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OUR MISSION

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Since 1984, Living Jazz has designed and launched unique music education and performance programs that instill confidence, responsibility and ambition in children; motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to reach their personal and creative potential; and unite diverse communities through their shared love of jazz and related genres. Our current programs include Jazz Camp West,  Jam Camp West, “In the Name of Love”, the Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Living Jazz Children’s Project, and Jazz Search West.

Living Jazz understands that music is an inherent component of a healthy and vibrant society and feels that every child and adult has the right to accessible, high quality music immersion experiences.
 

HELP US TRANSFORM LIVES TODAY!

Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
— Plato
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Happening Now


Jam Camp West

 

 

 

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Jam Camp West

 

 

 

JaM CAMP WEST

July 23-29, 2016

JAM CAMP WEST is an exciting, creative and fun 7-day (6-night) music, dance and vocal program held in the beautiful redwoods of Loma Mar, Northern California. Designed for 10-15 year olds, Jam Camp exposes kids to contemporary musical trends along with the cultural underpinnings of jazz. In addition, fun outdoor activities and creative adventures are held each day.

A great alternative to traditional music camps, Jam Camp is an inclusive, supportive program where all classes are taught by ear, offering hands-on group experiences for all levels and an array of classes that can reach kids through a diverse blend of musical styles and sounds they are listening to today. 

Campers create a personal schedule from over 25 noncompetitive workshops offered each day. The curriculum offers instrumental ensembles taught by ear in rock, jazz, and blues; various styles of vocals; hip-hop and jazz dance; steeldrum; percussion; beatbox; turntables; beat laboratory; spoken word; songwriting, theory, and more.

Our classroom is the majestic redwood forest, where talented professionals, and carefully chosen counselors and CIT’s serve as role models and mentors. In this magnificent setting, we hope to provide a truly inspirational experience while building self-reliance, teamwork, a sense of social responsibility, and community with a potentially life-changing opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. Most importantly, we hope to share a joyful week with our growing Jam Camp West family.

To learn more, click the link below to visit the Jam Camp WEST website.

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Living Jazz believes that music transforms lives and has remained committed to this belief since it’s inception in 1984. The programs of Living Jazz are known not only for their artistic quality, but also for their commitment to build community based on diversity, inclusion and accessibility; the distinctive way in which they encourage and support artists of all skill levels; and the artistic and personal growth they foster in participants of all ages.

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One Mission, Five Amazing Programs

The programs of Living Jazz are known not only for their artistic quality, but also for their commitment to build community based on diversity, inclusion and accessibility; the distinctive way in which they encourage and support artists of all skill levels; and the artistic and personal growth they foster in participants of all ages. Our five current programs include:

Jazz Camp West

An 8-day jazz immersion program for adults and teens of all skill levels held in a stunning redwood forest in Northern CA.

Jam Camp West

A 7-day music, dance and vocal program for 10-15 year olds of all skill levels and backgrounds held in the stunning redwoods of Loma Mar, No. Ca.

Jazz Search West

The Bay Area’s Annual jazz talent search for adults and teens (15 and up).

In the Name of Love

An extensive civic and cultural event celebrating, through music, the teachings of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Living JAzz Children's Project

A free weekly music education and performance program for Oakland Title One public elementary schools.