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Tritone Jazz at Naz
Rochester, New York
Nazareth College
July 21-27, 2019

Nazareth College in Rochester, New York 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 sharing two full baths. It's a beautiful place to learn jazz and have a great time.


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 -11:45 am Tools & Techniques for Improvisation in Combos (for instrumentalists); general vocal instruction for singers

11:45 am -12:55 pm Lunch Break

1:00-1:30 pm Purposeful Listening

1:30-3:00 pm Big Band for interested instrumentalists (alternatives available for others); general vocal instruction for singers.

3:00-4:15 pm "Jammin' with the Faculty Master Class"

4:15-5:15 pm Jazz Theory (Monday & Wednesday); Instrument Master Class (Tuesday & Thursday)

SUNDAY: Faculty Concert and Orientation
MONDAY: Faculty-Guided Camper Jam Session TUESDAY: Faculty Showcase Concerts followed by conducted multi-level Camper Jam Sessions
WEDNESDAY: Camper Road Show -- Jam session at local restaurant THURSDAY: Camper Big Band Concert and Vocalists
FRIDAY: Camper Combos and Vocalists

Tentative 2019 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.

Zach Harmon (drums & percussion) may be only 30, but he has already toured with jazz legends Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock and is featured on tabla on trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s Grammy Award-winning album A Tale of God’s Will (Blue Note). While studying classical piano, Zach felt the jazz beat and followed it to USC, where he studied drum set with the great Terri Lynne Carrington for two years. Following his sophomore year, he transferred to the master’s program at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and is an alumnus of their sixth class. Now an in-demand drummer in Vermont, Zach continues to teach and perform around the world. Check him out here as a member of the fine singer Sara Gazarek's band.

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) Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds, Darmon Meader is a highly respected vocalist, arranger and saxophonist who has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices. In 2015, Darmon joined forces with Amy London, Holli Ross and Dylan Pramuk on the critically acclaimed “Royal Bopsters Project” CD (Motéma), which is a nod to the vocalese tradition. The recording features legendary vocalists Mark Murphy, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan and Bob Dorough, and includes a number of Darmon’s arrangements. Allen Morrison (Downbeat) wrote: “Extraordinary…The Royal Bopsters Project vividly makes the case for a revival of the art of vocalese.”

Marco Panascia (bass) Marco has been featured in the working bands of several jazz luminaries, such as Kenny Barron, Natalie Cole, Eric Reed, Andy Bey, Peter Bernstein and Dado Moroni, and has regularly appeared in some of the world's top music festivals and venues, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also known for his tenure with young jazz piano sensation Eldar, delivering sold-out performances in three continents, and culminating in two celebrated CD releases on the Sony BMG Masterworks label: "Live at the Blue Note", and the Grammy-nominated "re-imagination."

Charles Pillow(saxes and reeds) is Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings of jazz, pop luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Brecker, Bruce Springsteen, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, and David Sanborn. He has five solo recordings to his credit: "Currents," "In this World," "Pictures at an Exhibition," "The Planets," and "Van Gogh Letters." Charles maintains a busy schedule of musical performances on Broadway and can currently be heard in the pit of the popular musical, "Frozen."

Kristen Shiner-McGuire (Rhythming, vibes and general fun). Kristen Shiner McGuire is an Associate Professor in Professional Practice and the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Nazareth College, 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 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, Josh Groban, Ben Folds, and the Pan Gaia Steel Band, among others. Currently she performs with the Rita Collective, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, RPO Marimba Band and her own jazz quartet. Her solos album, "Kristen Sings and Plays and Rings," is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

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: $875
Tuition/meals: $1250
Tuition/meals/room: $1525 Tuition/meals/room + non-participating spouse: $2045 Tuition/room (NO MEALS): $1180

The 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.

The Hampton Inn, 950 Panorama Trail S, Penfield, New York, 14625, 585-249-0601.

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, then call us for an insider's view of the place, if you'd like.

NEAREST COMMERCIAL AIRPORT Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC).


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; rental sets are available. Pianists, you've got it easy; just bring yourself.

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. 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 21. Students will check you in and Bob will be hanging around to confuse things.

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, 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 21.


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.