Jazz in July 2020 ONLINE!
July 20 - 24, 2020. Registration opens June 25th.
In March 2020 our lives were forever changed by the emergence of the novel Covid-19 virus. The University of Massachusetts campus remains closed this summer, in keeping with state guidelines and concerns about the safety and well-being of our community.
But we carry on! Jazz in July will be up and running in an online format this summer.
Jazz in July 2020 Online...
is one week of afternoon workshops on jazz improvisation, harmony and rhythm, instrumental/vocal masterclasses, and featured lectures, all with world-class jazz artist/educators. We will be using the Zoom platform, so you can participate from the comfort of your own practice space.
About Friday Open Sessions
On Friday July 24th, we will offer guest presentations free and open to the public via UMass Fine Arts Center Facebook. Check back here for details on how to participate.
12 noon -1:15 pm: LAKECIA BENJAMIN [Performance and interview]
1:30 -2:45 pm: AVERY SHARPE - Feature Presentation "Avery Sharpe and the 'Real McCoy" " [Sharpe's reflections on his many years performing with McCoy Tyner]
3:00 - 4:30 pm: CHRISTIAN SANDS [Guest presentation by Jazz in July alumni and former faculty member]
Special Thanks to our Sponsors
About Jazz in July
For 39 years we have proudly created a multigenerational learning environment that allows participants to grow and thrive as musicians. And although we cannot be together physically this summer, Jazz in July will still offer a world-class unique jazz experience for all involved. Please join us!
Pictured: From 2012, Dr. Fred Tillis and Jeff Holmes.
Over 30 years ago, a group of dedicated jazz artists and jazz educators at the University of Massachusetts developed a program that would connect jazz students with the country’s top jazz artist/educators for an intensive week of study in jazz improvisation. Their dedication to the art of jazz improvisation and jazz culture gave birth to Jazz in July Summer Music Programs-- a concentrated two-week program, allowing participants to study jazz improvisation with some of the nation’s best jazz educators and artists.
As the jazz landscape changes, Jazz in July uses that foundation to evolve with the current innovations being developed. Current and cutting edge jazz artists help to lead Jazz in July into the ever-evolving future of jazz, and ensure our jazz education vision will be current and relevant for many years to come.
you will be joining an illustrious network of current and former artist faculty and participants. The Jazz in July program historically involved instrument/vocal master classes, group clinics, jazz theory and improvisation training, ensemble coaching, jam sessions, style explorations, combined lectures, and public performances by participants and faculty members alike. We aim to connect your innovations with high quality educators and consequently inspire you to be a part of the jazz legacy that is Jazz in July!
When you sign up for Jazz in July...