LONG BRANCH, NJ - When the 2010 edition of the annual Summer Jazz Fest hits the Jersey Shore for five weekends beginning July 9, the Monmouth County-based Jazz Arts Project will be presenting its usual eclectic array of featured artists — a roster that spans the generations from a veteran of the Dorsey Brothers bandstand, to a very recent graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Bridging the generations is a big part of the Project’s mission to expose audiences of all ages and backgrounds to “America’s Classical Music.” And, as an internationally recognized conductor, arranger and music scholar, artistic director Joe Muccioli has offered young musicians an opportunity to develop a real appreciation for jazz, through hands-on ensemble playing and the mentorship of some of the most sought-after figures on the contemporary jazz scene.
Muccioli, whose formidable résumé includes having led the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (and who works with dozens of budding Blue-Eyes each year during his popular Sinatra Birthday Bash concerts) will be organizing a series of four free Summer Jazz Masterclass Workshops, presented concurrent with the Jazz Café slate of events taking place at Two River Theater on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, NJ — birthplace of the iconic Count Basie and a destination town that’s hosted some of the biggest legends in jazz.
Scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for the duration of the Jazz Café series, the workshop sessions are keynoted on Saturday, July 10 with a rare chance for young violinists to learn about jazz violin from a modern master, the rising star Aaron Weinstein. On the following Saturday, July 17, the workshop moves to the Salvation Army building at 210 Fifth Avenue in the regional music capital of Asbury Park, NJ, where a seminar on general ensemble playing will be augmented with a special 3:00 p.m. appearance by the Russian-born trumpet ace and music educator Valery Pomonarev.
The workshop series returns to the Two River Theater for the final two 4:30 p.m. installments; a session with the versatile vocalist Marlene Verplanck on July 24, and a lesson in polyrhythmic percussion featuring drummer, bandleader, and producer Cecil Brooks III on August 7.