Info on our 2018 Session will be available soon!
The Basics 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. 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. 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 should bring a self-prepared piece with CD accompaniment, and/or be prepared to sight-read and improvise to CD accompaniment provided.
- Students who play any instrument, not only those traditionally associated with the jazz ensemble, may attend.
- 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 9am-5pm 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.
NOTE: A refrigerator is available to store bag lunches. For more information call (315) 479-JAZZ (5299) or e-mail us.
Our 2017 Guest Artist was Bria Skonberg!
A Millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” according to Vanity Fair, Skonberg is a self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia. She left for Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance from Capilano University, all the while developing her chops and stage presence with Dal Richards, Vancouver’s King of Swing. Playing at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver capped off her education – she was featured at the Paralympics opening ceremony.
In 2012 Bria released So Is The Day (Random Act Records); her first album on a US-based label, featuring a duet with the legendary John Pizzarelli. Her debut recording received rave reviews from critics, drawing comparisons to Norah Jones in The New York Daily News. In 2015, a year after her second album, Into Your Own, was released, Skonberg received the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing! Award.
To date, Bria has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival. Further accolades include Best Vocal and Best Trumpet awards from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2014-15), Outstanding Jazz Artist at the New York Bistro Awards (2014), a DownBeat Rising Star (2013-15), and a nominee for Jazz Journalists’ Association Up and Coming Artist (2013). We are absolutely delighted that she has agreed to be our 2016 national teaching artist.
For more information about Bria visit her online.