Saxophonist Dave Pietro leads a Jazz Camp class in J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL. The camp is June 10-15 at UMSL. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Student and adult musicians interested in studying with some of the finest and most talented jazz musicians in the county need look no farther than the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The Division of Continuing Education at UMSL will present the Jazz Combo/Improv Camp June 10-15. It will include musical instruction from beginner to advanced, jazz improvisation and combo playing, instrument master classes, ear training and daily concerts.

Students age 13 years or older with a minimum of one year of study on their instruments, as well as adult musicians, are encouraged to apply to attend the camp.

Camp director is Jim Widner, director of jazz studies at UMSL and leader of the Jim Widner Big Band and the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with artists such as Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Mulgrew Miller and Randy Brecker. He will be teaching bass, with additional faculty on sax, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar and drums.

The $299 registration fee includes all instruction, master classes and concerts. Middle and high school students have the option of on-campus housing for an additional $196.50, which includes breakfast and dinner for the week.

Enrollments will be accepted up to the start of the camp, but participants are encouraged to register as early as possible in case a certain instrument section becomes full. In case of cancellation, a full refund will be granted up to the week prior to the start of the camp.

To register or for more information, call 314-516-5994 or visit the Jazz Camp website.

Leslie Patterson

Leslie Patterson