Free jazz camp offered in Truckee |

Free jazz camp offered in Truckee

Rick Chandler

Moody's jazz camp takes advantage of some summer weather.

Calling all aspiring jazz musicians: The Third Annual Free Kids’ Jazz Camp is looking for enrollees, and one would be hard pressed to find a better opportunity to learn from the masters.

Moody’s Bistro & Lounge will once again play host to the five-day Jazz Artists In Residency program, in which top-tier jazz musicians who have performed with the likes of Elvis Costello and Herbie Hancock show the ropes to kids from in and around the Tahoe area.

If you want to learn how to wrap your fingers around the guitar, tap on the piano, or coax a note out of a horn, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is just for you. Students will also benefit greatly from the camp, which will take place Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, at Moody’s in Truckee. The camp includes four evenings of free shows and a Truckee Youth Music Program benefit on July 13 and 14, featuring San Francisco’s Shotgun Wedding Hip Hop Symphony.

The 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. camp will allow kids to work closely with musicians who are widely recognized from New York to San Francisco for their innovation and talent. The camp is open to children ages 10 through high school.

Kids will have the opportunity to participate in workshops that will focus on improvisation in jazz and funk using drums, bass, guitar, piano and horns. In order to get the most out of the camp, all participating kids must have some form of musical background. Students must register with Moody’s in advance, as the camp is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“It’s all about the role model, and these musicians nail that for the kids,” said JJ Morgan, Moody’s co-owner and founder of the program. “These guys are teaching the kids about dedication and commitment and the kids see the end result with the musicians. They get a lot out of the week, plus it fires them up to pursue their love of music through classes during the upcoming school year.”

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The Kids’ Jazz Camp teachers include some of the most talented jazz musicians in the country. Adam Theis will instruct on trombone, Joe Cohen on saxophone, Josh Jones on drums, Benny Lackner on piano, Will Bernard on guitar and Andrew Emer on bass. Theis and Cohen are members of the Shotgun Wedding Quintet Hip Hop Symphony, known for its marriage of two seemingly unrelated musical styles – hip-hop and jazz.

On Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, Theis and Cohen will return to the stage with the Shotgun Wedding Hip Hop Orchestra as a benefit for the Truckee Youth Music Program. Admission is $5.

Located inside the historic Truckee Hotel on Commercial Row, Moody’s Bistro & Lounge is known for its locally sourced ingredients served in an informal atmosphere reminiscent of Tahoe in the 1920s.

Information: (530) 587-8688 or