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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
Why is camp held in April?
We love our relationship with the Greenwich House Music School. We use the New York City Department of Education Calendar. The week of spring break is the only week the music school building does not hold their regular programming and is available to us in its' entirety.
Who can apply for a scholarship?
Musicians age 18-28 (as of April 16th, 2023) can apply for scholarship. Click HERE to view our prospectus and see if a scholarship is the right option for you.
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 and vocals. We do accept students on other instruments, so please contact us if your instrument is not one of those listed above.
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 Gotham Jazz Festival, which takes place 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.
How much is tuition and what does it cover?
2023 tuition is $950 and it covers the week of instruction (10am - 5pm at GHMS) plus on-site lunches Tuesday thru Saturday, as well as camper amission to the Gotham Jazz Festival. **tuition cost will be increasing for 2024
How does New York differ from other traditional jazz camps?
We hope you've taken the opportunity to experience everything the Sacramento, San Diego, New Orleans and other jazz camps have to offer. The biggest difference with New York is the ground coverage. Campers will need to be mobile. Though the camp day happens at Greenwich House Music School, evening activities take place all around the city. Those not used to a pedestrian lifestyle may opt for public transportation or taxi.
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 are provided on site. Pianos are provided on site. Vocalists must bring a recording device. Vocal mics and amps will be provided on site. Music stands are provided on site. Music is chosen, printed and delivered once ensembles are placed.
I'm from out of town. Where do I stay?
The camp does not arrange accommodations, but we have arranged for a special rate at the Double Tree by Hilton at 128th West 29th Street; please see the accommodations page under the "about" tab for more info. Additionally, we will be happy to answer questions about getting around the city and the areas you are looking to stay in.
Instead of attending as a camper, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you asap.
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