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Women’s Jazz & Blues Camp, photo by Jane Higgins


March 20-24, 2017, 9:30am-3pm   

Concert Friday March 24, 6pm

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Under the auspices of the Jazzschool Community Music School, and consistent with its mission, the Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp is a concentrated week-long program that provides women musicians the opportunity to study and perform jazz and related styles of music. This supportive environment equips musicians with technical and artistic skills they can apply to jazz in any setting, and affords them opportunities to network with others who share their passion for music.



Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp Faculty, photo by Jane Higgins

The Camp is produced by Jazzschool faculty members Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling, Asst. Dir. and Dir. of the Montclair Women’s Big Band (MWBB) and employs an all-women faculty from the MWBB, the Jazzschool, and the Bay Area’s most respected performers and educators.


We welcome all vocalists and players of traditional and non-traditional instruments. The only prerequisite is some facility on your instrument (we do have some loaners and some storage for large instruments.)

Camp provides drums, congas, bongos, amps, pianos/keyboards, vibes, microphones and music stands. Schedule permitting, we make our best effort to accommodate those who wish to play more than one instrument.


The day begins with a Master Class/Warmup by instrument.  Campers can register online or by phone, and indicate their preferences among the following performing ensembles and non-performing workshops:

Jazz Combo
Blues & Soul Band
Latin Group
NEW! – Caribbean Ensemble
R&B Choir
Percussion Workshop
Vocal Skills
NEW!  – Beatles Medley Choir
Theory & Improvisation


The lunchtime break features a daily faculty-facilitated open jam session. In addition, each camper receives one private consultation during the week on the instrument of her choice.

Women can bring lunch, purchase it at the onsite Jazzcaffe, or walk to one of the many inexpensive eateries within a couple of blocks of the Jazzschool.


Women come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and out of town. We often have local campers willing to host an out-of-town musician for the week, so if you’re interested in housing, please ask.


We assist in forming carpools by sharing willing participants’ location information. Downtown Berkeley BART (train) is less than a block away. Metered street parking is also available, but come early for a spot.


9:30-11:45 am
Warmup/Master Class
Ensemble or Workshop 1

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Break, Open Jam
Private Consultations

12:45 – 3 pm                    
Ensemble or Workshop 2
Ensemble or Workshop 3

Friday 6pm: Musicians return with family and friends for all-camp concert. FREE (optional donation to support the August Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp scholarship fund!)


We know that not everyone can reserve an entire week for camp.  For those who cannot attend the entire week, please call to us to discuss what works for you. We may be able to arrange a customized camp schedule.


Please register and indicate your preferences online at cjc.edu/womensreg

You may also register by phone at 510.845.5373.

After you register, we will email you to answer any questions you may have.


Tuition is $495. There is some financial aid available.

After registering, you may pay your registration online with the link below or by calling the Jazzschool at 510.845.5373 to make your payment and reserve your spot. You will then be contacted to schedule a short, friendly placement meeting so we can meet you, schedule you in appropriate groups and craft your personal camp schedule.

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Email Jean Fineberg at womenscamp@cjc.edu or leave a message for Jean at 510.758.2200 and we will call you back

Refund Policy: $100 of program tuition is non-refundable until February 20. After that date, all tuition is non-refundable.

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The Word

“Nowhere else can you learn from such a talented staff in a setting that is devoted to the art form. People at the school obviously care – the instructors, the staff, the other students. Having a welcoming environment devoted to jazz is a powerful aid to those of us just getting started.”

— Harry