UJAM Summer Jazz Workshop 2022

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Our 4th annual Summer Jazz Workshop wrapped up with a great group of musicians honing their skills in improvising and playing in combos.  The Salvation Army Victoria Citadel was a fabulous host, sharing their facilities and treating us to gourmet lunches and snacks.

There were many special moments during the week including evening performances by our vocal mentor, Gergana Velinova, saxman Ryan Oliver, and the Vancouver Island Repertory Jazz Orchestra followed by jam sessions with the students.We wrapped up the week with a concert featuring our five combos.  

Special thanks to our talented faculty led by Louis Rudner and Ashley Wey including Joe Hatherill John Lee, Gergana Velinova, Joey Smith, Damian Graham, and Dave Flello.  Our administration and volunteers ensured a smooth operation and were invaluable. 


Plans are underway for a repeat performance next summer - stay tuned! 

For busy folks who want a taste of camp.......

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and check out classes that may be of interest

Email us using the form on this page and let us know when you would like to come.  Costs are a $50 for a half day and $100 for a full day.

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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