Jazz in July

July 13-24, 2015  •  APPLY NOW!

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.

When you sign up for Jazz in July...

you will be joining an illustrious network of current and former artist faculty and participants. The Jazz in July program involves 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. Regardless of the program you choose, 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! 

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CLUB JAZZ IN JULY, Wednesdays - July 15 & 22, 2015
7:00 PM, Amherst Brewing Company Restaurant/Lounge
We are happy to once again partner with AMHERST BREWING COMPANY for Club Jazz in July! Enjoy a nightclub atmosphere featuring the music of the Jazz in July participants. Full menu and plenty of parking!

$10 Suggested Donation.

Amherst Brewing Company is located at 10 University Drive in Amherst, MA.

JAZZ IN JULY ALL STAR CONCERTS, Thursdays - July 16 &  23, 2015
7:30 p.m. University of Massachusetts, Department of Music - Bezanson Recital Hall

The Jazz in July faculty recital is a round-robin style concert featuring collaborations between the nationally and internationally known Jazz in July faculty. See Artist Faculty bios.

$20 General Public $15 Students and Seniors. Tickets will be available in advance from the FAC Box Office, 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS, and at the door.  

Week One (Thursday, July 16) Faculty performers:  

Bob Ferrier, Winard Harper, Jeff Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole, Sheila Jordan, Earl MacDonald, Stephen Page,  Barry Ries,Wayne Roberts, Genevieve Rose, Felipe Salles, and Ted Sullivan.

For tickets call the box office 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS.

Week Two (Thursday, July 23) Faculty performers: 

Greg Caputo, Steve Davis, Bruce Diehl, Bob Ferrier, Catherine Jensen-Hole, Jeff Holmes, Steve Johns, Sheila Jordan, Bob Ferrier, Stephen Page, Genevieve Rose, Christian Sands, Avery Sharpe.

For tickets call the box office 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS.

JAZZ FUTURES CON CERTS, Fridays - July 17 & 24, 2015
All day jazz enjoyment!  9 am - 4 pm
University of Massachusetts, Department of Music - Bezanson Recital Hall
One of the pillars of Jazz in July's curriculum is each week's final concert featuring participants who attend from around the world. Parents, family members, alumni, and other friends of Jazz in July return each summer to enjoy the musicianship of our latest graduating class and tomorrow's top jazz talent. Open to the Public. Suggested Donation "Pay-What-You-Can" at the door.


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Contact Information:

Main Number: (413) 545-3530
FAX: (413) 545-0132

Jazz in July Administrative Director 
David Picchi, (413) 545-4158

Director of Education and Engagement
Yvonne Mendez, (413) 545-4161

Email: jazzinjuly@acad.umass.edu



Mailing Address:

Jazz in July
10 Curry Hicks - 100 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9300