 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.

Our Camp Director and Jazz Academy founder, Paul Carr, is one of the top Jazz Saxophonist and Educators in the country today. He has played, performed and recorded with some of the top names in jazz such as Mulgrew Miller, Randy Brecker, Bobby Broom, Branford Marsalis, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, Kirk Whalum, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. His last two CDs, Straight-Ahead Soul and Musically Yours, topped the radio charts and received critical acclaim from the jazz media including Jazz Times and Down Beat. As an educator, there are very few in the industry that can claim the success that Paul has achieved. Many of his students are accepted to top conservatories and college music programs, including Julliard, Berkley, New England and The New School. Many of his students have also made their county and state Jazz Bands as well as the Grammy Band and have received other high-profiled scholarship awards. The Jazz Academy programs rank high amongst touring performing artist and many have participated in our camp and orchestra programs. The award winning Jazz Academy Orchestra is in high demand to perform at events in and around our nation’s capitol and is the three-time winner of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival cutting contest where Wynton Marsalis has been one of the judges.

Our faculty is equally impressive and have played and performed with renowned artists and toured all over the world.

This year’s faculty includes:
Paul Carr, Camp Director
Pepe Gonzalez, Jazz Idiom, Bass and Guitar Instructor
Allyn Johnson, Vocal and Piano Instructor
Aaron Seeber, Drum Instructor

2017 Guest Artists: *TBA

*Artists are subject to change

Previous Guest Artists


Sharel Chasity
Sam Dillon
Andrew Gould
Roxy Coss


On Friday evening 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.

Instruction Facility

Students will enjoy all activities at the National 4-H Conference Center.

Housing Accommodations

National 4-H Youth Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Beautiful state-of-the-art accommodations are available for students at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. The campus features a recreation room, internet cafe, basketball and volleyball courts, comfortable lounges and other great amenities. All rooms include: TV, Private Bathroom, Telephone, Alarm Clock, data ports. (Accommodations available for chaperones.)


Meals are offered cafeteria buffet-style. Three meals are offered daily, in the dining room at specific meal times. Students will have their choice of two entrees at every meal, plus a salad bar for lunch and dinner. Vegetarian meals are available upon prior request.

Also snacks and beverages are available from the vending machines located throughout the facility.

Airport/Ground Transportation
Round-trip Amount
BWI – Baltimore/Washington Airport

DCA – National Airport

IAD – Dulles Internation Airport

BWI – Amtrak Train Station

Union Station, Washington, DC


JAM Lab Tuition
$1,285.00 Resident Resident Tuition The Resident Student tuition includes room and board. Check in July 9, between 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Check out July 14 (or 15th before 11:00am with a Friday Additional Night Stay ($75) depending on travel schedule.)
$865.00 Non-Resident Extended Day Tuition The Non-Resident Extended Day Student tuition includes lunch, dinner, and participation in the camp activities from July 10 until July 14 from 9:00am – 9:30pm
JAM Lab and JAM Camp Combinations
$1,665.00 Resident and JAM Camp Resident and JAM Camp Tuition JAM Camp from June 26 until July 7 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and JAM Lab from July 10 through July 14th. Resident Student tuition includes room and board. Check in July 9, between 4:00pm and 6:00pm and Check out July 14 (or with a Friday night stay check out on Saturday, July 15 before 11:00am, based upon the student’s travel schedule).
$1,240.00 JAM Lab Non-Resident and JAM Camp JAM Lab Extended Day and JAM Camp Tuition JAM Camp from June 26 until July 7 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and Non-Resident Extended Day Lab from July 10th through July 14th from 9:00am to 9:30pm. Tuition includes lunch, dinner and participation in the camp activities.
Week 1 and 2 June 26 – July 7 Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Road
Takoma Park, MD
Week 3/Resident July 9 National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD
Week 3/All Students July 10 – 14 National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD

Each JAM Lab student will receive music and a JAM Camp t-shirt to wear at the final concert.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no discount for partial attendance.

For individuals electing to take advantage of one of our payment plans a $200.00 deposit is required at the time of registration and is non-refundable. If full payment is not made at the time of registration then enrollment in one of our payment plans is required. Full payment is due by June 1, 2017.

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 $200.00 processing fee. Cancellation requests less than 30 days prior to the start of camp will not be eligible for a refund.

Student Requirements

Students are expected to bring their own instruments. Be sure that instruments are in proper working order and are labeled with the student’s name. Electric bass players must bring their bass, strings amplifiers and patch cords. Drummers must bring their own sticks and cymbals. Piano and keyboards will be provided.

Dress is casual and comfortable, t-shirts, shorts and jeans etc. Students are expected to wear long pants for the concert. A JAM Camp T-Shirt will be provided to wear on the concert.

Prior to the start of JAM Lab the parents of the students will be sent detailed instructions and a medical form that must be completed by the parents and a health/exam record form that must be completed by your Physician. Students are eligible on a first-come, first-served basis.

Availability is indicated in the table below:

Bass Guitar 6
Guitar 6
Flute 6
Clarinet 4
Alto Sax 2
Tenor Sax 3
Baritone Sax 5
Trombone 4
Trumpet 4
Violin 4
Vocal 7

Update: As of June 2, 2017 @ 14:30

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

This Jazz Education Experience Is Waiting For You!

Payment Plan: A $200.00 non-refundable deposit is required to initiate the payment plan. Subsequent payments are charged to the same credit card used to make the deposit. For the 2 month payment option, payments are charged on April 1st and May 1st or May 1st and June 1st. The payment plan includes a $5.00 processing fee.

2 payments $545.00 each Total $1,290.00
Non-resident Extended Day
2 payments $335.00 each Total $870.00
Resident and JAM Camp
2 payments $735.00 each Total $1,670.00
Non-Resident and JAM Camp
2 payments $522.50 each Total $1,245.00

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


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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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