2018 Texas All-Star Jazz Camp
The Texas All-Star Jazz Camp features a flurry of daily workshops and rehearsals as musicians learn the world of big band jazz. Camp faculty includes top jazz musicians from around the country, who have played with big names such as Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, and Woody Herman. Students must be at least 13 years old with at least one year of study on their instrument. Cost is $325.00.
Directions to Jazz Camp (Spring Creek Campus)
Questions? Contact Pete Weise.
Guest Artist: Adam Larson
Originally from Normal, IL, twenty seven year-old saxophonist-composer Adam Larson,
en-dorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones, D'Addario Woodwinds, and Lebayle mouthpieces,
be-gan playing saxophone at the age of 11. As a high school student, Larson was a
member of vir-tually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in
young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty
Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band
of America and many others. Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune
as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa
Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and
by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged
early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for suc-cess”,
Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising
artists of his generation. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree at The Manhattan
School of Music in May of 2012, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan
School of Music Jazz Institute to continue his studies as a Master’s student, where
he graduated with hon-ors as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding
performance in Jazz in 2014.
Larson’s third record, entitled “Selective Amnesia”, was released on the Inner Circle Music La-bel (created by famed Alto saxophonist Greg Osby) and was featured in the New York Times, Downbeat, Saxophone Journal and several other publications in print and online. A forthcoming fourth album, entitled “Second City”, was released on Inner Circle in the September of 2017. Larson keeps an active schedule with his quintet and as a sideman, having performed at sev-eral venues across the U.S. including The Jazz Standard, Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gal-lery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Cornelia St. Café, The Kitano, Dizzy’s Club-Coca Cola Jazz at The Bistro, The Jazz Showcase, and several others.
Adam has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. Larson's quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department's "American Music Abroad" program and toured Africa for 35 days in April 2015, visiting The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana. Larson has also toured India, Taiwan, Holland, Poland and Germany as well much of the United States.
Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and Universities across the Midwest and beyond, including appearances at HKU Conservatory-Utrecht, University of North-ern Iowa, Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, University of North Texas, Elmhurst College, Roosevelt College, University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Wy-oming, University of Northern Colorado and Hutchinson Community College among many oth-ers. Adam maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written thirty original works to date. Larson is currently a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad. Larson has also taught as a substitute at The Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Larson currently resides in New York with his beautiful wife, Tierney and son, Jack.
More information about this year's guest artist is available on the artist's website at http://adamlarsonjazz.com/