Auditions will be June 16-17 for the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, which will be June 29 to July 17 at Loyola University New Orleans.
The artists in residence for the camp’s 21st year will be Patrice Rushen and Norma Miller. Rushen is a jazz pianist with a focus on composing for films, television and orchestras. She has worked closely with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Grammy in the Schools program and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for inner-city youth. Miller is a Lindy Hop dancer known as the “Queen of Swing.” As one of the last dancers from the Harlem Savoy Ballroom days, Miller is a swing dance legend. She is also known for her roles as an actress, comedian and author.
New Orleans’ dean of avant garde music Edward “Kidd” Jordan serves as the camp’s artistic director.
The camp is open to ages 10 to 21. According to camp executive director Jackie Harris, the program focuses on honing musical skills, while implementing a series of character-building exercises.
“Research proves that the discipline and skills required of music education help students manage stress, express their feelings, enhance their memory and improve communication skills,” Harris said.
Auditions will be by appointment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16 and from noon to 3 p.m. June 17. Students must have been studying music for a minimum of two years to qualify. There is a $35 nonrefundable audition fee. Tuition ranges from $130 a week for returning Orleans Parish students, to $300 a week for first-time out-of-state students. Some scholarships are available.
A benefit concert featuring performances by Patrice Rushen, Norma Miller, Jordan and jazz camp faculty and alumni will be held at 7 p.m. July 15 at the Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., in New Orleans. The culminating concert for camp participants will be at 8 p.m. July 17 at Roussel Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave.
Information is available at www.louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com.