Check back later this spring for information about Summer Jazz 2021


25 years of Summer Jazz!

Monday – Friday, August 3-7, 2020

This year NMS Summer Jazz will be 100% online.

Directed by renowned Jazz Drummer Jesse Hameen II, the 2020 NMS Summer Jazz Online Program provides opportunities for musicians to dive deep into the world of jazz, learning from the seasoned NMS faculty. Students will participate in theory classes, action packed instrument-specific masterclasses and workshops, all filled with fun and a great learning and developing experience – Join us for the 25th year of Summer Jazz.

Students under the age of 12 may be admitted with permission of the program director.
Students should have at least 2 years of experience with instruments or voice.
Click here to view the Summer Jazz Placement Evaluations Process

Monday – Friday, August 3-7, 2020

Monday: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm


The language of jazz, Understanding Rhythms, Melodies and Phrases, Practice and listening techniques, The four basic chord colors, Jazz History, Afro Cuban, Caribbean & Brazilian genres, Ear training, improvisation, repertoire and building a solo


9:30 am (Monday): Orientation
10:00 am – 11 am: Instrument specific Master Classes
11:00 am – 11:30: Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Theory Classes focusing on application to Jazz improvisation
12:30 pm: Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Workshops and Master Classes
2:00 pm: Break
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Workshops and Master Classes


  • Participants will need a computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet with a front facing camera.
  • Classes will be taught online using Zoom. You must download the free version of Zoom if you do not have a personal account.
  • We will provided you with “Zoom meeting invite instructions” to join the classes and workshops.
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We have a lineup of some great and talented instructors who are waiting anxiously to share their knowledge and experience during NMS 2020 Online Summer Jazz.

  • Jesse Hameen II, Summer Jazz Director, drums
  • Christian Sands, piano
  • Rodney Jones, guitar
  • Jeff Fuller, double bass, bass guitar
  • Wayne Escoffery, saxophone
  • Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
  • Jose Lara, trombone
  • Natalie Jimenez-Lara, strings
  • Dr. Tiffany Jackson, vocal
  • Ryan Sands, drums

Please note: Faculty is subject to change.


Tuition: $300 

If you need assistance in setting up an account or registering please email [email protected]


Extended to July 29, 2020


Limited financial aid may be available. Please inquire at [email protected].


Call NMS Summer Jazz Director, Jesse Hameen II at 203-624-5189 x52 or [email protected].