USC ColaJazz Camp with Sullivan Fortner2019-07-16T10:59:12-04:00

July 18-21

USC ColaJazz Camp


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2019 Camp Registration is now CLOSED.
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USC ColaJazz Camp Terms & Conditions

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Sullivan Fortner

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Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards – a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists – Sullivan’s music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation.

As a leader, The Sullivan Fortner Trio has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, and the Gillmore Keyboard Festival. Fortner has been heard with other leading musicians around the world including Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, John Scofield, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Sean Jones, DeeDee Bridgewater, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Bernstein, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Peyton, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Gary Bartz, Etienne Charles and Christian Scott.

Fortner’s foray into music education has led him to lead masters classes at today’s most formidable music institutions, including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NoCCA), Purdue University, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop and Belmont University (TN).

A native of New Orleans, Fortner began playing the piano at the age of seven and was hailed a virtuoso before he was out of high school. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

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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 4 days of innovative, hands-on sessions led by professional jazz musicians and the world-renown piano master Sullivan Fortner! 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 Sullivan Fortner.

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Our 2019 acclaimed educators

Sullivan Fortner
Bert Ligon
Derek Bronston
Mitch Butler
Chris Church
Mike Frost
Dick Goodwin
Edwin Hamilton
Amos Hoffman
Pete Neighbor
Mark Rapp
Travis Shaw
Jay Ware
Michael Wilkinson
Lauren Meccia
Bryson Borgstedt
Tish Oney

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

We welcome all ages, abilities, and instruments! In 2018, the youngest participant was 12 and our oldest 88. In jazz, everyone’s voice counts. Sometimes you stand out and sometimes you help the person next to you say something great. When everyone does his or her part, it’s called swing, and all is right with the world.

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*not a 501(c)(3) tax deduction

USC ColaJazz Camp

For a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible sponsorship, we use our fiscal agent, The Columbia Music Festival Association.

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2019 USC ColaJazz Camp Schedule

Thursday, July 18

6PMWelcome & Orientation
6:30PM – 8PMCombos
9PM – 11PMAll-ages Dinner & Jazz Show (TBA)

Friday, July 19

4PMAll Camp Welcome & Talk
4:30PM – 6PMCombos
6PMDinner (on your own)
7:30PMConcert / Talk
9PM-11PMJam Session

Saturday, July 20

8:30AMMeet and sign-in
9AM – 10:20AMBeginner, Intermediate/Advanced Theory Classes
10:30AM – 11:20AMImprovisation Classes
11:30AM – NoonJazz Listening
Noon – 1PMLunch (Provided)
1PM – 2:15PMMaster Class with Sullivan Fortner
2:30PM – 3:30PMCombos
3:45PM – 4:30PMInstrumental Sectionals
4:45PM – 6PMCombos
6PM – 7PMDinner (on your own)
7:30PMSullivan Fortner in Concert (free to campers)
9:30PM – 11:00PMJam Session

Sunday, July 21

8:30AMMeet and sign-in
9AM-10:20AMBeginner, Intermediate/Advanced Theory Classes
10:30AM-11AMJazz Listening
Noon – 1PMLunch (provided)
1PM – 2:15PMMaster Class with Sullivan Fortner
2:30PM – 3:30PMCombos
3:45PM – 4:30PMInstrumental Sectionals
4:45PM – 6PMCombos
6PM – 7PMDinner (on your own)
7:30PMGrand Finale Concert featuring YOU!

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