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JALC Announces 2021 Summer Jazz Academy

Christian Wissmuller • News • July 19, 2021

Following the overwhelming success of its inaugural Summer Jazz Academy in 2020, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) announces the 2021 Summer Jazz Academyclass schedule and esteemed faculty. The donation-based virtual camp, led by members of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and distinguished guest artists, will take place virtually on July 26—31, 2021 on digital platforms accessible to all registered participants.

Designed to foster the next generation of jazz musicians, fans, and supporters, Summer Jazz Academy is free and open to jazz enthusiasts of all skill levels, ages 12 and above. Registration is open now via

Throughout the 6-day virtual camp, Summer Jazz Academy participants will engage in classes to deepen jazz knowledge, develop practice skills, and strengthen performance while building a global community of peers. The daily schedule of interactive virtual classes will focus on all aspects of jazz, pedagogy, and jazz performance at all levels of experience.

Courses include Listening Lesson; Jazz Language; Instrumental and Voice Studio; Brass, Reeds and Rhythm Hang; Jazz Arranging; Jazz and Justice; and Masterclasses.

Summer Jazz Academy faculty is comprised of Toshiko Akiyoshi (piano), James Chirillo (guitar), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Jon Faddis (trumpet), Vincent Gardner (trombone), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), Victor Goines (clarinet), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone), Sheila Jordan (voice), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Elliot Mason (trombone), Ted Nash (woodwind doubles), Paul Nedzela (baritone saxophone), Endea Owens (bass), Marcus Printup (trumpet), Kenny Rampton (trumpet), Diego Rivera (tenor saxophone), Helen Sung (piano), Lew Tabackin (tenor saxophonist), Alexa Tarantino (alto saxophone), Camille Thurman (voice), Tim Warfield (tenor saxophone), and Rodney Whitaker (bass).

Summer Jazz Academy curriculum is based on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 34-year history of education in jazz performance and appreciation. Students will gain insight to American vernacular music and jazz specific techniques, learn the communal history of jazz in a socio-political context, receive guidance on how to better communicate personal objectives, and gain awareness of the mission of jazz musicians today building on the aspirations laid by earlier generations.

The virtual summer camp is one of the many online programming, educational materials, and valuable resources Jazz at Lincoln Center has been offering during these challenging times. In its inaugural year, more than 7,000 jazz fans, musicians, educators, and advocates from over 40 countries registered for 2020 Summer Jazz Academy. Like many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s online offerings, from concert webcasts to education classes, registration is free of charge. In support of the program, Jazz at Lincoln Center asks registrants and other viewers to consider a donation and appreciates any financial contribution.

To ensure jazz will be performed and appreciated, both now and in future generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed a continuum of education programs and diverse array of live performances that help audiences, from childhood onward, learn about jazz’s distinct American heritage, its great works and musicians, and relationship to other artistic disciplines.

All of these programs including Swing University, WeBop, Essentially Ellington, and Middle School Jazz Academy are available online via

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