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Jazz Institute

Jazz Institute at Jefferson Center

Jazz Institute at Jefferson Center is a comprehensive camp to teach students about America's art form, jazz. Students participate in a week long program which culminates in a series of final performances and recordings inside Music Lab at Jefferson Center.

Jazz Institute is affordably priced to ensure local teen musicians have every opportunity to attend.

Monday, June 19th - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, June 20th – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, June 21st – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursday, June 22nd – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM + Student Concert (Rehearsal Hall at Jefferson Center – 7:30 PM)

Friday, June 23rd – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Recording sessions in the Music Lab at Jefferson Center) 


Jazz Institute also takes the opportunity to create a scholarship fund in honor of the great jazz pianist, Don Pullen. Our goal is to celebrate the amazing creativity of Roanoke's own jazz master, while supporting a young musician on their path to exploring the world of jazz through quality education and engaging opportunities.

All participants should bring their instruments. We'll supply the drums and pianos/keyboards.

This year's faculty includes:

  • Chad Eby - Saxophone
  • Brandon Lee - Trumpet
  • Daniel Faust - Drums
  • Genevieve Palmer - Bass
  • Thomas Linger - Piano

The Jefferson Center Jazz Institute will:

  • Take place over 5 days during the summer each year
  • Offer high profile jazz musicians to teach the students
  • Offer opportunities for students to learn all aspects of playing jazz
  • Host classes, performances and lecture/demonstrations
  • Partner with local schools to implement a higher level of jazz education
  • Partner with the Music Lab at Jefferson Center to focus on recording
  • Offer performance opportunities for the students and instructors
  • Act as a catalyst to promote jazz as an art form to the students and therefore the greater public
  • Produce a recording each year with the master musicians and students that will be promoted through the school system.
  • Raise money to offer students scholarships to continue jazz training at a higher learning institution.
  • Celebrate the music of Roanoke's own Don Pullen.

For questions, please contact Jordan Harman, jharman[at]jeffcenter[dot]org, 540.343.2624 ext:209