The 9th Jazz Camp summer event attracted over thirty jazz musicians from Orange County high and middle schools to Saddleback College this month in Mission Viejo. Under Joey Sellers’ direction, the camp nurture artistic development by putting students in smaller jazz groups opposed to bigger band setting which often prevail music education events.
The combinations work mainly on improvisation that is at the heart of jazz music and culture. Sellers stated that this art form has such a magnificent place in terms of creativity. A whole new world of music opens up. He hope the students walk away with a sense of wonder.
In formulation for a showcase at the week’s end, the students, aged between 11 and 18, were separated into combinations which included a guitarist, drummer, pianist and bassist, along with a horn section.
Sixteen year old Suzanne Mabie that she think of it like working on a group project versus a solo project, it is nerve wracking to improve in front of an audience, but the other players help you. Everyone is a team.
A authentication of great jazz music is the easy going, comfortable groove which a band sees in spite of embarking on a musical journey along with an ever altering passage. In big band corps de ballet, musicians concentrate on knowing a specific part, but the Saddleback camp let the students to be more and more creative. In this place, everyone help each other and this is really great.