USC ColaJazz Camp with Sullivan Fortner2019-04-19T17:54:03-04:00

July 18-21

USC ColaJazz Camp


July 18-21

Camp Schedule

USC ColaJazz Camp Terms & Conditions

$250 early registration (ends June 30th)
$285 late registration (begins July 1)

Sullivan Fortner

Sullivan Fortner ColaJazz Clinician

2019 ColaJazz Clinician

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 2018 acclaimed educators

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…

Derek Lee Bronston

guitar, combos and more…

Derek Lee Bronston Derek Lee Bronston has performed with: Cecil Taylor, Dave Binney, Branford Marsalis, Walter Blanding Jr., Wycliffe Gordon, James Genus and more. Derek has been a vibrant part of the NYC music scene since the later 90’s and has 6 recordings as a leader and several in a range of genres as a sideman.

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.

Justin Mendez

saxophones, combos, theory, improv and more…

Justin Mendez Justin Mendez is an 18-year-old phenom earning world-wide attention and acclaim. He is a phenomenal jazz artist and has the heart of a teacher.

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.

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 offers lasting opportunities for musicians of all ages, all levels, regardless of socioeconomic status, and develops their musicianship and their community-mindedness. OUr summer jazz camp is your chance to be a part of bringing this vision to fruition supporting all-ages, all-levels and all-demographics.


Total Amount: $1.00

We also accept sponsorships through our 501(c)(3) fiscal agent.
Contact us to find out how.

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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