Registration opens early 2017
Who says camp is just for kids? Straight Ahead Jazz Camp brings together educators, musicians and music lovers 18 and up for a fun, week-long exploration of the inner workings of jazz. Held at Columbia College Chicago, each day of the camp features a special guest artist along with hands-on workshops, clinics, lectures and jam sessions by noted musicians and experts from Chicago and beyond. Previous guest artists include Regina Carter, Victor Goines, Slide Hampton, Stefon Harris, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Faddis, and Bobby Watson.
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Saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines is widely recognized as one of the most engaging and versatile performers, composers, collaborators and educators in music today. Deeply committed to the field of jazz education, Mr. Goines currently holds the positions of Northwestern University Artistic Director for the Jazz Studies program and Education Consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center in addition to conducting master classes, clinics, workshops, lectures and lessons across the country.
Described by critics as a master composer, arranger and uniquely gifted trombone player, Slide Hampton’s career is among the most distinguished in jazz. Reading like a “who’s who” list of jazz, Mr. Hampton composed and arranged for and performed with artists like Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and Max Roach. Additionally, he toured in the 60s with his own octet which included stellar horn players Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard and George Coleman. Mr. Hampton was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2005.
Vocalist Dee Alexander’s talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of jazz music. Equally adept in mainstream swing and outer-fringe experimentation, big-band jazz, and small-group fare, Alexander stands as a vocalist for all occasions who has received critical acclaim for performances at festivals across the United States and around the world.
For Regina Carter, the violin isn’t merely an improvisational vehicle. It’s a passport to unexpected realms, a Rosetta stone that unlocks the door to a myriad of cultures and worlds. Violin virtuoso Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Winner of a coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship for “showing exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,”
Ms. Carter is also a Resident Artistic Director at SF JAZZ.
Stefon Harris is an American jazz vibraphonist. One of the most important young artists in jazz who is at the forefront of new music and much in demand as a star sideman, Harris has played with many jazz luminaries including Kenny Barron, Steve Turre, Kurt Elling, David Sanchez and Christian Scott. He has also released several of his own critically acclaimed and well-regarded albums. Harris tours the world with his band Blackout and teaches at New York University.