‘Zoom Into Jazz’- Virtual Summer Workshop 2020


08/09/2020 - 08/14/2020    
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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‘Zoom Into Jazz’- Virtual Summer Workshop 2020

The Vermont Jazz Center celebrates its 45th season by offering an online version of its annual Summer Jazz Workshop from August 9-14, 2020.

In the spirit of moving forward, the VJC has developed a structure to share the love of jazz and the wisdom of the faculty as a temporary replacement for its traditional summer jazz workshop in Putney, Vermont.

This year’s program features an expanded faculty, a new take on masterclasses, plus two new features: “Hot Topics” and “Zoom Tunes,” as well as a composition course led by Helen Sung as part of our theory curriculum.

Called “Zoom Into Jazz,” 2020s workshop welcomes a handful of new masterclass instructors on bass (Linda Mayhan Oh, Genevieve Rose, David Picchi), drums (Clarence Penn, Corey Fonville), piano (Shamie Royston, Maya Keren, Miro Sprague), trumpet (Rachel Therrien, Ray Vega) and saxophone (Felipe Salas) to complement VJC’s stellar faculty, which includes:

Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton (voice), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Felipe Salas (saxophone), John Fedchock, Jen Wharton (trombone) Camille Thurman (flute and voice), Freddie Bryant (guitar), Ray Gallon, Helen Sung (piano), Cameron Brown, Marcus McLaurine (bass), Brian Shankar Adler, Claire Arenius, Francisco Mela (drums).

The masterclasses will focus on a different, daily topics – transcribing, comping, improvising, electric or acoustic instruments, note sets, etc. Each teacher will define the parameters of their own offerings.

Hot Topics” in the evening will be conversations between two faculty members on topics that resonate with our times such as “Gender and Race in Jazz,” “Bird (Charlie Parker) at 100,” and “The Influence of Jazz on Other Cultures (and Vice Versa).”

Each evening there also will be an opportunity to play a specified tune for other participants via Zoom and receive commentary.

The structure of the overall program is divided into a two-hour morning and a three-hour evening session with afternoons available for private lessons (for an additional fee) and vocal repertoire sessions.

The Jazz Center is excited to join together once again. Even if we can’t see each other in person, we are delighted to connect with you, our summer jazz family!

Tuition is $475, Due by July 21st – includes $100 registration fee
(If you need to pay in two installments, please contact ginger@vtjazz.org)

For more information on VJC programs please visit the VJC website at www.vtjazz.org.  For specific questions regarding curriculum and content, email Eugene Uman directly at eugene@vtjazz.org .