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Welcome to our 2022 U-JAM Summer Workshop!

Our “Camp Dream” for 2023 - to enrich and enhance the understanding of jazz and improvised music, to connect the community around music, and to develop as individual musicians.


Daily Schedule

Camp starts each day at 9:00 a.m. – please be on time and ready to play!  We will start each day gathering in the sanctuary for daily briefings followed by Vocal and instrumental classes warmup, fundamentals, and technique.  At 10:00 we will divide by ability into classes exploring improvising, playing by ear, theory, styles, and more.  At 11:00 we will divide into ensembles and combos,  coached by the faculty, and at 12:00 we will have lunch, which is included with your camp fee.

We will kick off the afternoon with classes in blues, styles, and modes plus masterclasses presented by special guests and faculty who will be featured in our evening concerts.  This will be followed by organized jam sessions and more combo practice ending at 4:30.   But the day is not quite over….

Afternoon and Evening Events

Monday at 2:45 – “Meet the Faculty” Concert at Selkirk Montessori School

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:00 – Concerts at Hermann’s Jazz Club 7:00 led by our faculty, followed by a jam session for campers

Friday at 4:30 – Final Students and Faculty Performances at Selkirk Montessori School

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Camp Charts

Things to bring to camp:


-instrument and required supplies to make it work.  Drum kits, bass amps, and keyboards provided (unless you’d like to bring your own)


-foldable music stand

-note taking paper/ pencils

-a handheld recording device (most smart phones are perfect)

-a metronome (Pro Metronome is a great and free app!)

-a tuner 

-a tablet or iPad


Be sure to mark your name on all of your belongings


Core Repertoire:

Here are some of the names of the pieces you can expect to see at camp:

*Please note that these songs are intended as a list of songs to become familiar with, either through listening or learning the melody and chords, and will be used in jam sessions and some classes for instruction.  It is not necessary to have these mastered before coming to camp. Also please note that these are not the only pieces that will be played at camp.

Centerpiece - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

I Wish You Love - Charles Louis Trenet

When the Saints - Unknown, popularized by Louis Armstrong

Summertime - George Gershwin

Up Jumped Spring - Freddie Hubbard

Corcovado - Antônio Carlos Jobim 

Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard

Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock


Additional Vocal Repertoire:

Tenderly - Walter Gross with lyrics by Jack Lawrence

Mack The Knife - Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht

My Favorite Things - Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

You can also find links to the charts here, and links to listen to the pieces here.


If you want to get the most out of your camp experience it is a good Idea to prepare.  You can do this by checking out the repertoire and recordings posted.  Try to learn the tunes, chord changes and forms to each tunes, (for bonus points see if there are intros or outros you can have in your back pocket!). Other ways to prepare: Learn all 12 major scales and arpeggios, minor scales and arpeggios. Familiarize yourself with common jazz  chords and types (Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, Dominant Seventh),  Practice playing all of these fundamentals and the tunes wit the metronome, then do it with the metronome on beats 2 & 4. 

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