The Texas Jazz & Blues Camp is  June  25-29 in Austin, Texas and is a partnership between the New School of Music in Austin and the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut, which has a deep and rich history of providing a top tier national jazz camp for 20 years, using major jazz artists and educators.

Don Braden, world-class jazz educator and performer, has been the music director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1998, and is Texas Jazz Camp’s jazz music director.

Andre Hayward, renowned trombonist and jazz educator, is our jazz improvisation and small group director. Andre is a
consummate jazz artist and has toured and recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, & Betty Carter — and has
served as jazz trombone professor at New England Conservatory, NYU, UNT, UT Austin

Mike Flanigin,  is our Blues Music Director, and is world renowned jazz & blues organist who works with Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Gibbons,  Steve Miller and others.  His tour work includes concerts at Lincoln Center with Steve Miller & Jimmie Vaughan, and touring  with  Eric Clapton’s  North American Tour.

Our Philosophy

Texas Jazz  & Blues  Camp is an all-embracing program focused on musical and personal growth where our students can learn by hearing the greats on our staff and each other. While the commitment to the music is at the highest level, the program is not competitive. There is no pre-audition required.

We listen to you when you arrive and assign you to a combo at your own level. Need-based and merit scholarships are available.


Students are ages 10 to adult, with most in their mid-teens. Previous jazz experience is preferred but not required, as long as the student has the equivalent of 2 years’ experience on their instrument, and has an interest in learning to improvise.

Groups are welcome to attend and be coached together. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.

End-of-Week Concert & Daily Jams

Performance opportunities abound! End of day student jams are available, and the end-of-week concert features student combos and faculty.  Parents, guests and Campers are welcome free of charge.


Don Braden – sax, ensembles, improv
Andre Hayward – trombone, ensembles
Mike Flanigin – organ, ensembles, improv
Peggy Stern – piano, ensembles, theory, jazz choir
Suzi Stern – voice, ensembles
Ponder East – sax, ensembles, improv
Arielle Nicole – guitar, voice, ensembles
Evan Nicholson – bass, ensembles
Justin Vasquez – sax, ensembles, improv
Paul Garretson – drums, ensembles
Dave Lee – trumpet, ensembles
Jacob Wise – guitar, ensembles
Deuce Bennett – guitar, ensembles

Cedars International High School
6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, #102

Dates & Times: June 25-29, 9am – 4pm
Age: 10 – adult

Sponsored by

New School of Music
 Litchfield Jazz Camp
Cedars International High School
Cultural Arts Division (Austin)