Jazztopia Jazz Workshop

June 10-13, 2019

The CMU Jazz Workshop offers the opportunity for high-school musicians to explore and develop their jazz skills in a combo setting. Activities will focus on improvisation, jazz history, instrument technique, and combo performance. Students who are currently in high school or about to enter high school are eligible to attend. No prior combo or improvisation experience is necessary. Advanced students completing 7th grade will be considered with director recommendation.

Thanks to the generous support of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, Jazztopia is pleased to announce that guest artist John Riley will serve as a faculty member and guest performer at the 2019 workshop! Riley is one of the foremost jazz drum set artists on the scene today. He has performed with countless jazz greats and performs on drums with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York. Riley is also recognized as one of the most important pedagogues of jazz drums, having authored such staples as The Art of Bop Drumming and Beyond Bop Drumming.

Class Schedule

Class 1 Combo Rehearsal
Class 2 Jazz History/Listening Class 
Class 3 Master Class on Individual Instruments 
Lunch Break 
Class 4 Improvisation Class 
Class 5 Combo Rehearsal
Class 6 Performances/Entertainment

Daily Schedule

Monday 1pm–4:30pm
Tuesday 9am–4:15pm
Wednesday 9am–4:15pm | 7:30pm KAFM Radio Room Concert (suggested donation)
Thursday 9am–3pm
3:30pm Final Concert (free) | 7:30pm John Riley, drums with Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra (free for workshop students)

Jazz Workshop Brochure

Jazz Workshop Registration

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