Tritone Jazz at Naz
Rochester, New York
July 19-24, 2015
Our easternmost summer jazz camp is located at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. This small, private college offers an outstanding music facility, including plenty of air-conditioned classrooms, performance halls, and piano-equipped practice rooms. Dormitories are air-conditioned, with four private-bedroom suites that share two full baths, one with tub, the other with shower. It's a beautiful place to learn jazz and have a great time.
TENTATIVE 2015 DAILY SCHEDULE
8:00 am Breakfast (included for campers on meal plan).
9:00 am Rhythming
A wake-up call to the essential rhythms of jazz, led by faculty for all campers.
9:30 am Jazz Theory & Aural Training
Self-placement in basic, intermediate, or advanced level classes. Chord/scale/mode relationships, developing your ear, and improvisational techniques.
10:30 am Big Band Rehearsal and Vocal Solo Sessions. Camper big band prepares a program for the Thursday Concert. (Those not wishing to play in big band can form informal combos, practice, or take a break.)
Noon Lunch (included for campers on meal plan).
1:30 pm Jazz Small Group Rehearsals and More Vocal Sessions
Join other campers of your experience and skill level in a small combo and prepare a set for the Friday concert. Vocalists work with a faculty piano accompanist.
3:00 pm Special Topic Sessions
Explore Colors of Jazz with radio personality Tom Hampson.
4:00 pm Master Classes
A group lesson taught by a master of your instrument/voice.
5:30 pm Dinner (included for campers on meal plan).
7:00 pm Evening Sessions
SUNDAY: Faculty Concert and Orientation
M,T,W: Faculty Showcase Concerts followed by conducted multi-level Camper Jam Sessions
THURSDAY: Camper Big Band Concert
FRIDAY: Solo Singers Revue and Camper Combos Showcase
Tentative 2015 FACULTY
Gene Bertoncini (guitar and combos). One of the finest guitarists and most entertaining teachers in the world. Gene's master classes are energetic and rigorous, his combo leadership and arranging are always creative and fun, and his jokes are, well, old (but still funny). This veteran of the Benny Goodman and NBC Tonight Show orchestras as well as hundreds of recordings and performances with just about everyone who's anyone in jazz infuses every camp with wit, charm, and good feeling.
Jim Doser (saxophone, flute, clarinet, combos, big band) is Director of Music for the Penfield (NY) School District, where he also directs the Penfield Music Commission Project (PMCP), a program designed to connect well-known musicians and composers with public school students. A lifelong teacher and former Eastman School faculty member, Jim is also an outstanding reed player whose talents are constantly in demand in the Rochester area.
Mark Ferber (drums) can be heard on over 100 recordings. Ongoing projects includes Ralph Alessi’s "This Against That," the John O’Gallagher trio, the Anthony Wilson Trio, and his twin brother, Alan Ferber’s big band. He has also toured and recorded with Lee Konitz, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jack Wilkins, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, and Billy Childs, among others. Mark has taught extensively in the United States and Europe. He was a faculty member for the California Institute of the Arts, the Tavira Jazz Workshop in Portugal, the Kansas University Jazz Workshop, the UCSD Jazz Camp, and the School of Improvisational Music (SIM). Mark is an endorsing artist for Istanbul Cymbals. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Listen to him in a big band, in a nonet, and in a small combo.
Clay Jenkins (trumpet) is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. He can be heard on three live albums with the Stan Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love, and The Lost Concerts, Vols. I & II. He has also recorded with Milt Jackson, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Billy Harper, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Harold Danko, Rufus Reid, Ray Brown, Joe La Barbera, Kurt Elling, Dr. John, Bob Sheppard, Jim Widner, John La Barbera, Pat La Barbera, Eric Reed, Gary Hobbs, Rich Perry, Bill Perkins, Bill Cunliffe, Gary Anderson, Billy Childs, Steve Houghton, Lennie Niehaus, Ernestine Anderson, Karrin Allyson, and Miki Coltrane; and has recorded three albums as a leader--Rings, Give and Gather, Yellow Flowers After, Azure Eyes, and Matters of Time.
Mark Kellogg (trombone). Mark is the consummate musician/educator: Chair of the Chamber Music Department; Associate Professor of Euphonium, Trombone, and Brass Chamber Music; Coordinator, Brass Chamber Music Program; and Faculty member of the Jazz and Contemporary Media Department of the Eastman School of Music. And, oh, yeah, Principal Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. His jazz credentials include performances with Clark Terry, Chris Vadala, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, and Mel Tormé. Recent jazz and commercial recordings include collaborations with Jeff Tyzik, Gene Bertoncini, Allen Vizzutti, Steve Gadd, and Gap Mangione. His newly released jazz recording with Eastman School faculty colleague pianist Tony Caramia, Upstate Standards, celebrates the music of upstate New York composers Harold Arlen, Alec Wilder, and Jimmy Van Heusen.
Darmon Meader (voice and sax) Founder of the legendary New York Voices, Darmon serves as that group's music director, chief composer, arranger, vocalist and guiding spirit. With New York Voices, he has released numerous recordings on the GRP, RCA/Victor, Concord and MCGJazz labels. In 2008, he also released his much anticipated debut solo CD, And So Am I, a collection of jazz standards and original works that reflects his varied interests and skills as a singer, saxophonist, writer and arranger. Darmon is increasingly busy as a soloist, sideman, studio musician, and clinician at jazz workshops around the globe, and we're delighted that he'll be able to join us this summer.
Kristen Shiner-McGuire (Rhythming, vibes and general fun). Kristen Shiner McGuire is the Director of Percussion Studies and the Assistant Jazz Ensemble Director at Nazareth, where she has taught since 1984; and was the recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Kristen’s performing talents run the gamut from jazz singer and drummer, solo marimbist, orchestral percussionist and timpanist, to contemporary chamber musician. She has performed with Clark Terry, Johnnie Mathis, Mickey Rooney, the Pan Gaia Steel Band, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ike Sturm (bass, combos, theory). A camper favorite, Ike is a bassist, composer, and leader of the Ike Sturm Ensemble in New York and serves as the Music Director for Jazz at Saint Peter's Church (the renowned "Jazz Church") in Manhattan. He received BM & MM jazz performance degrees at the Eastman School of Music and has studied privately with legendary bassist Dave Holland. Ike has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Wheeler, Gene Bertoncini, Maria Schneider, Peter Erskine and Benny Powell.
Dariusz Terefenko (piano, theory). With two master’s degrees (in jazz and theory) and a Ph.D. in theory from the Eastman School of Music, Dariusz’s holds a day gig as an assistant professor in Eastman’s Department of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, and its Department of Music Theory. At Tritone, he dazzles campers with his voluminous theoretical knowledge and his elegant and soulful accompanying and solo performances as well as his delightful, gentle personality. For fun, he interprets Keith Jarrett’s translations of jazz standards—the subject of his doctoral dissertation.
Tuition/meals/room: $1375 Tuition/meals/room + non-participating spouse: $1900 Tuition/room (NO MEALS): $1050
WHERE ELSE TO STAY
The three closest motels are:
The Del Monte Lodge: a Renaissance Motel, 41 N. Main St., Pittsford, NY 14534, 585-381-9900. Brand-new, less than a mile from Nazareth.
Holiday Inn Express, 2835 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY, 14618, 585-784-8400. New and a 10-minute drive from Nazareth.
Courtyard by Marriot Penfield, 1000 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625, 585-385-1000. About a 7-minute drive from Nazareth.
For other Rochester lodging options, check www.visitrochester.com, then call us for an insider's view of the place, if you'd like.
NEAREST COMMERCIAL AIRPORT Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC).
WHAT TO BRING
Music notebook and pencils.
Jazz fake book. We supply all the music you'll need for camp-related stuff, but you might want to bring a fake book to use in jam sessions, practice sessions, and possibly combos.
Your Instrument(s). You won't need them Sunday night, but you will starting Monday morning. Guitarists and bassists, please bring everything you need, including amplifier. Drummers, please bring your set unless you've made previous arrangements with us. Pianists, you've got it easy; just bring yourself. No keyboards required--Nazareth has pianos all over the place.
A recording device to capture your performance in rehearsals or concerts. Hearing yourself is one of the best ways to improve your playing or singing.
For Dormies. You will be staying in Portka Hall. You will have a private bedroom in a four-room suite, with shared living room and kitchen. You'll share a bathroom with one other camper. The linen package consists of two bed sheets, one blanket, one pillow, one pillow case, two bath towels and one washcloth. Unlike hotels, Nazareth does not provide soap, shampoo, or drinking cups, so please bring your own. The dorm is air-conditioned and Internet access is available in the rooms, but you should probably bring your own Ethernet cable. Wi-fi is available on campus, and the library has computers you can use to check e-mail, etc.
Check-in is anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 29. Students will check you in and Bob or Jim will probably be hanging around to confuse things in whatever way they can.
MEALS If you've purchased the meal package, all meals will be served in the Medaille (pronounced mud-EYE) Dining Room. Your first meal will be at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. For others, Nazareth has a snack bar and the nearby village of Pittsford offers a wide array of restaurants within walking distance from campus.
GETTING HERE Nazareth College is at 4245 East Ave. in Rochester, NY, 14618, near the village of Pittsford. Click here for a campus map and driving directions that you might want to print out and bring with you. These same directions, along with specific directions to the dorms, are below.
For dormies going to Portka Hall From the NYS Thruway, get off at Exit 45 (Rochester-Eastern Suburbs).
Follow I-490 West to Exit 25, Fairport Road/East Rochester and follow the signs for Rte 31F West.
Turn left onto 31F West and take it about 1/2 mile to the second stop light, Rte. 96 South (East Ave.). The entrance to St.John Fisher College will be on your right.
Turn left onto East Ave. (Rte. 96) and drive about 9/10 of a mile. On the right, you'll pass the stone-wall entrance to Irondequoit Country Club and a small "Nazareth College Admissions" sign. Turn right at the next brick entrance, labeled "Nazareth College North Entrance."
At the first stop sign, turn right. Portka Hall is the last building on the right before the tennis courts, but turn right at the stop sign that says "George Hall," then turn left into the parking lot behind Portka. Park as close to the double doors as possible to unload your stuff. Student guides will be waiting to help you check in.
For Rochester-based commuters or hotel dwellers: Take I-490 to Exit 25.
If you were approaching from I-490 East, bear left at the "Y" in the exit and proceed to 31F West. If you were approaching from I-490 West, go to the first light (31F West) and turn left.
Drive about 1/2 mile to the second stop light, Rte. 96 South (East Ave.). The entrance to St. John Fisher College will be on your right. Turn left onto East Ave. and drive to your first signal light.
Turn right onto the Nazareth campus, and right again into Parking Lot A.
The building at the far end of the parking lot--the Gerald C. Wilmot Hall of Music--is where all camp activities take place. Go to the right of the building and enter through the first door on your left. Signs will direct you to the recital hall.
OTHER STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW What to wear: Most of the camp is very casual. Shorts, jeans and t-shirts are recommended, but you may wish to bring something dressier for the final concerts.
Build some chops. If it's been a while since you played, you might want to spend some time with your instrument. Start slowly and try to play a little every day to gradually restore your chops or your voice. You'll need them.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, July 29.
PAYMENT & REFUND POLICY:
You are not officially registered until we receive a $100 deposit.
Payment in full is required 14 days before the first day of the camp.
Cancellations 30 days or more before the first day of the camp = full refund.
Cancellations 14-30 days before the first day of camp = payment refunded, but not deposit.
CANCELLATION LESS THAN 14 DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP = NO REFUND.