TRITONE JAZZ FANTASY CAMPS
Play! Learn! Laugh!
On Sunday, August 24, 2014, we lost our friend, business partner, and musical brother, Fred Sturm.
For the past decade, Fred confronted cancer the way he confronted every challenge – head-on, with mammoth strength and great good humor. But cancer won, and today, the Tritone family mourns.
Our love and condolences go out to Fred’s wife Susan, son Ike, daughter Maddy, daughter-in-law Misty, and grandchildren Anabelle and Kendall -- all of whom are an important part of our Wisconsin jazz family – and to Fred’s mom and siblings.
Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps (the “fantasy” idea was his, and something he held dear) are what they are largely because of Fred’s vision and creativity. Even though his hulking, laughing presence is gone, the spirit with which he infused Tritone lives on as only a small part of his legacy to jazz – a legacy that includes thousands of students whose lives and funnybones he touched at both the Eastman School of Music and Lawrence University, and whose playing and teaching talent he so skillfully nurtured.
We will miss that big old bear a lot, but have every confidence that if there’s a celestial big band to direct, Fred’s upfront -- teaching, guiding, laughing, and conducting -- with that sausage-like index finger drawing perfect 4/4-time circles in the air.
So long, Brother. See you upstairs.**_
**SUMMER 2014 UPDATE: Thank you campers, for two more outstanding experiences.
At Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps, you'll learn and play jazz for a week in a friendly, non-threatening environment, supported by a faculty of caring, professional jazz musician/educators and surrounded by people just like you.
Each summer jazz camp offers:
five full days of small combo and big band playing
ear training and improvisation classes
vocal and instrumental master classes
evening concerts featuring faculty and campers
professional players/teachers guiding every session
You must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Players and singers of all skill and experience levels are welcome. No tapes, no auditions. Tell us about your experience and we'll place you where you'll feel most comfortable. Ability to read music is useful, but "ear players" have a great time at Tritone jazz camps.
We specialize in personal attention with a 5:1 camper-to-faculty ratio.
*Tritone Jazz at Naz (Rochester, New York, July 20-25) Faculty:** Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Darmon Meader (voice), Mark Ferber (drums), Clay Jenkins (trumpet & flugelhorn), Dariusz Terefenko, (piano) Mark Kellogg (trombone), Jim Doser (saxes & reeds), Ike Sturm (bass), Kristen Shiner-McGuire (vibes & "Rhythming"). Jim Doser, camp director.
Tritone at Bjorklunden (Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, August 3-8) Faculty: Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Janet Planet (voice), John Harmon and Rod Blumenau (piano), Dean Sorenson (trombone), Tom Washatka (saxes), Ike Sturm (bass), Zach Harmon (drums). Fred Sturm, camp director.