High school and middle school students embrace two weeks of immersion into all aspects of jazz. Included in the program are instrument training, music theory, vocal (choir and solo), Latin percussion, jam sessions, and improvisation.
Summer Jazz Camp is a two-week learning lab for talented and committed middle and high school music students with backgrounds that range from intermediate to the pre-professional level. Students learn from professional musicians/educators and collaborate with students just like themselves who are from the Greater Bay Area and beyond.
Students engage in two weeks of daylong immersion into all aspects of Jazz. Included in the program of study is one-on-one training on individual instruments, music theory, ear training, rhythm classes, and various levels and styles of improvisation. Each student will be placed into a small ensemble and a big band, and select advanced level students will have an opportunity to participate in the Latin Jazz Big Band or the Summer Jazz Camp ‘A’ band which will focus on playing the repertoire of historically important Jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, John Clayton, Thad Jones, and more.
2013 Summer Jazz Camp*:
*Limited number of scholarships available for students enrolled in free or reduced lunch program.
Camp Director, Shawn Costantino
Shawn Costantino is a Yamaha sponsored saxophone artist, clinician, and educator. As such, he conducts clinics, residencies, and performances around the nation and was part of the product design team for Yamaha’s Custom-Z Soprano Saxophone. Shawn has performed with Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, John Faddis, David “Fat Head” Newman, and many others, and regularly performs and records with such artists as the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Miller, Pete Christlieb, and Snoop Dogg. He is also Director of Jazz Studies at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles where he directs 3 Big Bands, ten small combos, an intermediate Jazz rhythm section class, a wind ensemble, and classes in improvisation, jazz history, music technology, song writing, and recording. Shawn earned his Bachelor’s in Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and his Master’s in Music from DePaul University in Chicago. He is completing work on his Doctorate in Music Performance & Conducting at the University of Northern Colorado.
Our Summer Jazz Camp faculty is comprised of local, national and internationally renowned musicians who are passionate, talented jazz educators, including Wayne Wallace-trombone/piano; Hristo Vitchev-guitar; David Flores-drums/Latin percussion; John Worley-trumpet/flugelhorn; Eddie Mendenhall-piano/keyboard; Dan Robbins-acoustic bass and four, five, six, and seven-string electric bass; Jimmy Biala-Latin percussion; Wally Schnalle-drums; and more. In addition, there a number of talented, dedicated college musicians that teach at camp, including Yuma Sung (Manhattan School Of Music, New York University), piano,/keyboard/composition; Oscar Pangilinan (San Jose State University), saxophone; and others.
Summer Jazz Camp is again being held at the School of Arts & Culture at MHP located at 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José, CA 95116. The 55,000 square foot enclosed set of buildings opened in 1999 and includes a state-of-the-art theater, classrooms, gallery space, and luscious thematic gardens. Owned by the City of San Jose, the facility is home to the School of Arts & Culture which promotes a sense of belonging to children through culture and the arts. The facility is centrally located near downtown San Jose with easy freeway access.
Activities and Features
Performing Arts Music
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address 1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose CA, 95116 United States
Winter Address 145 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA, 95113 United States