Summer Jazz


Summer Jazz

Monday - Friday, August 7-11
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Student performance:
Friday, August 11, 5:30 p.m., NMS Recital Hall
Ages 12 and up!
Tuition: $585

  • Pay in full by July 15 and receive $40 Early Registration Discount.

Instrumentalists, vocalists and classical instrumentalists welcome.

  • Ages 12 through adult*
  • Minimum of two years playing experience
  • Ability to read music required

    * Students under the age of 12 may be admitted with permission of the program director.

Summer Jazz allows promising musicians a chance to explore the different genres of jazz with a rich and vibrant history in New Haven, and a strong presence here at NMS, under the guidance of notable jazz drummer Jesse Hameen II, who leads the program. This five-day intensive, now celebrating its 22nd year, offers small ensembles, big bands, theory, master classes and jam sessions, all taught by NMS faculty and noted guest clinicians. Participants learn from the best, and top off the week with a student concert! Summer Jazz is for those ages 12 and up with a minimum of two years experience.

Electives include ear training, improvisation, building repertoire and how to build a solo. Stylistic workshops include The Language of Jazz; Encomposing Afro-Cuban & Brazilian; Understanding and Application of  Chord Changes; The Use of Computer Technology; The Four Colors of Chords; Understanding Melodies; The Art of Rhythmic Locking; and The History of Jazz in New Haven.

Tuesday, August 8, 4 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to experience a master class with Grammy Award winning Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. 

TWILIGHT TUESDAY CONCERT SERIES NMS Jazz faculty and the Summer Jazz All-Stars will be performing at the Twilight Tuesday concert in Park of the Arts (behind NMS) on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will benefit Summer Jazz financial aid students.

9:30 a.m. Ensembles
11 a.m. Master Classes
12 noon Lunch
12:45 p.m. Theory Classes
1:50 p.m. Ensembles
2:30 p.m. Big Band or Electives
3:30 p.m. Ensembles
4:50 p.m. Workshops

Jesse Hameen II, Summer Jazz Director, drums
Rex Cadwallader, piano
William Fluker, trumpet
Nick Forte, drums
Jeff Fuller, double bass, bass guitar
Giacomo Gates, vocals
Chris Herbert, woodwinds
Brian Jenkins, double bass, bass guitar
Jose Lara, trombone
Tony Lombardozzi, guitar
Christian Sands, piano
Please note: Faculty is subject to change based on enrollment.

Early registration deadline: July 15
Pay before this date and save $40.
Please be sure to indicate your preferred T-shirt size.
If you need assistance in setting up an account or registering please call us at 203-624-5189.

$545 if paid before July 15*
$585 if paid after July 15
*Includes T-shirt, guaranteed with early registration.

If you require financial assistance to attend Summer Jazz, please fill out our financial aid application well in advance of the July 15 deadline.
Upon receipt of your completed application and registration, you will be contacted to discuss your request and/or payment plan. Financial aid is need-based and limited.
If you need assistance in setting up an account or registering, please call us at 203-624-5189.

Previous NMS jazz master guest instructors include: Rodney Jones, guitar; Wayne Escoffery, saxophone; Hamiet Blueitt, sax; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Lou Donaldson, sax; Winard Harper, drums; and Christian Sands, piano.

QUESTIONS: Call NMS Summer Jazz Director
Jesse Hameen II at 203-624-5189 x52 or
With special thanks to: City of New Haven, Dept. of Arts, Culture & Tourism & Jazz Haven