Formed in 2006 from the vision and foresight of Bob Masteller’s passion to pass on the legacy of Jazz to succeeding generations, the Junior Jazz Foundation was formed. The mission of the Junior Jazz Foundation is to broaden the awareness of the original American art form of jazz in both their schools and the Greater Lowcountry community. With funding from the Les Paul Foundation, a permanent jazz guitar program will be added to the camp. Students learn about Les Paul and honor him by performing his music. The camp holds an annual Les Paul evening at The Jazz Corner.
The foundaion just held their annual Hilton Head Jazz Camp which took place from July 7th-12th 2014, on the campus of Hilton Head Christian Academy and it was a huge success. This weeklong comprehensive jazz camp was open to all aspiring jazz musicians age 11 to 20, divided into the blues, junior and senior camp groups. The students studied with the esteemed jazz faculty with their large jazz ensembles, small combos, master classes, elective courses and optional private lessons. They learned improvisation, jazz theory, along with an varied amount of jazz repertoire covering all genres of jazz!
(Video Above): At the Jr. Jazz Camp a quartet from these High School students under the leadership and coaching of James Berry on piano performed on Spring Island May 6, 2014. This video has the first three tunes performed. Tafari Salaam on alto sax, Brennan Clark on bass, and Andrew Mooney on drum.
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Litchfield Performing Arts' mission is to educate and inspire young people to be confident, creative, expressive individuals through challenging programs in jazz music and the performing arts and to share the passion and magic of the arts with the wider community. Litchfield Performing Arts is celebrating thirty-one seasons of service through the arts this year. The Litchfield Jazz Camp has been changing lives for 18 years by awarding $100,000 annually in scholarships to students in financial need.
Founded in 1997, Litchfield Jazz Camp now serves 130-180 residential and day students each week for 1 to 5 week sessions on the campus of Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. The camp starts with a faculty of amazing and inspiring jazz musicians and then add in eager music students to a non-competitive program. That is how the collaborative, supportive and fun atmosphere at Litchfield Jazz Camp is created.
Litchfield Performing Arts with funding from the Les Paul Foundation, will award need-based scholarships. Nicki Parrott, a member of the Les Paul Trio, will offer a Master Class dedicated to Les Paul’s music and life, and give a public performance of Les’ music and arrangements during the camp’s sessions.
(Video Above): Litchfield Jazz Camp 2014 Week 1 Student Concert
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