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“For almost three decades Jazz Aspen Snowmass has been a great presenter of concerts and educational programs. The Frost JAS Academy will incorporate the Frost School’s innovative teaching and educational strategies, and serve as a boot camp to launch the career of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists.”

--Dean Shelly Berg

 

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) have joined forces to significantly enhance and grow the all-scholarship JAS Academy to create the JAS Academy Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass In Collaboration with Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.  

Plans were officially launched during the Academy this past summer with Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg and JAS president and CEO Jim Horowitz. The JAS Academy Artistic Director for over ten years, Christian McBride will work in tandem with Frost’s Dean Berg and newly-appointed Program Director Chuck Bergeron of the Frost faculty.

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In the News

  • Inside Aspen’s New Jazz ‘Boot Camp’ Collaboration Between Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Frost School of Music

    On a pristine August morning, the hush of Aspen, Colorado is about to be broken. Against a backdrop of lush pines and ski gondolas dotting the staggering Rocky Mountains, musical notes begin to float up the grassy peaks. Atop the Gant Hotel’s conference building, it’s time for the students of JAS Academy to rehearse their original music.

    Gathered in the artistic mecca from August 4 to 18 this summer, 23 music students from across the globe witnessed a first for the jazz world this summer: the inaugural collaboration between Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) and the Frost School of Music. Read More by JAZZed>>>

  • JAS Academy Partners with Frost

    "What jazz institutions have created with these summer programs is what I would call a minor league farm system," explained bassist and baseball fan Christian McBride over breakfast at the Gant Condominium Campus, where 23 students were attending the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in Aspen, Colorado, August 4-18. "You get to hear these incredible musicians before they reach the major leagues."

    Read More by DownBeat>>>

  • Two-week JAS Academy opens Sunday

    Twenty-three jazz students from across the U.S. and beyond will be arriving in Aspen on Sunday for the two-week JAS Academy.

    Presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in collaboration with Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, the program is in its second year back in town after shuttering for eight years following the economic recession.

    The diverse group of students represent 11 music programs including Frost, the Manhattan School of Music, North Texas University, Michigan State, UCLA, Princeton, Florida State University, Eastman, The Hartt School, California State University Northridge and Tel Aviv University.

    During their time in Aspen, the students will work with and learn from some of the greatest jazz musicians in the field, including six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and JAS Academy artistic director Christian McBride. Additional Academy faculty include Frost School dean Shelly Berg and Jazz Aspen founder and CEO Jim Horowitz among other Frost faculty. Read More by The Aspen Times>>>

  • Frost Solidifies Its Connection with JAS Academy

    The Miami Ties to Aspen’s Famed Music Festival


    Whether South Floridians have headed west because we love skiing, because we want a break from our tropical scene or we simply want a dose of the famed "Rocky Mountain High, Aspen is teaming with Hurricanes, Gators and Seminoles. There are more activities than we could possibly squeeze in but if you like music -- and the best of it -- listen up: you need to know about JAS Aspen.

    Don’t let the name fool you because while there’s plenty of jazz, JAS is actually an acronym for Jazz Aspen Snowmass and it was founded by Miamian James Horowitz in 1991. The summer festival presents all genres of music from rock to reggae, from blues to big band and everything in between, with artists whose names you’ll recognize (think: Bob Dylan, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Keith Urban) and many you will not. Go see these unknowns and trust that you’re on the cutting edge... 

  • Frost School of Music and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Expand JAS Academy

    The Colorado summer program is now underwritten by a donation from philanthropists Ed and Sasha Bass

    The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Jazz Aspen Snowmass have teamed up to expand the all-scholarship JAS Academy in Aspen, Colo., in which promising student musicians perform in big band and small combo settings and sit in on master classes with guest artists and business professionals. Until now, the JAS Academy was a one-week summer program; beginning this year, it will be two weeks.

    “For almost three decades Jazz Aspen Snowmass has been a great presenter of concerts and educational programs,” Shelly G. Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music, said in a press release. “The JAS Academy will incorporate the Frost School’s innovative teaching and educational strategies, and serve as a boot camp to launch the career of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists.” Read More by JazzTimes>>>

     

  • Maria Schneider Named Artistic Director of Henry Mancini Institute

    The multiple Grammy winner and former student at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music will return to its campus spring 2019

    The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has named Maria Schneider artistic director of its Henry Mancini Institute.

    “The Henry Mancini Institute offers a most powerful and rare opportunity to young musicians,” Schneider said in a press release. “I am thrilled at the chance to help the Institute to create fertile ground to inspire young writers and players to think boldly, to search for the most expressive and creative possibilities they can find, and to use this tremendous opportunity to discover potential and gather skills that they can build on for a lifetime.” Read More by JazzTimes>>>