The Vail Jazz organization has announced the names of the 12 young jazz musicians who have been selected to participate in the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop, taught and mentored by a faculty of John Clayton (the workshop’s director), Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oatts, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash. The workshop, now in its 27th year, will be held during a 10-day residency in Vail, Colo.
Students must be between 15 and 19 years old when they attend and there are only two students permitted on each instrument, resulting in a 2:1 ratio of students to faculty. Howard Stone, executive director of Vail Jazz, said that the students “have an intense learning experience with no written music … all music is learned by ear.” Later this summer, the students will perform alongside the faculty and other noted jazz players at the Vail Jazz Party, held over Labor Day weekend.
“As professional jazz artists and instructors for the Workshop, we privately shake our heads each year at the level of students who come to us,” said Clayton. “We start the first day saying to each other, ‘I don’t know what I can teach this kid!’ This year is no exception. Their experiences range from their school jazz bands, local clubs, jamming with friends, participating in an all-female funk trio, and everything in between.”
This year’s class features:
Noah Buckner, drums (Brooklyn, NY)
Aiden Farrell, tenor saxophone (Agoura Hills, CA)
Ruby Farmer , bass (Brooklyn, NY)
Alex Heidelbaugh, trombone (Durham, NC)
Zeb Jewell-Alibhai, trumpet (Plano, TX)
Cosmo Lieberman, alto saxophone (Hermosa Beach, CA)
Lucas Perry, piano (San Francisco, CA)
Luke Ramee, trombone (Raleigh, NC)
Levi Rozekage, trumpet)(Noblesville, IN)
Ben Schwartz, drums (Maplewood, NJ)
William Schwartzman, piano (Santa Monica, CA)
Lorenzo Wolczko, bass (San Carlos, CA)
The Vail Jazz Workshop has taught more than 300 young people during its existence. Among the alumni of the program are Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott (now Chief Adjuah), Gerald Clayton, Benny Benack, Keyon Harrold, David Wong, Lakecia Benjamin, Marcus Gilmore, and many other noted jazz musicians.
For more information about the Vail Jazz Workshop, visit their website.