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Adult Education

Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps provide respite to working professionals

Carolyn Leonhart
Gene Bertoncini
Ike Sturm and Janet Planet at Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Cynthia Bane (singer) and Howard Leikin (guitarist) at Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

Way before PR and marketing professional Bob DeRosa was a co-owner of the Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps, he was a jazz camper himself. “This thing [Tritone camp] is really my fault. I started to learn the bass at the age of 42. I went to the Jazz in July program at Moravian College for three years in the ’90s and I had a ball. But I saw that the mixing of young and old can be a messy situation. Adults are coming back to their instruments now with time and discretionary income and they didn’t like to be ‘shown up’ by high school kids with incredible chops. So I knew that we should keep the camp to adults over 21.”

In 1998, DeRosa got together with educators Fred Sturm and Jim Doser, both of whom had ties to the Eastman School of Music, and the three established a summer jazz camp with a different sort of adults-only credo. The response was as much or more than they could have hoped for. The second year, they expanded to a second location in Wisconsin. This year, the camp will be held July 11-16 in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin and July 25-30 in Rochester, New York.

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