Summer Jazz Guitar Intensive


Summer Jazz Guitar Intensive

Program Director: Mimi Fox
Special Guest Faculty: Howard Alden
Age: Adults and Advanced Teens
Tuition: $850
To apply: contact Mimi Fox


A 5-day guitar intensive for intermediate to advanced jazz guitarists directed by Mimi Fox with special guest instructor Howard Alden!


9 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

9 – 10:30 am master class with special guest artist Howard Alden

10:45 am – 12:45 pm daily rhythm section workout

1:30 – 3:30 pm Mimi Fox leads classes on a range of topics including:

  • Transcriptions of Masters, Essential and Exotic Scales, and Their Use
  • Additional Transcriptions, Wonderful World of Arpeggios and Their Use
  • Solo Guitar Mastery, How to Organize Your Practice Time
  • Solo Guitar Mastery, Motivic Development
  • Building a Strong Chordal Vocabulary

3:30 – 4:30 pm practice and jam time

Friday evening 7:30 pm joint student and faculty concert

To register, please contact program director Mimi Fox for a placement consultation. Once placement has been approved, you will be sent a tuition payment link to secure your enrollment.

Please note: Registration will close on July 8, 2022 or as soon as the program is full. Limited to 15 guitarists. Early enrollment recommended!

For more information, please contact Mimi Fox

COVID Guidelines: This program is scheduled to take place in person at the California Jazz Conservatory. COVID health and safety guidelines will be aligned with any city, county and state guidelines in place at the time the program is scheduled to take place.


Internationally renowned guitar virtuosa, composer, and recording artist Mimi Fox is a six-time DownBeat magazine International Critics Poll winner and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today’s scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player magazine hailed Mimi as “a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them.”

She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of great artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Joey DeFrancesco, Charlie Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall, and Stevie Wonder, among countless others. She performs at prestigious concert halls worldwide; recent sold-out shows include those at the Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Newport Folk Festival.

With her 11th album as a leader or co-leader, This Bird Still Flies, Fox delivers a seamless but far-ranging album that’s breathtaking it its beauty, emotional immediacy and stylistic reach. The all-acoustic recording captures a commanding artist in full – transforming folk tunes, jazz standards, original compositions and popular songs into exquisitely crafted improvisational vehicles. The new reviews rolling in could not be more glowing:

“Utter mastery, four stars! “- Downbeat Magazine

” A Tour de Force from one of the preeminent practitioners of our time ” – Midwest Record

” A dazzler from start to finish…remarkable. ” -Jazz Times

” Wonderful…glows like a candle. ” – Jazz Weekly

As a composer, Mimi has written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films, and dance projects and received grants from prestigious funders, such as Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council. Mimi has repeatedly received grants from the William James Association and California Arts Council to give concerts and workshops in California prisons as part of the highly successful California Arts in Corrections program. A devoted educator and clinician, Mimi has taught master classes worldwide while serving as associate professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and adjunct professor at New York University.

Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Mimi is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.


Born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958, Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie, and Goodman and those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and George Van Eps. Soon he was working professionally around Los Angeles, playing in groups ranging from traditional to mainstream to modern jazz. In 1979, Alden went east for a summer in Atlantic City with Red Norvo and performed with him for several years.

Upon moving to New York City in 1982, Alden’s skills, both as soloist and accompanist, were quickly recognized and sought out for appearances and recordings with such artists as Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache` and Woody Herman.

He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits.

Howard Alden has been a Concord Jazz recording artist since the late ’80s, where his prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman, has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality.

One of the many highlights in Howard Alden’s fruitful association with Concord Jazz came in 1991 when, at the urging of Concord President Carl Jefferson, Alden recorded with one of his all-time heroes, seven-string guitar master George Van Eps on the album Thirteen Strings.

As a result of his association with – and inspiration from – George Van Eps, Alden has been playing the seven-string guitar since 1992. The seven-string guitar imparts a greater range and harmonic richness to Alden’s already colorful tonal palette, as evidenced on three remarkable follow-up albums with Van Eps, his critically acclaimed duo recordings with saxophonist/clarinetist Ken Peplowski, and the stunning interplay between Alden and special guest Frank Wess on “Your Story – The Music of Bill Evans.” Alden also teamed up with fellow guitarists Jimmy Bruno and Frank Vignola to record a three-guitar outing entitled The Concord Jazz Guitar Collective, which was quickly dubbed “an instant classic!”

Howard can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen movie “Sweet and Lowdown,” starring Sean Penn, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a legendary jazz guitarist in the ’30s. Howard not only played all the guitar solos, but also coached Mr. Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film. The London Observer had this to say about Alden’s 2001 solo CD, “My Shining Hour,” “If there is such a thing as a complete jazz guitarist, then Alden is it. Only a real virtuoso can sustain a whole CD of solo guitar with the aplomb he displays here.” In 2004 Howard was the guitarist (and musical director) chosen for an all-star line-up commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, touring 50 cities of the United States in addition to their appearance at the Newport Festival. The 2005-2006 season saw Howard adding his acoustic guitar voice to violinist Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing on his national concert tour. His 2009 recording, “I Remember Django,” once again features his distinctive acoustic sound, developing and expanding the warm and elegant spirit of his performance in “Sweet and Low Down.” Howard’s inimitable playing has also been sought out by rock/blues/pop icon Steve Miller for recording projects and live appearances. After hearing Howard play in Nashville, even country music legend Vince Gill said, “I’m meat and potatoes, but he’s the real deal!” And guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke has this to say about “Guitar,” Howard’s recent solo recording on K2B2 records; “It’s the best recording of the seven-string guitar I’ve ever heard!” In 2018, in addition to his solo guitar work, Howard was asked to join multi-genre violin star Nigel Kennedy in recordings and concerts.

Howard was voted “Best Emerging Talent-Guitar” in the first annual JazzTimes critics’ poll, 1990, and “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” in the 1996, 1992, 1993, and 1995 Downbeat critics’ poll. In February of 2009, Howard was recognized as a “Modern Maestro,” one of DownBeat Magazine’s 75 Great Guitarists of all time!