USC ColaJazz Camp 2017-06-23T16:09:11+00:00

Our 2017 Master Clinician is
Grammy Award-winning producer and NEA Jazz Master
Delfeayo Marsalis

Players and teachers of all levels and instruments are welcome.

Camp instructors include acclaimed jazz educators, recording artists, touring musicians and more!

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*Brought to you by USC Jazz Department, Freeway Music and ColaJazz.

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 the world-renown GRAMMY AWARD winner Delfeayo Marsalis! 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, our summer jazz camp will culminate in a grand finale performance with the world-famous Delfeayo Marsalis. 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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Acclaimed Educators We May Have This Year…

Delfeayo Marsalis

2017 Master Clinician, trombone, theory, combos, improv and more…

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.

Bryson Borgstedt

saxophones, combos, theory, improv and more…

bryson borgstedtPerforming for more than forty-five years and teaching for over forty, Mr. Borgstedt has performed with many wonderful and accomplished musicians while remaining committed to his love of teaching. Performance Highlights include: Natalie Cole, Michael Feinstein, The Manhattan Transfer, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and more!

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…

Mike Frost

bass, combos, theory, improv and more…

mike frost A former student of jazz legends Pat Martino and Jaco Pastorius, Mike Frost is a composer, studio musician, educator, recording engineer, and designer of Brickhouse speaker enclosures. Mike has recorded and performed with a long list of high-profile musicians including Donald Vega, Wycliffe Gordon, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse Colin Young, Esteban, Jimmy Bruno, New York Voices, The Gypsy Kings, David Mann (Tower of Power), Manolo Badrena (Weather Report), Todd Turkisher (David Byrne, Ute Lemper), John Scarpulla (Tower of Power, Bruce Springsteen)…

Edwin Hamilton

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

Edwin HamiltonEdwin G. Hamilton is a professional musician and an educator. In 2014 he earned a Jazz Fellowship to go study in New Orleans, Louisiana under the great Herlin Riley. Edwin has performed, recorded and/or worked with notable names such as: Teddy Adams, Chris Crenshaw, Michael Dease, Delbert Felix, Aaron Goldberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Niki Haris, Enrique Hernandez, Charmaine Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Marcus Printup, Vinny Raniola, Herlin Riley, Christian Sands and many more. Edwin endorses four companies: Arti Dixon Bass Drum Lift, Beato Inc. (drum bags), Kopf Percussion (cajons) and Stellar Custom Drums (wood hoops).

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.

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.

Lauren Meccia

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

lauren mecciaLauren Meccia is a vocalist, saxophonist, educator, composer, and lyricist. Her vocal tone has been compared to Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, and Ella Fitzgerald, effortlessly transitioning from a deep, rich lower register to crisp, clean high notes, evoking a sense of tranquility. Lauren Meccia is Director of Jazz Studies at USC Aiken

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.

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Early Registration: $170 | Normal Registration: $200

We do NOT share your information with 3rd parties.

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 both days. Overnight housing is NOT provided.

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Our Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

ColaJazz is determined to offer lasting opportunities for musicians of all ages, all levels, regardless of socio-economic status, and to develop not only their musicianship, but also their community-mindedness. This camp is your chance to be a part of bringing this vision to fruition and to support our city’s cultural and economic growth.


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Saturday, July 15

8:30AM Meet and sign-in
9AM-10:20AM Theory Classes
10:30AM-Noon Improvisation Classes
Noon – 1PM Lunch Provided (sponsored by Freeway Music)
1PM – 2:30PM Combos
2:45PM – 4:15PM Master Classes
4:30PM – 5:30PM Combos
6PM – 7PM Dinner
7:30PM – 9PM Concert
9:30PM – 12:30AM Jam Session at Main Street Public House

Sunday, July 16

8:30AM Meet and sign-in
9AM-10:20AM Theory Classes
10:30AM-Noon Improvisation Classes
Noon – 1PM Lunch Provided (sponsored by Freeway Music)
1PM – 2:15PM Combos
2:30PM – 3:15PM Sectionals
3:30PM – 4:30PM Master Class
4:45PM – 6PM Combos
6PM – 7PM Dinner
7:30PM Grand Finale Concert

USC JAZZ STUDIESUSC Jazz has provided a multitude of resources for you and the camp here: