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Monday, July 9th, 2018

Summer Jazz Academy Celebrates the Next Generation of Jazz Musicians with Three Concerts at Bard College

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s two-week residential high school summer institute for advanced study in jazz performance, Summer Jazz Academy, includes three public concerts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. These public concerts feature today’s finest musicians across generations: the Summer Jazz Academy Faculty and Summer Jazz Academy Student Combos on July 21 and 22, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on July 28, and the Summer Jazz Academy Big Bands on July 29.  


In continuing its mission of fostering the next generation of jazz talent, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy comprises 46 high school jazz musicians from across the U.S., Canada, Israel and Holland. These 46 students were selected based on their auditions to participate in the two-week rigorous training institute designed by Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic and Managing Director, Wynton Marsalis, and instructed by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra –  trumpeter Marcus Printup, saxophonist Ted Nash, trombonists  Christopher Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner, and drummer Marion Felder – as well as notable musicians: pianist Helen Sung, guitarist James Chirillo, and bassist Rodney Whitaker.

All performances are held in Olin Hall located in the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Bard College’s Campus at 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Tickets can be purchased at: fishercenter.bard.edu/jazz.


Opening Performance Featuring Summer Jazz Academy Student Combos

July 21, 7pm and July 22, 2pm | Olin Hall

Join an all-star septet featuring Summer Jazz Academy faculty including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members trumpeter Marcus Printup, saxophonist Ted Nash, and trombonists Vincent Gardner and Christopher Crenshaw as well as pianist Helen Sung, guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Rodney Whitaker, and drummer Marion Felder.





July 28, 7pm | Olin Hall

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.



Closing Performance Featuring Summer Jazz Academy Student Combos

July 29, 1pm | Olin Hall
In this grand finale, culminating two weeks of dedicated study, 46 of the top high school jazz musicians in the country will perform timeless jazz standards selected from across from the past century of jazz. This special performance promises to be a memorable showcase of the immense talent rising up within the next generation of jazz artists.

About Summer Jazz Academy

The program is a tuition-free summer intensive dedicated to providing a holistic educational experience and foundation for talented and aspiring high school jazz musicians.  Students will perform in big bands and small combos, receive private instruction, and experience classes in aesthetics, culture, history, performance practice and pedagogy. Students will gain insight to American vernacular music and jazz specific techniques, learn the communal history of jazz in a socio-political context, receive guidance on how to interact with an audience as an artist and entertainer, and gain awareness of the mission of jazz musicians today building on the aspirations laid by earlier generations.

2018 Summer Jazz Academy Roster:


Vikram Bala from Millburn, New Jersey

Lovell Bradford from Charlotte, North Carolina

Matthew Holmes from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Christian Ramirez from Vancouver, Washington

Hosea Dorvil from Bridgeport, Connecticut

Maria Marmarou from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

Miguel Russell from Miramar, Florida

Ian Wacksman from Honolulu, Hawaii

Meittam Govreen Segal from Hod Hasharon, Israel

Charles Harriman from Carmel, Indiana

Wade McClung from Boulder, Colorado

Olivier van Niekerk from Den Haag, Zuid-Holland




Esteban Castro from Hackensack, New Jersey

Tyler Henderson from Houston, Texas

Esme Hwang Martin from Tucson, Arizona

Miles Lennox from Sunrise, Florida



Maxwell Barnes from Red Hook, NY

Marvin Carter from Brooklyn, New York

Morgan Faw from Prairie Village, Kansas

Philip Flagg from Yonkers, New York

Max Hubbard from Champaign, Illinois

Xander Johns from Seattle, Washington

Evan Kappelman from Olathe, Kansas

Veronica Leahy from Charlotte, North Carolina

Nicholas Marziani from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Ziaire Sherman from Cincinnati, Ohio

Joshua Chapple from Debary, Florida

David Truilo from Ormond Beach, Florida



James Evans from Afton, Virginia

Miles Hardemon from Chicago, Illinois

Taekjin Lee from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nathaniel Miller from Walla Walla, Washington

Aaron Ouellette from Hebron, Connecticut

John Polanco from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gregory Sapnar from Haddonfield, New Jersey

Luca Stine from Sarasota, Florida

Jack Towse from Huntington, New York



Andray Bowman from Brooklyn, New York

Skylar DeGroot from Stephens City, Virginia

Jonathon Ewell from Detroit, Michigan

Nicholas Forget from Toronto, Ontario

Frederick Larsen from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Cooper Malanowski from Farmingdale, New York

Marcus Sandoval from Boca Raton, Florida
Natalia Stefanowski from New York, New York



About Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Education Programs

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs drive our organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. These programs have been developed under the guiding vision of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, who during his visits to schools throughout our nation observed that the caliber of jazz education was often inferior to that of other fine arts. In response, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers a continuum of jazz education programs that are designed to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults. Students learn about jazz’s distinctly American heritage and history as well as its greatest musicians and compositions; they explore its connection to other art forms and study how to play jazz. Today, over two-thirds of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming is educational—reaching more than 1,000,000 individuals of all ages and experiences in all 50 states through concerts, webcasting, direct musical instruction and distribution of music scores free of charge.