Posts Tagged ‘Summer Jazz Camp’

Interview with Summer Jazz Camp Special Guest Taylor Eigsti

May 18, 2017

This year, SJZ Summer Jazz Camp welcomes Bay Area native Taylor Eigsti as its special guest. Before his appearance on June 29 and 30, we spoke with the New York-based pianist by phone to learn why he connected with music at such a young age. We also asked if he had any advice for our eager campers before they arrive at Valley Christian High School on June 19. What first drew you to the piano? …

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Summer Jazz Camp: I Discovered the Possibilites

June 19, 2015

Four years ago, when I attended the 2011 San Jose Jazz Summer Camp at Archbishop Mitty High School, I was one of the few guitarists at camp who knew the major and natural minor scales; accordingly, I was assigned to the New York Big Band and the best combo in the camp — a memory that never fails to amuse me. Out of all my memories at Jazz Camp, there are a few that stand out in …

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Progressions in Focus: Just When You Think You Have Someone Figured Out

September 4, 2014

Progressions Director Julie Rinard periodically shares stories about interactions with her students, which we post on our blog. Below, Julie recounts the program finally getting through to a troublemaker. Jesus is a kid who knows how to get under your skin. He is intransigent, an odd mix of apparent apathy and a bully. Throughout the entire 2014 spring semester at Santee Elementary School, Jesus was a daily distraction in brass class and his instrument teacher …

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Progressions In Focus: “When I Close My Eyes”

September 4, 2014

In this guest post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard, she recounts how eager her students were to begin their instrument training on recorder. Forty-nine kids attended the Progressions Summer Music Camp. Of those 49 kids, 27 signed up for the weekly music classes in July and August. The environment for the classes was relaxed, an opportunity to get to know students better and enjoy spending time together. The first portion of class was dedicated to bucket …

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New Beginnings: Launching First Progressions Summer Music Program

June 10, 2014

This is a guest blog post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard, who we feature on the blog periodically to provide an insider’s look at our Progressions initiative. In this post, she previews our inaugural Progressions Summer Music Program, which kicks off in less than a week. At this time last year, the Progressions spring semester had ended. I said my good byes to the students and knew we would not see each other until again …

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Summer Jazz Camp Director Wally Schnalle Helps Students Discover the Possibilities

April 8, 2014

Boasting a catalogue that now stretches eight albums, drummer Wally Schnalle has made quite the career for himself on the Bay Area jazz scene. Referring to himself playfully during our conversation as “the fusion guy,” Schnalle’s work extends to stints both as a bandleader and a supporting player. Equally at home backing a blues band or a jazz quintet, Schnalle’s most recent musical project, Idiot Fish, finds him stretching his vast palette of musical flavors …

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