WOU sets Mel Brown jazz festival

MONMOUTH -- The Mel Brown Summer Jazz Workshop at Western Oregon University will take place Aug. 2-8.



MONMOUTH -- The Mel Brown Summer Jazz Workshop at Western Oregon University will take place Aug. 2-8.

Registration for musicians of all instruments is still open. Cost is $625 for those who will receive room and board on campus, and $550 for commuters.

The weeklong summer music camp, which has become an annual tradition in Monmouth during the last four years, is directed by Mel Brown, a widely renowned jazz drummer from Portland.

Several noted Northwest guest artists work as instructors at the event, which draws hundreds of talented jazz musicians from across the state interested in improving their craft.

"The students who attend the workshop range in ability from beginners to veteran musicians and in age from 14 to 84," said Keller Coker, WOU associate music professor and workshop instructor.

"They get a week of intense music making, and take away enough material to work on for at least a year," Coker added.

Registration will remain open for attendees until all available slots are filled.

Participants are divided by skill level and perform in both large and small jazz ensembles.

They also attend seminars that cover various topics, such as theory, history, improvisation, the music business and music technology.

New to this year's workshop is vocal instruction. Singers will participate in vocal master class, jazz combos, jazz choir, lectures, and jam sessions.

Auditions are required prior to registration. Space is limited.

For more information: 503-838-8275; www.melbrownjazzcamp.com.



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