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Jazz heavyweights teach in Truckee

Seth Lightcap
Sierra Sun

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunGuitarist Will Bernard listens as students trade solos during a Thursday morning session of jazz camp.

Moody’s Bistro’s fourth annual ‘Jazz Artists In Residence’ kids jazz camp wrapped up Friday after a week filled with instruction and exploration with seven jazz heavyweights including grammy-nominated guitarist Will Bernard and accomplished multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum.

Each days camp session was split between practicing with peer players of the same instrument and ensemble practice where the various instruments performed together. Led with a relaxed, band stand reality teaching style that only a touring jazz pro could present, students enjoyed stretching out their style beyond the sheet music of high school instruction.

“The camp is a great space to experiment with your sound,” said fourth year returning student Rachell Nadell. “We’re playing what we feel like playing. It’s helped me take a wide array of ideas and make them playable. Nobody tells you that you’re playing the wrong thing.”

With 70 kids participating, Jazz Artists in Residence co-organizer JJ Morgan, was thrilled with the turnout.

“The camp went better than we ever expected,” said Morgan. “The teachers and kids were really into it. A few students even came and sat in with the band at night. They ripped it!”

In addition to the camp, the resident instructors have been playing each night at Moody’s Bistro. Their last performance will be Saturday, July 12th.