Summer Jazz Camp

June 17-28, 2019, Play the Possibilities at a two-week learning lab led by some of the region’s best teaching artists. Designed for middle and high school students with skill levels from intermediate and up, the SJZ Summer Jazz Camp offers immersion in every aspect of jazz—from theory to performance. Each student participates in both a small ensemble and big band, and one advanced ensemble will be chosen to play on the Main Stage of the 2019 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, August 9-11. Gain extraordinary experience in music theory, improvisation, composition, ear training, performance and more. Our 2019 Special Guest Instructor will be announced along with tickets on sale soon. SJZ supporters receive $50 off tuition. Camp prices will rise May 1.


  • Big band and combos
  • Vocal groups and solos
  • Latin percussion lab
  • Straight ahead, Latin jazz and fusion
  • Music Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Instrument training
  • Improvisation
  • Music tech
  • Sight reading
  • Arranging
  • Composition
  • Performance

Placement Auditions

On June 8, 2019, students are asked to perform in a placement audition prior to camp. These auditions are for class placement purposes only, and are not mandatory. Lunch and water are provided for students, but they may bring additional food and are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

2018 Faculty

2018 Summer Jazz Camp Photos