Mic Gillette

We are all shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Mic Gillette, who has been a huge part of the Workshop for many years. A powerhouse of a player and always fun to be around, he brought joy and inspiration wherever he went. Please read more about our friend here.

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Performance Audio Files

Thanks to Mr. Kerwin Lee for providing audio recordings of the individual combos at Friday’s Final Concert!

Check them out here.

Also, the Tuesday and Thursday Events at Lamorinda Music can be heard here.

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Sunday After The Workshop…

2015 was a fantastic year for the Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop! The Friday performances were tremendous, it was a great year for the students and returning staff, and new teachers have told us that the Workshop is a really special place. We agree, and things are already started for next year!

On Saturday, our huge crew of volunteers helped the staff get the camp put away in record time. The workshop couldn’t happen without this amazing workforce. Sunday morning Mr. Athayde hopped on the Zamboni and spiffed up the Multipurpose room floor to start his day: he’ll be busy for a while with the final details of putting the 2015 Workshop to bed.

Everything is being readied for 2016: we hope to see you all there again! Registration will be open around the New Year.

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Friday Update

It’s been a great week at the Workshop! The combos have been working on their pieces all week, and the performance schedule for the final concert can be found here.

There are some walk-up dinners from Los Primos Market available for those that didn’t order ahead. Supply is limited so arrive early for those.

Feel free to come and go during the concert, but allow time so you don’t miss your student’s combo.

Check out the program!

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Congratulations to our friend and faculty member Sullivan Fortner: Sullivan was the 2015 winner of the American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

The association, based in Indianapolis, bestows the largest award in the world for young professional jazz pianists. You can watch the entire final concert at the link above, where each of the finalists accompanies vocalist Diane Reeves, and then plays with a big band. Each of the five finalists was outstanding, and Sullivan played fantastic versions of “Just One of Those Things” and “I Mean You.” Way to go, Sullivan!

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A Great Workshop!

The 2014 LSMJW was another great week of Jazz education, performance and fun. Thanks to all the attendees and hardworking volunteers who made this year such a success: we hope to see you all again next summer at the 2015 Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop!

Head over to the Lafayette Jazz Workshop Facebook page to see and share highlights from this year’s workshop.


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In Memoriam: Frank Sumares

sm_frank_sFormer 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.

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