Texas Jazz & Blues Camp 2022



7th Annual Texas Jazz & Blues Camp



About this event

Texas Jazz & Blues Camp welcomes students beginner through advanced, ages 12 through adults.

The Texas Jazz & Blues Camp is in Austin, Texas and is a program of NSM, Austin, and is led by Don Braden, a world-class tenor saxophonist, flutist, composer, and educator.

Don has toured and recorded with many major jazz artists, including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, & Roy Haynes. Don also directs the Litchfield Jazz Camp & Festival (one of the oldest and largest jazz camps & festivals,) and directs the Harvard Jazz Combo Initiative. NSM, VP of Resource Development,

Andre Hayward, is a renowned trombonist and jazz educator, who has toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, & many others. Andre has served on faculty at NEC, NYU, UNT, UT Austin, & is currently at Huston-Tillotson.

NSM, VP of Performance & Education Outreach, Joe Morales, is an acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, jazz educator, recording artist, Grammy winner, and the founder of the Austin Jazz Club. Joe is an in-demand session artist, arranger, and composer and has recorded on many albums with artists such, as Linda Ronstadt, John Hyatt, Flaco Jimenez, Texas Tornadoes, Freddie Fender, Duck Soup, The Brew and hundreds more.

LOCATION: St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

6500 St Stephens Dr, Austin, TX 78746

COST: $800

DATES and TIMES: June 20-24, 9am – 4pm

AGE: 12 – adult

Partial and full scholarships are available, and we want to help interested students with two years of instrument experience to attend.

Please download the Scholarship Application from here and email it to enroll@newschoolofmusic.net.



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 12 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.


•  Music Director, Don Braden 

•  Improvisation Director, Andre Hayward

•  Ensemble Director, Joe Morales 

•  Executive Director, Richard Spencer


Sponsored by
New School of Music, Austin
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.



Camp tuition is fully refundable for emergency withdrawals until May 1, 2022.  After May 1, only 25% of the tuition is refundable for emergency withdrawals.

COVID-19 Safety Policy

St. Stephen’s and NSM, Austin are  in compliance with CDC’s recommended guidelines for pandemic precautions, and will remain so throughout our 2022 summer camp programs.

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