The Vail Jazz Workshop announces this years’ selections
The 2022 Vail Jazz Workshop boasts an impressive array of young talent.
For the 27th year, Vail Jazz will host its prestigious educational workshop from Aug. 26 to Sept 4.
One of the longest-running programs of its type, the Workshop enables student musicians to study in an environment that emphasizes intense interaction with instructors and fellow students. By the end of the 10-day immersion, the students have acquired the skills, teamwork, and confidence to perform alongside legendary professional musicians at the VJ Party over Labor Day Weekend. This year’s Vail Jazz Party will be a celebration of the life of Jeff Clayton, one of the founding members of the Vail Jazz Workshop, and brother of current Workshop director John Clayton.
“As professional jazz artists and instructors for the Workshop, we privately shake our heads each year at the level of students who come to us,” said jazz great, John Clayton. “We start the first day saying to each other, ‘I don’t know what I can teach this kid!’ This year is no exception. Their experiences range from their school jazz bands, local clubs, jamming with friends, participating in an all-female funk trio, and everything in between. Get ready for another jaw-dropping year of high school students!”
The 2022 workshop attendees
● Lorenzo Wolczko, age 17, San Carlos CA
● Ruby Farmer, age 16, Brooklyn NY
● Aiden Farrell, age 17, Agoura Hills CA
● Cosmo Lieberman, age 16, Hermosa Beach CA
● Lucas Perry, age 18, San Francisco CA
● William Schwartzman, age 17, Santa Monica CA
● Alex Heidelbaugh, age 17, Plano TX
● Luke Ramee, age 16, Raleigh NC
● Ben Schwartz, age 16, Maplewood NJ
● Noah Buckner, age 16, Brooklyn NY
● Levi Rozekage, age 17, Noblesville IN
● Zebedee Jewell-Alibhai, age 17, Durham NC
Workshop faculty pays it forward
The Vail Jazz Workshop is directed by John Clayton (bass) along with Dick Oatts (sax), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Lewis Nash (drums), and Terell Stafford (trumpet). Each is a renowned performer in high demand on the international jazz scene. These teachers often sacrifice far more remunerative opportunities to “pay it forward” by sharing their time and talents as mentors to aspiring jazz musicians.
For more information about the Vail Jazz Foundation and Festival, please visit VailJazz.org.