Up-and-coming NYC jazz sensations, and recent Juilliard graduates, Riley Mulherkar and Sammy Miller team up for a week-long advanced jazz summer camp to train the bandleaders of tomorrow.

You'll learn how to approach jazz with a holistic understanding of its history and development. Hone your leadership skills and to take your music to the next level, through performance, listening, and group discussion. Plus, we'll end the week with a live in-studio performance at KNKX 88.5 FM.

Program Details

Mon August 21st - Fri August 25th
10am - 3pm each day
*Live in-studio performance at KNKX 88.5 FM on final Friday.

MLK FAME Community Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle WA 98112

$455 - Payment plans and financial aid available.

Financial aid
If the tuition is too expensive for you, please apply for financial aid online BEFORE you register and we will get back to you quickly. If you have any questions about financial aid or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for every family.

Who can register
Open to instrumentalists going into grades 9-12.

Student Resources + Prep Material for Registered Students

"KIook-Mop", a passage from Dizzy Gillespie's autobiography "To Be Or Not To Bop" (PDF)

Tune List

Struttin’ With Some Barbecue - Lil’ Hardin and Louis Armstrong (in F and Ab)
Recommended Recording:
Louis Armstrong -- The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings (1927)
Louis Armstrong and his All Stars -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSbRs2TjVKs (1953)

One O’Clock Jump - Count Basie (in F/Db)
Recommended Recording:
Count Basie -- The Complete Decca Recordings (1937)
Benny Goodman -- Live at Carnegie Hall (1938)

Anthropology - Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (in Bb)
Recommended Recording:
Dizzy Gillespie -- The Complete RCA Recordings (1946)
“Thrivin’ From A Riff” by Charlie Parker -- The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (1945)

Ramblin’ - Ornette Coleman (in D)
Recommended Recording:
Ornette Coleman -- Change of the Century (1960)

Music Directors

Riley Mulherkar

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.

Sammy Miller

A native of Los Angeles, Grammy nominated drummer Sammy Miller is 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. 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 they have opted to stick together to create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.

Check out Sammy Miller and his band perform at the KNKX 88.5 FM Studios