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Jazz Academy Education Opportunities – Summer 2016

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by Andrew Patton on May 10, 2016

Now that the Central Ohio school year is about over, it’s time to start planning to take advantage of opportunities to further you or your children’s jazz education over the summer. The Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy is offering two day camps for children and two night courses for adults, all focused on building jazz knowledge and skill in a variety of areas as well as increasing community jazz involvement. Local musicians and educators including Rachel Sepulveda, Tony Bonardi, Rob Parton, Pete Mills, Becky Ogden and Zach Compston plus many special guests will provide vocal, band, and introductory instruction to local students of all ages. Here’s a chance to get more involved with jazz! Keep reading for full details – Registration for all classes is available here.

Singing Solo and Fronting the Band – Vocal Lab

Rachel Sepulveda and Tony Bonardi
Thursdays, June 2 – July 14, 6-8pm
Final Performance on July 14th (Time TBD)
$125 for Jazz Academy members
$150 for new participants
Monday, May 30, 2016


For high school through adult with fundamental singing experience.

Have you ever dreamed of being the lead singer fronting a band? Well, now is your chance! Join Rachel and Tony as they explore the key components of singing with a combo, from stylizing to repertoire, from singing technique to communicating and performing with confidence. You will have the experience of singing jazz, pop, rock, R&B and beyond. You’ll also perform the song of your choice with a live trio during your 7 weeks singing solo and fronting the band!

Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop

Rob Parton with Special Guests
Date & Time: 
Monday – Friday, June 27 – July 1, 9am – 3pm
Final Performance on July 1 (Time TBD)
$325 for Jazz Academy members
$350 for new participants
$100 discount for Columbus Youth Jazz members!
Monday, June 20, 2016


For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument – Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drum Set. 

Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop is an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists of all skill levels to hone their skills in the jazz language – improvisation, style, repertoire and technique. During this 5-day workshop you will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a combo and a big band while learning about jazz legends and their repertoire. Renowned trumpeter/educator Rob Parton (Chicago Symphony, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett) and some of Columbus’ finest instructors will host master classes and listening sessions and we will participate in a public performance on the final day. The CYJ Summer Workshop is your one stop for learning all things jazz!

Please pack a lunch and drink – we will take a lunch break each day

Columbus Community Jazz Band

Pete Mills
Thursdays, July 7 – August 11, 7-9pm
Final Performance at JazZoo on August 12 (Time TBD)
$75 for Jazz Academy members
$100 for new participants
Friday, July 1, 2016


For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drum Set.

The Columbus Community Jazz Band is the chance for anyone who has played an instrument to get back in the swing of things! Led by CJO saxophonist Pete Mills, you will have the chance to practice and perform fun arrangements of our favorite jazz tunes while developing your sound and technique. Additionally, the CCJB will perform live as the opening act for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at JazZoo. All CCJO members will receive free admission to the JazZoo show that night, and an invitation backstage to meet the Columbus Jazz Orchestra members after the show!

“Jazz Cats” Half-Day Camp

Rebecca Ogden and Zach Compston with special musical guests
Monday – Friday, August 8-12, 9am – 12:00pm
$150 for Jazz Academy members
$175 for new participants
Monday, August 1, 2016


Recommended for grades 3-5 – no instrumental music experience needed.

The “Jazz Cats” Half-Day camp is designed to be a fun and interactive immersion into the art of jazz and improvisation. During the week, we will discover the magic of improvisation in the style of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, and more. By the end of the week, all students will have learned how to play the blues, recognize famous jazz songs, play the drum set, and much more. No experience in music is needed – but all students will be “Jazz Cats” by the end of the week!

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