In January the Elder Conservatorium’s Jazz Department combined with JazzSA to hold a Jazz ‘Camp’. The camp was attended by 43 enthusiastic students aged from 12 to 53, with the average student in Year 11. The staff, led by camp director and current Head of Jazz Mark Ferguson, were all former jazz students (many are current casual staff) except for our new staff member, Cuban-born and trained jazz trumpet teacher Lazaro Numa. This year we also included recent students in our staff, Ben Finnis and Jordan Noble, both of whom attended JazzSA’s first jazz camp in 2013.
Each day the students participated in two small ensemble sessions, instrument specific masterclasses and improvisation classes. They also attended lunchtime staff concerts and were engaged in a vocal workshop and a guided listening class. The camp culminated in a wonderful concert in a packed Madley Rehearsal Space where all seven student ensembles and the combined choir performed two tunes to an audience of family and friends.
Written by Mark Ferguson