Want to know more? Watch our SummerJazz documentary. The Basics June 27-30, 2016 The SummerJazz Workshop is an intensive four-day experience culminating in a public performance at the New York State Fair with international guest artists. Our process-oriented curriculum is designed to balance combo, one-on-one coaching, master class, and public performance environments in a supportive atmosphere, guided by the finest regional and national musician-educators. In a nurturing and user-friendly manner, our students are led through highly educational and inspirational activities in a convenient day-school environment, culminating in a grand concert. In 2016 we will again present our “Big Band Lab” in which students develop skills in large ensemble sight-reading and phrasing. All students 18 and under are eligible.

  • We accept promising, motivated students at all levels of expertise. Those accepted will be placed in a combo with others of comparable experience at improvising.
  • No auditions are necessary for admission to the program. Simply fill out the registration forms and mail to the CNYJAF with your deposit. On the first day of the program, short placement auditions will be held in order to place students in the ensemble most appropriate to their skill level.
  • Students who play any instrument, not only those traditionally associated with the jazz ensemble, may attend.
  • Students should bring a self-prepared piece with CD accompaniment, and/or be prepared to sight-read and improvise to CD accompaniment provided.
  • All students also perform again on opening day at the New York State Fair! Free passes and parking are included.

Our program is located in the Art and Home Center at the NYS Fairgrounds. The school day is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Grand Concert on Thursday evening. No transportation is provided by the program. Tuition for the entire workshop and evening performance with our national guest artist-clinician is $360. All tuition is non-refundable. DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORMS HERE. NOTE: The catered lunch program is no longer being offered by the Empire Room. A refrigerator is available to store bag lunches. For more information call (315) 479-JAZZ (5299) or e-mail us. Guest Artist: We are delighted to have CHUCK LAMB as our national artist-clinician this year, the exciting pianist and composer for the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, the Chuck Lamb Quintet, Dry Jack and the Curley/Lamb Group. As a member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for more than a decade, Chuck has performed both traditional and original jazz all over the world in celebration of the life and music of the legendary Dave Brubeck, including Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra, Singapore with the Chinese National Orchestra, The Blue Note in Tokyo, and at the Newport, Monterey and Detroit Jazz Festivals.  According to the legendary Dave Brubeck, “Chuck Lamb is an extremely creative,harmonically interesting, rhythmically exciting pianist, and one of the best improvisers I’ve heard in recent times!” Chuck has shared the stage or played music with many greats in many different musical genres, including Bela Fleck, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Eddie Daniels, Dave Holland, “Cream” drummer Ginger Baker, Bennie Maupin, Larry Coryell, Peter Frampton, and more.  Chuck has also received accolades as a jazz and classical composer for film, television, dance, fashion and other commissioned works. Chuck brings an enthusiastic and unique approach to the teaching of improvisation, one which accepts and blends all styles of music into one happy family. He has received standing ovations for his master classes. We are absolutely delighted that he has agreed to be our 2016 national teaching artist.  For more information about Chuck, visit him online at www.chucklambmusic.com.