About Jazz from A to Z

Summer jazz camp || Ages 13-18

Jazz from A to Z, a one-week residential jazz camp, offers a deep dive into the performance, theory, and history of jazz. We welcome students of all levels, from beginners to experienced improvisers. Students with instrumental experience in other traditions but who are new to Jazz idioms are also encouraged to apply. Through individual instruction from our expert faculty, students explore improvisation within the jazz idiom and examine the solos of jazz legends. Performances in combos and small ensembles improve listening skills, teamwork, and musicality; performance in large ensembles tackle big-band tunes by greats such as Count Basie and Thad Jones. Students have the option to study the theoretical side of jazz through big-band arranging and composition classes.

As a student in Jazz from A to Z, you can expect:

  • Individualized private lessons
  • Combos and big bands
  • Listening and analysis classes
  • Sectionals
  • Jazz theory and improvisation classes

Expand your musical adventures this summer – stay on for Música Mariachi, a beginner Mariachi camp, right after Jazz from A to Z and receive $100 discount!

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition (includes lodging and meals):
$1,500*

Expand your musical adventures this summer – stay on for Música Mariachi, a beginner Mariachi camp, right after Jazz from A to Z and receive $100 discount!

Application Fee:
$85

Piano Usage Fee:
$40 (Piano Majors ONLY)

Optional Fees:
Secondary instrument lesson (45 min): $85*
Bedding and bath linens (includes twin fitted and flat sheets, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, and a bath towel): $85

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE: We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. Check (no extra fees)
    • Please make checks out to Rocky Ridge Music and mail to 1128 Pine St., Boulder CO. 80302.
  2. An ACH Bank Transfer will incur a processing fee of 1% (not more than $10).
  3. Credit or Debit cards payments will incur a processing fee of 2.9% + $0.25.

Audition Requirements & Deadlines

Please note that an audition is required for new applicants for placement purposes.  The audition should consist of two brief contrasting examples, in any style or genre, that demonstrates the level of instrumental or vocal proficiency.

An audition is not required for applicants who have attended previous sessions.

Location and Address

This summer residential music camp takes place at our Estes Park campus:

465 Longs Peak Rd

Estes Park, CO 80517

Rocky Ridge Music is located near the base of Long’s Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park. It is just off of Highway 7, about 4 miles south of Estes Park and 6 miles north of Allenspark.

From Highway 7, turn west onto Longs Peak Road, which is at mile marker 9. There is a sign there that says, “Longs Peak Area.” Drive about 1/3 mile to our entrance on the right.

Driving from Denver:
From Denver, take I-25 North. Exit onto Highway 66 West. At Lyons, take Highway 7 to Allenspark (left). Total drive time from DIA to RRMC is about 1 1⁄ hours.

Driving from Northern Colorado:
Driving west on Highway 34, you’ll drive through the Big Thompson Canyon and into Estes Park. At the big intersection, take Highway 7 South.

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Location and Transportation

 

Rocky Ridge Music is located near the base of Long’s Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park. It is just off of Highway 7, about 4 miles south of Estes Park and 6 miles north of Allenspark.

Driving from Denver: From Denver, take I-25 North. Exit onto Highway 66 West until you get to Lyons. See below for further instructions.

Driving from Boulder: Take Highway 36 North until you get to Lyons. See below for further instructions.

At Lyons, take Highway 7 to Allenspark (left). From Highway 7, turn west onto Longs Peak Road, which is at mile marker 9. There is a sign there that says, “Longs Peak Area.” Drive about 1/3 mile to our entrance on the right. Total drive time from Denver International Airport to RRM is about 1.5 hours.

Driving from Northern Colorado: Driving west on Highway 34, you’ll drive through the Big Thompson Canyon and into Estes Park. At the big intersection, take Highway 7 South. At the sign that says “Longs Peak Area,” you will turn right onto Longs Peak Rd. Drive about 1/3 mile to our entrance on the right.

The Estes Park Shuttle is available from Denver International Airport to RRM. Students should contact the shuttle directly at 970-586-5151 or visit their website www.estesparkshuttle.com for current information and to make a reservation. Use the group code “RRMC” for a 10% discount. 

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How to Register
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Deadlines
Registration for this program will open on November 15, 2023. Please note that an audition is required for new applicants for placement purposes.  An audition is not required for applicants who have attended previous sessions.

Registration Fee: $85

Please call our office at 303-449-1106 or email rrmc@rockyridge.org with any questions.

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Faculty
Grant Larson
Saxophone

Grant Larson

Jazz Program Director
Instruments: Saxophone
Education: D.M.A., M.M., CU Boulder

An active recitalist and proponent of new music, saxophonist Grant Larson has premiered works for saxophone by Paul, Hanson, Philip Wharton, Chiayu Hsu, Steven Makala, and John Drumheller at regional and national conventions. He is the soprano saxophonist with the Colorado-based Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. Grant currently serves as the Saxophone Practicing Artist at Denver School of the Arts, is the wind ensemble conductor for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, and serves on the faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center.

Equally comfortable in both classical and jazz settings, Grant has performed on stage with notable artists such as Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Art Lande, Brad Goode, Johannes Weidenmueller, Peter Erskin, Ray Charles, Ignacio Berroa, and “Slammin” Sammy K. He recently produced a collaborative album (Ascent) of original jazz compositions with fellow musicians Greg Tanner Harris, Matt Fuller, Braun Khan, and Dave Hammond. He also has released two jazz albums of original compositions under the Dazzle Recordings label (Denver, CO). Grant holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a Master of Music from the University of Colorado; and a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College. Previously, he served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Concordia College, and the Boulder Arts Academy.

Matt Fuller
Guitar

Matt Fuller

Jazz Faculty
Instruments: Guitar
Education: M.M., CU Boulder

Guitarist Matt Fuller is an active performer and educator, he teaches jazz guitar at Denver Metro State University. Matt recently relocated back to his home state of Colorado after living in NYC as a freelancing musician and teacher from 2012-2015. His debut album as a leader Waiting for Violet was released in May 2014 and features celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles. Some notable musicians he has performed with include Idina Menzel, Marvin Hamlisch and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Amir ElSaffar, Cuong Vu, Bill Ware, Scott Amendola and New West Guitar Group. Originally from Colorado, Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. Prior to teaching at Denver MSU he taught jazz guitar at University of Northern Colorado from 2005-2011. Matt studied jazz guitar and music theory for eleven years with his mentor Dale Bruning (Bill Frisell’s original teacher). After running his own private lessons studios in Denver and Brooklyn, Matt draws on twenty years teaching experience when working with children and adults. He finds great joy in helping each student develop their skills and find their own direction in music.

Greg Harris
Piano, Vibraphone

Greg Harris

Jazz Faculty
Instruments: Piano, Vibraphone
Education: M.M., CU Boulder; B.A., Fort Lewis College

Multi-Instrumentalist Greg Tanner Harris leads the “Greg Harris Vibe Quintet,” and is a member of Bluegrass legend Pete Wernick’s Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, New World Citizen Band, 9th & Lincoln Orchestra, and SuperCollider. Among his work as a studio musician, he has released 5 albums- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet “Glass Gold,” “Open Space,” “Frames Live,” Prospector “Memory of Pilots” featuring trumpeter Ron Miles, and “World Citizen” with West African master xylophonist Aaron Bebe Sukura. The Greg Harris Vibe Quintet’s new album ‘Glass Gold’ was recently released on Dazzle Records.

Greg has a great interest in the West African Xylophone called the Gyil (pronounced JEE-lee), the national instrument of the Lobi and Dagara people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. He has performed with Baaba Maal, Aaron Bebe Sukura, SK Kakraba, as the musical director for Prudence Mabhena from Zimbabwe, and also does regular fundraising performances for the Whole Planet Foundation. He also plays an assortment of Frame Drums from around the world, exploring the Bodhran of Ireland and the Doyra of Uzbekistan.

He received an D.M.A. in Jazz Studies and an M.M. in Music Performance, Percussion at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Music Education and Music Performance Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College. Greg is a private instructor, high school teacher, and freelance musician in the Denver/Boulder area and has performed nationally and internationally. Greg teaches Ethnomusicology, music theory, at Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, is a board member of the non-profit Gift of Jazz, and as a Practicing Artist at the Denver School of the Arts.

Dave Hammond
Drums

Dave Hammond

Jazz Faculty
Instruments: Drums
Education: M.M., University of Denver; B.M., Berklee College of Music

Dave Hammond performed professionally in Boston, South America and Denver before becoming one of the founding music instructors at the Denver School of the Arts (DSA). Under the direction of Mr. Hammond DSA bands have performed at 13 of the last 16 Colorado Music Educators Association conferences, performed 14 times at the CBA State Concert Band Finals, won many awards and accolades including Downbeat Magazine Student Awards: Best Chamber Group, Best Classical Symphonic Band, Best Big Band and Best Studio Orchestra. The Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra is one of the top high school big bands nationwide selected to compete at the Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah, GA (2015, 2014 and 2013), Wynton Marsalis’ Essentially Ellington High School Competition and Festival in New York (2004, 1998). Hammond received his Master of Music degree from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.

Braun Khan
Double Bass, Electric Bass

Braun Khan

Jazz Faculty
Instruments: Double Bass, Electric Bass
Education: M.M., Central Michigan University

Braun Khan is from Mount Pleasant Michigan and began playing the acoustic guitar and the electric bass in high school. He quickly developed a love for music and began performing extensively in church groups and local bands. His experiences ranged from pop/rock to gospel to funk. A few years after taking up the electric bass his interests expanded to jazz and the upright bass, and he began studying classical and jazz bass performance at Central Michigan University.

After completing a Master of Music degree in double bass performance at Central Michigan University, Braun was hired by the university to teach classes in jazz theory and to oversee their community outreach program. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Arts in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado and is an active part of the Northern Colorado music scene, gigging frequently in jazz and funk/rock groups as well as with classical ensembles.

Braun has performed with Jeff Hamilton, Chris Potter, John Fedchock, Bill Watrous, Tamir Hendelman, Matt Wilson, Deborah Brown, Gary Smulyan, Bobby Sinabria, Ruben Alvarez, Toby Beau, Jake Shimabukuro, Groove For Thought, Clint de Ganon, Bob Christianson, Clifford Carter, Ron Stout, Dan Miller, Brad Goode, Pete Olstad, Greg Gisbert, Eric Gunnison, Adam Larson, Jim White, Steve Kovalcheck, Dana Landry, Peter Sommer, Wil Swindler, Josh Quinlan, Jeff Jenkins, Ben Markley, Mark Sloniker, Chris Smith, Mike Marlier, Ed Breazeale, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Dawn Kramer
Trumpet

Dawn Kramer

Jazz Trumpet Faculty
Instruments: Trumpet
Education: B.M., The University of Colorado at Boulder

Dawn Kramer is a full time freelance trumpet player in the Denver area, specializing in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, pop and salsa. She is a member of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Darren Kramer Organization, ElektroHornz, Boulder Brass, Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the salsa band Conjunto Colores. She plays many of the shows at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Arvada Center. Dawn has subbed with the Colorado Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, and many other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles. She attended the University of Colorado and received a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance. She has toured as lead trumpet aboard several cruise lines, a Miami-based salsa band, as well as the internationally acclaimed rock band Matchbox Twenty. These travels took her across the US, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia, and Mexico. She has appeared on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, the Rosie O’Donnell show, and VH1 Storytellers. She has performed at the International Trumpet Guild, the International Association of Jazz Educators, Jazz Education Network and the Colorado Music Educators Association conventions. Dawn contracts for several local groups and also maintains a small private teaching studio. When Dawn isn’t working, she loves to cook, bake, read and spend time with her perfect puppy, Oliver!