Summer Jazz Workshop

July 21-27, 2024

Experience an Award-Winning Jazz Tradition! Our 31st annual Summer Jazz Workshop is now open to all ages, from 14 on up.

The Workshop offers a weeklong intensive and immersive experience for beginner, intermediate, and advanced instrumentalists or vocalists. In-depth knowledge of jazz or jazz improvisation is not required.

Annual SUMMER JAZZ WORKSHOP for high school and college students.

  • Seven intense days of improvisation and performance for students, age 14 and older

  • The option to commute or reside on campus; adult participants (19 and older) must commute*

  • Daily intensive 3-hour ensemble rehearsals; improvisation, arranging, and jazz history classes with outstanding faculty and staff

  • Private lessons and master classes

  • World-renowned jazz artists in nightly concerts and meet-the-artist sessions

  • A final concert with students and resident faculty

*All participants, both commuters and residents, can take advantage of the University’s practice facilities, food court and cafeteria, and recreational activities.

Previous Performing Artists/Clinicians: Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Vanessa Rubin, Lou Donaldson, David “Fathead” Newman, Curtis Fuller, Byron Stripling, Bob Mintzer, Paquito D’Rivera, Renee Rosnes, Chris Potter, Billy Drummond, Al Grey, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Dafnis Prieto, and Dena DeRose.

The William Paterson Summer Jazz Workshop is sponsored by: the College of Education and the Department of Music.

Other summer Music Programs include:

For more information and to register, go to the Summer Youth Programs website at

Register now for the Summer Jazz Workshop!

You can live on campus or commute to the program. Note: participants 19 years old and older must commute. Please choose your application status below:

Artist in Residence

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Wycliffe Gordon

Faculty & Staff

Timothy Newman

Resident Faculty:
Jon Di Fiore
Steve La Spina
Marcus McLaurine
Kelly Green