The 2018 WJMAC summer camp was a five-day jazz performance intensive in downtown Bellingham.
Camp activities and topics included combo rehearsals, improvisation instruction, jazz theory, individual instrument instruction, master classes, jazz history, ear training, and skills for life as a professional jazz musician. Instructors included jazz musicians and educators Kevin Woods, Brad Shigeta, Christian Casolary, and special guest instructor Milo Peterson.
In 2017-2018, combo classes were every Sunday from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at WWU, and every Monday from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Sylvia Center for the Arts.
Students will rehearse and be instructed by some of the best jazz musicians in the northwest. Students will learn basic song forms like blues and rhythm changes as well as standard songs of the jazz idiom. They will learn how to perform and interact in a small group setting, how to improve their soloing, reading, and improvising skills.
Some of the combos for more advanced students will be themed and based in the style of an historic jazz band such as the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger's combo, Miles Davis combo, Horace Silver combo etc. Students will have the opportunity to perform multiple concerts at the venue space itself and will learn how to plan a proper set list and prepare for, and run a gig.
The monthly tuition covers the weekly rehearsals but also includes full membership at WJMAC so that the students can hear all of the greats groups performing, without additional cost.
Student Membership Includes:
The Jazz Combo program begins in October with instructors mentoring students in jazz combo performance and improvisation. The program hopes to grow jazz talent and jazz awareness in students of all ages through these weekly classes, as well as giving them the opportunity to hear the music performed live.
Kevin Woods (trumpet), Thomas Harris (sax), Roger Yamashita (bass), Christian Casolary (drums)
Mike Allen is joined by Miles Black for this special evening.