Jazz Camp



We are very proud to be able to have our drums on stage at these wonderful educational camps in 2015. This is the 2nd year for Brooks Drum to be a part of  San Jose Jazz’s Youth Jazz Camp. The list of  faculty for these two camps is just amazing!  San Jose Jazz Camp director Wally Schnalle  has been sharing his knowledge and experience as a teacher, bandleader, recording artist, and sideman with many great Bay Area bands for the past 20 years. Brooks Drum Artist  David M. Flores   is a tireless student, performer, and educator. David has had the honor of working with local and international trailblazers including: Lauryn Hill, Donna Summer, Randy Brecker , Pete Escovedo and  John Santos just to name a few. These guys are some of the best musicians/educators I have ever had the privilege of knowing ,and both have been  long time educators at each of these great events. This year at Jazz Camp West we have none other than the great  Albert “Tootie” Heath as well !  Please help support music education and consider contributing to one or  both of these organizations.


San Jose Jazz Camp

Designed for middle and high school students with backgrounds ranging from intermediate, San Jose Jazz Camp offers all-day immersion in every aspect of jazz—from theory to performance. Each student participates in both a small ensemble and a big band, and one advanced ensemble will be chosen to play on the Main Stage of the 2015 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, August 7-9.Our 2015 Summer Jazz Camp is being produced in partnership with Valley Christian Schools Conservatory of the Arts, and will take place within their state-of-the-art facility in San Jose. Students gain extraordinary experience in performance, music theory, improvisation, composition, ear training, performance and more.


Jazz Camp West is an 8-day jazz immersion program for vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers of all skill levels and backgrounds. The combination of workshops and classes, student performances, faculty concerts and late night jam sessions held in the stunning redwoods of  Northern California creates an inspiring and memorable week. 48 all-star faculty and 250 students (15 and up) come together for a creative experience that is profoundly rewarding. The majestic setting, mixed with creative immersion, inspiration, encouragement and support, sets the stage for magic at Jazz Camp West.

The  faculty has included such notable artists as Tuck and Patti, Bobby McFerrin, Matt Wilson, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ray Drummond, George Cables, Rufus Reid, John Handy, Benny Green, Buddy Collette, Andy Narell, Buddy Montgomery, Mark Murphy, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Nancy King, Eddie Marshall, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeline Eastman, Pete Escovedo, Anthony Braxton, Tandy Beal and many others. Jazz Camp has developed a reputation for not only being a high-quality jazz music program, but is equally known as an opportunity for personal growth and ongoing membership in an inspirational creative community.

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