• Earn a Scholarship from Cornel School of Contemporary Music

    Deadline for application is one week from today: December 4th, 2013

    Cornel School of Contemporary Music (CSCM) is giving away 15 scholarships of up to $80,000.00 each at their first annual Live Performance Scholarship Fund on December 6th and 7th, 2013. The Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate remarkable talent and potential in any one of the five areas: piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and vocal performance. Auditions will be held at Shepard University December 6th and 7th, 2013 between 10am-4pm.

    Application Deadline is midnight December 4th, 2013.

    To apply, please contact Colleen Loaiza at, or call 323.550.8888 ex. 8302.

    Scholarships Available:
    Top Prize: Full Tuition / $1000 cash prize
    Second Prize: Full Tuition / $500 cash prize
    Third Prize: Full Tuition
    Get the audition requirements here.

    November 25, 2013 • Resources • Views: 1500

  • JazzAmerica is Looking for Saxophonists

    JazzAmerica is looking for a few good Saxophonists!

    The following post was contributed by Richard Simon, the program director for Jazz America.

    If you are a teen-aged jazz fanatic, you consider yourself a good sight-reader, and you are free on Saturday mornings, JazzAmerica can offer you a summer of fun, challenges and high-profile performance exposure!

    As part of the program, you’ll receive instruction from experienced jazz educators, music to practice at home, a room full of players to meet and form groups with – and it’s all tuition-free!

    JazzAmerica is now in its twentieth year of presenting its Big Band “WorkChops.” Co-founded by LA’s own legendary woodwind giant, Buddy Collette, JazzAmerica has helped hundreds of musicians, aged 12 to 20, along the way to distinguished careers. Our alumni often go into college music programs at places such as Berklee, USC, UCLA and many others. Some are now appearing regularly in jazz clubs and on recordings worldwide.

    JazzAmerica’s new Big Band 2013 now needs to firm up its Saxophone section.

    Here are the details:

    • Be free to rehearse with us most Saturday mornings, from May 25 to August 17
    • Be able to practice our material on your own, between weekly rehearsals
    • Be available to perform with us the morning of July 28, the evening of August 17, and the afternoon of August 18

    If you meet all these criteria:

    • Please visit (It’s a small and still-under-construction website, so please be patient and scroll, scroll, scroll.)
    • Scroll until you see individual parts for a tune called “Walkin’ and Swingin’,” by Mary Lou Williams. (If the link doesn’t work, look up the tune on YouTube.)
    • Download your part and practice it. We’re especially interested in your ability to play from Letter D through Letter F.
    • You can either submit a “remote” audition (by sending a sound file of yourself) to, or by arriving at our next rehearsal (Saturday, May 25) prepared to play the passage.
    • We have a mission to perpetuate the jazz tradition. With our summer Big Band “WorkChops,” we are committed to helping students “internalize” the key elements of jazz that swings – namely, the rhythm, vocabulary and phrasing that distinguished such bands as those of the Basie and Ellington.

    Come join us for a swinging summer!



    Richard Simon is a jazz bassist and educator in Hollywood, California. He began teaching as part of Buddy Collette’s JazzAmerica program in 1994 where he is currently Program Director. He has toured and performed with a number of jazz artists including Sam Most, Llew Matthews, Dan Barrett, Keely Smith, and Ken Peplowski.

    May 24, 2013 • Resources • Views: 1458

  • A List of Summer Jazz Camps

    We’ve put together a list of popular summer jazz camps for young and adult performers here at Teen Jazz. We hope to continue growing the list, so if you see anything that isn’t here, please add it in the comments!

    Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

    Berklee in LA (Varies, CA)

    Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop (Louisville, KY)

    Camp de Blues (Montréal, Canada)

    Camp Encore / Coda (Sweden, ME)

    Central PA Jazz Camp (Harrisburg, PA)

    College of Saint Rose Summer Jazz Program (Albany, NY)

    Summer Jazz Boot Camp at Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (Denver, CO)

    Blues Alley Summer Jazz Camp (Washington DC)

    Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)

    Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz Studies (Rochester, NY)

    Goucher Summer Arts Institute Jazz Camp (Towson, MD)

    Grammy Camp (Nashville, TN // Los Angeles, CA // St Paul, MN // NYC, NY)

    Idyllwild Arts (Idyllwild, CA)

    Illinois Summer Youth Music Program (Urbana-Champaign, IL)

    Interlochen Summer Music Camp (Interlochen, MI )

    Ithaca Summer Music Camp (Ithaca, NY)

    Jazz Camp West (La Honda, CA)

    Jazz in July (Amherst, MA)

    Jazz School (Berkley, CA)

    JM Jazz World (Europe)

    Juilliard Jazz (New York, NY)

    Kenneday Center’s Jazz Ahead (Washington DC)

    Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp (New Milford, CT)

    Maryland Summer Jazz (Rockville, MD)

    Manhattan School of Music (Amsterdam)

    New York Summer Music Festival (NY)

    Penn State Summer Music Camp (PA)

    Stanford Jazz Workshop (Stanford, CA)

    University of the Arts Summer Music Institute (Philadelphia, PA)

    University of Miami Frost School of Music Young Musicians’ Camp (Miami, FL)

    Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop (Brattleboro, VT)

    William Paterson University’s Summer Jazz Workshop (Wayne, NJ)

    February 11, 2013 • Resources • Views: 8083