Workshop Information – Summer Summit

  • Special thanks for the inclusive curriculum for drummers.  It exceeded my expectations!
  • Virtual MSJ was a huge success. Great content, excellent instructors, very organized administratively. I was particularly impressed with the last aspect since this was your first online endeavor of this length and scale. So major kudos all around.
  • I want to congratulate you on how well organized everything was. I did not see a single technical glitch, everybody was where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there, and the communication to participants was excellent
  • I was initially skeptical about how effective a virtual workshop could be, but it was really effective and a great musical growth experience! So many highlights and new things to work on! I can see this being an ongoing format of some kind in addition to the live summer session.
  • Thanks for a wonderful Summit! I got so much out of it and it helped me realign my practice routine and understanding in many ways. It was great living jazz for a few days!  
  • The overall vibe is so upbeat and supportive, but also serious about learning. It all emanates from Jeff’s teaching, and is enhanced by the other faculty members as well as the students
  • The four days were a musical wonderland for me. Something I have been dreaming about most of my adult life, coming together and exceeding my greatest expectations. I got something from every class and elective and super specialty guest. I was moved by the whole experience.
  • Hearing from the A-listers (Peter Erskine, Wycliffe Gordon, John Patitucci, and Rick Margitza) was wonderful.  Each was very humble and approaches music in their own personal way, which is a good model for all of us.

What We Do & How We Do It

JazzWire Summer Summit includes a full week of playing, learning, workshops, jam sessions and faculty concerts! Enrollment is limited to give you lots of personal attention and playing time. The faculty student ratio is 1:7, and our learning environment is focused, intimate and effective. MOST of our playing at The Summit is in a jazz small group – no time wasted sitting in boring classes!

– We have only 56 spots for the In-Person session (July 24 - 27, 2024). We are open to all instruments (and vocals).
– Our playing happens in small groups of 8 or fewer musicians.
– There are lots of opportunities to play with and trade back and forth with your faculty leaders in REAL time.
– Our playing happens in groups with real jazz instrumentation.
– Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk groups you effectively and comfortably with players of your ability level (through JazzWire).
– Opening Night concert (July 23rd evening) is included in your tuition!

The moral of the story . . . don’t delay, these spots go fast!

JazzWire Summer Summit is all about putting you in intimate, small situations with a world-class faculty. Instead of taking notes in a theory class or rehashing private lesson material you could get elsewhere, you’ll learn the way jazz should be learned – by playing with a mentor & group. Improvisation, theory, arranging, history and group dynamics are discussed, and demonstrated. This is an experience you’ll never get on YouTube, and information you’ll never learn in your practice room with a book!

A typical day at JazzWire Summer Summit in-person includes
• Small group rehearsal sessions playing with a faculty member
• Midday Faculty Mini-Concerts
• Workshops and Electives
• In depth, instrument-specific master classes
• A catered lunch
• Jam sessions & networking

This is the JazzWire Summit Experience!, our online platform is 100% integrated with The JazzWire Summer Summit experience, and you will become a subscriber ($49.95/ mo) to receive all the benefits. JazzWire is home to over 250 adult amateur and semi-pro musicians like you, from around the world, folks are learning, playing, practicing and progressing together like never before.

ALL participants who attend The Summit will become JazzWire members, so your experience at The JazzWire Summit will be more in-depth than you will get at ANY other workshop on earth. You’ll be playing with your peers from the three JazzWire Online Communities, folks who you know and respect. We’ll be working on the JazzWire Summit music for months before the workshop (and for months after), so everyone will be showing up with some homework already done. We’ll be ready to play! When you sign up for The JazzWire Summer Summit, your JazzWire Growth Plan fee is waived (a $75 value). PLEASE NOTE: the initial six-month monthly subscription ($49.95/month) commitment to JazzWire still applies.

Start preparing your songs for JazzWire early! Once you register for JazzWire Summer Summit 2024, we ask that you submit your music to us within two weeks. If we haven't received your music within four weeks of registering for The Summit, your JazzWire subscription will automatically begin ($49.95/ mo). Of course, can still send in your music after that date to receive your Growth Plan. Please see the links below for suggested song submission guidelines.

Bass: click here

Horns/Melody: click here

Piano/Guitar: click here

Drums: click here

We’d love to hear your JazzWire songs (see the links above) within two weeks after the date you have registered. Questions? Email Matt at We are happy to help!


JazzWire Summer Summit Tuition

Full Participant: July 24-27th, 2024)
$1,275.00 - REGULAR tuition for four days

$325.00 - AUDITOR per day

Multi Summit Discount

10% off when signing up for two or more upcoming summits!

Summit Auditors
Auditing is a great option for beginner players, those less confident in their skills, or players not able to attend all days of The Summit. JazzWire Summer Summit auditors may attend for one, two, three, or all four days of camp. You do NOT need to be a member of JazzWire to participate as an auditor for The Summit.

Auditors enjoy all of The Summit classes and electives, masterclasses and lectures. The difference is that auditors are just that - auditing.

Siblings, husband and wife, parent and child may each receive a 10% discount on their respective tuition amounts. Active Military also receive a 10% discount (only one 10% discount per person).

Refund/Cancellation Policy
If you have already paid and must cancel your attendance for any reason …
- For cancellations before June 1, 2024, there is a refund of $300.
- For cancellations between June 1, and July 1, 2024, there is a refund of $200.
- Cancellations after July 1, 2024 will not be refunded.


Thanks to donations from corporations and JazzWire members, we are able to fund SIX scholarships for six bass players or drummers to attend the JazzWire Summer Summit tuition free (a $1,275 value). THREE of these scholarships are for young women. Scholarship winners must be between the age of 16 - 21. The scholarship covers tuition and daily lunches, but does not cover transportation, accommodations or instrument rental.

- The deadline to apply is June 1, 2024. Winners will be notified by email on or before June 15, 2024.
- Scholarships available are for bass and drums only.
- THREE scholarships are for young women (16 - 21 yo). THREE additional scholarships are open to all.

To apply, please email to us at

1) a letter introducing yourself and why this scholarship would be valuable to you. Include your age, school, instrument and how long you’ve been playing.
2) links to two recordings of your playing, ideally representing two different jazz styles. Dropbox or YouTube works great.
3) a letter of reference from two different teachers or mentors.

The JazzWire Summer Summit is not looking for the “best” players, we are looking for musicians who are eager to grow, and are excited about keeping music a part of their lives, be it as a profession or simply for the love of it. We are looking for All-State players, but we are also looking for novice and intermediate musicians.


The Bethesdan Hotel by Hilton
8120 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda MD, 20814

You can BOOK HERE for a discounted price on our hotel! There are limited spaces, and these are on a first come, first served basis. The Bethesdan has been our partner hotel for many years, and they are newly renovated and looking and feeling great! we've hosted jam sessions and faculty concerts in their bar/restaurant in the past, so make plans to stay here during the Summer Summit when we confirm it.

Workshop Location

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
The location has a slightly hidden entrance, but it will be your first right after exiting the highway on Old Georgetown Rd. We will provide signs in front of the entrance to make it as clear as possible for you!