You can study for as little as one week or as long as a month with players who are just as enthusiastic about jazz as you are under a faculty like no other. LJC is under the artistic direction of the gifted saxophonist/composer/educator Don Braden. After his day as a guest artist last summer Dave Liebman said "the enthusiasm of the students is contagious" and campers have called it "the best experience of [their] life!"
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TEACHING ARTISTS: Our resident teaching artists are among the best jazz performers and teachers working today. You will be studying with masters who are there for you. They have an uncanny ability to reach each of you and encourage growth, both musically and personally. 2010 Teachers include:*
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Don Braden
BASS: Marcus McLaurine, Nilson Matta, Nicki Parrott, Mario Pavone, Avery Sharpe
DRUMS: Alvin Atkinson, Winard Harper, Charli Persip, George Schuller, Matt Wilson
FLUTE: Claire Daly, Ali Ryerson
GUITAR: Roni Ben-Hur, Paul Bollenback, Henry Johnson, Doug Munro, Dave Stryker
PIANO: Onaje Allan Gumbs, Peter Madsen, Junior Mance, Helen Sung, Eli Yamin, Rachel Z
SAXOPHONE: Kris Allen, Claire Daly, Mike DiRubbo, Wayne Escoffery, Lauren Sevian
TROMBONE: Peter McEachern
TRUMPET: Dave Ballou, Louise Baranger, Russ Johnson, Claudio Roditi
VOCALS: Carla Cook, Sheila Jordan
GUEST ARTISTS: Eric Alexander, Jane Ira Bloom, Others TBA
*Teachers are subject to change
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THE PHILOSOPHY: We focus on musical and personal growth, while fostering a creative, inspirational and relaxed atmosphere. You learn in combos with players at your own level, regardless of age. LJC is a non-competitive program. Students are enrolled on a first-come basis with no audition required for admission. When you arrive you are evaluated and then placed in a skill-matched combo. S
STUDENTS: We welcome students ages 13 to adult, both instrumental and vocal. Proficiency levels vary, and special care is taken to assign students to comfortable and challenging combos. Students hail from 69 Connecticut cities, 18 states, and as far away as Scotland, Italy, and Germany.
THE CLASSES: Don Braden and his resident artists guide students through classes in performance, improvisation, jazz history, rhythm and percussion, music theory, the business of music, Latin Big Band, Rhythm & Blues Band, and more. Instruction is offered in all major instruments and voice.
FACULTY CONCERTS: The faculty performs four concerts a week giving you a chance to watch high level pros in action. This is a huge highlight and inspiration after a day of learning. Concerts are open to your families and the public free of charge.
THE CAMPUS: Our camp is located on the campus of one of the loveliest boarding schools in the country, Kent School in Litchfield County, CT, which is 50 miles west of Hartford, under two hours north of New York City, and three hours from Boston. Kent School offers excellent facilities for learning and living. Rooming is assigned by age and gender with younger students and adults housed separately. The campus is a minute from the historic center of Kent with its array of art galleries, cafes, shops and restaurants.
EQUIPMENT & LESSONS: Combo rooms have keyboards or pianos, and drum kits. Practice rooms are available. Players bring their own instruments; limited instrument rental is available. Students may register in advance for up to two private lessons a week for an additional fee.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE: In addition to our music staff, a Director of Residential Life is in residence and oversees a group of resident assistants who are on duty every evening. A physician is on call, and the school has a relationship with a nearby hospital. Camp staff are CPR certified and LJC is licensed by Connecticut’s Department of Health.
NON-MUSICAL FUN: Outdoor recreational facilities are available. Campers attending multi-week sessions may attend supervised local excursions over the weekend.
PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: After 15 hours of combo rehearsal each week, all students give an end-of-session concert. Additional performance opportunities may include playing on our "Jazz Around Kent" series at venues in town. And to top off the experience, each and every student gets to play at the world-renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival.
THE LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL: The LJC experience culminates at The Litchfield Jazz Festival held August 6, 7, and 8. The Festival boasts "a model jazz line-up" (New York Times) and is in its 15th year of presenting artists like Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner and Wayne Shorter. Listen to major artists perform on the main stage, perform yourself on a second stage with your combo or in a jam session, and enjoy master classes by festival stars.
Photo by Antonio Monteiro: Students practice with their combo.