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 Vito Leszak and Joseph Lepore, 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

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

Joseph Lepore is an high in demand bass player in the NYC Jazz Scene. He performed with J.D.Allen, Clifford Barbaro, Isaac Ben Ayala, David Berkman, Peter Bernstein, Adam Birnbaum, Otis Brown, Chris Byars, Renato Chicco, Tim Collins, Marc Copland, Billy Drummond, Duane Eubanks, Joe Farnswoth, Joel Frahm, Rick Germanson, Dave Gibson, Aaron Goldberg, Ned Goold, Noah Haidu, Tardo Hammer, Rufus Harley, Frank Hewitt, Victor Jones, Michael Kanan, Billie Kay, Ralph La Lama, Brad Leali, Eric Lewis, Terry Lynn Carrington, Jimmy Lovelace, Joe Lovano, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Malinverni, Ronnie Matthews, Bill McHenry, Eric McPherson, Dado Moroni, John Mosca, Lance Murphy, Cynthia Scott, David Schnitter, James Spaulding, Grant Stewart, Marcus Strickland, Mark Turner, Richie Vitale, Nasheet Waits, Ben Waltzer, Jeff Watts, Harry Withaker, Michael Wilner, Michael Weiss, Lenny White, Jeff Williams, Richard Wyands, Leroy Williams, Sam Yahel.

Mr. Lepore appeared  in Anthony Minghella’s film, The Talented MrRipley which starred Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow adn in 2008 he joined renowned saxophonist Greg Osby for his new band of upcoming talents (with which he records the album 9 Levels).

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.