Each year, the VJC hosts about 40 instrumental and 20 vocal participants from around the world for a challenging, invigorating weeklong summer workshop. The program is set up so that participants can focus intensively on the music: learning opportunities include classes in theory, composition and arranging, vocal studies, ensembles, listening, master-classes and jam sessions.
The VJC summer workshop provides participants the opportunity to study in small groups with world-class faculty. Students and faculty live, study, and eat on the same campus, so there is plenty of time for interaction and personal attention. A warmth pervades the experience for all, and there is a strong feeling of community.
The atmosphere is exciting and the quality of instruction is unparalleled. Former faculty members include Sheila Jordan, Jimmie Heath, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Jimmie Cobb and many other jazz masters.
- Educational Program: August 9th to August 15th, Putney School, Putney, VT
- Faculty Concert: Thursday, August 13th at 8:00 PM, Michaels S. Currier Center, Putney School
- Student Concert: Friday, August 14th, Michaels S. Currier Center, Putney School - Set I at 3:30PM, Set II at 8:00 PM
The Vermont Jazz Center is preparing for its 40th iteration of the summer jazz workshop. The week-long program takes place on the beautiful campus of the Putney School in Putney, Vermont. This workshop encourages intermediate to professional level students from down the street and around the world; while in Vermont they polish their improvisational and musicianship skills while enjoying a hiatus in a beautiful, bucolic setting. The workshop began in 1974 when famed Hungarian guitarist, Attila Zoller formed the Attila Zoller Guitar Clinics. These informal programs were fundamental in the development of young musicians like Peter Bernstein and Helmut Kagerer andmany others who would come to Zoller's rustic home in Newfane and study with him and other masters. The program attained non-profit status in 1987 when Zoller took on a board of directors, registered with the state and conscripted friends like Joy Wallins, Howard Brofsky and Gene Rush to help with the curriculum and organization. To this day, the VJC honors Zoller's immense spirit and attention to quality.
This summer the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes trumpeter, Ingrid Jensen
The VJC is proud and delighted that the following faculty members will be returning:
Clarence Penn, Claire Arenius (drums), Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton (vocals), Freddie Bryant (guitar), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Scott Mullett (saxophone), bassists Cameron Brown, Marcus McLaurine, George Kaye and Dave Picchi, pianists Harvey Diamond, Ray Gallon, Eugene Uman and percussionist, Julian Gerstin.
Course Description: Vocal and Instrumental Music Tracks
Classes include 5 levels of Theory:
- fundamental music skills
- applied theory for vocalists
- applied harmony and chord scales
- advanced harmonic concepts
- advanced rhythm theory
- vocal, brass, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, drums
Jam Sessions (including one tailored for singers)
Faculty and student concerts
Small class size, great facilities, lots of tuned acoustic pianos
Gorgeous, bucolic setting atop a Vermont hill farm.
Register now, limited numbers accepted.
"This annual camp is the richest and most rewarding musical experiences in my life. Whatever your goal, it can get a head-start to being fulfilled at this summer camp. We have world-class jazz musicians...They are relaxed, encouraging, and fun to be with/jam with til all hours...Plus you can't beat the setting, the amazing food, the camaraderie and support. This camp feeds my whole body and I will be back every year."
-- Ann Marie McIntire (piano student)
The Vermont Jazz Center is an internationally recognized institution that provides jazz education, programming and outreach. Currently in its 40th year, it was founded in 1974 by the legendary guitarist, Attila Zoller and is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman.
The VJC features a summer jazz workshop, a monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, arts organizations and businesses.
Mission: The Vermont Jazz Center is dedicated to creating and preserving jazz through the presentation of workshops, concerts, and instruction to a broad constituency of artists, students, and the general public.