Learn to sing in a new way, drawing inspiration from the great American song book. You'll focus on singing freely and improvising in a supportive learning environment. The week ends with a public performance for friends and family.

Program Details

Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM daily
Final concert: Friday, August 17 at The Royal Room
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Call time 3:30 PM

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

Johnaye Kendrick and Dawn Clement, renowned jazz musicians and Cornish College of the Arts faculty. See bios below.

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 male and female vocalists in grades 7-12. No prior vocal jazz or vocal improvisation experience required.

Register online HERE. You should receive a confirmation email upon submission. 

2018 Music Directors


Johnaye Kendrick

Johnaye Kendrick was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in 2005. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009.  Johnaye has been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.  The Orchestra won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category for their release Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. 
Johnaye has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Rio das Ostras Jazz Festival , Burghausen Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Bern, Playboy Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, Chicago Symphony Center, Snug Harbor and Birdland with Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Sean Jones or John Ellis.

The legendary Jimmy Heath says that "Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears."   A dedicated educator, Johnaye resides in Seattle where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts. In 2013, she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as “Northwest  Vocalist of the Year.” In 2014, she recorded, produced and released her debut CD, Here, for the johnygirl label. Featuring 12 of Johnaye’s original compositions, Here finds her supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis.


Dawn Clement

Northwest based pianist/composer/vocalist Dawn Clement has established herself as one of the most sought after musicians working today. With her joyful presence, consummate technique and distinctive sound, Clement has gained the attention and respect of musicians, critics and fans through the US and abroad. “In all this world of jazz, there are very few individual voices, no matter what the instrument, but Dawn has come up with a voice that’s unique…” says legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester.

With 5 CD’s under her belt, not to mention, appearing as a side woman on Jane Ira Bloom’s latest release Wild Lines and Emi Meyer’s Monochrome, Dawn has been hailed as the “Wonder Woman of Seattle” by Paul DeBarros (Seattle Times). With her newest release, Tandem, she explores the magic of musical pairs with some of her closest musical cohorts.

Clement has a slew of honors under her belt: from competing in the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, to winning three Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, to playing alongside jazz luminaries like Ingrid Jensen, Matt Wilson, and George Cables. Her compositions range from songs for string quartet & voice to a suite for viola and piano to tunes for jazz quintet to original blues arrangements for a murder mystery play. Clement thrives on collaboration with artists and improvisers from all walks of life.

Clement holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts and since 2000, she’s served as an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. When she isn’t playing, composing, touring, or teaching, Clement lives in Seattle with her husband and three children, Noah, Elvin, and Della.

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