Teagarden Jazz Camp is Back!

We are thrilled to announce that the Teagarden Jazz Camp is back for 2022. The 2022 camp dates will be: Week One, July 24 – 30; Week Two, August 1 – 7 and registration opens February 25th, 2022.

To register for camp, please visit our camp website’s application page here.

Get Up Close and Personal

Normally held in early December, the 12th Annual “Up Close and Personal” fundraiser has been moved to February 17th, 2022.

For more information including the ticket prices and schedule of events, please view the flier by following this link: Up Close And Personal.

The featured musician will be Adrian Cunningham, Australian-born reed player now residing in New York.  Tickets are on sale now, and sell out quickly. To purchase tickets, contact Patti Jones at pjones@sacjef.org.

2021-2022 Music Lesson Awards

SacJEF presented its annual Music Lessons Awards this week to 28 deserving young musicians, ranging in age from 8 to 18. These dedicated students will each receive a voucher for $500 in private music lessons with the instructor of their choice. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards were again mailed instead of being presented in person as in past years.

The mission of SacJEF is to encourage young musicians to learn about and play early jazz, and the Music Lessons Awards program is aimed at helping students develop their skills on their chosen instrument. For a list of this year’s recipients, click here.

SacJEF Presents Music Lessons Awards for 2020-21

SacJEF presented its annual Music Lessons Awards this week to seventeen deserving young musicians, ranging in age from 9 to 17. These dedicated students will each receive a voucher for $500 in private music lessons with the instructor of their choice. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards were mailed instead of being presented in person as in past years.

The mission of SacJEF is to encourage young musicians to learn about and play early jazz, and the Music Lessons Awards program is aimed at helping students develop their skills on their chosen instrument. For a list of this year’s recipients, click here.

SacJEF Presents Drums to West Sac Student

The Instrument Match program is still going strong, despite the pandemic setbacks. Recently, SacJEF presented a drum set to Liam from West Sacramento. Liam is a student at River City High School, and no longer has to practice on a school-provided drum set.

Special thanks to Nell Mae Johnson for donating the set (and clearing space in her garage!), and to volunteer Ron Jones for getting them refurbished and ready to go!

Youth Jazz Day – 2019

Youth Jazz Day features four outstanding youth bands: Syncopating Sea-Monkeys, TNT, Jazz Raptors, and Tower Bridge Trad.  Special feature of the day will be the presentation of the 2019-20 SacJEF Music Lessons Awards.

Location: Sacramento Elks Lodge #6, 6446 Riverside Blvd at Florin Rd, Sacramento.

Cost: Admission free to all students 18 and under. Everyone else by donation.

Elks buffet brunch available 9am to 11am, cost $10

Up Close & Personal Fundraiser

The 11th annual Up Close & Personal fundraiser will feature clarinetist Dave Bennett, accompanied by Jason Wanner on piano, Ron Jones on drums and Shelley Denny on bass.

Tickets for this event sell out quickly – for more info contact pjones@sacjef.org

All proceeds from this event support the Teagarden Jazz Festival for Young Musicians in February.

Race for the Arts

SacJEF is participating in this year’s Race for the Arts! This will be a fun way to promote the Foundation to the greater Arts community, and we need a minimum of 10 people to agree to walk all or part of the route in order to receive the entry discount.

Race Day is Saturday, August 24th. 

Entry fee (discounted) is $24 and includes a Race T-shirt.

Registration is 7am at William Land Park and the race begins at 8:35 am

We plan to also have an informational booth at the park that day, so if you can’t walk but want to join the fun, we would welcome you to help man the booth – hand out flyers, etc. We are also hoping to have the TNT play in the amphitheater in the park that morning.

Once you have registered, it’s time to get donation pledges! We will be directing folks to our website to donate, but you can also collect on your own from friends, family, neighbors, whomever. Just have them make checks payable to SacJEF.  And, donors may designate which of our programs they want their donation to benefit.

Dave Becker is handling this event for us, so please reply to him that you will be going, and then complete the attached form and send it with your check for $24 ASAP to him c/o the SacJEF office, P O Box 661763, Sacramento, CA  95866.

IMPORTANT!! Registration forms MUST be submitted by the 13th, or the price goes up!

For more info, visit the Race website at http://raceforthearts.com/

Entry Form For Walking

Pledge Form for Donating 

Jazz Greats Jam for the Next Generation

Don’t Miss the Teagarden Jazz Camp Fundraising Extravaganza

West Sacramento, CA — On Saturday, March 30th, over 50 jazz musicians comprising eight local bands will gather on the banks of the American River for this year’s Teagarden Jazz Camp Fundraising Extravaganza. The four-hour show, held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Drake’s: The Barn, will feature headliners Element Brass Band and Peter Petty—both Sammie award winning acts—plus an assortment of brass bands, swing bands and New Orleans-style hot jazz ensembles to help send deserving students to the Teagarden summer jazz camp. There is no cover charge, but a suggested $20-per-person donation will help bring the gift of jazz to budding young musicians.

As the world’s oldest musical camp focusing specifically on early jazz, Teagarden has a long list of celebrity alumni from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to jazz singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg. Camp instructors are themselves highly accomplished musicians who have played with some of the biggest names around the world. In Sacramento, it’s hard to find a jazz band that does not have at least one or two musicians who have taken part in the Teagarden camp as either an instructor, a one-time student, or both.

The camp is an annual production of the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and promote early jazz. Camp director Bill Dendle says the camp is always a labor of love. “Traditional jazz is contagious,” says Dendle. “Children are innately musical and creative, and can profit on many levels from learning about jazz and improvisation.”

Event details

Teagarden Jazz Camp Fundraiser

& Musical Extravaganza

Saturday, March 30, 2–6 p.m.

Drake’s: The Barn

985 Riverfront St

West Sacramento, 95691

 

Performances by

o   Element Brass Band

o   The Crescent Katz

o   Peter Petty

o   City of Trees Brass Band

o   Sweet & Low Melody Co.

o   TNT

o   Dirty Chops Brass Band

o   The Kortet

o   The Syncopating Sea Monkeys

 

About the Teagarden Jazz Camp

Since 1986, the Teagarden Jazz Camp has been helping young musicians sharpen their skills under the tutelage of experienced musicians. Students aged 12–20 camp each year at Sly Park in Pollock Pines to learn the fundamentals of early jazz and improvisation techniques in an intensive week-long program, culminating with a concert on the final day in Sacramento. More at sacjazzcamp.org.