Workshop Information (In Person)

  • 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 here). 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 56 spots for the In-Person session (July 19 - 22, 2023). 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! (Guitar is ALREADY sold out. Write us to be on the waiting list).
– Opening Night concert (July 18th evening) is included in your tuition!

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 2023, 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

VIRTUAL Session: July 14-16, 2023)
$599.00 - REGULAR tuition for three days (BEGINS April 16th)

$195.00 - AUDITOR per day

IN-PERSON Session: July 19-22, 2023)
$1,075.00 - REGULAR tuition for four days (BEGINS April 16th)

$195.00 - AUDITOR per day

BOTH Sessions Discount

$1,425.00 - 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 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, 2023, there is a refund of $250.
- For cancellations between June 1, and July 1, 2023, there is a refund of $150.
- Cancellations after July 1, 2023 will not be refunded.


The Bethesdan Hotel by Hilton
8120 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda MD, 20814
Click here, for our discounted hotel rate for the Summit. The hotel is allowing us to use this rate for the nights of July 17th, through July 23rd (six nights total), but you can adjust the stay according to your schedule.
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 and the faculty concert in their bar/restaurant, so make plans to stay here during the Summer Summit.

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!