The National Jazz Workshop
The National Jazz Workshop has set a standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about learning and mastering the language of the definitive American art form, Jazz. NJW offers an intensive, fully comprehensive curriculum to include improvisation, big band and small-group performance pedagogy, composition, jazz history, arranging, music recording and production, and instrumental master classes. NJW is inspired by the legendary Stan Kenton Jazz Camp model, first held in 1959 at Indiana University, where, as Kenton would say, students would "take a bath in jazz."
Throughout the week students will receive instruction and coaching from National Jazz Workshop faculty that is focused on raising the level of performance of each participant. The main goal of the workshop is to provide participants with the resources and direction to further develop and expand individual skills during, after the camp, and throughout the year.
Locations & Dates
- George Mason University in Fairfax, VA from June 25 -30. Day camp with no overnight accommodations offered or evening activities 08:30am-4:45pm. Hosted by Dr. Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies. This camp only offers instrumental and vocal instruction. Click above on "Registration" to register for this camp.
- Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA from July 9-14 Hosted by Dr. Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies. Commuter and overnight camp with evening activities. This camp does not offer any vocal instruction. Click above on "Registration" to register for this camp.