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Summer Jazz Camp scheduled for early July

July 1, 2011

The New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee has announced the 17th annual Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp will take place at Loyola University New Orleans July 5 - 22. This will be the second year for Loyola to host the camp.

“’To give back to the world some of the goodness that the world has given me,’ is an indirect quote from Mr. Armstrong,” said Jackie Harris, executive director of the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. “That was his intent for creating this foundation. None of the jazz greats had done that at the time and were far wealthier than Mr. Armstrong. He wanted to provide young people an opportunity to learn jazz music and give back to the world some of what he had received.”

The summer jazz camp will be unique this year because the program will focus on and showcase music specific to New Orleans.

“New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz so it should be the mecca of jazz education for young people,” said Harris. “Parents feel very happy about their kids having the opportunity to learn from jazz greats. The people teaching at the jazz camp are people that taught famous artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Donald Harrison Jr., Branford Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. Our alumni really are a direct product of what can happen when a young person works hard, is committed and then has the opportunity to study from someone who is at the top of their craft.”

Many faculty represent a who’s who of noted New Orleans musician/educators including: Edward “Kidd” Jordan, artistic director, Germaine Bazzle, Roger Dickerson Sr., Maynard Chatters, Kent Jordan, Peter Cho, Jonathan Bloom, Darrell Lavigne, Herman Jackson and others.

This year’s artists-in-residence will feature Treme Brass Band, one of the most established brass bands in New Orleans.

“The band is every experienced and we felt that if we were going to do something around second line and traditional jazz music, we certainly wanted the students to learn the true history of the music and the protocol,” said Harris.

Camp days will be divided into two parts, with students receiving guidance through both individual instruction and ensemble settings.

In addition to providing the Louis ‘Satchmo’ Summer Jazz Camp, the Armstrong Educational Foundation has elected to donate a grant of $25,000 in support of Loyola’s 2012 Annual Jazz Festival.

“Our immediate objective is to support the festival and to provide access to good jazz music education to young New Orleans students who do not readily have that opportunity,” said Harris in a letter to the Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts, Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., “Therefore, we are pleased to join hands with Loyola in an outreach endeavor that will target local public and charter schools that are attempting to include music education as part of their daily curriculum.”

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and Loyola are aspiring to develop a long and meaningful relationship between their summer programs by providing highly-accomplished jazz musicians to train and expand musical opportunities for the younger generation.

“I think it is important to the students individually and in a team work type of environment,” said Harris. “First off, jazz camp takes place during the summer, so it is a fun environment, but it is also serious music school. The intent is to have the students perform better and be more improved for the upcoming school year. That’s what it was created for, to improve the musical skills and abilities of each student as an individual.”

The summer camp will culminate with a concert featuring the students and the Treme Brass Band on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts center. The concert is free and open to the public.

There will also be a benefit event on Wednesday, July 20 at the Republic, located at 828 S. Peters Street. The event costs $50 and will include food, a cash bar and a performance from the camp’s faculty, along with a performance by a local brass band.

For more information on camp offerings, auditions and fees can be found online at www.louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com.

For more information, contact James Shields in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jshields@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5888.

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