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Jazz Lab with The Bad Plus

Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2017

Jazz Lab is a program that emulates the NEC college experience, providing the opportunity for motivated students to spend a week on campus performing with like-minded musicians, working one on one with world class faculty, and learning in a fun, laid back atmosphere while taking their abilities to the next level. The program features daily classes in jazz theory and ear training, improvisation, small ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts. This year’s renowned guest artists, The Bad Plus, Alex Brown, and Jason Palmer will not only have an impact on participants through their innovative teaching, but with their spectacular performances throughout the week.

The Bad Plus
Ethan Iverson

Alex Brown
Jason Palmer
Ken Schaphorst
David Zoffer
Rick McLaughlin
Tim Lienhard, Artistic Director

Please contact with all questions!

Program Details

NEC's Jazz Lab is a one week jazz intensive, where students ages 14-18 work with premier jazz faculty and participate in a schedule full of improvisation, small group training, jam sessions, entrepreneurial workshops and college audition prep. Guest artists hold masterclasses paired with evening concerts throughout the week.

Sample Daily Schedule

Sample schedule for most days; Sunday and Friday schedules will vary.

9:00 - 10:00 am Warm-ups

10:15 - 11:15 am Jazz Ear Training/Theory

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Jazz Styles

12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 - 3:00 pm Small Ensemble Rehearsal

3:00 - 4:30 pm Guest Artist Masterclass

4:30 - 6:00 pm Free time/Lessons/Open Jam Sessions (each student will receive one 45-minute private lesson during the week)

6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner

7:00 - 7:45 pm Seminar

8:00 - 9:30 pm Concert

Entrepreneurship and Audition Prep

The week will feature seminars in entrepreneurship and training for careers in music. NEC jazz alumni talk about what it takes to promote your music, produce concerts, build a private teaching studio and find success as a 21st century jazz musician. Faculty will also instruct students on applying to conservatories, schools of music and universities; what to look for in potential colleges and techniques for a successful audition/application.

Jazz Styles

Each day, students take an hour-long jazz styles course. The jazz styles courses are designed to rotate each day, exposing students to a variety of topics and ideas. Jazz Lab will feature jazz styles curriculum that includes jazz history, developement of individual style, percussion and rhythm techniques, and world music.

Concerts and Jams

Faculty and guest artists give fabulous concerts each evening. Jam sessions at all levels occur throughout the day. Students give an end-of-session concert.

Tuition & Registration

We welcome ages 14 to 18 at all proficiency levels. Students are accepted from all over the U.S. and abroad. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Registration begins January 15, 2017. Pre-register by contacting

Tuition and Fees
Tuition (includes lunch and dinner daily)$945
Housing (includes breakfast. Linens and fans are not included)$545

Fees include all classes, one private lesson with faculty, rooming for five nights (residents only Sun–Thurs), nightly faculty concerts, jam sessions, a t-shirt and meals each day (dietary needs are accommodated). Both resident students and day participants are welcome! Housing information will be emailed following registration towards Jazz Lab.

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017
Housing Application Deadline: May 1, 2017