Jazz Camp

2017 Marcus Johnson Jazz Camp

History Museum of Mobile
Weekdays from July 24 through August 4, 2017
9:30A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

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 Jazz Camp is a two-week camp, conducted the last two weeks of July. .Hosea London , renowned musician and teacher is the camp director. Mr. London is also director of the E.B. Coleman Orchestra and the Excelsior Band. Students range in age from 6 to seniors.


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


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.  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 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 Jazz Camp is essentially an accelerated program, and must be adhered to in order to maximize the experience.


Registration and auditions will begin 11 am on June at the Mobile Arts Council, located at 318 Dauphin Street, in Downtown Mobile.

Jazz Camp Registration Form (PDF)