The Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong Jazz Camp Instills Culture of Confidence

18 02 2013

Kent Jordan conducts summer camp studentsA common denominator in the educational backgrounds of successful, 20-something New Orleans musicians is the Satchmo Summer Camp, where Kidd Jordan and a bevy of other gifted artist-educators have taught the fundamentals of jazz to students aged 10 – 21 since the mid-’90s.

The camp’s legacy includes an impressive list of alums, from Trombone Shorty to Jonathan Batiste. Both Shorty and Jon frequently credit the camp’s teachers with imbuing in them a commitment to music education that’s helped inspired projects like Shorty’s new Music Academy at Tulane and Jon’s education programming at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, where he is the associate artistic director.

After catching up with Kidd Jordan, Jackie Harris, Jon and others, I put together a profile on the organization for DownBeat’s International jazz Camp guide in the magazine’s March 2013 issue. Get the scoop on the 2013 Artist-in-Residence and more by clicking here. A less legible, but prettier DB layout format can be viewed here.

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