Workshop Information

  • Special thanks for the inclusive curriculum for drummers.  It exceeded my expectations!
  • Weirdly, the on-line format had huge advantages — more and more varied instruction on different aspects of playing and more time during the sessions to practice what was being taught.
  • 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.
  • Hang Outs were some of my favorite moments from the the workshop. A lot of fun, but there were also some pretty deep discussions...  
  • At MSJ, I felt like every instructor was prepared for every session, even if maybe we did sometimes get sidetracked a bit with questions.
  • 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 TWO sessions of playing, learning, workshops, jam sessions and faculty concerts! The first session is a virtual session held online (more info on this below). The second session is in person, with tons of playing together in a group. 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 25 spots for Session 1 (July 15 - 17, 2022) and 50 spots for Session 2/In Person (July 20 - 23, 2022). 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).
– 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 Session 1 includes
Small group rehearsal sessions playing with a faculty member
• Choose from several Electives
• In depth, instrument-specific master classes
• A 75 minute session with our Super Special Guest each day.
• Opportunities to meet faculty and other adult musicians from all over the world

A typical day at JazzWire Summer Summit Session 2 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!

JazzWire.net, 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; see JazzWire Terms and Conditions for more information: click here.

Start preparing your songs for JazzWire early! Once you register for JazzWire Summer Summit 2022, 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 matt@jazzwire.net. We are happy to help!
 

What Is A Virtual Jazz Camp? (Session 1, July 15 - 17, 2022)

Session 1 of JazzWire Summer Summit is where love for jazz intersects with amazing coaching and direction, and most importantly, community and connection. It turns out that Zoom interactions and the virtual space are an excellent way to teach jazz. Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk has developed and taught over 2,500 hours of jazz education on this platform, and is a master at creating meaningful and powerful experiences in a virtual setting. We aren’t “making due” here. We’ve created something that couldn’t exist in the real world!


The Session 1/Virtual Summit is all about embracing the possibilities and modalities that were never possible before in any jazz workshop, anywhere on earth. Here’s a quick look at a few new things you can expect.

  1. Super Special Guests. Every day at The Summit in Session 1, we’ll spend 75 minutes with an “A” list musician. They will play for us, present a topic that is near and dear to them, and take your questions. And no, these aren’t the run of the mill folks you may be imagining. Here is a sampling of who we have previously had for you. -
    • Mike Stern (Guitar)
    • Chris Potter (Saxophone)
    • Peter Erskine (drums)
    • John Patitucci (bass)
    • Jeff Coffin (sax)
    • Ingrid Jensen (trumpet)
    • Geoffrey Keezer (piano)
    • Melissa Aldana (sax)
    • Eric Alexander (sax), etc.
  2. Everything Is Recorded. Each Masterclass and Elective, every Guest Lecture, you trading fours with faculty members . . . all of it will be presented to you at the end of The Summit. What would be impossible to do in classrooms is now a benefit of The Summit.
  3. Private Lessons. Everyone receives a 15 minute private lesson, which can help get you prepared for The Summit before the workshop, or keep the ball rolling afterwards. Lessons are with Jeff, or members of the core faculty. Is 15 minutes really enough time? It certainly is! We’ll have you show up with your one burning question, something that you feel has been holding you back. This question will be the focus of your time, and will help shape the most pivotal lesson you might ever have in your life.

And this is just the beginning. It’s a new world, and we are embracing not only what is possible, but what has previously been impossible.


Technology Training

If you are a little hesitant about your abilities to use the technology, don’t be. We will be offering Technology Training in advance of camp, to help you get the best sound and the best experience with the Zoom platform and your equipment, whether you are brand new to technology and Zoom, or whether you are a pro. What equipment do you need? A phone, tablet or computer, and an internet connection. Add a set of headphones, you are in perfect shape. You can get fancier from there if you want to. We’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure you have a great experience.

JazzWire Summer Summit Tuition

Session 1 (ONLINE July 15-17, 2022)
$499.00 - EARLY BIRD tuition for three days (ENDS April 15th)
$599.00 - REGULAR tuition for three days (BEGINS April 16th)

$175.00 - AUDITOR per day


Session 2 (IN PERSON July 20-23, 2022)
$925.00 - EARLY BIRD tuition for four days (ENDS April 15th)
$1,025.00 - REGULAR tuition for four days (BEGINS April 16th)

$195.00 - AUDITOR per day


BOTH Sessions Discount
$1,275.00 - EARLY BIRD tuition for BOTH sessions (ENDS April 15th)

$1,375.00 - REGULAR tuition for BOTH sessions (BEGINS April 16th)


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/observer for The Summit. Observers do not receive Private Lessons, nor recordings of any of the classes during session 1.

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

Discounts
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, 2022, there is a refund of $350.
- For cancellations between June 1, and July 1, 2022, there is a refund of $200.
- Cancellations after July 1, 2022 will not be refunded.

Hotel

The Bethesdan Hotel by Hilton
8120 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda MD, 20814
Click here to book.
The Bethesdan has been our partner hotel for many years, and they are newly renovated and looking and feeling great! We’ll be hosting a jam session (7/21) and the faculty concert (7/22) in their bar/restaurant, so make plans to stay here during the Summer Summit.

Flights

We recommend using Dulles (IAD), Reagan (DCA), or Baltimore (BWI).
Feel free to choose between them based on flight cost & Uber cost to the hotel!

Covid Precautions and Guidelines (Session 2: In Person)

As we have a good number of older adults attending (including those with preexisting conditions), we want to make everyone comfortable and confident in their time with us. After registering, we will ask for you to send us a photo of your covid vaccination card for our files privately by email. For those who are unvaccinated, we’ll simply ask you to write back and let us know, and then bring a negative covid test taken less than 72 hours before JWSS begins on registration day. We appreciate your taking the time to do this. It will help those attend who might not otherwise. More jazz is better, and we value your helping in making everyone included.