The Thirteenth Annual VCU JAZZ DAY:
A Jazz Improvisation & Combo Workshop for High School Students
Saturday, February 14, 2009
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
VCU Singleton Center
922 Park Ave.
Guitarists, Bassists, Drummers
The VCU Jazz Studies Program invites selected jazz students to
spend a day with the jazz studies faculty and students of Virginia
Commonwealth University. Included in the day's activities will be:
- master classes by VCU jazz studies faculty,
- performances at day's end by combos of students formed from
different high schools in the region, rehearsed by VCU faculty,
- performances by VCU faculty and students, and
- lunch included for students and their directors.
The selected students will have demonstrated an exceptional desire
and potentially strong ability to pursue the craft of jazz improvisation
and may be considering continuing that pursuit at the college or
VCU Jazz Studies Faculty: Seven of our 13 jazz
faculty will offer instruction, including Antonio García, director
of jazz studies, trombone/brass; Skip Gailes, saxophone; Rex Richardson,
trumpet; Michael Ess, guitar; Bob Hallahan, piano; Victor Dvoskin,
bass; and Tony Martucci, drum set.
Registration Method: Antonio García invites students via their high school directors.
Opportunity: The VCU Jazz Studies Program offers students
outstanding opportunities to pursue jazz performance and writing,
as evidenced in part by such successful former students as Steve
Wilson (sax, Chick Corea's Origin); James Genus (bass, Saturday
Night Live Band; recordings with Dave Douglas, Michael Brecker,
Mike Stern and John Abercrombie); Victor Goines (sax/clarinet, Lincoln
Center Jazz Orchestra; Director, Juilliard Jazz Studies); Alvester
Garnett (drums, recordings with Abbey Lincoln, Cyrus Chestnut and
James Carter); Mark Shim (sax, Blue Note recording artist, member
of Terence Blanchard Sextet); Al Waters (sax, featured with Ray
Charles); and Alvin Walker (trombone, Count Basie Orchestra). Some
60 majors are enrolled in VCU's Jazz Studies Program, which is celebrating
the recent commitment of a $3 million gift from Mr. W. E. Singleton.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact Professor Antonio García,
director of jazz studies via email
or at (804) 827-0699.