Best Summer Camps

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by hepcatbassist, Feb 5, 2014.


  1. hepcatbassist

    hepcatbassist

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    I'm trying to choose between a couple summer camps. Has anyone been to these? Which one is the "best"? (I know it's hard to label any certain camp the best, but bear with me...)
    Skidmore Jazz:
    http://www.skidmore.edu/summerjazz/the-institute.php
    Stanford Jazz:
    https://stanfordjazz.org/jazz-camp/jazz-institute/
    Centrum Jazz:
    http://centrum.org/jazz-port-townsend-the-workshop/
    All of them seem really good, but I think if people share their experiences I'll have a better time deciding.
    I have gone to the Aebersold camp for a couple years too, but want to try another camp in addition.
  2. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

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    There's also Jazz Camp West that you should consider, also here in the Bay Area.

    It would help if you know what your goals are.

    From what I've been told about Stanford, it's pretty good. Most of the people I know prefer JCW, but I'm sure there's plenty that go the other way. It sounds like a cultural thing. IIRC, Larry Grenadier will be there.

    OTOH, I had a really awesome experience with JCW. I would say with JCW it's more about the collegial atmosphere, people really root for each other, and is more tailored for people who want a woodsy experience and really want to try out another instrument. Beginners are very welcome. One thing that isn't publicized much is that the Brazilian topics that shows up every year is especially strong - usually headed by Jovino Santos Neto and a few others. There's definitely a lot of not-well-know players who are astounding.

    The bass faculty isn't extensive and at least last year, there weren't alot of advanced bassists. I'm going to try again going this summer more in the aspect of expanding my breadth of musicianship - prob by taking vocal or piano courses, not focused just on bass.

    Centrum seems really appealing, esp with John Clayton being there. He's an amazing teacher and the faculty looks great.

    My guess is that if you're going just for bass tutelage, it seems that Aebersold is gonna be pretty tough to beat.
  3. chicagodoubler

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    Don't sleep on Interlochen!

    The jazz program is fantastic, and the experience and networking is unlike anything else on earth. My friends from Interlochen are still some of my best friends in life, almost 20 years later.
  4. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

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    That reminds me, there's also this:
    http://www.goldengatebasscampsf.com/

    Apparently Daxun Zhang will be part of it this year. I went in 2009 and it was pretty good with John Clayton being the featured artist. Looks like he's on the faculty this year too. Prob best for beginner/intermediate players. If you're there for jazz, the best day is one particular day during the week that JC does a masterclass and you can play and get criticism. Otherwise, it's great for young folk who are interested in arco mainly.
  5. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Supporting Member

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    Francois Rabbath will be at the KC Bass workshop and the Twin Cities Bass workshops this summer.

    I would go to those over any other choices.
  6. hepcatbassist

    hepcatbassist

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    That's what I've heard! Jeremy Allen and Kelly Sill are both incredible players.

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