Announcing.... UJAM Summer Jazz Workshop 2022

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We are pleased to announce our 4th annual Summer Jazz Workshop for August 15 - 19th at the Victoria Citadel Church.  The Salvation Army has graciously opened their wonderful facility to allow us to enjoy a fabulous week of making music and expanding our skills in improvising and performing jazz.

Artistic Directors Ashley Wey (piano) and Louis Rudner (bass) are assembling an all-star faculty to inspire and coach us, including familiar faces from previous camps.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, musicians of all ages are invited to sign up as we explore the many faces of jazz and the many musical forms of improvised music that it inspired.  

Expect special classes, combos, jam sessions, master-classes, concerts, and more!   New this year is a special vocal academy headed by Ana Velinova along with a return of our Jam Festival evening concert series.  Full cost of the camp is $399.00 including all concerts and activities.  There is a 10% discount for families.  Bursaries are available for deserving students.

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"Speaking of Jazz...”

UJAM CAMP DREAM 2022 - We strive to enrich and enhance the understanding of jazz music, to connect the community around jazz and develop as individual musicians.

The U-JAM Summer Workshop is a place where you will be learning fundamentals, musicianship, and the skills of playing jazz together! This is a great opportunity to study with and learn from local working musicians as well as internationally recognized artists. You will gain knowledge and wisdom on improvisation, theory, and ensemble playing within the jazz idiom.

. Special master classes will feature distinguished artists.


Outcomes:  Principles that will guide the experience

  • Learn to structure and fine-tune your practice routine?  Let’s hot rod your practicing!

  • “Technique Transcription and Tunes” - We will cover topics such as transcribing and playing along with records, theory, ear training (Major Minor and Rhythmic Transcription, Voice Leading, Scales, Modes).

  • Gain tricks and licks that are key to improvising on your instrument.  Here's your chance to hone fundamentals  of Studying Jazz (ear training, time, feel, harmony, transcribing, bandstand communication, music history)

  • Get inspired, and not discouraged… Effortless mastery!

What to expect in a day? The ABC’s of Jazz!

A. Instrument and Vocal Fundamentals
B. Jazz Fundamentals - theory, ear training, improv, songwriting and more
C.Listening / History session / Blues / Standard (Structure and form)
D. Large ensembles and Master Classes with interesting folks
E. Small Ensemble (communication and improve your skills)
F. Evening concert with Jam Session following