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RiverArts JazzCamp

DATES: July 30 – August 11

TIME: Monday thru Saturday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

PLACE: Dobbs Ferry High School
Music Suite
Dobbs Ferry, NY

August 3 & August 10, 7:30 PM

Saturdays August 4 & August 11



$600/six day week
10% discount for enrollment in both weeks or registration and payment by May 15th.

Scholarships available. Click here for a Scholarship Application

Recording made at the end of one week of Jazz Camp, 2016.

At RiverArts JazzCamp, students will have a chance to immerse themselves in music, playing with dedicated peers and learning from some of New York City’s finest artist/educators. [See Biographies below.]

All instrumentalists and vocalists entering grades five and up are welcome. We recommend two years of prior playing or singing experience. Each student will be placed in an appropriate ensemble on his/her first day of camp. Space is limited. Please register early.

The camp week offers theory & listening classes, ensemble performance, master classes and jam sessions. These opportunities will allow musicians at every level to grow and develop to their fullest potential.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your child’s enrollment for camp for any reason:
  • Up to three weeks prior to the first day of camp: Full refund minus $35 processing fee.
  • After three weeks prior to the first day of camp up to one week prior to the first day of camp: 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be made less than seven days prior to the first day of camp.

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Jazz Ensembles and JazzCamp Directors

Ron Vincent – Drums, Percussion

Vincent-RonRon attended Berklee College of Music from 1969 to 1973. After touring the U.S. with a variety of jazz groups, and three years in Kansas City (79-82), Ron settled in New York City in 1982. Since then, Ron has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene where he has been recorded on over 70 CDs. Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CDs with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap among others. In 1996 received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance. www.ronvincentmusic.com


Nancy Kennedy – Piano

Kennedy-NancyNative to the San Francisco Bay Area, jazz pianist/composer Nancy Kennedy has been a resident of New York since 1989. She has won acclaim for her work both in the U.S., at jazz clubs in Boston and New York, and abroad at key venues in Rome, Torino, Milan, Grenoble and Lyon, France.She was awarded an Artists Fellowship in Music Composition from New York Foundations for the Arts, the I. Austin Kelly Fund for the Arts, M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass and a Meet the Composer sponsorship for her work with the Brooklyn Jazz Composer’s Orchestra in New York. Nancy holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, M.M., Jazz Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA B.A., Music, Piano Performance, Post graduate studies in composition at The Juilliard School.

JazzCamp Faculty

Jay Azzolina – Guitar

Azzolina-JayGrammy nominated guitarist/composter Jay Azzolina has been part of the New York Jazz scene for the past three decades. After leaving the “Berklee College Of Music,” where Jay studied with Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick and Charlie Banacos the guitarist began working and recording in New York with a variety of artist’s. Beginning in a more electric setting and later transitioning to acoustic jazz, Jay’s associations include Michael Urbaniak, Herbie Mann, Jaco Pastorius, Harvie S, Spyro Gyra, Dave Samuels, Kenny Werner, Chuck Mangione, Ron McClure, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, The Westchester Jazz Orchestra and John Patitucci.


Dave Brandom – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

David-Brandom-WebComposer, arranger and saxophonist David Brandom (alto saxophone) has worked with Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Maria Schneider, Dave Matthews’ Super Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Temptations, Bobby Short and has played for numerous Broadway shows including Jersey Boys, Hairspray, In the Heights, Billy Eliott, and Nine to Five. Dave writes for and plays extensively with the Dave Brandom Quartet and has released 2 CD’s, Home and No Way Out, as a leader. Dave holds a Bachelor in Music from the University of North Texas and a Masters from Purchase College. He has taught at Purchase College and Lehigh University, and currently is a band director in the Edgemont, NY school district.


Bruce Eidem – Trombone

Bruce-Eidem-WebTrombonist Bruce Eidem has enjoyed a wonderful career working with some of the best musicians in New York. After touring with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton and Artie Shaw big bands, he has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, Sarah Vaughan, Paul McCartney and Mel Torme. He has recorded with Phil Collins, Wayne Shorter, Mario Bauza and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, several movie soundtracks and many tv/radio jingles. Bruce currently teaches at Manhattanville College.


Don Falzone – Acoustic & Electric Bass

Don-Falzone-WebDon has been working professionally in the New York area for nearly twenty five years. His career has been extremely diverse, working in a variety of musical genres. Recently Don has been performing in concert with pianists Alan Broadbent, and David Budway, as well as with his own band “August Quartet”. Don has performed around the world including Town Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland in New York City .In 2008 he released his debut recording as a leader and composer “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” featuring saxophonist Donny McCaslin followed by a second CD of original material and Jazz standards entitled “August Quartet” in 2010, featuring Jed Levy and John Hart.


Jon Kass – Violin, Viola

Jon-Kass-WebAs a freelancing violinist and violist, Jon Kass has been active in a wide range of musical genres, including traditional jazz, the downtown scene, Broadway, as well as symphonic and chamber music. He has appeared with diverse performers from Frank Sinatra to Joe Lovano, from Vince Giordano to Leroy Jenkins, from Placido Domingo to Ella Fitzgerald. Jon also continues to find increasing fulfillment from giving private instruction to young musicians.



Holli Ross – Jazz Vocal

Holli Ross has performed in top clubs from New Orleans’ Snug Harbor to NY’s Blue Note.  Her recording…”You’ll See is a serious jazz vocal album from a singer who knows how to present a song with a measure of elegance…a top-tier jazz vocalist,” says All About Jazz.  Her newest recording is with the esteemed vocal quartet, The Royal Bopsters which earned 4 ½ stars by Downbeat Magazine.  Holli has performed internationally and at top jazz festivals.  An ASCAP member, her songs have been recorded by Mark Murphy and Janis Seigel to name a few and she has recorded with many of todays jazz luminaries.  Holli teaches at Hofstra University and Montclair State University.  For further information: www.holliross.com.


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Jazz Ensembles

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The RiverArts Jazz Ensemble began in the summer of 2011. Music includes well-known pop, funk and jazz standards. Improvisation will be explained and practiced together. Students are guided and coached through various improvisatory techniques. Performance opportunities will be provided. In the Summer the Sr. Ensemble usually performs as an opening act at the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Jazz concerts. Space is limited and admission is by audition only to ensure a balanced ensemble. New students to the group are encouraged to join!

Basic requirements for the ensemble are:

• Basic knowledge of scales
• Ability to read basic music notation
• Basic knowledge of chord symbols

The Jazz Ensembles will meet for 18, 75 minute sessions on a weekly basis during the Semester. Tuition includes rehearsals, music prep, materials, and up to two performances. Junior Ensemble meets on Mondays from 5:00-6:15. Intermediate Ensemble meets on Tuesday evenings. Senior Ensemble meets on Mondays 6:30-7:45 PM.

Tuition: $630

Community service hours available for certain performances – please ask the Directors for details.

Instructors: Ron Vincent & Nancy Kennedy (for more information please email Ensemble leader, Ron Vincent, at ronvincent01@gmail.com or email MusicProgram@RiverArts.org)