Take your music to the next level
Training the band leaders of tomorrow.
Play a live in-studio session on KNKX 88.5FM.
The Summer Advanced Institute will challenge you to approach jazz with a holistic understanding of its history and development. You'll work closely with faculty Riley Mulherkar, Sammy Miller and Marina Albero in small ensembles, masterclasses, and group discussion. You'll hone your leadership skills and expand your love for the many styles of Jazz - New Orleans, Jazz Age, Swing, Bebop, and Free. The institute ends with a live in-studio recording session at KNKX 88.5FM, which your friends and family can tune in to hear!
2018 SESSION DATES - SOLD OUT
Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM daily
Live in-studio session at KNKX 88.5FM on final day, from approximately 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM. Tune in!
Riley Mulherkar, Sammy Miller, and Marina Albero (bios below)
MLK FAME Community Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle WA 98112
Payment plans and scholarships available.
We're committed to this program being affordable for families. If the tuition is too expensive for you at this time, for whatever reason, please fill out the scholarship form BEFORE you register. We will get back to you quickly, typically within 2 business days. If you have any questions about scholarships or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for everyone, in fact, 40% of JazzED families receive a scholarship of some amount!
Open to jazz instrumentalists going into grades 10-12. Students must have technical command of their instrument, as well as elementary improvisation experience or a basic knowledge of music theory (i.e. familiarity with major scales and 12-bar blues form).
Interested students going into 9th grade are required to send audition tape of themselves playing a blues melody and 1-2 choruses of improvisation in any key, no accompaniment required. Suggested tunes included "Now's The Time," "Billie's Bounce," and "Sonny Moon For Two." You may email your audition (video link or audio file taken on a cell phone is totally acceptable) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program has reached capacity. Registration is closed.
2018 Music Faculty
Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” by The New York Times and praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” As a bandleader, Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 new works since its inception in 2011, creating the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music).
As a musical director, Riley has worked with a number of leading artists of our time, including NEA Jazz Masters Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at The Joye in Aiken Festival, bringing leading young musicians, actors and dancers to the historic city of Aiken, South Carolina.
Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.
Riley is actively engaged in educational outreach, founding the music program at stART Osceola, a summer arts intensive in Florida, where he taught for five years. He has facilitated master classes in Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States.
A native of Los Angeles, Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer, and bandleader.
Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. And while independently the band members have performed/recorded with notable artist including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, Joshua Redman, Lee Fields, Jason Moran at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl, The Congregation has opted to stick together and create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.
Born into the family band Grallers de Banyoles-Estampida Medieval, Marina Albero has been steeped in the sounds of Barcelona since childhood. As a young girl, extensive training in percussion and piano in both Spain and Cuba sent her on the road to early achievement and success. Albero played European festivals and was awarded the annual prize for talented youth in Brussels.
Marina has collaborated on recording projects with players like Silvio Rodríguez, and tours in Catalonia, Spain, and Portugal with the band Barnhabana, conducted by Grammy winner Barbarito Torres. Currently, Marina performs in flamenco shows with renowned dancers and companies, including the Ballet Nacional De España.
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