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Meet the Masters Summer Jazz Workshop

June 24–28, 2019

For participants in grade 9 through adults
This day program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet the Masters

The University of Hartford's Hartt School Community Division invites jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in grade 9 through adults to join us for our Meet the Masters Summer Jazz Workshop.


Under the direction of Javon Jackson, chair of the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division, this intensive 5-day summer workshop provides students the opportunity to develop their improvisation skills while delving into the historical narrative of our distinctly American art form.

Join together with internationally renowned jazz professionals and educators in an intimate, concentrated workshop to hone your abilities and skills. Through daily sessions in ear training, jazz theory, and improvisational development, you will strengthen your playing to reach the next level in your artistry. Highlights include master classes and Q&A sessions with our innovative faculty.

Meet the Master’s core faculty will lead the intimate and concentrated workshops to assist participants as they hone their abilities and skill sets to reach the next level in their artistry. In addition, our diverse environment brings together all seasons of life; young artists developing their technique, part-time musicians re-engaging their art, and professional musicians energizing their work.

Our 2019 core faculty members included:

  • Jimmy Cobb, drums
  • Billy Drummond, drums
  • Javon Jackson, tenor saxophone
  • Jeremy Manasia, piano
  • John Mastroianni, alto saxophone
  • Linda Ransom, voice
  • David Williams, bass

Meet the Masters ensemble rehearsal

Top 5 Reasons why you should choose the meet the masters summer jazz workshop

1. Our Faculty

Meet the Masters rehearsalMTM’s core faculty is composed of seasoned jazz masters and jazz education leaders.  This combination allows students from intermediate to the semi-professional to receive the individualized training they need to evolve their playing and embrace new challenges.  Past faculty have included jazz masters Victor Lewis, Ray Drummond, Jeremy Manasia, and Jimmy Cobb, complimented by Javon Jackson, Director of the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division, and John Mastroianni, the 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and Hartt Professor.

2. Our Curriculum

Meet the Masters rehearsalMTM is not a summer camp, it is an unparalleled workshop for intensive jazz study with innovative and distinctive faculty. Classes focus on developing artists to the fullest potential through in-depth training in jazz theory, improvisation, history, and evolutions in the field.  Highlights include master classes, mini-performances and Q and A sessions with our esteemed faculty. After a week immersed in jazz performance, students complete the workshop with a newfound community, awareness of their own playing, and are empowered to take the next steps in their career.

3. Small Program Size

MTM allows students to work in small groups with world-class faculty.  Previous summers have boasted a 1:5 student to faculty ratio, with the intent of fostering an intimate atmosphere for students to develop alongside peers.

4. Our Relationship with The University of Hartford's Hartt School and Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division.

Meet the Masters saxophone studentWe are proud of our relationship with The Hartt School, a top performing arts conservatory that offers degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. MTM students work with JMI faculty, including director Javon Jackson, and current JMJSD students throughout the week building relationships and catching their first glimpse into the JMJSD undergraduate program. Interested students have the opportunity to discuss the program as well as get a head start on the audition and application process.  Alumni of MTM have successfully auditioned and enrolled into the prestigious JMJSD at The Hartt School.

5. Our Residential Option

When you stay on campus during our workshop you have the opportunity to experience true university life! Gain valuable college experience as you live and dine on the scenic and suburban 350-acre University of Hartford campus while meeting and working with students from other states and even countries. Our resident assistants work with a small student ratio, are enthusiastic and welcoming, and delight in providing a great experience when class is not in session by hosting movie nights, informative lectures, and off-campus excursions. 

About our Faculty

Meet the Masters faculty Javon JacksonJAVON JACKSON came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey and his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Jackson has also toured and recorded with artists that include Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and Charlie Haden. As saxophonist, Javon has released 19 recordings as leader. In addition to his career as saxophonist and recording artist, Javon is a Professor and the Director of the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division at the University of Hartford. In addition to his performance schedule, Javon Jackson is a highly sought after jazz educator. As Professor at the University of Hartford, Jackson is quoted as saying, “it is an incredible opportunity to work with students and offer support as they begin a career in the field of Jazz.” More at

Billy DrummondBandleader, recording artist, with over 300 albums to his credit, educator, and much in-demand sideman, BILLY DRUMMOND has made three albums as a bandleader (including Dubai, which was picked as the Number 1 Jazz Album of the Year by the New York Times), and six as a co-leader, including 2016's Three's Company with Ron Carter and Javon Jackson, which made many of the year's Top Ten lists. Born in Newport News, Virginia, where he grew up listening to his father's extensive jazz record collection, Drummond was leading his own bands from the age of eight, and was teaching adults from the age of 14, before going on to study classical timpani and jazz drums at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He is a highly respected educator, juggling a busy touring schedule with his duties as Professor of Jazz Drums at the Juilliard School of Music and NYU in New York. He also teaches private lessons and workshops around the world. During his three-decades long career, Billy has performed and recorded with a veritable who's who of jazz, including Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Kuhn Trio, Andrew Hill, Eddie Gomez, Joe Lovano, Javon Jackson, Chris Potter, Hank Jones, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, Eric Reed, Toots Thielmans, Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, James Moody, George Cables, Andrew Hill, Stanley Cowell Quartet and more.

Meet the Masters faculty Jeremy ManasiaNYC native JEREMY MANASIA began playing piano at age 7, and by high school was performing with jazz greats like Red Rodney and Steve Turre. After studying at the Manhattan School of Music and abroad at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag, Jeremy returned to NYC where he has been a staple in the jazz community ever since. Jeremy regularly performs with his own trio, the Javon Jackson Band, and has appeared with Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Heath, and many others. He has released 4 albums, spotlighting his work as a composer, arranger and bandleader. Jeremy was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, and is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has won numerous Downbeat student music awards, and Charles Mingus Competition awards for his teaching, as well as a Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award. More at

David WilliamsDAVID WILLIAMS's route to the top of the jazz world has been somewhat unconventional: it has taken him from Trinidad to London to New York to Washington, DC to Los Angeles and back to New York. But there is nothing conventional about brilliance, and as a bassist, that is what David Williams exemplifies. His sound is deep and resonant, his section playing seems effortless, his solos are rhythmic and compelling, and his intonation is flawless. span decades, learn more at

2019 Tuition

  • Registration fee: $25
  • Tuition: $750 (includes all instruction and materials)


Park River dorm


  • Suite-style apartments designed to house four students in two-double occupancy dorm rooms on the UHA campus
  • Each apartment is fully furnished and contains a living room, kitchen (including fridge), bedrooms, and a bathroom
  • Living room furniture consists of two couches, a coffee table, and a dining table set for four. Bedroom furniture consists of a bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser.
  • Resident Advisor supervision (10:1)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package provided weekly
  • Professional cleaning once per week
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free

Park River dorm

Park River dorm

Housing fees

  • 1-week housing: TBA

Housing fees include double occupancy room, three meals per day, and fresh linens weekly.

Housing fees listed above are in addition to program tuition fees.

Check-in occurs on Sunday, June 23, 2019; Check-out occurs on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration.

How to Apply

Meet the Masters drum studentComplete your Meet the Master's application form and submit your audition video link. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2019.

Submit an audition video link* (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) to within one week of submitting the Meet the Masters application.

Advanced students choose 3 out of these 4 tunes to present. Video should not exceed 15 minutes. The pieces are as follows:

  • "Au privave" by Charlie Parker
  • "Oleo" by Sonny Rollins
  • "All the Things You Are" by Oscar Hammerstein, and/or
  • "What is This Thing Called Love" by Cole Porter

Intermediate students choose 2 out of these 3 tunes to present. Video should not exceed 15 minutes. The pieces are as follows:

  • "C-Jam Blues" by Duke Ellington
  • "I've Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin
  • Ballad of your choice

Acceptance notifications will be sent by May 15, 2019.

*Videos may not be marked private on YouTube and Vimeo videos marked private must provide a password with submission.


Scholarships, up to full tuition, are available for current or graduating 7 though 12 grade students from The Greater Hartford or other Connecticut communities.

Scholarship Application Here

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or