Summer Jazz Academy


We are proud to have sponsored the first

Cincinnati Public Schools "Summer Jazz Academy"

on June 12-15 and 19-22, 2017
at Taft High School in Cincinnati !!!

There was no cost to the students, but enrollment was limited to 50 Cincinnati, Covington and Newport public school students who just completed 6th thru 11th grade. 10 students signed up the first couple days.

All eight days had the same 10am-3pm format, with Masters classes in all primary instruments, music theory, jazz history and ensemble rehearsal every day. Seven Masters classes were taught both weeks, Monday thru Thursday, 10-11:30am in drums, bass, piano, guitar, trumpet, trombone and saxophone, plus four days of vibraphone. The Masters class schedule is below.

Dr Isidore Rudnick, FIne Arts Curriculum Manager for the Cincinnati Public Schools, was Director of the academy. Mike Wade oversaw the Masters classes and Wade Baker helped with Jazz history, music theory and ensemble performances.

Here are links to some of the final practices and performances at the end of the two weeks:

Ensemble I - Final practice

Ensemble II

Ensemble I - Song 1

Ensemble I - Song 2

Ensemble I - Song 3

Ensemble I - Song 4

Our Masters class teachers are below. Check out their biography links. Cincinnati has amazing musicians. Who care about kids.

Drums - John Von Ohlen, Philip PaulArt Gore

Trombone - Marc Fields

Saxophone - Dr Garin Webb, Ben Walkenhauer

Trumpet - Scott Belck, Hank Mautner, Wade Baker

Bass - Jim Anderson, Aaron Jacobs, Wade Baker

Guitar - Ted Karas, Scotty Anderson, Wade Baker,

Brandon Scott Coleman

 Piano - Erwin Stuckey, Jim Connerley

Vibes - Erwin Stuckey