Jazz Camp Curriculum 2017

Wednesday July 19 to Sunday July 23

What you need to know...

Woodwind players need to know 5 major scales well (C, F, Bb, G, D). If they are internalized, that.s best. If you know more, you.ll have an even better time at camp since you.ll have more tools in your jazz toolkit. The faculty works with all levels simultaneously.

Keyboard players need to know 5 major scales (C, F, Bb, G, D) and be familiar with 5 dominant chord symbols: C7, F7, Bb7, G7, D7. If you see C7, for example, this means the notes C-E-G-Bb (Dominant 7th chord). If you don.t know this, there is still time to study up. If you already know dominant chords, you could brush up on minor 7th chords, etc.

Guitarists need to be familiar with 5 dominant chord symbols: C7, F7, Bb7, G7, D7. If you see C7, for example, this means the notes C-E-G-Bb (Dominant 7th chord). If you don.t know this, there is still time to study up. If you already know dominant chords, you could brush up on minor 7th chords, etc.

String Players: We encourage violin, viola, and cello and bassists to attend Jazz Camp. You.ll need to know 5 major scales well (C, F, Bb, G, D). If they are internalized, that.s best. If you know more, you.ll have an even better time at camp since you.ll have more tools in your jazz toolkit.

Drummers need to have a good sense of rhythm. Drum kit players need to bring their own set unless special arrangements are made. Drummers, please listen to the great drum masters of jazz. The drum is the central instrument in jazz! And listen to the relationship of drums and bass.

Vocalists need to be able to match pitch and have a love of singing. You should select 2 or 3 songs to work on at camp and bring jazz charts of the songs in your key to camp.

Jazz Camp 101

A bit shy about trying Jazz Camp this summer? Do you need inspiration and just the right challenge? Itching to play with others and learn something new?

Sierra Jazz Camp is truly a unique 5-day experience. Each year we adapt to whoever comes to camp. Both faculty and the program are very flexible. The scope of camp encompasses the near novice, improvisation-ready players as well as jazz adepts. We can do this because we have 8-person faculty, all who really want to help each camper. Camp is small, for all ages and you can get to know lots of people.

If you can play melodies and some scales, you are ready for camp. You.ll be playing with others at or near your level, so you don.t get either overwhelmed or bored. If you already improvise, you might be interested in the challenge of sectionals with Al Bent, who will teach you new tunes while you improvise without written music, .the old way.. You.ll also probably get to play with the faculty. If you.re somewhere between novice and proficient, you.ll be placed in combos with others in similar musical paths.

You can also prepare for camp. There are so many ways: play several jazz standards, listen to lots of jazz or take a few lessons with one of the local faculty.

Jazz Standards, examples: All of Me, Blue Bossa, Song for my Father, St. Thomas, C Jam Blues, I Got Rhythm

Listen: capradio.org -- streams jazz all day. 88.9 FM in evenings.

Listen online -- to Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, Mulgrew Miller, Jim Hall, Coltrane, Monk . just to name a few.

Faculty: John Girton, guitar, Al Bent, trombone ; Bill Douglass, bass; Nora Nausbaum, flute; Kit Bailey, drums; Beth Duncan, vocal teacher; Ken French, piano

This year our concert will be at River Highlands Ranch, a totally beautiful spot in Smartsville, about 20 min from downtown Grass Valley. Both Faculty and students play in the concert, in small groups. You don.t have to perform if you don.t want to.

Sierra Jazz Camp

Wed. July 19 - Sun. July 23

  • 9:30 - 10:30 whole camp meets, listens, plays
  • 10:30 - 12:00 sectionals
  • 12:00 -1:00 lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 -1:30 all camp session
  • 1:30 -3:30 combos

Sunday July 23, we'll meet at River Highlands Ranch in Smartsville, about 20 minutes from Grass Valley for our student/faculty concert at 1:30.
Click here for directions.

Bill Douglass, Artistic Director
bill@sierrajazzsociety.com, (530)273-5489

Nora Nausbaum, Administrative Director
Nora@sierrajazzsociety.com, (530)273-5489

Julia Glasse, Registrar & Bookkeeping
julia@sierrajazzsociety.com, (530)273-0568