Miles Ahead Big Band wins DownBeat award for second year in a row

Congratulations to the Miles Ahead Big Band, directed by Mike Galisatus, on winning a DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for two years running! Click here to see the awards listings.

Congratulations to all Miles Ahead Big Bands and Giant Steps Big Bands on a fantastic performance last Sunday; videos of this performance are now on SJW’s YouTube channel. Click here to see the playlist!

Sign up now for our summer jazz immersion programs before they fill up! Click here to learn all about our summer camp programs. 

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Will there be in-person Jazz Camp this summer?

Who’s ready to play jazz in-person with other musicians? We certainly are, and we hope you are, too.

Our jazz education courses for summer 2021 now include in-person ensembles! These combos will meet at Menlo College in Atherton, California. There will be two new programs: Evening Combo Option and SJW Combo Camp.

Our Evening Combo Option is available exclusively to musicians who are enrolled in one of our online programs, either Jazz Camp Online or Jazz Institute Online. Adding the Evening Combo Option to your online program transforms it into the best hybrid jazz education program available!

The SJW Combo Camp offers daytime opportunities for in-person small ensembles. Combos will meet for three hours per day, beginning at either 10:00 a.m or 2:00 p.m. Combo Camp is offered during the same dates as Jazz Camp Online (July 12 – July 16 and/or July 19 – 23) and Jazz Institute Online (July 26 – 30), so it’s not possible to enroll in both concurrently. But you could enroll in Jazz Camp Online and add the Evening Combo Option during one week, and then take Combo Camp the next, for example.

All combos will be directed by our experienced jazz education faculty members, so you’ll learn a lot as well as play a lot.

All in-person programs will follow all state and local COVID-19 protocols.


Summer online jazz programs now open for registration

Last year, SJW had such overwhelmingly positive feedback to Jazz Camp Online that we decided to expand our summer jazz online experience with a new program for 2021: Jazz Institute Online.

Giving participants access to some of the great jazz musicians of the world, Jazz Institute Online is designed for adults 18 and over, though musicians age 17 and younger may audition for acceptance into the program. This week-long intensive jazz program offers four 75-minute live sessions per day, plus access to prerecorded lessons, panel discussions, performances, and fun live sessions such as the Charlie Parker Memorial Jam Session and the inspiring Morning Meetings.

Find out more about Jazz Institute Online by clicking here. 

Jazz Camp Online offers two 1-week sessions for students aged 18 and younger. Participants get four 40-minute live sessions per day in which they study and learn from some of the greatest jazz educators in the country. Fun events such as the Blues of the Week Contest and Charlie Parker Memorial Jam Session round out the week, and access to prerecorded lessons, master classes, panel discussions, and more give students a very deep dive into improving their jazz skills.

Find out more about Jazz Camp Online by clicking here. 

The dates for the programs are:

Week 1 Jazz Camp Online
July 11 – July 16

Week 2 Jazz Camp Online
July 18 – July 23

Jazz Institute Online
July 25 – July 30

SJW announces SJW Jazz Camp Online

Enrollment opens May 26. Click here for full details.

SJW is happy to announce a brand-new, all-online summer jazz immersion program! Join us at SJW Jazz Camp Online this summer to learn from some of the best jazz musicians and educators in the business. You’ll improve your instrumental or vocal technique with daily master classes tailored to your particular needs and interests. You’ll open your ears to the sounds and language of jazz in ear training and listening classes. Dig deeper into particular jazz subjects with our library of on-demand video lessons, and get immediate feedback on your progress in daily live class meetings. You’ll meet young jazz musicians from all over the world, and you’ll become part of the fantastic international community of SJW teachers and students.

Whether you’re a jazz master who gets all the solos in your school jazz program, or someone who just wants to explore and experience jazz for the very first time, we have live and on-demand instruction that is designed to help you get to the next level of mastery. We place all Jazz Camp Online students in classes and sessions based on their experience level, so you’ll always get the right level of instruction for your needs.

Here are some of the highlights of SJW Jazz Camp Online.

  • Four 40-minute live sessions each day from 10 AM – 6 PM Pacific Standard Time for Full Day participants
  • Two 40-minute live sessions each day from 2 PM – 6 PM Pacific Standard Time for Half Day participants
  • Master class on your instrument or for voice, for your level
  • Musicianship
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz Theory (for Full Day participants)
  • Special topics on performance, composition, and more (for Full Day participants)

Also included each week:

  • One private lesson with one of our legendary faculty artists
  • Additional private lessons available for an extra fee
  • Practice parties
  • Jazz history listening sessions
  • Panel discussions
  • Access to our online library of on-demand jazz class content
  • Time to practice and absorb what you’ve learned

Enroll for two weeks, and we’ll place you in classes at a more advanced level your second week.

Tuition: $475 per week of full-day sessions; $275 per week of half-day sessions. Tuition can be paid on a sliding scale.

One private lesson is included, and additional private lessons are available for an extra fee.

Check back for more information soon.

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