Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp


2018 Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp

History Museum of Mobile
Weekdays from July 23 through August 3, 2018
9:30 A.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, acclaimed musician and teacher serves as Director/Chief Clinician. Mr. London is also the leader of the E.B. Coleman Orchestra and the Excelsior Band.  Our talented student participants range in age from 6 to seniors.


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.  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.


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

MJSJC Registration Form