• Loved every minute of it. Definitely coming back next year. I have found a new tribe!
    — Letitia Burton

  • It was amazing! Possibly the best musical/social experience of my life.
    — Erik Deutch

  • Loved every minute of it. Definitely coming back next year. I have found a new tribe!
    — Letitia Burton

  • It was amazing! Possibly the best musical/social experience of my life.
    — Erik Deutch

Guitar intensive

2019 Guitar Intensive with Terrence Brewer

The Jazz Camp Guitar Intensive specializes in the art of guitar performance and arranging. The class is reserved for a small group of 6-8 intermediate/advanced guitarists who will explore all specific details of jazz guitar playing; including technique, phrasing, various guitar styles, equipment, and the ideology necessary to enhance your understanding ones playing, especially with respect to a jazz guitar trio format.

Each guitarist will have an opportunity to play, listen, discuss musical concepts, and grow in an supportive and focused environment. The intensive will cover many areas of study, including: chord voicings, comping, solo playing, arranging, syncopation, swing feel, interactive/conversational trio playing, odd meters, phrasing, the blues, Brazilian styles, Afro-Cuban styles, guitar technique and more. The focus will be to play with more depth, fluidity, and musicality as the week progresses. Accompaniment will be provided for the 2nd part of the class.


Note: If accepted into the Guitar Intensive you may also audition/join either a Combo OR the Advanced Instrumental Program.

About the Audition

During the audition guitarists will be asked to play 2 contrasting songs that show their creativity, and proficiency in playing jazz guitar with bass and drums. Be prepared to play the melody, solo, comp, trade 4s or 8s, and play in solo-guitar/chord-melody  style. 

About Terrence Brewer

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“Brewer is a melodic improviser with an exquisite tone and an abundance of soul..."
                                                                                               –   Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes


Born August 3, 1975 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Terrence DeRaun Brewer moved at the age of eight to Pittsburg, California, returning to his father's hometown where he received his first opportunity to study music. In fourth grade, Brewer began playing recorder, an instrument belonging to the flute family. It was that experience along with seeing the local middle and high school bands perform that increased Brewer's desire to play a traditional instrument, which he did during his transition to middle school.

While attending Central Middle School, Brewer played the entire woodwind family (flute, clarinet, and eventually saxophone) in both the symphonic and jazz bands contributing to the band winning several awards at regional and state music festivals. In 1989, Brewer entered Pittsburg High School (PHS), known for it's longstanding reputation as a formidable music school with intense music and creative arts programs.

At PHS Brewer played in the symphonic, jazz and marching bands, as well as jazz and symphonic small groups. In addition to winning several regional and state awards with the school's bands and small groups, Brewer held the role of marching band drum major and participated in several all-school drama performances, and presided as president of the schools Performing Arts Club.

At the age of fifteen, Brewer knew he wanted to be a professional musician; so, upon graduating high school in 1993, he continued his musical education at Los Medanos College (LMC), also in Pittsburg, CA. It was while studying at LMC that Brewer transitioned from a woodwind performance major to a guitar performance major studying classical and jazz guitar performance. Brewer finished his Associate Arts degree at LMC in 1997. While at Los Medanos he studied with famed Bay Area guitarist Mike Williams, New York jazz maestro Mike Zilber, and acclaimed classical guitarist Tom Pattitucci. After leaving Los Medanos, Brewer continued his musical education by studying with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Duck Baker, and Mark Levine.

Brewer has an extensive resume when it comes to jazz education. He has participated in various workshops and performances hosted by Stanford Jazz Workshop. SFJAZZ also called upon Brewer to lecture and perform as a part of their popular and prestigious "Discover Jazz" lecture series. Brewer's lecture for SFJAZZ focused on "Bebop and Beyond" Guitar greats Herb Ellis, Kenny Burrell, and Barney Kessel speak the language of bebop". Brewer also taught workshops, master classes, and given lectures for Santa Rosa Junior College, Los Medanos Community College, Albany High School (Career day Lecture series and Job Shadowing program), Pittsburg High School, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power) Charter school, Prospect Sierra Middle School, Martin Luther King Middle School, Rockridge Montessori, and many others.

With years of music education under his belt, Brewer firmly established himself in the Bay area music scene, leading his own groups in nearly 2000 shows throughout California in the last years 7 years. His list of performances at fine venues and with even finer musicians is impressive. He's entertained sold out crowds while headlining shows at the world famous Yoshi's at Jack London Square, The Berkeley Jazz School, Anna's Jazz Island, Jazz at Pearl's and received standing ovations at the Jazz on the River, SFJazz Festival Summerfest Concert Series, Sonoma Jazz, Fillmore Jazz, Montclair Jazz, and the Marin Jazz Festivals and will soon play at the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2009.

Brewer notes performances to his credit at Mountain Winery (with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers), Herbst Theater (Shawn Ryan), Yoshi's San Francisco and the Smithsonian Archivists Convention (Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra), The Rrazz Room (Melba Moore, Darlene Love), and the Plush Room (Mary Wilson of The Supremes). He's also had the honor of performing with legendary artists such as Gerald Albright, , Pete Escovedo, Babatunde Lea, Kim Nalley, Dave Ellis, Calvin Keyes, Bruce Forman, Scott Amendola, Tuck and Patti, Khalil Shaheed, Ed Kelly, Herb Gibson, and many others.