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Maryland Summer Jazz Fest Celebrates Tenth Year

The Maryland Summer Jazz camp and concerts are entering their tenth year in residence at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Maryland. The festival’s workshops help adult jazz musicians improve their chops and learn performing skills, while its public concerts delight area jazz fans and summer tourists.

At the heart of the program is the jazz camp, held this year from July 23 – 25. Camp begins with a short lecture and demonstration by eight big-league jazz artists. Then the group breaks into workshops, where the teaching artists will coach about 70 students on jazz style, technique, and theory. In combos, grouped by ability level, students focus on group interaction and improvisation. Master classes and electives round out the intensive immersion in jazz.

Headlining this year’s faculty are international performers, pianist Helen Sung and bassist Jimmy Haslip.

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