Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp now taking applications and scheduling auditions

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Since its inception in 1995, more than 2,000 youths and young adults aged 10-21, have been served by the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.  For those who wish to participate in the pre-eminent jazz education program, now is the time to register for the 2018 summer jazz camp that runs from June 25 – July 13.

Created as a way to preserve the rich jazz tradition of New Orleans, the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp develops the next generation of jazz artists by preserving this great American art form. Students will participate in programs that center on refining musical skills, including composition, voice, and even swing dancing. Even more beneficial, all students will be taught by some of the city's most revered and respected music educators.

In addition to announcing the opening of camp registration, the jazz camp is proud to publicize this year’s Artists-in-residence, a change from previous year. The 2018 camp will feature a number of individuals in its residence program. Among those artists are traditional jazz drummer Anthony Bennett, tuba player Julius “Jap” Mckee, Jazz educator, trumpeter Kevin Williams, and Social Aid & Pleasure Club members Barbara Lacen-Keller and Norman Dixon Jr.  Lacen-Keller and Dixon will focus on the history of benevolent societies and second lines.

Those interested in attending the summer jazz camp should submit an application, which can be found on the camp’s website at  www.louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com. The website also has a list of criteria for those applying. All camp activities will take place on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans. Housing is also available on campus for students.

For more information on the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, call (504) 715-9295 or email jazzcamp@louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com.

Contributed by Satchmo Camp