In case you hadn’t start to think of summer yet — and how could you not! — along comes Downbeat magazine and its International Jazz Camp guide.
Feeling warmer already, aren’t you?
You can find a nice ad for JazzWorks and its Aug. 21-24 camp on page 106 and a listing on the same page. JazzWorks is one of 38 camps featured in Downbeat’s pages, but one of only eight mentioned in a feature article entitled “Not Just for Kids,” which focuses on jazz camps for adults.
Ottawa writer James Hale cites a California educator named Jim Nadel on working with adult musicians. One of the best things, he says, “is that experiences flow in both directions. He says that many of his faculty members … leave as inspired as their students by the experience …”
From conversations with JazzWorks faculty, I think that most of them would share that view about their days and nights at CAMMAC.
The case for jazz camp is made in the lead of an earlier article, entitled “Why Go to Jazz Camp?” It says: “Summer jazz camps offer musicians an enriching — and sometimes intense — choice for improving their skills and forming bonds with colleagues.”
And I like a quote in the same article from saxophonist, educator and former JazzWorks faculty member Don Braden who is speaking about another camp but could be speaking about his experience at JazzWorks a few summers ago:
“The culture of the camp is to help each other out. It’s not about competition. We’re all on the same team. If someone is having trouble with changes, you help them. That’s the nature of the camp: that mindset of supporting each other.”
To which I can only add that (a) Downbeat is available at more discerning newsstands in the city, as well as online, and (b) the opening of registration for the 2014JazzWorks camp is not that far away.
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About this blog
Tune Up won't be a calendar of events — Ottawa Jazz Happenings takes care of that. But it will discuss events and issues of interest to the JazzWorks community. Journalist, author, trumpet player and a jazz camper since 1999, Charley Gordon is a former vice-president of JazzWorks.