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Rob Ewing

As we move from spring into summer here at the Jazzschool Community Music School, I’m very pleased to share the wide variety of fun and engaging classes, workshops, camps and intensives for instrumentalists and vocalists
we have to offer this quarter.

Starting with our adult ensemble program (providing group playing opportunities for musicians at various levels) we offer over 30 sections of jazz, blues, funk, R&B, Latin, Brazilian and other world music styles. Exciting new additions to the ensemble program this summer include Nothing But The Blues, Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, Jamaican Ska Ensemble, Party Dance Band and East Bay Funk Ensemble. Additionally, saxophonist Howard Wiley returns to the faculty teaching the Soul Jazz and Thelonious Monk ensembles.

We are also running a full complement of instrumental courses for piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, percussion and other instruments. New additions to the schedule include Soul Jazz Keyboards, Jazz Ballads for Pianists, Solo Jazz Piano, Polyrhythms for Drummers, Caribbean Sensibility for the Drumset, Drums & Percussion: All-in-One, and much more!

In the area of theory and improvisation, we welcome trumpeter Chuck MacKinnon to the faculty offering two important new improvisation courses called Playing The Changes — Bebop Language and Post Bop and Contemporary Improv Techniques.

In addition to the weekly classes, we offer a number of weeklong camps and intensives for young musicians and adults. Young musicians (middle school and up) should consider our Summer Youth Program, High School Jazz Intensive and Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp. Adult guitarists should consider our Guitar Intensive directed by Mimi Fox, and adult vocalists should look at our Vocal Intensive, co-directed by Laurie Antonioli and Theo Bleckmann. There is much more to share, including vocal courses (see page 30), numerous one-day and short-term workshops, and audition information for young musicians preparing to join our fall program. Please read on for the details and don’t hesitate to reach out to me at rob@cjc.edu with questions about any of our great courses.

Happy practicing!


Rob Ewing
Jazzschool Community Music School at the California Jazz Conservatory