Jazz Topics

Students explore a wide range of diverse topics in jazz in these lectures and workshops conducted by a full spectrum of faculty artists. Past camps have included such topics as:

"What is 'Free' Jazz"
A brief historical overview of the 1960's in jazz, a pivotal period of exploring new ways of improvising outside the "changes."

"Exploring the Jazz Blues"
Through examples such as Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, and John Coltrane, we'll look at the endless possibilities of improvising over the 12-bar blues form.

"Improvisation and Technology"
Creating new instruments and sounds by exploring possibilities for interfacing acoustic instruments with computer software and electronic hardware.

"Performing with Others"
This workshop focuses on the role of the rhythm section in supporting soloists and ways in which soloists build improvisations.