2023 JAZZ HOUSE SUMMER WORKSHOP
JULY 31 - AUGUST 12
CHRISTIAN McBRIDE: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
TED CHUBB: DIRECTOR + VP OF JAZZ EDUCATION
LOCATION: MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
JOiN US for our two-week intensive SUMMER WORKSHOP session! Instrumental and vocal students on all levels receive top-notch instruction to develop key skills, including enhanced knowledge of fundamentals and jazz performance.
- 25 leading jazz musicians, composers + educators
- Masterclasses with renowned special guests
- CHiCA Power sessions led by celebrated female artists
- Small group and big band ensembles, improv
- History + culture, composition, music production and film scoring
- Vocal Jazz Academy
- Mentoring + jam sessions with professional musicians
- Daily combo performances live-streamed on Facebook
- Performance night at Dizzy’s Club in NYC!
- Family BBQ
- Final performance at the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Block Party in front of thousands of jazz fans on August 12!
John J. Cali School of Music
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
AGES + LEVELS
12-18; all levels welcome
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Student drop off is at 8:30 AM)
- Optional private lessons from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Informal Student Jam Sessions from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
SUMMER WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Rehearse each day with a small ensemble – the “small combo” is at the heart of jazz, providing the space and freedom for musicians to improvise and create at the highest levels. Performance opportunities will include outdoor community concerts.
VOCAL JAZZ ACADEMY
Calling all singers! Study with distinguished New York City-based faculty for advanced jazz ensemble singing, coupled with an exciting curriculum of vocal technique, theory and repertoire development. Vocal Academy students will participate in jam sessions and sing with small jazz combos in outdoor community concerts. Vocal large ensemble open to instrumentalists who sing as well.
FACULTY + GUEST ARTISTS
Work with an incredible core faculty every day that includes more than 25 leading jazz musicians, composers and educators! Our own 8-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist CHRISTIAN McBRIDE leads masterclasses and coaches ensembles on a variety of techniques and subjects, as well as many weekly special guests. Past guests include Ron Blake, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Anat Cohen, Antonio Hart, Louis Hayes, Ingrid Jensen, Ashley Kahn, Geoffrey Keezer, Oliver Lake, Harold Mabern, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Russell Malone, Eddie Palmieri, Christian Sands, Norman Simmons, Akiko Tsugura and Steve Turre.
CHiCA POWER Ⓡ
Rise and Improvise! Be part of this “girls only” initiative that empowers young women and the next generation of female jazz musicians, while having fun playing this great American art form and learning about the rich contributions of women in jazz. Masterclasses are led by internationally celebrated female jazz artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ingrid Jensen, Michela Marino Lerman, Anat Cohen, Regina Carter, and Camila Meza.
TV & FILM SCORING
Get the “tools” needed to navigate avenues open to today’s composers. This custom track focuses on technical skills and the composition process while students learn about musical ideas, sketches, revisions and performance for TV & film scoring.
Experiment with writing concepts and expand your improvising voice through composition! Students will improve their musicianship by recording their creations as well as by performing on other student composed pieces.
Students will explore the essential recording and production techniques necessary to create their own songs. In an ever increasing ‘do-it-yourself’ environment, musicians who are able to produce their own material certainly have a leg up!
All students, faculty, friends and families are invited to meet and mingle (socially distant!) for an outdoor BBQ picnic and student jam.
SUMMER WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES
BIG BANDS AT DIZZY’S
Clubs are where jazz was born and where it will live on! Perform on the same stage as jazz legends at the acclaimed Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center with its panoramic views of the New York City skyline, hosted by Artistic Director Christian McBride.
COMBOS AT THE CONCERT HALL
Perform on stage in the state-of-the-art Leshowitz Recital Hall at Montclair State University, live-streamed on our Facebook page.
PERFORM AT THE MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL!
Held in downtown Montclair for thousands of jazz fans, family, and friends, all Workshop students will perform live on stage on Saturday, August 12 at the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST Block Party. Rain date Sunday, August 13.
To accommodate our growing number of campers from across the country and the globe, JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop students may opt to stay in the dorms on the campus of Montclair State University, steps away from the Cali School of Music. Students will be chaperoned by JAZZ HOUSE staff. Space is limited; submit the housing supplement with your online Summer Workshop registration today!
- Machuga Heights Residence Hall
- All meals provided
- After-hours and weekend activities
- Weekend accommodations
- Free laundry services on site
- Monday, July 31: check in at 5:00 PM
- Saturday, August 12: check out at 10:00 AM
Monday – Friday
- 8:30 AM Arrival
- 8:45 AM Announcements
- 9:00 AM Improv
- 10:00 AM Instrumental Tech
- 11:00 AM Small Ensembles
- 12:40 PM Guest Artist Symposium + Lunch
- 2:00 PM Composition
- 3:20 PM Big Band
- 5:00 PM Dismissal
- 5:00 PM Informal Student Jam Sessions
*Subject to change
- Registration Fee: $50 per family
- Tuition: $1,795
- Early Bird Discount March 31:
$100 off with Discount Code EARLYBIRD23
- Residential Option: $1,500
- Montclair State University housing
- 13 nights; evening + weekend activities
- Move in date: July 30
- Need-based tuition assistance is available. Please fill out this application with your registration
- FEBRUARY – MARCH
Early Registration Incentive Months! Current JAZZ HOUSE students completing registration and payment in February and March will receive a JAZZ HOUSE gift.
- March 31: Early Bird Deadline
- April 1: Audition window opens
- June 1: Registration deadline,
Tuition assistance application deadline, & Video audition placement deadline
- July 9: Private lesson sign up
There is a 100% refund (less the $125 initial deposit & registration fee) until June 1st. The $25 Registration Fee will be applied to any future program your child may register for at the JAZZ HOUSE in 2023. There is a 50% refund (less the $125 initial deposit & registration fee) June 2 – July 1. There are no refunds beyond July 1st.
All students from beginner to advanced ages 12-18 are welcome! Students outside of age range will be accommodated based on experience level.
ALL STUDENTS must prepare and submit video auditions to place them in the appropriate class. Audition guidelines and materials can be found on the Audition Process page on our website. The same audition will be used for Fall 2023 classes.
Audition links can be submitted in the “Link to audition video on YouTube” line of your registration form. All audition materials are due June 1, 2023. For more information on the audition process click here.
We thank our 2023 Summer Workshop Supporters:
The ASCAP Foundation, Conn-Selmer, Inc., Gia Maione Prima Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Ludwig Drums, McDonald’s of Paterson and the Adderley Management Company Inc., ShopRite of Newark, and Steinway & Sons, with additional support from TD Charitable Foundation, New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.