USC ColaJazz Camp 2017-04-24T15:53:01+00:00

Immerse yourself in JAZZ.
Learn from world-renowned, Grammy-nominated jazz artists!
Players and teachers of all levels and instruments are welcome.
*Brought to you by USC Jazz Department, Freeway Music and ColaJazz.

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All Levels/ All Instruments

For students, musicians, jazz enthusiasts and educators… if you sing, play trumpet or drums, or you’re a high school band director, this weekend jazz camp is for you! Everyone will be placed in classes and combos appropriate to your level and interests. If you know nothing about jazz or you’re already out there gigging, we will take you to the next level!

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A Saturday & Sunday to remember…

Plan to immerse yourself in 2 days of innovative, hands-on sessions led by professional jazz musicians and world-renown, GRAMMY-nominated clinicians who will inspire and challenge! Each day will be full of jazz theory, history, listening, pedagogy, master classes, concerts, jam sessions and importantly playing in combos!


A Grand Finale

After spending a Saturday and Sunday working in your combos, theory, history and listening classes, each weekend session will culminate in a grand finale performance with a world-renown jazz clinician. AND thanks to High Fidelity Recordings and Jangly Records, you’ll be going home with a live recording of the evening’s performance!

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World-Renowned Jazz Artists We May Have This Year…

Delfeayo Marsalis: Trombone

Delfeayo MarsaliDelfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

Ryan Kisor: Trumpet

Ryan KisorRyan Kisor has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1994. In 1990 he won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition. Kisor enrolled in Manhattan School of Music in 1991 where he studied with trumpeter Lew Soloff. He has performed and/or recorded with the Mingus Big Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Philip Morris Jazz All-Stars, and others. In addition to being an active sideman, Kisor has recorded several albums as a leader including Battle Cry (1997), The Usual Suspects (1998), and Point of Arrival (2000).

Joris Teepe: Bassist

Joris TeepeCurrently Joris has recorded 15 albums as a leader. He also established himself as a composer, record producer (many different labels and artists), educator (Director of Jazz Studies at the Hanze University, Bass Professor at Queens College, NYC) and a bandleader leading his own Big Band in NYC, which plays exclusively his own compositions. He has also written 4 symphonic works! He has been working with the “who-is-who in Jazz”, such as Benny Golson, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker.

Dave Stryker: Guitar

Dave StrykerWhether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 27 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and countless others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again into the 2016 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls. He is a celebrated educator and teaches annually at the famed Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps!

Ari Hoenig: Drums

Ari HoenigCelebrated drummer and recording artist Ari Hoenig has played extensively with the Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter Underground, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Joshua Redman Elastic band, Jazz Mandolin Project and bands led by Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Pat Martino, and Bojan Z. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Ivan Linz, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, and Gerry Mulligan and more. As an educator, Ari teaches privately and is on faculty at New York University and the New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine.

Eldar Djangirov: Piano

The New York Times described the New York based pianist and Grammy-nominated artist Eldar Djangirov as “a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual… an ebullient impressionist.” When Eldar Djangirov (pronounced john-‘gear-ov) was signed to Sony Masterworks at the age of 17, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he’s had the good fortune to meet and work with the masters including Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Brecker, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Harvey Mason, Chris Botti, Joe Locke, Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Roy Hargrove and many others. Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and San Francisco Jazz Festival and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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The USC ColaJazz Jazz Camp will be held at the School of Music on the University of South Carolina campus.

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