Summer Jazz

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Summer Jazz will be back and better than ever in 2022!

Summer Jazz is taking a break in 2021--we can't wait to see you back in our building in Summer 2022! Below, you will find general information about Summer Jazz.

Directed by renowned jazz drummer Jesse Hameen II, the NMS Summer Jazz Program provides opportunities for musicians to dive deep into the world of jazz, learning from seasoned faculty. Over the course of a week, students participate in theory classes, instrument-specific master classes, skill shops, combos, and bands, all filled with fun, learning, and musical development.

SKILL SHOPS & MASTER CLASSES

  • The Language of Jazz
  • Understanding Rhythms
  • Melodies and Phrases
  • Practice and Listening Techniques
  • The Four Basic Chord Colors
  • Jazz History
  • Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian Genres
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Repertoire
  • Building a Solo

Skill shops and master classes are subject to change.

FACULTY

  • 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
  • TBA, voice
  • Ryan Sands, drums
  • Ed Fast, percussion

Faculty is subject to change.

STUDENT AGE AND PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Summer Jazz is designed for students age 12 and up, including adults. Students under the age of 12 may be admitted with permission of the program director.

Students should have at least two years of experience with their instrument or voice.

PLACEMENT EVALUATIONS

Click here to view the Summer Jazz Placement Evaluations Process

QUESTIONS:

Email the NMS Summer Jazz Director, Jesse Hameen II, at [email protected].