About the Country – Jazz – Blues Guitar Intensive

In this two day intensive we will be studying different techniques of Country, Jazz, and Blues guitar: three styles that emerged in the early part of the 20th century together and that have been influencing each other ever since. Some of the important figures we will study include Chet Atkins, the guitarists of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, Hank Garland, Albert Lee and others. From studying these players we will learn techniques that are useful in playing different styles of American Roots music, and can be helpful in developing new approaches to standard repertoire.

Dates: August 3, 4 and 5
All sessions will be held from 11am to 1pm each day.


-Able to read and write music on a basic level
-At least 17 years of age
-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 Nate Radley

Nate Radley is a guitarist and composer who as been described as “an emerging player to watch” and a “brilliant… player on the New York scene.” He can be heard with a variety of collaborative projects and as a sideman in numerous bands both in the New York area and around the world.

Current projects that Nate is working with include the bands Bad Touch, Akiko Pavolka’s House of Illusion, Marc Mommaas’ Landmarc, the Alan Ferber Nonet, and many others. He can be heard most recently on “Like a Magic Kiss” by Bad Touch, “Winter Fruits” with the Loren Stillman Quartet on Pirouette Records, “Landmarc” with Marc Mommaas on Sunnyside Records, and “Evolution” by Jon Gordon on the Artistshare label.

Nate has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and played at jazz festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Matt Wilson, Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Greg Osby, Cuong Vu, Seamus Blake, John McNeil, Maria Schneider, and others.

Nate studied jazz guitar and composition at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he received a Master’s in Music. He studied with John Abercrombie, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell. He also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Nate has over ten years teaching experience, and in addition to teaching at the New York Jazz Workshop he currently teaches jazz guitar, music theory, and jazz ensembles at the Center for Preparatory studies in Music at Queens College and private guitar lessons at the Bloomingdale School of Music. Nate has also taught clinics at high schools and universities throughout the United States.

About Steve Cardenas


Steve has performed and recorded with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, the Steve Swallow Quintet, as well as Joey Baron‘s, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of Ben Allison and Think Free, John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet,  Jon Cowherd Mercy Project and Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia, performing at international music festivals, theaters and clubs. Steve also leads his own trio and has released four recordings as a leader. His most recent album, Charlie & Paul, was released on Newvelle Records last year.

Steve is also a well-respected educator. He is on faculty at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he directs the Thelonious Monk Ensemble, Improv Ensemble and the Guitar Duos class, as well as offering individual lessons. He has also been on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Siena Summer Jazz Workshop, Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.

Additionally, Steve is co-author, along with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the first time all of Monk’s compositions have appeared in one volume, many of them appearing for the first time.


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 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

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