NEW YORK, NY: New York City’s newest music school is offering affordable Summer Jazz Intensives to adults and teens who can make it to their exciting new space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. New York Jazz Academy, recently featured on NBC’s Today in New York, CNBC, and CBS News, is offering week-long summer jazz workshops to jazz players who want to freshen their improv or tighten their skills in a setting that’s friendly but rigorous. “The great thing about the school,” says Javier Arau, the school’s founder and current director, “is that it’s about music connecting people. We’re not elitist. We are a great place to come to, whether you want to bring your instrument and have fun with folks, or if you want to challenge yourself to learn from the best. We care about the value of both.” Arau, a leader in NYC’s jazz community, has been featured in DownBeat, Saxophone Journal and other major magazines.
With its adult and teen programs, the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives offer training, clinics, and performance activities for soloists and band musicians alike. Last summer, the school’s was the largest summer jazz program in the city. Now the program is going one better: new this summer, the Jazz Academy will offer an immersive summer music camp experience that incorporates visits to major New York City jazz clubs and visits with influential players on the NYC jazz scene. And it’s home to an impressive list of faculty, including Wayne Escoffery, Carolyn Leonhart, Oscar Feldman, Dave Allen, Aaron Scott, Adam Birnbaum, and more. The school’s big bands, vocal ensembles, and small combos have played at such varied and storied jazz venues as Somethin’ Jazz Club, Tutuma Social Club, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. With sponsorship from Sabian and Vic Firth (courtesy of faculty member Pete Zimmer), RS Berkeley, and others, the school is a sure-fire hit. Pick up your horn (or bass, guitar, drumsticks, clarinet, flute, or mic) and join in!
About New York Jazz Academy
New York Jazz Academy is the fastest-growing music school in New York City. NYJA began in Manhattan with a simple and determined mission of providing ensemble performance and rehearsal opportunities to talented young musicians. Boasting a roster of the finest musicians in NYC, the school has seen unprecedented growth while developing into a new and successful model of jazz education and professional development. Now NYJA helps train and develop a student body of all ages and levels, including seasoned performing artists, adult hobbyists of varied ability, supremely talented teens, and beginners of all ages. With locations thriving in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, New York Jazz Academy has become a beacon of inspiration and insight for musicians ready to take their jazz playing to the next level.