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VCM Summer Academy – Jazz
July 2-7, 2013

Join the VCM Jazz Faculty and visiting Guest Artists this summer to explore the exciting Register Onlinerealm of Jazz and improvised music.  Whether you are new to improvising or a seasoned vet delving into the Great American Songbook, we have a place for you. Take part in weekday evening or weekend half-day workshops featuring instrumental instruction in small groups, masterclass format, and playing in combos. Students also benefit from daily faculty performances. The VCM Summer Academy’s Jazz program offers the perfect opportunity to improve your skills, meet like-minded performers and become a better musician.

Learning to improvise is like learning to swim. You just have to jump in!

To busy for a full week? Try one of our exciting weekend workshops with some of the finest working musicians on the west coast.

Summer Jazz Faculty

Faculty:
Damian Graham, Artistic Director
Pablo Cardenas
Rob Cheramy
Bruce Hurn
Monik Nordine
Joey Smith

Jazz Summer

Workshops

Weekday Evening Combo Workshops (4):                                                $320
Jazz in the Week (Tue-Thu, 5:00-9:00pm; Fri 5:00-11:00pm)
Joey_Damian_VCMPLearning to improvise and play in the Jazz idiom requires a hands-on, all-in approach. In these four-hour intensive evenings, students will enjoy faculty demonstrations, clinic style group instruction, as well as working in smaller combos organized according to level.
Single Workshop                        $80

Program Features

Inspiring faculty performances: Let’s face it – you want to learn music from people that inspire you! Each session starts with a performance by our faculty with plenty of opportunity to discuss the music.
Break-out Groups: Not all instruments are the same – our workshops include break-out sessions in smaller groups from more individual attention with instrumental instruction. Students receive instruction in instrumental technique (tone, articulation, intonation, expression, etc.), building and maintaining effective practice routines, and other related topics.
Combos: Students will be organized into separate groups based upon their abilities. Each Combo has an individual instructor who will guide the ensemble through the many skills a performer needs to sound their best in a small group setting.

Concerts

Faculty/Student Concert
Friday, July 5 / 8:00pm
Hermann’s Jazz Club
Tickets: $15
$10 students
Free for weekend workshop participants

Faculty Concert I Jazz_Jam
Saturday, July 6 / 8:00pm
Hermann’s Jazz Club
Tickets: $15
$10 students
Free for weekend workshop participants

Faculty Concert II
Sunday, July 7/ 8:00pm
Hermann’s Jazz Club
Tickets: $15
$10 students
Free for weekend workshop participants

For more information on the VCM Summer Academy Jazz program:
Damian Graham, Artistic Director

info@damiangraham.com