Rutgers University to Host All-Female Jazz Residency

New Jersey Performing Arts Center brings back program for third year

Linda Oh
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Newport Jazz Festival 2013
Ingrid Jensen, Ottawa JazzFest Winter Series, 2-14

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The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced a partnership with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark to host the annual All-Female Jazz Residency-a week-long summer program for women ages 14-25 who are aspiring jazz professionals.

Now in its third year, the residency allows young women to study and rehearse under artistic director and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen, director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

The residency’s faculty includes bassist Linda Oh, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, singer Connaitre Miller, saxophonist Bruce Williams, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Tia Fuller, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and pianist-composer Ellen Rowe. Additionally, one of this summer’s workshop leaders is Columbia University Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of several books on jazz and co-editor of Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies.

“Establishing lifelong relationships with others student musicians, as well as trailblazers in the field, makes this such a unique experience,” said Alison Scott-Williams, NJPAC’s vice president of arts education, in a press release. “When they’re under the wing of the best in the business, taking flight comes naturally.”

Participants will have the opportunity to take classes in improvisation, musicianship and jazz theory. In years past, the residency has provided students with the opportunity to perform at jazz clubs, take a tour of the Institute of Jazz Studies, attend concerts in New York City, visit Jazz Radio WGBO 88.3 FM and more. At the end of the residency, students participate in a performance.

“The Institute of Jazz Studies is thrilled to host NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency, the nation’s premier training ground for women in jazz, here at Rutgers-Newark,” said Wayne Winborne, executive director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, in a press release. “Our archives and related resources will certainly enhance their experience, and they in turn will be a welcome presence on our campus.”

The residency will take place from July 10-16. For more info visit the official NJPAC site, email [email protected] or call (973) 353-7058.