Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp


2020 Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp

History Museum of Mobile
Weekdays from July 27 through 31, 2020
9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2020


The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival began it’s Jazz Student Demonstration Workshop in the year 2000 to teach the history of jazz and familiarize the community with jazz music. The workshop grew into a summer camp in 2011 being organized by festival founder, Creola Ruffin and New Orleans musician and music instructor of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, Kent Jordan. The camp became the Marcus Johnson Jazz Camp in 2015, named for Bay City Brass Band director, Marcus Johnson who passed away in 2014. The Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp is a 10-day program conducted during the last two weeks of July. Hosea London, acclaimed musician, educator and recent recipient of Mobile’s Arts Council’s prestigious ARTY Award for outstanding music educator, serves as Director/Chief Clinician. Mr. London is also the leader of the E.B. Coleman Orchestra and the Excelsior Band. Our talented students consist primarily of middle school and high school students, with a select few college level students a who serve as assistants to the music director.


The mission of the GCEHJF’s Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp is to honor the jazz genre and promote it among future generations by providing Mobile area youth with valuable exposure to and appreciation for the Jazz art form.


M. J. Summer Jazz Camp classes focus on music appreciation of legendary jazz giants, noting the uniqueness of their interpretations of the genre, individual instruction on the structure of improvisational style and the important role each instrument plays in carrying out an authentic jazz sound.  Each year the program provides a Master Class experience conducted by a distinguished guest artist. This year we are proud to welcome  jazz artist, composer and educator, DELFEAYO MARSALIS, as the Artist in Residence and Headliner for the August 2nd, JAZZ @ LAIDLAW concert.  The event will be held at 7 p.m. on August 2, 2019 at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of South Alabama.  Admission tickets cost $25 each for adults, and $15 each for youths, available online via, or at the A & M Peanut Shop (209 Dauphin Street, Downtown Mobile).

Students are also taught the fundamentals of self-discipline, responsibility and commitment to practice.  The educational experience students will receive will instill the core values of confidence, leadership and teamwork and good citizenship. These valuable tools will encourage youth participants to become confident, skilled musicians, as well as well-rounded students academically.


In order for students to participate in the M. J. Summer Jazz Camp program, they must have their own instrument.  In addition, they must have at least an intermediate level of understanding of the instrument and be able to play basic scales.  Finally, it is extremely important that participating students be committed to attending the daily workshops and practicing regularly. The M. J. Summer Jazz Camp is essentially an accelerated program, and must be adhered to in order to maximize the experience.  The cost for participation is $75 per student, which includes, materials, musical arrangements and daily refreshments. The field trip costs an additional $35 per person, with limited space available for parental chaperones.


Registration is required, so please fill out the form below. For more information call Creola Ruffin at (251) 478-4027.

MJSJC 2020 Brochure 2