About the Jazz Improvisation Summer Intensive 2

NYJW has led this Jazz Improvisation Workshop in conservatories around the world, and have impeccably perfected the key components to teaching improvisation. Taught by Darius Jones and Vito Leszak, this intensive covers many different composition styles, as well as harmonic, melodic and rhythmic principles. This program is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.

Dates: Aug 26 – 27 – 28 – 29

-At least 18 years of age
-A willingness to learn
-Instructors may ask for a recorded sample before admission
-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.

About the Faculty

Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer who joined the New York music community in 2005. In the last decade he has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds with his meticulously honed musical gifts. Soul-power is at his foundation; forward-looking expression always at the core. He was signed to AUM Fidelity Records in February 2009 and already has a string of diverse recordings, including his 2009 debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing) and Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital, an intergenerational partnership with pianist Matthew Shipp, which came out in 2014.

He has collaborated with artists including Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake, William Parker, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Cooper-Moore, Eric Revis Quartet, Nasheet Waits “Equality” Band, Tarbaby, Branford Marsalis, Andrew Cyrille, Jason Moran, Kris Davis, James Carter, Vijay Iyer, Fay Victor, Sam Newsome, and many more. Commissioned by John Zorn, Jones recently lead a week-long residency at NYC’s The Stone, showcasing the diverse and prolific offering of his compositions and ensembles. Learn more

Vito Lesczak, Jazz drummer, has been part of the international jazz scene for more than 20 years and is one of the foremost working jazz drummers in New York City today. Since moving there in 1992, Lesczak has appeared on over 70 records and his performances can be charted from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Blue Note.

Lesczak, a graduate of The University of Music and Arts in Graz, Austria has played many of the major jazz festivals and concert halls all over the world including the Charlie Parker Festival in New York, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Fest, the Copenhagen Jazz Fest, Vienne Festival in France, Umbria Jazz in Italy, Ravinia Jazz, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Close to home, Lesczak is highly regarded as a regular contributor to the New York City arts and jazz scene. Besides Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Blue Note, Lesczak can also be found at Birdland, The Carlyle, Merkin Hall, Jazz Standard, Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls and the Cornelia Street Café. Learn more

Tuition and Registration

for registrations received after May 1st

To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.

General Information

For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Jazz Packages. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any additional questions.

What to expect:
When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:

11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm  Lunch Break
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
Evenings: Free

Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.