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Summer Latin Jazz Intensive

Summer Latin Jazz Intensive

  • ages 13+
  • June 24-28 • 12:30-5 pm
  • Flynn Center Studios
  • $295 (includes 6/27 Jazzismo ticket)

    College Credit: The Latin Jazz Intensive can also be taken as part of a 3-credit UVM course about the historical and cultural roots of Latin Jazz. Requirements include two additional weeks of class at UVM, and a final project. To register for credit contact Continuing Ed at UVM for more information: 802-656-2085,, or visit Credit-earning high school students may be eligible for free or reduced tuition through UVM.
  • Limit: 45

Talented students studying with an incredible guest artist/educator and local professionals who are passionate about teaching? That’s a recipe for greatness! In the true spirit of jazz, we encourage improvisation, individual expression, cooperation, and mutual respect. Students get personalized instruction and special workshops, tickets to the top-tier faculty concert, a gig of their own at week’s end, and introductions to new friends and mentors. It’s a memorable and meaningful week of music-making!

The team of instructors inspires students to reach new heights of creativity and proficiency, with rich opportunities to hone individual skills and master the cooperative team effort of live performance. Students work with world-renowned Arturo O’Farrill (our special guest), camp director Alex Stewart, and members of Rick Davies’ Latin ensemble-in-residence, Jazzismo.

JAZZ COMBO TRACK (for instrumentalists including percussionists): Take clinics specific to your instrument, try your hand at hand percussion, and play in a combo where you’ll learn to apply the principles and nuances of improvisation, investigate chord structure, and develop melodic creativity.

HAND PERCUSSION TRACK (for those with little or no experience as instrumentalists): Uncover the fiery beats of Latin jazz, learning the rhythmic languages of Cuba and the larger African diaspora on congas, clave, timbales, and other instruments.

FlynnArts Faculty

ARTURO O’FARRILL (guest artist) is a Grammy-winning pianist and winner of the 2003 Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award. Born in Mexico and raised in New York City, he founded and directed Lincoln Center’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, has played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band, and performed as a solo artist with a wide spectrum of jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. An acclaimed composer and master jazz educator, he has taught at Lincoln Center and around the world! His family’s participation in last year’s Flynn/UVM Summertime Jazz program earned rave reviews, and we’re thrilled to welcome them back!

ALEX STEWART (afternoon camp director and academic class instructor) is a professor of music at UVM. He earned an M.A. in music from Manhattan School of Music and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He has toured, performed, and recorded with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, and many others.

RICK DAVIES is founder/director of Jazzismo, the Summertime Jazz Ensemble-in-Residence. Based in New York, Jazzismo has featured bassist Harvie Swartz, trumpeters Chocolate Armenteros and Ray Vega, and many of the finest salsa and Latin musicians. A trombonist and teacher, Davies earned his Ph.D. in jazz history from New York University. Rick Davies is also an associate professor at SUNY Plattsburgh.

CALVIN CROSBY is a graduate of the FlynnArts Jazz Program and is now a freelance bassist. He holds a B.A. from the Manhattan School of Music and has studied or performed with James Harvey, Jennifer Hartswick, Dave Grippo, Rufus Reid, Harvie Swartz, Jay Anderson, Barry Harris, David Baker, James Moody, Jason Moran, and others.

STEVE FERRARIS, a drummer and arts educator, has performed and taught rhythm and drumming for all ages nationally and internationally since 1985. He has been involved with the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, Very Special Arts New Hampshire, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and UVM, among other institutions.

ZACK O’FARRILL has performed in some of NYC’s most prestigious jazz venues such as the Jazz Gallery, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Cornelia Street Café, and Birdland, and has played around the world in clubs and festivals in Spain, Japan, Switzerland, and Cuba. Zack recently released his second CD Sensing Flight as part of The O’Farrill Brothers. A dedicated teacher, he has been on the faculty of Samba Meets Jazz, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the Flynn Center Jazz Camp, and afterschool programs in the New York City public schools.

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