June 23–July 7, 2018
For 30 years the Skidmore Jazz Institute has been providing the opportunity for intermediate and advanced young musicians to learn in an intimate and supportive environment. Director Todd Coolman leads a faculty of gifted educators and world-class performers gathered from around the country to communicate the traditions of jazz. Young musicians are brought to their next level of musicianship through an intense program designed to inspire even after the program ends. Students work closely with faculty in daily combo rehearsals, private lessons and improvisational and special classes.
The evening concert series presents the Skidmore Faculty Septet and invited guest artists in performance, and afternoon master classes offer additional opportunities to learn from these master musicians. Students perform on Friday afternoons, and on the weekend everyone attends the Freihofer's Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Previous students have successfully pursued jazz-related careers in the areas of performance, teaching and business and include Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Richie Barshay, Jonathan Batiste, Ryan Cohan, Sullivan Fortner, Brandon Lee, Christian Scott, Kendrick Scott, Walter Smith, Burniss Earl Travis and Myron Walden, among others.
The Skidmore Jazz Institute would like to thank the Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Howard Bayne Fund, and members of the Skidmore College and surrounding communities for their generous support.