Summer Jazz

Summer Jazz allows promising musicians a chance to explore the different genres of jazz with a rich and vibrant history in New Haven, and a strong presence here at NMS, under the guidance of notable jazz drummer Jesse Hameen II, who leads the program. This five-day intensive, now celebrating its 23rd year, offers small ensembles, big bands, theory, master classes and jam sessions, all taught by NMS faculty and noted guest clinicians. Participants learn from the best, and top off the week with a student concert! Summer Jazz is for those ages 12 and up with a minimum of two years experience. Students under the age of 12 may be admitted with permission of the program director.

Click here to view the Summer Jazz Placement Evaluations Process

Summer Jazz Permission Slip

Monday – Friday, August 6-10, 2018
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Electives include ear training, improvisation, building repertoire and how to build a solo. Stylistic workshops include The Language of Jazz; Encompassing Afro-Cuban & Brazilian; Understanding and Application of  Chord Changes; Listening on the Bandstand; The Four Colors of Chords; Understanding Melodies; The Art of Rhythmic Locking; and The History of Jazz.

Master classes taught by Ed Fast, Master Percussionist & Rodney Jones, Guitarist

9:30 am Ensembles
11 am Master Classes
12 noon Lunch
12:45 pm Theory Classes
1:50 pm Ensembles
2:30 pm Big Band or Electives
3:30 pm Ensembles
4:50 pm Workshops

Jesse Hameen II, Summer Jazz Director, drums
Nick Forte, drums
Rex Cadwallader, piano
Jeff Fuller, double bass, bass guitar
Will Cleary, woodwinds
Brian Jenkins, double bass, bass guitar
Jose Lara, trombone
Chris Morrison, guitar
Please note: Faculty is subject to change based on enrollment.

Early registration deadline: July 15
Pay before this date and save $40. Simply enter code SumJazzRockEarlyBirdFY19

at check out!
Please be sure to indicate your preferred T-shirt size.
If you need assistance in setting up an account or registering please call us at 203-624-5189.

$545 if paid before July 15. Be sure to enter code SumJazzRockEarlyBirdFY19 at check out! $585 if paid after July 15

*Includes T-shirt, guaranteed with early registration.

If you require financial assistance to attend Summer Jazz, please fill out our financial aid application well in advance of the July 15 deadline.
Upon receipt of your completed application and registration, you will be contacted to discuss your request and/or payment plan. Financial aid is need-based and limited.
If you need assistance in setting up an account or registering, please call us at 203-624-5189.

QUESTIONS: Call NMS Summer Jazz Director
Jesse Hameen II at 203-624-5189 x52 or
With special thanks to: City of New Haven, Dept. of Arts, Culture & Tourism & Jazz Haven

Summer Jazz

This five-day intensive, now celebrating its 22nd year, offers small ensembles, a big band, theory, master classes and jam sessions with NMS faculty and noted guest clinicians, under the guidance of notable jazz drummer, Jesse Hameen II, who leads the program.