Frost School of Music and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Expand JAS Academy

The Colorado summer program is now underwritten by a donation from philanthropists Ed and Sasha Bass

Christian McBride gives the keynote speech at the Jazz Connect Conference, NYC Jan. 2015

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Jazz Aspen Snowmass have teamed up to expand the all-scholarship JAS Academy in Aspen, Colo., in which promising student musicians perform in big band and small combo settings and sit in on master classes with guest artists and business professionals. Until now, the JAS Academy was a one-week summer program; beginning this year, it will be two weeks.

“For almost three decades Jazz Aspen Snowmass has been a great presenter of concerts and educational programs,” Shelly G. Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music, said in a press release. “The JAS Academy will incorporate the Frost School’s innovative teaching and educational strategies, and serve as a boot camp to launch the career of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists.”

The Academy is expanding thanks to a donation from the philanthropists Ed and Sasha Bass, who have promised to underwrite the program for the next five years. “The JAS Academy will bring together two of our passions—jazz and education—in the inspiring town of Aspen, where the arts are in full bloom all summer long,” Sasha Bass said in the release.

The JAS Academy, led by its artistic director Christian McBride and newly appointed program director Chuck Bergeron, will take place Aug. 4-18, and 23 students will be chosen to participate. The deadline for applicants is Mar. 15.

“I am thrilled to be at the center of this partnership,” McBride said in the release, “and look forward to the wealth of possibilities this new association brings to further jazz music education and the promising future for so many talented and aspiring young musicians.”

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