Registration now open for

U-JAM Summer Jazz Workshop

August 9 - 13th at Victoria Alliance Church

Join us for our 3rd Annual Summer Camp for instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages.

Enrollment will be limited due to gathering restrictions, but our camp committee has been diligently planning for a great week of music with safety in mind.

Our home for the week will be the Victoria Alliance Church.  Returning are many of our faculty from previous camps with classes and workshops on a variety of topics to stimulate you and grow your skills as a musician.

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“Making Music Foundational & Foundations of Jazz”

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.

Core Faculty will include Mike Zimmerly on drums, Louis Rudner on bass, Ashley Wey on piano, Dave Flello on brass, and Joe Hatherill on reeds. Special master classes will feature distinguished artists including Susannah Adams, Ryan Oliver, Miguelito Valdes, and John Lee.


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 Fundamentals
B. Jazz Fundamentals
C.Listening / History session / Blues / Standard (Structure and form)
D. Ensemble Fundamentals (Large (reading)
E. Small Ensemble (communication and improve)
F. Masterclass and night time concert