Ages: 14 – 26
Dates: Jul 5 – 11
Time: 11AM – 4:30PM (EST)
Ages 14-18: $100
Ages 19-26: $100

This program is full and no longer accepting registrations.

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

Regina Carter

artistic director, njpac geri allen jazz camp
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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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Stefon Harris

Ear Training and Theory
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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.


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, formerly named the NJPAC All-Female Jazz Camp and it has been an exciting journey.  Over the past seven years, young women representing seventeen states and six countries, including Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Israel, and Australia have participated in our week-long residency for young women 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 have the opportunity to be immersed in a secure, nurturing and fun environment focusing 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 U.S.  Their daily schedule includes music theory, technique class, and virtual ensemble rehearsals. The young women are involved in masterclasses, panel discussions, and listening sessions led by guest artists and faculty. There are unique challenges that female musicians can face (i.e. balancing family, performing/traveling/teaching, working in a male-dominated field etc.). We engage in sister-to-sister talks where we discuss a wide range of issues and offer strategies and solutions to arm the young women for success.

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 residency!


Regina Carter

The Geri Allen Virtual Jazz Camp welcomes beginning and experienced improvisers alike. Students with less experience with jazz and improvisation should not be anxious about these requirements, simply demonstrate any of the below criteria to the best of your ability. The GAJC camp provides a comfortable place for all of us to learn and grow as we are all still learning, and we ALL have something to offer. 

Guidelines for Placement Repertoire:

  • 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 changes.
  • Drummers – demonstrate your ability to play Shuffle feel, Swing, feel in 4/4, and 3/4 at different Your tune selections should be memorized. Tempos (with sticks and brushes), solo, and trade.
  • Bassists – demonstrate your ability to walk the bass lines solo and play the melody.
  • 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 format. You can use your phone, computer, or camera to record.
  • Your video should have a length of 3-5 minutes.
  • 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 etc.).

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)
  • Blues Scale: (C, F, Bb, Eb, D, G)


Vocalist Song Selections by level:



  • All of Me (Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons)

Sarah Vaughan,

Ella Fitzgerald

Dinah Washington

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

Diane Schuur

Ella Fitzgerald

Ernestine Anderson

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

Etta Jones

Peggy Lee

Dee Dee Bridgewater



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

Nancy Wilson,

Peggy Lee

Astrud Gilberto

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

Carmen McRae

Rosemary Clooney

  • If I Were a Bell – ( Frank Loesser)

Ella Fitzgerald

Sarah Vaughan w/Count Basie



  • Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)

Ella Fitzgerald

Blossom Dearie

Billie Holiday

Eliane Elias

  • 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)

Kenny Barron

Sonny Stitt

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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