Summer Jazz Camp

We are presenting an in-person and live online summer jazz camp experience this year!

Friday, June 25 – Sunday, June 27
We are offering a limited in-person jazz camp culminating in a very fun grand finale summer jazz camp concert held at the Koger Center for the Arts! We will be limiting our in-person camp to 4-5 combos (~30-35 students).

  • Playing in combos, beginner & advanced theory, masterclass and more!

Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1
Last year’s online courses were affordable, effective, inspiring and a total blast! We are bringing back our online summer jazz courses taught by jazz masters from New York, California, New Orleans, here in South Carolina and more. COMING SOON!

  • A variety of online jazz courses – choose your own jazz adventure!


Register for the In-Person Jazz Camp (June 25-27, 2021)


The participant is fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.


colajazz camp with dave leibman

1p – 7p

10a – 7p

1:30p – 4:00p
5:30p-6:30p – Grand Finale Concert


Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
5637 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our usual school facilities are not allowing summer camps to use their spaces. With much thanks, we have wonderful facilities to practice, learn, hang and play JAZZ in at Cornerstone. Convenient and FREE parking, easily accessible, this location will serve us very well.

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1pm – 1:45pmCheck-in
1:45pm – 2:15pmCamp welcome announcements & information
2:30pm – 4:05pmCombo session 1: let’s play!
4:15pm – 5:30pmJazz theory
5:40pm – 7pmCombo session 2: gettin’ it together
10am – 10:20amCheck-in, announcements
10:30am – 11:30aJazz theory
11:40a – 12:30pJazz improv: apply it
12:30p – 1:30pLunch
1:30p – 2:30pMasterclass: Gino Castillo, Cuban Music
2:40p – 4:00pCombo session 3: digin’ in
4:10p – 5:15pSectionals
5:30p – 7:00pCombo session 4: playin’ the changes
1:30pm – 2pmCheck-in, final announcements, Q&A
2:00pm – 4pmCombo session 5: makin’ it shine
5:30p – 6:30pGrande Finale Concert – Koger Center

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
5637 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our usual school facilities are not available. With much thanks, we have wonderful facilities to practice, learn, hang and play JAZZ in at Cornerstone. Convenient and FREE parking, easily accessible, this location will serve us very well.


Gino is a true master in the Cuban percussion and vocal traditions. He is a touring and recording artist, a passionate educator and clinician who composes as well. His musical talent has been heard on many albums and live shows, as he has collaborated with many international artists, such as: Earl Klugh, Al Turner, Michael Mossman, Quentin Baxter, Etienne Charles, Horacio el Negro Hernández, Oscarito Valdés, Eddie Venegas, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Smooth Jazz
Orchestra, Lowcountry Latin Jazz Collective, Charleston Latin Jazz Collective, Jose Pepito Gomez, John Benítez, Pascoal Meirelles, Paulo Moura, Alex Alvear, Jessy J, Zacai Curtis, Ymelda Marie-Louisa, at al.

Gino has taught at the Berklee College of Music International Network. He has an honorary degree in percussion teaching from the George Gershwin Conservatory.

Gino is currently exclusively an artist of Bosphorus Cymbals, Pearl Percussion and Pro-Mark drum sticks.

Pianist, composer & arranger Kevin Bales is a passionate educator and highly accomplished touring artist. His work with trumpeter extraordinaire Marcus Printup has become a lifetime association that has included recordings on Blue Note/Capital records. Ten years touring and recording with vocal iconoclast Rene Marie culminated in a Grammy Nominated album. His most recent recording of music composed by Fred Rogers was selected as one of the top 10 albums of 2018 by Cadence Magazine and

Kevin has amassed a long list of awards and a reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists performing anywhere. In 1994, less than a decade into jazz, he won the American Pianist Association’s Jazz Piano Competition. In addition to nearly every important jazz venue in the South, he has performed in some of the most acclaimed clubs and festivals in America and around the world: the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, The Bakery in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center jazz series, the Toronto and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and the Moscow Center for the Performing Arts.

Sam Edwards is a Columbia native. He has studied jazz and classical bass with Craig Butterfield at USC, as well as, in the streets with Amos Hoffman. Sam has performed regularly with local luminaries such as Amos Hoffman, Ross Holmes, Jim Mings, and Dick Goodwin, as well as, nationally acclaimed artists such as Pasquale Grasso, Wycliffe Gordon, and Clifford Barbaro. He is a devout believer in no amplification.

Edwin G. Hamilton is professional musician, recording artist, and educator. Edwin earned a Jazz Fellowship to study with Herlin Riley in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has toured both nationally and internationally with various artists.

Edwin has performed, recorded and/or worked with notable names such as: Teddy Adams, Explorer’s Club, Chris Crenshaw, Michael Dease, Calvin Edwards, Delbert Felix, Mike Frost, Aaron Goldberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Niki Haris, Amos Hoffman, Enrique Hernandez, Charmaine Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Marcus Printup, Vinny Raniola, Eric Reed, Herlin Riley, Christian Sands, Tye Tribbet, Donald Vega, Frank Vignola, Christian Winther, Ben Wolfe and many more.

Travis Shaw graduated from The Atlanta Institute of Music in 2000, and finished up a Bachelor of Music Performance from Augusta University in 2017 where he worked closely with Wycliffe Gordon.

Travis Shaw is an engaging and sensitive bassist, producer, and artist. Grounded in the discipline required to pursue the Art of Jazz Improvisation, his body of work defies the restrictions of genre because he is never afraid to take a musical risk in the name of intuitive growth. Not a perfectionist but instead a mindful explorer, Shaw maintains a reputation for quality, consistency, and free thinking. Placing value upon awareness and elegant simplicity, he easily balances between the worlds of independent musical artist and the supportive aesthetic inherent to the mind set of a bassist.

Jay Ware is an award-winning performing artist, educator, arranger, and music advocate. He has performed or recorded with over 200 artists, including: David Liebman, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, James Carter, Jason Marsalis, Jack Wilkins, Chuck Owen, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, David Baker, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mary Wilson, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member Bob Becker, Pulitzer-Prize winner Gunther Schuller, Brazilian vocalist Liz Rosa Gomes, The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Broyhill Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, the New York Brass Quintet, and many others. Mr. Ware is equally active as an educator, having served on the faculty at The University of South Carolina and the Jazz Department of The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (IN), among others. Professor Ware is a two-time recipient of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, an endorsing artist/clinician for Remo, Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, and Latin Percussion and currently serves as the Coordinator of Percussion and Drum Set Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

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What does a “Live Online Camp” mean? How will these courses be held?
All classes will be held virtually via Zoom! Zoom is currently the most popular and easiest to use video meeting. Once you purchase a course, you will receive an email from ColaJazz and from Zoom with the link to your course. Be sure to save that link in a safe place. We suggest immediately adding it to your calendar including all the pertinent information such as date, time and the Zoom link. 

How do you handle refunds?
We understand life can throw you curveballs. If you no longer can attend the in-person camp or show up for your purchased online course, we will refund you 100% if your request is received by Friday, June 18 11:59pm. If your request is received after June 18, we will refund you less 50%.

Can I transfer my purchased course?
No. Due to the way Zoom works and our registration system, each course is locked into the email of the purchaser.

Where is my Zoom link? I did not get an email from Zoom.
Contact us with your order number from the ColaJazz confirmation email and/or your name and email along with the course name in question and we’ll send you the link. We will also send out an email in advance of the course with a reminder email including your Zoom link.

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These terms and conditions apply to the 2021 ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp.

All bookings are subject to the terms and conditions set out below. Registration and payment indicates acceptance of all the following. Applicants over the age of 18 years accept the following on their own behalf. You consent to release ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, ColaJazz Foundation and all ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp staff from any claim or liability arising directly or indirectly from the Jazz Camp activities.

You indemnify ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz against responsibility for any accident, loss or injury suffered by you or your child/children during the course of the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp activities.

Medical and hospital treatment
If a representative of ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, or ColaJazz should at any time consider that you or your child/children require/s medical or hospital treatment, you consent to them obtaining this at your expense.

Fees (all prices are in US Dollars)
Payment is in advance in full unless otherwise stated, in writing, online or on ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp promotional material.
Payment will be accepted by credit card online at

Refunds and due dates
Full advance payment is required to complete registration.
Prior to 18 June payments are fully refundable.
From 18 June to 3pm 22 June, 2021 payments received are refundable less 50%.
After 3pm on 22 June, 2021, payments are non-refundable.

ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp reserves the right to refuse a registration due to limited availability. The right is also reserved to decline, to accept, cancel or withdraw any camp participant prior to or during the camp.

Medical conditions, allergies and special dietary requirements
If you or your child/children has/have special dietary requirements or a pre-existing illness or medical condition, you must provide full details via email:

Damage to property
You consent to pay for any damage, whether deliberate or accidental, caused by you/your child to property owned by ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz or used by ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp and supplied by alternate parties (e.g. equipment, accommodation, vehicles) or property owned by other program participants. All replacement and or repair costs are the responsibility of the individual/s responsible for the damage.

Individual responsibility for personal property
ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz are not responsible for individuals’ personal musical instruments or property. Insurance is suggested for valuable instruments.

Students are to remain on site for the duration of the camp
Students are not to leave the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp venue at any time during the camp without the knowledge and written consent of the Camp administrator, Mark Rapp. A student will be given permission to leave the venue only in exceptional circumstances. As a general rule every student must be on site for the duration of the camp. No other staff member is authorized to allow a student off site.

Students aged 12 years or under will not be allowed to leave without a parent or guardian unless written permission is given by a parent or guardian.

Student misbehavior, including bullying
The following will, at the discretion of the camp administrator, lead to a student being sent home at their parent’s expense:
Bullying, threatening or intimidating another student or member of staff
Possession of illegal drugs or alcohol
Refusing to cooperate with the instructions of a member of staff
Deliberately disrupting any Jazz Camp activity or lesson
Other dangerous, disruptive or illegal behavior
This is a smoke free venue.

Information supplied to ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz will remain confidential and will not be made available to any third party. Photographs of camp activities may be taken by an authorized photographer and may be used in future promotional material or publications solely by ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz.

Waiver and Release of Liability
Further, in consideration for my Child being permitted to participate in the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, I, on behalf of my Child, and as the natural parent and/or as the legally authorized guardian, do hereby for my Child, myself, my family, heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, agree to, and hereby do, release, waive, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify, and forever defend the State of South Carolina, the ColaJazz Foundation, the members of its Board, individually and collectively, its officers, employees, servants, agents, representatives directors, students, volunteers, and anyone acting on behalf of the ColaJazz Foundation, from any and all liability, losses, claims, actions, suits, procedures, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatever nature, in law and equity, for any and all known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, bodily or personal injuries, death and permanent injury, illnesses, damage to property, or other losses, and any consequences thereof, including expenses, costs, and attorney’s fees, as may be sustained by my Child or me, or any person or entity acting on my or my Child’s behalf, arising out of, or in any way associated with, my Child’s participation in the 2021 ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp. I warrant I am the parent or authorized legal Guardian of the Participant in the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and I warrant that I am 18 years of age or older. I have carefully reviewed and I agree to the terms of this entire document.

Photo Release
Give ColaJazz Foundation, its agents, employees, servants, assigns, and successors, without expectation of value, permission to:

  1. Record my Child’s likeness and appearance on video tape, audio tape, film, photograph or any other medium; and
  2. Use my Child’s name, likeness, voice, and biographical material in connection with these recordings; and
  3. Exhibit, copy or distribute such recording in whole or in part without restrictions or limitation for any educational or promotional purpose or advertisement campaigns which the ColaJazz Foundation, and those acting pursuant to its authority, deem appropriate.

Regarding COVID-19
We prefer everyone attending and working the camp to be fully vaccinated. If you are not, for your safety and for the consideration of those around you, please wear a mask, keep your distance, and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC as of May 27, 2021: You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. For more information, please visit:


Our mission for the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp is to create a profound experience for musicians of all ages and all levels bringing diverse communities together through jazz education and performance. 

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