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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


For participants: We are incredibly excited that you will be participating in this year's Jazz Institute at Jefferson Center and we want to give you all some helpful information as you get ready.

What should I bring?
-Drummers: We will be providing kits, cymbals, and snares. Please bring your own sticks.
-Bassists: Bring your own instrument AND cables. Acoustic basses are preferred but electric basses are fine. We will have bass amps on site. 
-Guitarists: Bring your own instrument AND cables. We will have amps on site.
-Pianists: Pianos will be provided.
-Wind Instruments: Please bring your own instrument.

Do I need to pack a lunch?
-Lunch will be provided for the students each day of camp.

What should I wear?
-Anything that is appropriate for school is okay for our normal daily activity.
-Performance attire should be nice pants/skirts, shirts with no writing, and preferably not tennis shoes. Ties are optional.

How much are the performances and where will they be held?
-The performance will be held at Jefferson Center in our Rehearsal Hall.
-The student concert on Thursday is always a very impressive showcase of what the students have learned throughout the week. This performance will be free.
-Please feel free to invite friends and family.

Where will we meet on the first day?
-We will meet in our main performance space, Shaftman Performance Hall. Signs will direct you once you enter the building.

How will the schedule work for recording on Friday?
-Each group of students will receive their specific time for recording on Friday.  No lunch will be provided on Friday.  Please contact me if you have specific concerns with logistics for this day.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions! We can't wait to see you all on Monday!


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 in the Rehearsal Hall at Jefferson Center – 7:30 pm
Students should arrive by 6:30pm
Doors will open at 7:00 pm
Friday, June 23rd – Students will receive their specific times for recording with their group.