One of the most exceptional and distinctive jazz education experiences offered anywhere on the globe!”
– Paul Contos (Monterey Jazz Festival Education Director)


Schedule of Clinics

Backlit Buddha Studios, 395 Dairy Road #M, Kahului
$10 suggested donation for each session; scholarships available; walk-ins welcome.

 Jazz Maui presents Jazz Maui Camp 2024, a series of inspiring clinics designed for aspiring jazz vocalists and musicians of all ages including high school and college students and adults. Jazz Maui Camp’s clinicians include four of New York City’s finest young jazz musicians; leading figures of Maui’s jazz scene that have toured and taught internationally; and, two outstanding vocalists that have performed and recorded worldwide. Clinics will focus on instrument and vocal-specific jazz techniques, performance practice, and jazz improvisation, often in hands-on settings. Participants may attend as many sessions as they like, held mostly in the evenings between July 1 and July 11 at Backlit Buddha Studios in Kahului. To secure a seat for the clinics please reserve your spot here. We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, July 1, 6-8 PM

“Young Lions”

Four of New York City’s finest young jazz musicians: Tadashi Thomas, trumpet; Caelan Cardello, piano; Aron Caceres, bass; and, Julian Miltenberger, drums, discuss their lives in jazz and offer valuable insight into the process of learning and performing jazz. These “young lions” are on Maui direct from New York where they are active in the jazz scene. Julliard, Berklee School of Music, SUNY Purchase, and the New School for Jazz are alma maters for this group of master musicians.

Tuesday, July 2, 6-8 PM

Vocals with Sheryl Renee

This clinic will focus on vocal warmups, vocal flavor and technique, engaging the audience, learning lyrics, and studio vocals vs. live performance. Known as “The Lady with The Golden Voice,” the versatile and dynamic Sheryl Renee can be heard on hundreds of recordings and commercials. Over a lifetime in the entertainment industry, she moves effortlessly between music genres, artistic avenues, and entrepreneurial pursuits. One of her greatest joys is nurturing others’ talents.

Wednesday, July 3, 6-8 PM

Drumming with Paul Marchetti

Paul will lead a discussion of jazz drumming techniques, including styles, interaction, time-keeping, and soloing.
Well-known on Maui, Paul Marchetti has performed and recorded with artists such as Mick Fleetwood, Eric Marienthal, Walter Becker, Michael McDonald, Michael Buble and many more. Marchetti has appeared on national and local television shows and recorded and toured with an international list of artists.

Monday, July 8, 3-5 PM

Saxophone with John Zangrando

Bring your instrument for this clinic that will focus on saxophone equipment including mouthpieces and reeds, developing unity with the instrument, and listening/hearing. John Zangrando has been one of the busiest sax players on Maui for decades. He has played or recorded with George Benson, John Mayall, Michael McDonald, Dionne Warwick, and Gladys Knight. He has also played with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan of Elements and was musical director for singer Jon Hendricks for his Hawaii tour.

Monday, July 8, 6-8 PM

Jazz Improvisation with Jeff Hellmer

Bring your instrument for a hands-on experience for this discussion of the language of jazz improvisation for all instruments and vocalists. Jeff Hellmer, jazz pianist, enjoyed a long career as Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East.

Tuesday, July 9, 6-8 PM

Trumpet with Paul January

Bring your instrument for this clinic that will focus on jazz techniques, including articulation, breathing, range, and approaches to improvisation. A mainstay on the Maui jazz scene, multi-instrumentalist Paul January played for decades on the Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas scenes, working with some of the biggest names in the music business.

Wednesday, July 10, 6-8 PM

Bass with Ian Sheridan

Ian leads a discussion of the essential elements of bass playing, including the role of the bass, creating bass lines, rhythm, and soloing. Ian Sheridan is a professional bassist, producer, and mixing engineer. His over 20-year career as a performer includes working with Grammy winner Jason Mraz.

Thursday, July 11, 6-8 PM

Jazz Vocals with Victor Fields

Victor Fields will share experiences from his illustrious career, as well as discuss vocal techniques, phrasing, and diction. Called “one of the most dynamic and versatile jazz singers today” by Chicago Jazz Magazine, Victor Fields is a Bay Area Billboard-charted artist in both contemporary jazz and R&B. This clinic precedes his Maui ProArts Playhouse performance on Saturday, July 13.

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Hawai'i Tourism Authority
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Hawai'i Tourism Authority