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Who can apply for camp?


Anyone can apply who is 18+ and loves jazz. You need not have experience playing traditional jazz, but are expected to have a basic proficiency on your instrument. We do not encourage beginners who are learning their instrument to apply. Skills needed to enjoy camp are basic sight-reading and understanding of chords/theory. Please contact us if you require further clarification of what to expect musically.

Where is Camp?


Classes for the New York Hot Jazz Camp take place at the Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, NY NY 10014

How many people are accepted? 

There are up to six spots available on the following instruments: trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, banjo, string bass, tuba, piano, drums, vocals

(please contact us if your instrument is not listed)

Is camp wheelchair-friendly?


At this time camp is not suited for the mobile-impaired. The building is an historical landmark. Rehearsal rooms, restrooms and the main stage hall are on 4 levels and campers will need to climb stairs. There is no elevator on site. 

What does a typical camp day look like? 


Students will be arranged into bands for the week to build a repertoire which they will perform at the conclusion of camp. Each camp day will consist of band practice, sectionals, jam sessions and either a lecture or workshop. Catered lunches are provided on-site. 


We also provide a list of suggested optional off-site evening group jams and activities for sightseeing in New York as well as recommended nighttime concerts and venues featuring hot jazz.

What do I bring to camp?

Pack your instrument, camera, fanny-pack and best walking shoes because you're coming to New York City!

But seriously... Reed players need only bring their instrument. Brass players need to bring their instrument and any required mutes/accessories listed in their acceptance packet. Bassists may choose to rent locally. We can assist with that process. Drum kits will be provided, but drummers must bring all their own sticks, brushes and any accessories mentioned in the "Prior to Camp" email. Guitarists must bring their instruments and any accessories mentioned in the "Prior to Camp" email. Guitar amps will be provided on site. Pianos are provided on site. Vocalists must bring a recording device. Vocal mics and amps will be provided on site.

I'm from out of town. Where do I stay?

The camp will not arrange accommodations but we will be happy to answer questions about getting around the city and the areas you are looking to stay in. We have arranged for a special rate at the Double Tree by Hilton at 128th West 29th Street; please see the accommodations tab (active soon) for more info.


I don't play an instrument. How can I volunteer?


We are thrilled you want to join our staff and we have many volunteer positions available. Please send an email with your name, telephone number, location, age and hours of availability to and we'll get back to you asap.

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