CHARLOTTE – Critically acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader Steve Wilson will serve as guest clinician, leading this year’s annual Jazz Arts Music Camp with Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative.
Students will be immersed in an intensive jazz curriculum and have the opportunity to interact and play with other motivated young musicians from the Charlotte area.
Jazz is a unique form of music that goes beyond improving instrument skills, to understanding chordal harmonies, experiencing complex jazz rhythms, and improvisation and composition.
“Most of all, students consistently gain a level of confidence, leadership and teamwork that help them mature in every aspect,” said Lonnie Davis, CEO and president of JAI.
Wilson is an associate professor at City College of New York and on faculty at the Juilliard School.
He performs with several Grammy-winning ensembles, including Maria Schneider Orchestra, Ron Carter Big Band and the Buster Williams Quartet. Wilson has played on more than 150 recordings led by artists such as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson and Joe Henderson.
“Wilson’s experience is an unbelievable asset, and his passion for teaching shows,” Davis said.
The one-week camp is a comprehensive jazz music training program for students in seventh through 12 grades held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 to 22 at UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Hall, 9201 University City Blvd.
Camp tuition for the week costs $295, but JAI is making even more financial aid scholarships available this summer (up to 90 percent of the tuition cost) on a need-based sliding scale determined by family size and household income. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Email info@theJazzArts.org or call 704-336-9350 for details. Advance registration is required and can be done online at www.the JazzArts.org. Placement-level auditions will be held prior to camp.