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Tritone at Bjorklunden
Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Bjorklunden Estate (on Lake Michigan)
July 5-10, 2020

Bjorklunden (pronounced "Bee-york'-lun-den") is a spectacular 425-acre estate on Lake Michigan in picturesque Door County, Wisconsin--an outstanding place for a summer jazz camp. Relax with your instrument under a tree or near the shore on a gorgeous August afternoon. Enjoy evening concerts framed by cedars, the water, and the stars.


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


Gene Bertoncini (guitar and combos). One of the finest guitarists and most entertaining teachers in the world. Gene's guitar 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. Full bio at

Rod Blumenau (piano, vocal jazz). Rod began studying piano at the age of five, and clarinet and saxophone a few years later. Following study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rod enjoyed a 32-year career with Eastman Kodak in computer information systems and strategic manufacturing planning while continuing to perform music as an avocation. During this time he appeared with Andre Kostelanetz, Henry Mancini, Clark Terry, Wild Bill Davison, Cab Calloway, and Mel Torme'. Rod retired from the business world in 1998 and now serves as teacher, arranger and first-call sideman in upstate New York. For more information, see

John Harmon (piano, combos, theory). John Harmon is a multi-talented performer, composer, arranger, and teacher whose credits include compositions for renowned trumpeter Bobby Shew and Latin singer Flora Purim and who has recorded with the legendary reedman Yusef Lateef. "John Harmon's material...covers an amazing range of textures, colors, tempos and moods," enthused the late jazz critic Leonard Feather, "changing so often that the sound of surprise is never more than seconds away." John has recorded two CDs with Janet Planet: Sweet Thunder (Sea Breeze), and More Beautiful Than Planned (Stellar). His own solo CD, Rite of Passage, was released in 1998.

Zach Harmon (drums & percussion) has 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. Zach continues to teach and perform around the world.

Janet Planet (vocal jazz). No, that's not her real name, but she's definitely the real thing. Janet's singing has touched the hearts of thousands of fans and critics throughout the world. The late humorist and jazz pianist Steve Allen said "Janet is someone who really knows what singing is all about." Roy Kral (of the jazz duo Jackie & Roy) has called her singing "first rate [with a] high level of professionalism." Jazziz magazine praised her "amazingly powerful voice with seemingly limitless expression." Lawrence University employs her to teach vocal technique. Tritone campers will tell you that Janet's not only a major talent and a hardworking teacher, but a wonderful, fun person to hang with.

Dean Sorenson (trombone) is Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota and a prolific and highly sought-after composer, arranger, trombonist, educator, and clinician. He has composed and arranged for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force Band, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He composes and arranges for jazz ensemble, concert band, and chamber ensembles, and has also written several sacred choral pieces. Dean’s most recent publication, STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FIRST JAZZ PERFORMANCE, is a collection of jazz charts for elementary bands and jazz bands. Dean received his bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree in jazz arranging and composition from the Eastman School of Music.

Terell Stafford (trumpet) is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University. Terell has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He has performed with jazz luminaries Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis and more. A 10-year veteran of the Village Vanguard Rochester, currently Terell is a member of the GRAMMY nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet, and Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts. He can be heard as a sideman on over 90 albums and has recorded six albums as a leader, the latest being Brotherlee Love: Celebrating the Music of Lee Morgan.

Ike Sturm (bass) is a NYC-based bassist, composer and bandleader, where he serves as Music Director for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan (the “Jazz Church”). He has performed with jazz luminaries such as Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and many others. He has played on four DownBeat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with Alarm Will Sound and Signal and plays regularly with numerous creative bands in New York. Ike studied jazz and classical bass, music education and composition while earning bachelor's and master's degrees at the Eastman School of Music. He has studied extensively with legendary bassist Dave Holland. His "Jazz Mass" CD received 4 1/2 stars and was named among the “Best of 2010" in DownBeat magazine. Ike’s current band, a collective with guitarist Jesse Lewis called Endless Field, has been featured live on NPR. Their recent album was released on Biophilia Records and includes GRAMMY-winning soloist Donny McCaslin, bandleader of David Bowie’s Blackstar.

Tom Washatka (saxophone, flute, clarinet, combos). Tom is the jazz saxophone instructor at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, owns and operates his own recording studio, and produces artists and recordings for Stellar Records. He has appeared with George Benson, Weather Report, Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Freddie Hubbard, the Yellow Jackets, Supersax, Tito Puente, and Count Basie. Tom has performed with Bobby Shew, the Brian Setzer Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey, and The Temptations.

Tuition: $895 Tuition plus meal plan (3 meals a day): $1285 Tuition/meals/shared room: $1925 Tuition/meals/private room: $2490 Tuition/meals/private room + spouse (non-participating): $2750

The best source of information about Door County lodging is at Look for places in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, or Jacksonport.

Green Bay (GRB), Austin-Straubel International Airport.

Music notebook and pencils.

Jazz fake book. Though they're not required, we suggest bringing a jazz tune collection to use in jam sessions and possibly combos. We recommend The Real Easy Book (Volumes 1 & 2) available through your local music retailer or online at Sher Music Co.

Your Instrument(s). You won't need them Sunday night, but you will starting Monday morning. (We supply music stands, but if you have a portable one that you can easily pack, please do.)

If you've purchased the meal package, all meals will be served in Bjorklunden's Lodge. Your first meal will be at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. The meal plan is highly recommended not only because the food is great, but also because dining with faculty and other campers really enhances the Tritone experience.

Get to Green Bay (flights to Milwaukee are considerably cheaper, but the drive to Bjorklunden is about 4 hours); then find Rte. 57 North. This is the major route into Door County; you'll be on it for about 60 miles (90 minutes). Bjorklunden's address is 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.

About 4.7 miles past Jacksonport, you'll see Boynton Lane on the right (right across from Anschutz Plumbing & Heating). Turn right onto Boynton Lane and follow it to the end. You can't miss Bjorklunden.

If you're staying in Baileys Harbor, stay on 57, which runs right through the middle of town.

If you need directions to where you're staying, stop at Bjorklunden first; someone will be glad to help.

If you get lost, Bjorklunden's number is 920-839-2216. Bob's cell phone is 585-739-1500, but the cell service may be weak.

Checking in at Bjorklunden. If you're staying at Bjorklunden, you can check in any time after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. They have your room assignments and you should be able to move right in.

Sunday night: For everyone on the meal plan, dinner's at 5:30 p.m. at Bjorklunden. We'll break bread, get a chance to meet each other, and hang out for a bit. The opening concert featuring our Tritone faculty will begin around 7:00 p.m. Then we'll go over the schedule for the week and answer any questions you may have. Things start hopping Monday morning at 9:00.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. You may not want to leave, but we have to wrap things up on Friday night with our final concert. If you're staying at Bjorklunden, Friday night lodging is included. Saturday breakfast is included for everyone on the meal plan.

Bjorklunden meals are available on an individual basis for campers and guests. Please see Bailey at Bjorklunden about prices and payment methods.

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.


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.

Cancelations 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.