Blues Alley Jazz Society

Summer Jazz Camp

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

555 Water Street SW, Washington, DC


The Blues Alley Summer Jazz Camp is a premier middle school /high school program for jazz students. This two-week program, designed and instructed by a select team of faculty, serves as a rigorous training opportunity for up to 50 of the most dedicated jazz students who are entering grades 8-12. Students will apply online and participate in one of two big bands, multiple performing small combos, daily masterclasses, as well as experiential instruction in aesthetics, culture, history, performance practice, and pedagogy. In addition to this educational component, the students will participate in a public performance featuring the student combos, student big bands, along with the Blues Alley Camp Faculty during the summer of 2020.

General Information Tuition: $750 (tuition assistance available) Program Length: – 2 weeks Program Dates: Mondays through Fridays, July 6th, 2020 – July 17th, 2020 Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm (arrival: 9:00 a.m)

2020 Summer Camp Registration Is Open!

Full-time BAYO Camp Faculty:
Michael Bowie -Bass

Jen Krupa -Brass

Andy Axelrad – Woodwinds

Vince Evans – Piano

Donato Soviero – Guitar

Carroll CV Dashiell – Drums

Jessica Boykins-Settles – Vocal

Camp Eligibility Requirements Must have at least 2 years of instruction, and have your own instrument. Students should be able to perform the following scales (2 octaves if possible)

        • major scales: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, G, D, A, E
        • minor scales: A, D, G, F, Bb, E

      Ensemble Placement Placement auditions will take place Monday July 6th from 10am – noon. Based on your audition results, you will placed in one of 5 small ensembles, and one of 2 big bands. You will perform the scales listed under camp requirements, as well as the melody and one solo chorus of 2 songs of your choosing from the list below. Placements will be announced after lunch that day.

        • Blues for Alice (advanced ensemble consideration)
        • All The Things You Are (advanced ensemble consideration)
        • Beautiful Love (intermediate ensemble consideration)
        • Here’s That Rainy Day (intermediate ensemble consideration
        • Freddie Freeloader (beginning ensemble consideration)
        • Billie’s Bounce (beginning ensemble consideration)

        Important things to know about camp

        • Drummers, Bassist, Pianist, Vibraphonist, Guitarist, must bring your instruments and amplifiers. You will be able to store them overnight at the facility.
        • Everyone must bring their own wire music stand.
        • All students should bring their own lunch.
        • All students remain on campus during lunch break and throughout the day.
        • Students must follow all directions given by camp faculty at all times.

        The camp will feature the following activities:
        Curriculum BAYO Jazz Education Mission: Blues Alley Jazz Society is dedicated to providing the foundation for talented and aspiring middle and high school
        jazz musicians a holistic educational experience. Through improvisation we will teach individuality, through swing and the blues we will teach emotional depth, and through ensemble we teach team work! Students will be provided:

        • Insight to the American songbook and jazz specific techniques
        • Insight to the American songbook and jazz specific techniques
        • Understanding of jazz through the philosophical lens of the great
          ensembles and performers
        • Introduction to the history of jazz in a socio-political context
        • Guidance on how to interact with an audience as an artist and
        • Awareness of our role as jazz musicians today, building on the
          foundation laid by earlier generations

        Teaching Objectives:

        • Redefine virtuosity by emphasizing the most communicative aspects of
          our music
        • Melody from its vernacular roots
        • Expressive tone in the tradition of the great instrumentalists
        • The primacy of the swing rhythm, with an emphasis on dance-ability
          and how to construct grooves in the African and Latin tradition
        • Rhythm and harmony as time and space
        • How to construct solos in the context of form and how to help the
          audience hear the form
        • Importance of singing

        Three ways of approaching harmony:

        • The sound of each note in a chord including extension
        • The sound of common notes that can be played through a chord
        • The sound of progression through different keys

        Instructional classes: Big Band: Ensembles will explore a selected repertoire. Small Ensemble: Combos will study and perform music from the American Jazz Songbook. Students will be able to play together in less formal settings, but be provided a training ground around the format and value of the jazz tradition. Students will demonstrate specific techniques of any given style including solo learning with analysis of texture, form, and meaning. These techniques will be taught by listening, asking questions that require deeper knowledge and playing. History: Class will focus on the artists and recordings of the works being addressed in both large and small ensembles, their placement and significance in national and international contexts, and their position in the cannon of jazz. Master classes: Lessons will focus on instrumental technique and jazz pedagogy. All aspects of technique will be covered with an emphasis on breathing, tone, attack, flexibility, velocity, range, phrasing, control, special effects, reading, and expressing different emotions. The Schedule looks like this:

        July 6th: 9:30am – Welcome / Instructor performance 10am – Placement auditions 12pm – Lunch 12:45pm – Listening room 1pm – Small Ensemble placements announced, ensemble room setup 1:50pm – Break 2pm – Small Ensemble instruction 3:15pm – Instrument storage and dismissal

        July 7th: 9:30am – Welcome / Instructor performance 10am – Small Ensembles (5 groups) 11:20am – Break 11:30am – Masterclass 12:30pm – Lunch 1:15pm – Listening room 1:30 – Big Band placement 2:20 – Break 2:30 – Big Band 3:30pm – Dismissal and instrument storage

        July 8th: 9:30am – Welcome / Instructor performance 10am – Small Ensembles 11:20am – Break 11:30am – Small Ensembles 12:30pm – Lunch 1:15pm – Listening room 1:30pm – Jazz History 3:30pm – Dismissal and instrument storage

        July 9th-15th: 9:30am – Welcome / Instructor performance 10am – Small Ensembles 11:30am – Break 11:40am – ensemble 12:30pm – 1:15pm – Lunch 1:20pm – Masterclass 2:20 – Break 2:30 – Big Band 3:30pm – Dismissal and instrument storage

        July 16th 9:30am – Welcome / Instructor performance 10am – Small Ensembles 11:30am – Break 11:40am – ensemble 12:30pm – 1:15pm – Lunch 1:20pm – 3:30pm – Big Band Concert – TBD


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        Payment is due at registration. All payments are non-refundable. You have two payment options:

        Full payment in the amount of $750 at registration.

        OR: The first half of the payment total is due at registration ($375) The second half of the payment total, plus a $5 processing fee is due no later than Friday, June 12, 2020. ($380)

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