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Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Camp

A community-focused faculty makes this jazz camp thrive in New Orleans

Satchmo Jazz Camp
Students at the Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Jazz Camp (photo: JR Thomason)
Jackie Harris, founder and director of Satchmo Jazz Camp

On a steamy July morning in New Orleans, the fourth floor of Loyola University’s music building is electric. At one end in a corner room, flutist Kent Jordan encourages a flute aspirant; in an adjacent space, youthful clarinetist Gregory Agid puts more campers through their paces. Around the next corner, piano instructors Peter Cho and Darrell Lavigne drill keyboard students learning Monk’s “Misterioso.”

“That time I heard ideas-I didn’t hear fishing and wandering,” Cho encourages. Peeking in a larger rehearsal room, artistic director Edward “Kidd” Jordan (pictured on the home page) urges some beginning students, admonishing one young trumpeter on being “consistent” in counting off rhythms. Meanwhile, in the main rehearsal area, a student ensemble runs through the changes to “Straight, No Chaser.”

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