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Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia



Mon., July 17th - Fri., July 28th, (Excluding Weekends) 

All spots for Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia are currently filled. Registration and auditions are now closed.  



Fri., July 28th  |12PM| Perelman Theater 

This year's summer concert will feature some of the areas most talented jazz students, under the instruction of world-class jazz artists, who will perform a selection of new and original music composed during their two-week camp experience here at the Kimmel Center.  


What is the Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia?

Built on a decade of excellence in arts education - the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is proud to offer its two-week summer intensive to up-and-coming musicians and vocalists!

Selected by audition, students between the ages of 13 - 20 will explore:

  • Jazz technique
  • Repertoire
  • Performance

Our robust curriculum provides students with instruction in:

  • Musicianship
  • Ensemble interaction
  • The creative process

Most importantly, KCJCP allows this generation's brightest young jazz talents to gain invaluable experience, alongside students from near and far, in a creative live performance setting on the Kimmel Center's world-class campus.

Jazz Vocal Students

Sing your heart out, Philadelphia!

Students will join an engaging and excited group of instrumentalists - honing their ensemble voices, solo works, and more!

Jazz Camp Curriculum

Taught by more than 30 world-renowned jazz musicians, the Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia includes expert instruction for intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Instrument specific workshops
  • Theory
  • Harmony
  • Rhythm skills
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Collective composition
  • Sight Reading
  • Ensemble interaction & performance
  • Jazz History

...And more, including industry related topics such as Music Technology & Recording and Music Business Practice. Special activities include:

  • Daily celebrity lead master classes
  • Daily jam sessions featuring celebrity rhythm sections!
  • Special concerts

KCJCP will culminate in a FREE public performance given by the students in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.


Free Summer Master Class Series 

2-4 PM| Rendell Room (Tier 1)

For registration or questions, please email Brent White at . Seating is subject to availability. This is a free, non-ticketed event. 

7/17 – Rajna Swaminathan – Indian percussion

Rajna Swaminathan is an accomplished mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist, a protégé of mrudangam  maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians, most notably mentor and vocalist T.M. Krishna. 

7/18 - Venissa Santi- Vocalist

Born in NY, trained in jazz in Philadelphia, and schooled in sacred/secular music in her ancestral homeland of Cuba, vocalist Venissa Santí traveled a long road to develop her signature musical style. She is a 2008 PEW Fellow, signed to Sunnyside Records.

7/19 – Sumi Tonooka – Piano

Sumi Tonooka (pronounced To-NO-ka) has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid). Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences – quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians.

7/20 – Dan Weiss  - Drums

Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording “Fourteen” made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years.

7/21 - Jonathan Finlayson – Trumpet

Jonathan Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. 

7/24 – Tyshawn Sorey – Drums

Tyshawn Sorey blends composition and improvisation across a variety of styles and genres. As an instrumentalist, he is known for his skillful open, groove-oriented, and through-composed forms and for his virtuosity on drums, piano, and trombone.  

7/25 – JD Walter – Voice

JD Walter is a jazz singers singer - a purist and an innovator.  Respected and lauded by the great musicians of the contemporary circuit, JD has shared the stage with many legendary artists including: Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Tim Warfield, Orrin Evans, Seamus Blake, Igor Butman, Nasheet Waits, Robin Eubanks, Christian McBride. JD sang with the renowned "American Boy choir" and later attended the University of North Texas via a vocal jazz scholarship.

7/26 – Steve Coleman & The Five Elements (Performing at Kimmel Center's Sittin’ In later that night)

Coleman was the inaugural poet on the Peabody Award-winning television series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam on HBO. He co-wrote and co-starred in the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway." Coleman co-conceived and assistant directed Sarah Jones’s 2006 Tony Award-winning show Bridge and Tunnel, which was originally produced Off-Broadway by Meryl Streep.

7/27 – Vijay Iyer - Piano

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting & vital young pianists in jazz today”. Iyer was named Downbeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.


Free Summer Jam Session Series 

4:15-6:15pm| Merck Classroom (Tier 2)

Join us in an open jam session with our Jazz Artists for an afternoon of fun! Network with other musicians or just sit back and relax. 

7/17 - Luke O’Reilly

7/18 - Laurin Talese

7/19 - Kevin Hanson

7/20 - Anwar Marshall

7/21- Yesseh Furaha Ali

7/24 - Chris Stevens

7/25 - Tim Motzer

7/27 - Lee Mo



Jazz Camp Faculty

Anthony Tidd, Jazz Camp Director and Master Class Tutor
Brent White, Assistant Director 
Carol Frazier, Manager of Education 
Manisha Modi, Education Administrator


This program is generously supported by Chubb, Universal Health Services, and Elliott-Lewis Corporation. 

Sponsors: THANK YOU!

Education programs at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts are generously sponsored by:

  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Aramark
  • Bank of America
  • Chubb 
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Doran Family Foundation
  • Elliott-Lewis Corporation
  • Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • GSK
  • Health Partners Plans
  • David and Patricia Holveck
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Lomax Family Foundation
  • M & T Bank
  • Merck
  • Origlio Beverage
  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company
  • PNC Foundation
  • Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo