Kent. CT--- Litchfield Jazz Camp, the 15-year-old teaching arm of the renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival, returns this summer to the campus of Kent School, in Kent, CT. The program runs for a month, July 10 –August 5, in four weekly sessions, and students may enroll for one or more sessions. An average of 130 students enroll per week from across Connecticut and around the world. Registration is now open for students 13 to adult. New this year are two programs geared toward adults – an Adult-Only Combo option July 10 - 15, and Teach the Teacher, a 3-day workshop during the second session for working music teachers and college or graduates students preparing for music teaching careers.
One of the most highly regarded jazz summer programs in the nation, Litchfield Jazz Camp has been featured in JazzTimes, Downbeat and TIME Magazines, on CNN and on CPTV. Its music director, saxophonist, composer and educator Don Braden, is a major figure on the jazz scene. 2011 teaching artists include world-renowned performers and clinicians Nilson Matta, Marcus McLaurine, Mario Pavone and Avery Sharpe on bass, Alvin Atkinson, Winard Harper, Charli Persip, George Schuller and Matt Wilson on drums, Roni Ben-Hur, Paul Bollenback, Henry Johnson, Doug Munro and Dave Stryker on guitar, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Peter Madsen, Junior Mance, Arturo O’Farrill, Helen Sung, Champian Fulton, and Eli Yamin on piano, Kris Allen, Claire Daly, Mike DiRubbo, Wayne Escoffery and Lauren Sevian on saxophones, Vincent Gardner and Peter McEachern on trombone, Dave Ballou, Jean Caze, Russ Johnson and Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Carolyn Leonhart and Kevin Mahogany on vocals and saxophonist, composer and arranger, Jimmy Heath as the 2011 Guest Artist. To hear their music and learn more about the instructors, visit our teaching artist page here.
Students ages 13 to adult are welcome at any achievement level. Placement evaluations at registration assign the student to a skill-matched combo. Offerings at camp include performance, improv, jazz history, music theory, composition, music business, big bands, ear training, sight reading, basic piano, jam sessions and much more. Private lessons are also available. On Wednesday, July 27 from 7-9 PM, the camp will offer, free of charge, it’s 4th Annual Jazz College Fair Night with representatives from Berklee, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Eastman, Hartt, Manhattan, NEC, New School, SUNY Purchase and others, allowing students to explore higher education options.
Performance opportunities abound at LJC. All students are invited to perform on the second stage at the Litchfield Jazz Festival at Kent School, August 5–7, and attend the festival and clinics with festival stars. This summer’s line-up will be announced in early 2011. Apply on-line here or call 860-361-6285 with questions.
Photo by LJC Parent, Gayle Sawamura.