When: TBD | Where: UMSL, JC Penney Building | Fee: $330.00
The UMSL Jazz Camp is now part of the Jim Widner Big Band Jazz Camp series. The emphasis of the camp will be formatted to a big band setting rather than to combos, although combos will still be a part of the camp. Daily instruction is to include big band rehearsals, sectionals, instrument master classes, improvisation, ear training and combo jam sessions. Members of the Jim Widner Big Band serve as the faculty for the camp and will teach all of the classes. The band is entering its 26th year of hosting summer jazz camps all over the country.
The Jim Widner Big Band has just recorded their sixth in a series of critically acclaimed CD’s featuring these world renowned artists. The camp gives students of all ages and talent levels the opportunity to study with and listen to these professionals on a daily basis. For more information, contact Jennifer Clemente via phone at (314) 516-5994. Student housing is available.
The tuition Fee is $330 for all five days. The fee includes an opportunity to work with professional musicians for five days in a variety of settings including:
On campus housing is available for $198.75, which includes breakfast and dinner.
**Unless otherwise requested, all final information packets will be emailed this year and available on this website. Hard copies available only upon request.**
Sunday, June 9
Monday through Thursday, June 10-13
Friday, June 14
Jim Widner, Professor/Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is an alumnus of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Big Bands and is celebrating his 24th year of hosting summer camps all across the United States. As a bassist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Jim was strongly influenced and motivated by Kenton's dedication to young student musicians. He was a faculty member for the Kenton Camps for 10 years and helped Stan organize and expand his camps from California to other locations across the United States. Jim has performed at the world famous Lionel Hampton and Montreaux Jazz Festivals. His performance background includes concert dates with Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Mulgrew Miller, Louis Bellson, Randy Brecker, Bill Watrous, Marilyn Maye and an appearance before former President Bill Clinton.
Rod has been a professional guitarist for over 30 years. He developed a love for jazz while a freshman at Southwest High School in Kansas City, MO. After high school Fleeman attended the University of Utah and studied jazz guitar under Dr. William Fowler. Fleeman returned to Kansas City to work extensively after his freshman year. He played jazz six nights a week at various jazz venues, became the staff guitarist at Starlight Theatre and “learned the ropes” of playing a myriad of musical genres as a freelance musician and member of the Kansas City Musician's Union Local 34-627. Fleeman returned to the academic environment after receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Miami. He was drawn to Miami because of the outstanding jazz program and the recommendation he received from former Miami student, Pat Metheny. Fleeman made the number one jazz band and continued his professional career as a guitarist for various shows on Miami Beach. A move to New York was next, where Fleeman did extensive touring and recording with the jazz fusion group Dry Jack. Since returning to Kansas City in 1981, he has toured and recorded with such artists as Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson, Jay McShann, Claude Williams and Interstring. Fleeman has taught jazz guitar at Missouri Western State College, the University of Kansas and is currently on staff at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
John was a music educator in the Xenia Community Schools in Ohio for 25 years where he conducted three Middle School Bands and Choirs, and the XHS Jazz Band. He is also the Director of the Cedarville University Pep Band and is the trumpet instructor at Central State University. John is a former 1st-Trumpet player of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has recorded 3 CD’s with them including: "Kenton Plays Chicago, "Fire, Fury, and Fun," and "Kenton ‘76," where he is the featured soloist on Send In The Clowns. He also was the 1st Trumpet player at the Dunes, the Sands, and the Sahara Hotels, from 1977 until 1984 and the split-lead player at Caesars Palace in 1983, performing for entertainers that include Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Doc Severinsen, Vic Damone and many others.
Gary is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lives in Vancouver, WA. He has played professionally for over three decades and appears on over 50 recordings. Gary played with The Stan Kenton Orchestra from 1975 through 1977. Through the years Gary has played with Randy Brecker, Pete Christlieb, The New York Voices, Bill Mays, Kurt Elling, Bobby Shew, Bobby Watson, Bob Florence, Carl Saunders, The Woody Herman Orchestra,Terry Gibbs, Jaquie Naylor, Jim Widner Big Band, and the Mike Vax Big Band. Carnagie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tivoli Garden, Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap are among the venues Gary has played along with scores of festivals and clubs all over the world. Gary is very active in Jazz Education teaching at The University Of Oregon and traveling all over the US doing clinics, concerts and jazz camps with the help of Bosphorus Cymbal Company and the Yamaha Corporation of America.
Hugh graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree; and received a Master of Music Performance degree Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 1996. Jones taught music at Chaminade College Preparatory School from 1997-2004; and also taught private lessons at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School from 1999-2000. In 2002 Hugh taught at the International Summer Jazz Academy in Krakow, Poland; at many Jazz camps at local universities including Webster, SIUE and UMSL. As a performer, he has performed as a free-lance musician for many artists and groups including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Petula Clark, and the Jim Widner Big Band.
Ken holds a degree in Piano Performance from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where he served as staff accompanist, and later joined the faculty as an adjunct jazz instructor. This is his sixth year teaching jazz piano at University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he also conducts several jazz combos. He has appeared with such noted artists as Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Buddy DeFranco, Pete Christlieb, Louie Bellson, and Clark Terry. Ken is on the staff of the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camp series and appears regularly with the Jim Widner Big Band. Currently living in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife, Annette, Ken is in demand as a free-lance pianist, recording artist, clinician and adjudicator around the state, and maintains a full studio of piano and jazz piano students.
Chip McNeill is currently a tenured full professor and Chairman of Jazz Studies at The University of Illinois. He was formerly associate professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Florida International University. Prior to that he was associate professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Tech University for six years. He currently tours with Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band as well as with Grammy award winning vocalist Natalie Cole. He is formerly the musical director and jazz tenor saxophonist for Grammy award winning recording artist Arturo Sandoval and has recorded with Arturo on his CD “Americana” as well as the Grammy Award winning release "Hot House" on Encoded Music. The “Hot House” CD won a Grammy Award for “Best Latin Jazz Performance”. Prior to Arturo Sandoval, Mr. McNeill was the musical director and jazz saxophonist for legendary jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. Mr. McNeill produced, wrote, and performed on five CD’s with Maynard Ferguson including “Swingin’ For Schurr”(’01) Concord Jazz with guest jazz vocalist Diane Schurr, "One More Trip To Birdland" ('96) Concord Jazz, "These Cats Can Swing" ('95) Concord Jazz, "Live From London" ('94) Warner Bros. Jazz, and "Footpath Cafe"('93) Avion Jazz.
Mr. McNeill has performed at countless jazz festivals and clubs around the world such as The North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague Holland), The Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), The Monterey Jazz Festival (U.S.A.), The Noto Jazz Festival (Japan), The Wigan Jazz Festival (England), The Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), The Wiesen Jazz Festival (Austria), The Immatra Jazz Festival (Finland), The Warsaw Jazz Festival (Poland), The Capital Jazz Festival (U.S.A.), The Charlotte Jazz Festival (U.S.A.) and clubs such as The Blue Note (New York City), The Blue Note (Tokyo), The Blue Note (Osaka), Blues Alley (Washington D.C.), The House of Blues (Los Angeles), and The Jazz Showcase (Chicago).
Mr. McNeill's list of recording credits as a jazz tenor saxophonist have included such notables as Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Nat Adderley, David Liebman, Maynard Ferguson, Duffy Jackson, Ira Sullivan, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Ted Shumate and Larry Willis. His past performances include numerous world tours with Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, and the North Texas State 1 o'clock Lab Band. Mr. McNeill’s latest release is “Four Steps-3” on the Capri label.
He has also performed with many of the worlds' top jazz artists and entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Wynton Marsalis, Randy and Michael Brecker, Nat Adderley, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Riviera, and Ira Sullivan. Special venues he has performed at include Carnegie Hall (U.S.), Town Hall (Sydney, Australia), the London Palladium and numerous jazz radio and television productions in Europe, Japan, U.K., India, and Indonesia.
A graduate of the University of Miami (Master in Studio Jazz Composition), he enjoys an active performance schedule as a solo saxophonist, clinician, composer/arranger, and pianist.
Dave, originally from Southboro, MA saxophonist-composer Dave Pietro has been on the New York music scene since 1987. From 1994-2003 he played lead alto saxophone and recorded five CD’s with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with the bands of Maria Schneider, Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Ray Charles and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. As a leader, Pietro has recorded six CD’s for the A-Records/Challenge label with musicians such as Dave Holland, Bill Stewart, Kenny Werner, Scott Colley and Brian Blade. Dave has degrees from the University of North Texas and New York University and is an assistant professor of music at New York University. He is sponsored by Rico Reeds and the Conn-Selmer Company.
Dave is an award winning trumpet player with a wide range of professional experience who has worked with some of the greatest jazz artists in the world. As a clinician and soloist Dave has performed on numerous jazz festivals and at schools across the United States including the University of Illinois, the University of Missouri, the University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, the University of Oregon, California Institute of the Arts, Syracuse University and the University of Utah. He has been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival with Gerry Mulligan, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Harvey Wainapel’s Quintet, and has performed with the Tom Harrell Big Band in Los Angeles and New York. In 1984 Dave was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in jazz performance. Dave is currently on the jazz faculty at Western Connecticut State University. Dave Scott is an endorsing artist for Conn-Selmer and plays a Bach trumpet.
Scott is internationally recognized for his work with contemporary bands, including his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East AND West). In addition to Whitfield’s own recordings, he has performed and recorded with many diverse artists, including Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Pied Pipers, and many others. Scott holds a BM in Trombone from Florida State University and MM in Jazz Studies from North Texas State University, and also served on the faculties of the University of North Florida and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. A clinician and guest artist for Getzen trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history.