Ages: 14 – 26
Dates: Jul 6 – 11
Time: 10AM – 4:30PM (EST)
Ages 14-18: $75
Ages 19-26: $100

This one-week immersion program is an exciting opportunity 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 work with professional jazz artists in individual lessons, small ensemble work and industry panel discussions.

Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award Winner for “Favorite Performing Arts Camp”

Support provided by Women@NJPAC

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Regina Carter

Artistic Director
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Led by Artistic Director Regina Carter and joining her are past Master Class faculty including Allison Miller, Bruce Williams, Carla Cook, Ellen Rowe, Stefon Harris, and Marion Hayden!

Stefon Harris

Ear Training and Theory
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Marion Hayden

Acoustic bass
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Technique classes

Led by GAJC faculty, our smaller group classes, separated by instrument, will focus on performance technique, improvisational skills, and musicianship, with the goal of demonstrated technical and musical growth throughout this virtual experience.

Ear Training and Theory Class

Students will explore the fundamentals and vocabulary of music, deepen their understanding of harmony, improvisation, rhythm, refine students’ ear training and listening skills. This class is designed to provide students with a foundation for further explorations of music theory and musicianship.

Virtual Ensembles: Concepts and Presentation in Jazz Performance

What does it take to craft your musical voice? In this unprecedented time, traditional ensemble work has been turned on its head.  In this workshop, we will bridge the distance that divides us.  Students will be grouped into ensembles, but in the spirit of MAKER, students will work together to create a final performance piece utilizing technology to present the selection.  Time outside of class instruction will be needed to complete group work.

Listening Party

What is the role of each musician in the band?  This workshop will feature faculty presentations on the song selections they love. GAJC Faculty will play and talk about what to listen for and learn from recordings and how to implement those ideas in our playing.

Tap Dance: Studying the Shim Sham

Led by acclaimed Tap dancer Brinae Ali, in this active movement class, students will explore the relationship Tap Dance has in Jazz Music.  Feel the steps in your feet in syncopation to the beat.



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!

The summer of 2020 will be my third year as artistic director of NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency—so far it has been an exciting journey.

Over the past six years, young women, age 14-26, representing 17 states and four countries, including Canada, Poland, Israel and Australia, have traveled to the Rutgers University-Newark campus to participate in our week-long residency designed to inspire and instruct those who aspire to a professional career in performing and/or teaching jazz.

This year, we are excited to announce that the program has been renamed The Geri Allen All-Female Jazz Camp, in honor of its first Artistic Director, the incomparable Geri Allen. 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 her bold legacy, we are excited to push forward her work to ensure more young women have the opportunity to be immersed in a secure, nurturing and fun environment, focusing in on their instrumental and vocal skills and building confidence.

During the week, our young women will learn about the history of women in jazz, create long lasting friendships, further hone their skills and jam in a community with other like-minded artists, all while interacting and being mentored by a distinguished faculty of jazz musicians from across the US.

The program’s daily schedule includes music theory, technique class and ensemble rehearsals. At the end of the week, the students perform at Clement’s Place, a jazz venue in Newark, honoring the legacy of Dr. Clement Price, Newark’s city historian and a dedicated jazz fan.

Our young artists will experience masterclasses, panel discussions and listening sessions led by guest artists and faculty. Past guest clinicians include drummer Teri Lyne Carrington, pianist Kenny Barron, vocalist Carla Cook, saxophonist Tia Fuller, vibraphonist Stefon Harris and tap dancer/actress/vocalist Brinae Ali, who taught the students and faculty the ‘Shim Sham.’

Past summers have included panel discussions with artist managers, marketing and brand specialists. We have toured the studio of Newark’s premier jazz radio station, WBGO, and while there, had the opportunity to speak with some of the top female jazz radio hosts. We also visited The Institute of Jazz Studies, the world’s foremost jazz archive and research facility located on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

Our camp will not only provide opportunities to see live jazz performances, with previous visits to the world famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ, and The Stone, John Zorn’s Experimental Music Performance space in Greenwich Village. We will also have moments of civic engagement, as the summer of 2019 saw the students perform for elders of the Newark community at a community nursing home.

There are unique challenges that female musicians can face—balancing family, performing, traveling, teaching, working in a male-dominated field, etc. We engage in sister-to-sister talks and discuss a wide range of issues, offering strategies and solutions to arm the young women for success.

The Geri Allen All-Female Jazz Camp is an extraordinary, immersive and inclusive experience. We had a blast last summer and hope to have you join us in 2020!

All the best,

Regina Carter

Auditions are required and will be held on Mon, Jun 29.

Students less experienced with jazz improvisation, or any other aspect listed should not be anxious about these requirements as the camp caters to all levels. Beginning students should simply demonstrate any of the below criteria to the best of their ability. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the material or new to improvising, let us know.

Don’t be intimidated or embarrassed; do the best that you can do. The Geri Allen Jazz Camp welcomes beginning and experienced students alike. You are coming to camp to learn and we are ALL still learning.

Guidelines for Placement Repertoire:

  • Your tune selections should be
  • All applicants, prepare two tunes from the applicable list below (demonstrate your ability to sing/play the melody and improvise over the harmonic changes with a rhythm section)
  • Demonstrate your ability to improvise over a Blues form (such as Billie’s Bounce, Straight No Chaser or Centerpiece).
  • Pianists and Guitarists – demonstrate your fundamental ability to comp the chord
  • Drummers – demonstrate your ability to play Shuffle feel, Swing feel in 4/4, and 3/4 at different tempos (with sticks and brushes), solo and
  • Bassists – demonstrate your ability to walk the bass lines solo and play the
  • All Rhythm Section Players, demonstrate a bossa nova, samba or a Latin groove in this vein
  • Vocalists: (Choose keys that are comfortable).

Video Guidelines:

  • Your video should be in mp4 or mov video You can use your phone, computer or camera to record.
  • Your video should have a length of 3-5
  • Film horizontally with your face in the top 2/3 of the screen so we can add a “lower third” (your name and title).
  • Film indoors to avoid the ambient sound (wind ).

Familiarize yourself with and Play Through as Many as Possible:

  • Chromatic Scale: Full range of Instrument (or what you are comfortable playing)
  • Major Scales/ Arpeggios (C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D)
  • Dominant 7th Scales/Arpeggios (C, F, Bb, Eb G, D, A)
  • Dorian Minor Scales/Arpeggios: (C, F, G, D, A, E)
  • Blues Scale: (C, F, Bb, Eb, D, G)

Song Selections by level:


Ella Fitzgerald

Dinah Washington

  • It Don’t Mean A Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing) (Duke Ellington)

Ella Fitzgerald

Ernestine Anderson

Diane Schuur

  • Bye Bye Blackbird – (Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson)

Peggy Lee

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Etta Jones


  • One Note Samba (Antônio Carlos Jobim with Portuguese lyrics by Newton Mendonça)

Peggy Lee

Astrud Gilberto

Nancy Wilson,

  • Old Devil Moon ( Burton Lane, with lyrics by Yip Harburg)

Rosemary Clooney

Carmen McRae

  • If I Were a Bell – ( Frank Loesser )

Ella Fitzgerald

Sarah Vaughan w/Count Basie


  • Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)

Ella Fitzgerald

Blossom Dearie

Billie Holiday

  • No More Blues (Chega de Saudade) João Gilberto

Eliane Elias

Carmen McRae

  • Invitation – (Bronslau Kaper)

Dinah Washington

Sarah Vaughan

Instrumentalists Song Selection by Level:


  • Doxy (Sonny Rollins)

Miles Davis Quintet

Dexter Gordon

Joe Pass & Red Mitchell

  • My Little Suede Shoes (Charlie Parker)

Charlie Parker

Grant Green

Gene Harris

  • Summertime (George Gershwin)

Ella Fitzgerald

Charlie Parker

Artie Shaw



  • Bye Bye Blackbird (Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson)

Sonny Stitt

Kenny Barron

Ray Brown Trio w Ralph Moore

  • Oleo (Sonny Rollins)

Miles Davis Quintet

Phineas Newborn

Bill Evans

  • Stella By Starlight (Victor Young)

Stella By Starlight, arranged by Melba Liston – Dizzy Gillespie South America tour – 1956.

Benny Golson Quartet

Bill Evans Trio

Advanced Level

  • Cherokee (Ray Noble)

Frank Morgan

Barry Harris

Stuff Smith


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