Ages: 13 – 26
Aug 18: 12pm-3pm
Aug 22: 12pm-4pm
$50.00 per day
Purchase all four days for $150

Scholarship is available.

This summer we will be offering virtual Masterclasses led by Artistic Director Regina Carter and Geri Allen Jazz Camp faculty. This exciting opportunity is for you to refine your jazz technique, grow your confidence and build community with other aspiring performers who identify as female or non-binary. You’ll get a sneak peak of Geri Allen Jazz Camp faculty and learn from masterclasses and industry panel discussions.

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Support provided by Women@NJPAC

Regina Carter

artistic director, njpac geri allen jazz camp
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Marion Hayden

Acoustic bass
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Ellen Rowe

Pianist and composer
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Brinae Ali

Tap Instructor
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Bria Skonberg

Trumpet Technique
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August 18
12pm-1pm Melissa Gardiner – “Play it by Ear Workshop”
Playing by ear, without any sheet music, is an important skill to develop. By using your sense of sound to learn and play a song, you will gain more musical freedom, expression, and fluency. In this workshop, we will learn a jazz standard 100% by ear, listening to original recordings, and exploring and imitating the improvisational language of the jazz masters. We will also work on some technical skills to help develop your ear over time. By the end of this workshop, you should have a pretty good idea of how to approach learning by ear, not only with the song we learn in the workshop, but with any song you want in the future.
1pm-2pm Regina Carter Workshop “How Does The Song Affect Us”
Music serves many purposes; it has the ability to evoke powerful emotions, trigger memories, reduce anxiety and much much more. In this workshop, we will learn the lyrics of a song , listen to several recordings, and discuss our instinctive response. We will also explore using the melody, lyrics and guidance from our listening as a foundation for playing with purpose.

2pm-3pm Janishia Jones “Music Industry 101”
Join Janishia Jones, Data Scientist & Music Publishing expert, on discussing the fundamentals in building a career as a songwriter / producer / or artist. Learn about mechanical and performing rights, how to protect your rights as an artist and how to be discovered!

August 22
12pm-1pm Brinae Ali “Tap Workshop”
Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley born and raised in Flint, Michigan is an interdisciplinary artist who believes in using the power of the arts to transform the conditions of the human spirit. Currently, Bradley is the assistant artistic director of Tapology, Inc. a youth-based outreach program in Flint, that believes in preserving the art of tap and jazz culture through education and performance. Learn about the history of Tap, how it is intertwined with jazz and put on your tap shoes to learn a few moves!

1pm-2pm: Bria Skonberg “Leading from the Bandstand”
How and what to play to communicate direction, as well as how to listen for those cues as a side person.

2pm-3pm: Camila Meza “Storytelling Through Music”
Through this course we’ll explore techniques to develop your ideas during soloing and writing music so you can create interesting and cohesive lines. Using our ear as a primary tool for discovering our melodies we’ll also dive into training ourselves to play what we hear.

3pm-4pm Katie Kilgallen “BMI 101”
Join Katie Kilgallen, Associate Director of Creative at Broadcast Music Inc. (BM) to learn how to join performing rights society, Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), understand composition vs master, how to register your music correctly, get paid for performing and more!


Jazz Child: Masterclass with Sheila Jordan – July 7, 2020

Join us for an in-depth discussion with legendary Jazz vocalist, songwriter and NEA Jazz Master as she offers wisdom and reflections on 60 years in Jazz.

Sister to Sister: Masterclass with Tia Fuller – July 8, 2020

 Join Grammy-nominated saxophonist, professor, composer and bandleader Tia Fuller as we unpack the history of contributions Women continue to have to the world of Jazz.  In this intimate talk, we will talk about the influences, experiences and unique challenges Women face as they pursue a career in jazz.

Prepping for Higher Ed:  Masterclass with Michele Wright, Assoc. Dir, Jazz Studies, MSM

Join Michele Wright, accomplished clarinetist and Associate Director, Jazz Studies, Manhattan School for Music, for a discussion on College and Grad school admissions in Music. Topics may include: the admissions process, auditions, applications and more.

The Business of the Music Business:  Masterclass with Sheila Anderson, WBGO

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the Music business with WBGO host Sheila Anderson, author of the book How to Grow As a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed as she shares her passion and deep knowledge for all things jazz.

Greetings from Newark!

This will be my fourth year as artistic director of the Geri Allen Jazz Camp and it has been an exciting journey.

Over the past seven years, young women and those identifying as non-binary representing seventeen states and six countries, including Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Israel, and Australia have participated in our week-long residency for young musicians between the ages of 14-26, designed to inspire and instruct those who aspire to a professional career in performing and/ or teaching jazz.

In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Geri Allen left behind a legacy of impeccable playing, composing, arranging, and empowering young musicians, bringing the music forward with her innovative projects and her educational acumen. As we continue Geri’s bold legacy, we are excited to push forward her work to ensure more young women and those identifying as non-binary have the opportunity to be immersed in a secure, nurturing and fun environment focusing on their instrumental and vocal skills and building confidence.

This summer, in lieu of a week-long residency, the GAJC is offering four days of masterclasses led by several of our prominent faculty and guest artists, including:

Harpist/Composer/Arranger-Brandee Younger,

Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Educator-Ellen Rowe,

Vibraphonist/Composer/Arranger/ Developer -Harmony Cloud App-Stefon Harris,

Bassist/Composer/Arranger/Educator-Marion Hayden,

Choreographer/Songwriter/Educator/Cultural strategist- Brinae Ali,

Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger/Educator-Bruce Williams,

Vocalist/Composer/Arranger/Educator- Carla Cook,

Trumpeter/Vocalist/Composer/Arranger- Bria Skonberg,

Guitarist/Vocalist/Composer- Camila Meza, Trombonist/ Composer/Educator-

Melissa Gardiner

The Geri Allen Jazz Camp is an extraordinary, immersive, and inclusive experience. We are looking forward to having you join us for this summer’s virtual masterclass series! July 11th, July 14th, August 18th and August 22nd.


Regina Carter


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