USC ColaJazz Camp with NEA Jazz Master David Liebman 2018-03-21T23:06:36+00:00


Featuring NEA Jazz Master, GRAMMY-nominated, jazz legend…


July 13 – 15, 2018


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Who is David Liebman?

Liebman is a true jazz legend! He’s one of the greatest jazz musicians ever (that is no exaggeration). He’s a celebrated jazz educator and author of revered jazz education books; a multiple GRAMMY-nominated artist; a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master; and more!

NEA Jazz Master (2011) David Liebman’s career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a bandleader since. He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership and co-leadership. In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound (translated into multiple languages), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music. Lieb‘s autobiography What It Is-The Life Of A Jazz Artist (Scarecrow Press) is a fascinating look into Lieb’s career. His bands over the years have included noted musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Billy Hart and others. The current group Expansions features some of the best of the younger generation. Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989, which is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries. Liebman’s awards, besides the NEA honor include the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music. Dave has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat, Jazz Times and JazzEd polls since 1973.

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David Liebman2016: Education Update Distinguished Leader in Education
2015: Jazz Ed Magazine Reader’s Poll Winner- Soprano Saxophone
2013: Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz
2011: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Masters of Jazz
2011: First place Soprano Sax category Jazz Times and Downbeat Critics’s Poll
2011: DL Group – Best Live Performance All About Jazz and NY Jazz
2010: Jazz Man of the Year – All About Jazz, New York City
2010: Best Record of The Year-German Jazz Critics for Turnaround – Liebman Group Plays the Music of Ornette Coleman
2009: Order of Arts and Letters from the French government
2007: Jazz Journalist’s Award for Best Soprano Sax
2005: Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Grant to individual artists
2004: Grammy nomination for performance of Jim McNeely’s arrangement of “Sing, Sing, Sing”, from Beyond The Line– Dave Liebman Big Band (Omnitone)
2001: Fred Waring Award from Celebration of the Arts, which organizes a yearly festival in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania where Liebman resides for outstanding contributions to the arts and community
2000: Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Jazz Educators for contributions to jazz pedagogy
1998: Grammy nomination in the category of Best Jazz Solo for the recording of “My Favorite Things” from Thank You, John (Arkadia Records)
1997: Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland; the first ever given to a jazz artist
1991: National Endowment of the Arts grant for performance
1988: Record of the Year from the French Jazz Academy for Homage to Coltrane (Owl Records)
1981: National Endowment of the Arts grant for composition

Published Works:

Aebersold Publications:
Understanding Jazz Rhythm:The Concept of Swing (DVD)
The Improviser’s Guide to Transcription (DVD)
The Complete Guide to Saxophone Sound Production (DVD)
Maximize Your Practice (DVD)
David Liebman Teaches and Plays – 2 DVD set
On Education, the Saxophone and Related Topics – Booklet
Standards and Originals Play Along with the David Liebman Group Vol.81
Ten Chromatic Compositions (w/CD)
In Conversation with Lieb (2 CDs)
Eight Compositions of the 1970s-Play-Along Vol. 19
Scale Syllabus – Vol. 26
How to Approach Standards Chromatically – Techniques of Superimposition (w/CD)

Advance Music (distributed through Schott Music):
A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Melody & Harmony (with CD)-Advance Music(translated to French)
Self Portrait of a Jazz Artist
From Student to Jazz Artist: Talks with David Liebman (MP3)
Miscellaneous chamber music for Saxophone Quartet; Woodwind Quartet and soloist, String Quartet and soloist, Cello and soloist, Viola and soloist, Saxophone Duo, Solo Saxophone, quartet with soprano sax, oboe, viola and cello
David Liebman Anthology (original compositions)

David Liebman and Miles Davis Jazz Rhythm and Interpreting Melodies (two DVD master classes)
David Liebman Saxophone Master Class (double DVD)-Lessonface/Silverstein Ligatures
What It Is-Liebman biography (Scarecrow Press)
Master Class with Dave Liebman (DVD)-Roberto’s Winds
Jazz Connections:Miles Davis and David Liebman-Edward Mellen Press
The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner-for sax quartet -arranged by Caris Visentin-Caris Music Services
Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound-Dorn Publications (translated to German, Japanese, Czech, Chinese)
Lookout Farm: Improvisation for Small Group-Almo Publications

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All Levels/ All Instruments

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

A weekend to remember…

Plan to immerse yourself in 3 days of innovative, hands-on sessions led by professional jazz musicians and the world-renown NEA Jazz Master David Liebman! Your weekend will be full of jazz combos, theory, listening, master classes, concerts, jam sessions and more!

A Grand Finale

After spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday playing in combos, learning jazz theory, and listening to jazz, your summer jazz camp will culminate in a grand finale concert with the world-famous David Liebman.

More 2018 acclaimed educators coming soon…

David Liebman

2018 Master Clinician

david liebmanDavid Liebman has a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz. He has performed on over 500 recordings with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.

Aletha Jacobs

voice, piano, combos, theory, improv and more…

aletha jacobs A 1997 USC graduate M.M. Jazz Studies, has taught piano, applied jazz and jazz ensemble at Columbia College since 1998. As a professional musician for 40 years, she has performed in every kind of venue, from playing/singing in bands, accompanying various musicians and musicals, to performing with orchestras. Jacobs has written an etude book for intermediate piano with an emphasis on beginning improvisation called “Rockin’ Around the Keys.” She has been guest artist at CMTA’s Jazz and Improv festival for the last several years. Most recent studies include an intensive week of jazz vocal study with the New York Voices.

Amos Hoffman

guitar, combos, theory, improv and more…

In 2013 Amos was awarded one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes “The Landau Prize for Arts and Sciences” for outstanding achievement in the field of Jazz. His search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he played jazz with both established musicians and up and coming talents like Jason Lindler, bassist Avishai Cohen, and Claudia Acuna. To date, Hoffman has recorded 5 solo albums…

Danny Boozer

drums, combos and more…

Danny Boozer is a professional musician and an educator. He’s played with Ravi Coltrane, Wycliffe Gordon, The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and more. Learn more about Danny here: FreeTimes Article | Biography

David Levray

bass, combos, theory, improv and more…

David Levray David Levray – bassist, instructor, clinician, arranger, composer – studied at the Berklee affiliated American School of Modern Music with Steven Carbonara and Eddy Goldstein, and by the age of 18 was a session musician at Piccolo Studio in Paris, France. Levray co-wrote the Grammy-nominated song “Out Of The Cold” with Kirk Whalum. He has toured around the world with Les McCann’s Magic Band for 10 years and has also performed, recorded or toured with Ronnie Laws, Anthony Hamilton, Kirk Whalum, Nancy Sinatra, Sergio Mendes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jonathan Butler, Ron Brown, Greg Vail and many others…

Brad Jepson

trombone, combos, theory, improv and more…

Brad Jepson Brad Jepson is known in jazz and funk circles for his aggressive tone and emotionally charged voice on the trombone. He is one of the most exciting players around the Carolinas. Jepson helps run the Greenville Jazz Collective, a non-profit who puts on jazz performances and jazz educational outreach programs. Jepson earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, as well as, a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Mark Rapp

trumpet, combos, theory, improv and more…

mark rapp Mark Rapp is a distinguished trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist and has performed with such distinct artists from Branford Marsalis to Hootie and the Blowfish. Mark has a Master in Jazz from the University of New Orleans and has performed in jazz clubs around the world from Snug Harbor (New Orleans), Blue Note (NYC), The Jazz Standard (NYC), Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), Jazzland (Vienna, Austria), AMR (Geneva, Switzerland), Clube do Choro (Natal, Brasil) to Jazz Tunnel (Zagreb, Croatia) to name a few. He has lead his groups at jazz festivals around the world from the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, WC Handy Festival, Festival AMR des Cropettes (Switzerland), JazzTimes Festival in Croatia to the Jazz&Blues Festival in Garanhuns, Brazil.

Bert Ligon

piano, guitar, combos, theory, improv and more…

BERT LIGON at Piano Bert Ligon is director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music in jazz piano performance and arranging from the University of North Texas. Ligon has published several books including, Jazz Theory Resources Vol. 1 & 2, Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony, and Comprehensive Technique for the Jazz Musician. At USC, Mr. Ligon teaches jazz theory, jazz improvisation, arranging and applied jazz lessons.

Jay Ware

drums, vibraphone, combos, theory, improv and more…

jay ware Jay Ware is an award-winning performing artist and educator whose consummate versatility has garnered the praise of musical giants such as David Baker and Eric Ewazen. His performing/recording credits include: Grammy Award nominee Donny McCaslin, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mary Wilson and The Supremes, Emmy winner and Jazz legend David Baker… Jay is currently the Coordinator of Percussion and Drum Set Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Liberty University.

Robert Gardiner

saxophones, combos, theory, improv and more…

robert gardiner Dr. Robert A. Gardiner is a Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He conducts the jazz ensemble and teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation, and courses in music education. Robert recently released his first recording, ‘Soul of Confidence,’ a CD of original compositions featuring his jazz quartet.

Dr. Mitch Butler

trombone, combos, theory, improv and more…

mitch butler Mitch was the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA from 2013 to 2016. Before that, he was Director of Jazz Studies at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC from 2009 to 2013. Butler has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Texas at Austin. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as Curtis Fuller, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oates, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Darius Rucker, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and many others.

Edwin Hamilton

drums, voice, combos, theory, improv and more…

edwin hamilton Edwin Hamilton started on both the drums and the piano and his influences definitely are deeply rooted in the church. In 2014 he earned a Jazz Fellowship to go study in New Orleans, Louisiana under the great Herlin Riley. Hamilton has performed, recorded and/or worked with notable names such as Teddy Adams, Chris Crenshaw, Michael Dease, Aaron Goldberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Niki Haris, Enrique Hernandez, Charmaine Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Marcus Printup, Christian Sands, and many more. Edwin has also played on big stages/arenas in front of crowds of over 10,000 and has toured the United States extensively.

Michael Wilkinson

trombone, combos, theory, improv and more…

michael wilkinson Michael Wilkinson, Assistant Professor of Trombone at USC, spent the last six years as an Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. He was a faculty associate in Jazz Studies at Arizona State University where he completed a doctorate in Trombone Performance (2013) and is an alumnus of the Disney/Grammy All-American College Jazz Band. His first solo jazz CD, “Wait for Me!,” was recently released through Random Act Records.


Early registration: $200 (ends June 24th, 11:59pm)
(Late registration: $240)

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USC ColaJazz Camp Terms & Conditions

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

Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday.
Dinner and overnight housing are NOT provided.

Sponsorship Opportunities

ColaJazz is determined to offer lasting opportunities for musicians of all ages, all levels, regardless of socio-economic status, and to develop their musicianship and their community-mindedness. This camp is your chance to be a part of bringing this vision to fruition supporting all-ages, all-levels and all-demographics.


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2018 USC ColaJazz Camp Schedule

Friday, July 13

4pWelcome & Orientation
4:30p – 6pCombos
6pDinner (on your own)
7:30pNoteworthy Concert / Talk
9pJam Session

Saturday, July 14

8:30AMMeet and sign-in
9AM – 10:15AMBeginner, Intermediate & Advanced Theory Classes
10:30AM – NoonCombos
Noon – 1PMLunch (Provided)
1PM – 1:45PMInstrumental Sectionals
2PM – 3PMCombos
3:15PM – 4:30PMMaster Class with David Liebman
4:45PM – 6PMCombos
6PM – 7PMDinner (on your own)
7:30PMDavid Liebman in Concert (free to campers)
9:30PM – 12:00AMJam Session

Sunday, July 15

8:30AMMeet and sign-in
9AM-10:15AMBeginner, Intermediate & Advanced Theory Classes
10:30AM-11AMJazz Listening
Noon – 1PMLunch (provided)
1PM – 1:45PMInstrumental Sectionals
2:00PM – 3PMCombos
3:15PM – 4:30PMMaster Class with David Liebman
4:45PM – 6PMCombos
6PM – 7PMDinner (on your own)
7:30PMGrand Finale Concert featuring YOU!

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