Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop! It was a wonderful week, the biggest and best Workshop ever, capped by the exciting final day performances on Friday by all the combos. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year, August 3-8, 2014. Registration will open January 2, 2014.
Have a look at these great photos from the Mercury News.
Also, head over to our Facebook Group Page for more.
Kerwin Lee’s tribute to Frank Sumares featuring Sullivan Fortner.
The four LIVE JAZZ faculty concerts at Lamorinda Music were amazing.
What a treat to hear exciting music all week by the faculty and guests in the beautiful and intimate Big Room. Thanks again to the French Bakery for the wonderful food. We plan on doing this again next year!
News Flash! We are proud to present LIVE JAZZ, featuring some of our gifted staff instructors, at the Big Room Theatre at Lamorinda Music on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings the week of camp.
Former Curriculum Director Frank Sumares passed away March 28. All of us at the LafSMW feel a profound sense of loss. Read more about this amazing man here.
A limited number of scholarships are available! To apply, download the scholarship application, and follow the instructions on it.
You will need a letter of recommendation from your music teacher, an audition tape or CD, and a letter from your parent or guardian that explains your need for financial assistance.
The application deadline is May 1, and notifications of award will be made May 20.
Short placement auditions are held on the Sunday just before workshop week – August 4 this year, at times to be assigned. Prepare a short jazz etude of your choice, and chromatic and major scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps. You may be asked to sight read a simple jazz selection as well.
Musicians interested in placement in an advanced combo should know all 12 major scales, and be prepared to play an improvised piece. Bring the accompanying CD (an Aebersold CD, for example) to the audition.
Every jazz-loving musician is welcome at jazz camp, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have at least two years on your instrument and experience playing with an ensemble. Lafayette Summer Music Workshop has welcomed musician/campers from ages 12 to adult, who play standard jazz instruments – trumpets, saxes, trombones, rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar, vibes), plus additional instruments (flute, for example) on an occasional basis.
On Sunday, August 3, 2014, we’ll be holding combo placement auditions for all students, as well as music theory exams from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By July 15, 2014, registered attendees will be e-mailed an audition time. The audition itself is 10-15 minutes, but allow 45 minutes to sign in, warm up and complete the music theory test too. Here are a few more details:
- All auditions are held at Stanley School in Lafayette, the same location as the camp itself. Arrive 20 minutes before your audition time and check in at the registration desk.
- Likewise, the live placement audition guarantees that you are placed in the correct level combo and master class. You’ll be playing 6 major scales and a prepared jazz piece.
- If you are an intermediate or advanced player, you will want to study and play the sample tunes for levels 3, 4, and 5, just to get a feel for what’s expected and what level you are. There will be sight-reading, in which you will play the melody and improvise over the chord changes of a tune chosen by the auditioner.
- Drummers will be playing with a professional bass player and piano
player. A drum set will be provided.
- Bassists will be playing with a professional pianist and drummer. Amplifiers are provided for guitar and bass auditions. Pianos are provided for piano auditions.