Scholarships available Jazz Combo Camp!

June 2, 2023

The Charleston Jazz Academy is offering four weeks of Jazz Combo Camp in June and July.  The camps are a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills and learn from experienced jazz musicians. Scholarships are available for students who may not otherwise have the means to attend to ensure that students from all backgrounds can pursue their passion for jazz music. The Jazz Combo Camp is an excellent program that not only teaches music but also fosters a sense of community and inspires young musicians to reach their full potential.

This 5-day camp is designed for students in grades 7–12  interested in learning improvisational skills by playing in a jazz combo with similarly skilled peers. Each week is taught by a team of accomplished jazz musicians and educators, including guests from jazz programs at the College of Charleston, University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, and Berklee College of Music, who will visit with the students for a masterclass. The camp consists of daily two-hour combo sessions, basic jazz theory classes, and one evening concert after each week.  Additionally, each student receives one additional 45-minute private or small-group (sectional) instructional session focused on her/his instrument.

The camp is designed for students who can read music and want to advance their playing and improvisational skills. The standard jazz combo consists of piano, bass, guitar, drums and one or two “horns” (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc.) but there are no restrictions on what instruments may participate.

Jazz Combo Camp Girl With Trumpet

The Jazz Girls Combo is a program within the camp to provide a supportive and fun musical environment for girls interested in learning more about jazz.

Dates and Times:
June 12-16 – 9am – 3pm

Theme: Traditional Swing/Big Band Era

Guest Instructors:
Emilio Terranova – Director of Jazz Ensembles, Coastal Carolina University
Marissa Terranova – Adjunct instructor of trumpet, Coastal Carolina University

June 26-30 – 9am – 3pm
Theme: Bebop/Cool Jazz

Guest Instructors:
Robert Lewis – Director of Jazz Studies, College of Charleston
Matthew White – Director of Jazz, University of South Carolina
Emilio Terranova – Director of Jazz Ensembles, Coastal Carolina University
Marissa Terranova – Adjunct instructor of trumpet, Coastal Carolina University

July 10-14 – 9am – 3pm
Theme: Contemporary/Groove Jazz

Guest Instructors:
Colleen Clark – Assistant professor of Jazz Studies, University of South Carolina
Demetrius Doctor – Pianist, leader of the contemporary jazz group “Momentum”

July 17-21 – 9am – 3pm
Theme: Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz with Steel Drums

Guest Instructors:
Alva Anderson – Vocalist
Dan Moretti – Professor of Jazz Studies, Berklee College of Music
Gino Castillo – Afro-Cuban percussionist and bandleader

$230 per week*
*Extended Day and scholarships are available.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Charleston Jazz Academy
3005 West Montague Avenue, #200
North Charleston, SC 29418

Info & Registration:
[email protected]

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the S.C. Department of Education, which received funding from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.