JWA Summer Jazz Camp 2018

For young musicians ages 10 – 22

The next Summer Jazz Camp will be Tuesday January 2 – Saturday January 6. Bookings will open here on July 1.

Special guest teacher announced for 2018: New York piano virtuoso Matt Baker. The wonderful David Theak will also be returning

You can read details of the most recent camp below. The details will be updated during the coming months as we put together the next camp.

January 2-6, 2018.

Teaching Faculty | Evening Concerts | Program | Start/End times | Final Concert | Accommodation, Meals & Supervision| Testimonials | Register | Prices & Payment | Direct Deposit | Scholarships| Terms and Conditions | Getting There | Contacts and other workshops


Matt Baker

Matt Baker, piano

  • Big Band
  • Combo
  • Electives
  • Student concerts & jams
  • professional concerts nightly
  • Improvisation
  • Workshop for jazz vocalists
  • Music technology & programming
  • Jazz strings



John Morrison

John Morrison

Jazz Workshop Australia is proud to present Jazz Camp 2018, a five-day residential program for students ages 10 to 22 offering immersion in the wonderful world of jazz. It is for instrumentalists (including string players) and singers at all levels of experience from beginner to advanced to emerging professionals. For over 40 this has been an institution among talented and motivated young jazz musicians in Australia.  Click here to see photos of the 2015 Jazz Camp.

Jazz Camp has played a significant role in the lives of aspiring young musicians for over three decades. Described by many students as a major “turning point” in their playing, the Jazz Camp experience is about discovering the real joy in self expression through music. – John Morrison.

Alumni of Jazz Camp include a who’s who of top Australian jazz artists.

Saul Richardson

Saul Richardson

We suggest students have at least two to three years experience on their instrument or around grade 2 – 3 level to get the most out of Jazz Camp. The camp is suitable for any instrument, including string players, as well as vocalists.

Musicians are carefully placed in groups appropriate to their level of playing and improvising experience. There are also daily elective classes to choose from. In 2017 electives included choir, Latin jazz, music technology, advanced big band, composition, theatre sports, jazz organ, and more.

The venue for 2018 is Naamaroo Conference Centre in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood West. It is in a picturesque bushland setting in the Lane Cove River National Park. It is also just minutes from the city only half an hour from the airport by taxi and accessible by public transport.


Teaching Faculty

Jacki Cooper

Jacki Cooper, vocals

We bring together a world-class team of expert tutors under the leadership of acclaimed jazz educators John Morrison and Saul Richardson. John is a drummer, band leader, entertainer, teacher and director of the annual Big Band Blast festival in Port Macquarie. Saul Richardson is a guitarist, electric bassist, composer, co-founder of Jazz Workshop Australia, and chief conductor of the Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestras. Together the faculty bring decades of experience to create one of the world’s great Jazz Camp experiences. For any student serious about learning to play jazz, achieving new heights of excellence, and having a great time, then Jazz Camp is the place.

Singers work intensively with expert vocal coach Jacki Cooper through a specially designed program. More advanced vocalists have the opportunity to learn improvisation techniques and to work with a small jazz ensemble. All singers get the chance to sing with a big band.

The teaching faculty for 2018 will include:

  • David Theak

    David Theak, sax & woodwind

    John Morrison -drums, ensembles, Jazz camp Musical Director

  • Saul Richardson – ensembles & jazz camp director
  • David Theak – saxophone & woodwind
  • Matt Baker – piano
  • Jacki Cooper – vocals
  • Eric Dunan – trumpet
  • Nick Henderson  – bass
  • Jeremy Sawkins – guitar
  • TBC – trombone
  • TBC – Strings

Evening Concerts

An important feature of Jazz Camp are nightly concerts by leading professional groups. We aim to provide a varied program giving the students the chance to see, and meet, bands of different styles, small and large.

Evening concerts for JWA Jazz Camp 2017 included: The Vampires, James Morrison & JMA Big band, Richard Savery/Anna Savery Artificial Improvisers, and Jazz Camp faculty band.

Concerts are exclusively for JWA Jazz Camp students and are not open to the public.


Camp Program

Jazz Camp is 5 days, 4 nights, including:

Jeremy Sawkins guitar tutor at JWA summer jaz camp

Jeremy Sawkins, guitar

  • Combo
  • Improvisation class
  • Big Band
  • Electives (including music technology, choir, advanced big band, Latin jazz, & more).
  • Vocal workshop (for singers)
  • Drummers’ workshop (for drummers and percussionists)
  • Instrumental and rhythm section masterclass
  • Student jam session and concert
  • Daily concerts by professional groups
  • Final festival

Start Time, Tuesday January 2: Check-In on day 1 is from 8:45 am until 9:30 am. Campers flying or driving from far away can  arrive later if they need to, just let us know what time.

End Time, Saturda January 6: The end-of-camp festival performances will end by 3:30 pm followed by scholarship presentations. Everything will be done by 4 pm.

Final Concert

The camp will culminate in a festival-style concert at the camp venue, Naamaroo, in the afternoon of Saturday 6 January, about 2:00pm. Parents and friends are welcome. Entry is free. The camp will end at 4pm.

Jeremy Sawkins

Jeremy Sawkins, guitar

Accommodation, Meals & Supervision

Accommodation for students is in cabins of 4 – 12, almost all now with en suite facilities. Boys and girls are in separate cabins and students are generally grouped by age. Supervising staff are in rooms adjacent to student cabins and are onsite 24 hours. It is very important to us that all students at Jazz Camp are well supervised, well looked after, happy, and safe.

The counsellor to student ratio is about 1:16 with male and female staff. Including the teaching faculty the total staff-to-student ratio at Jazz Camp is better than 1:8.

The counselling staff all have current Working With Children certification. One of the counselling staff is a professional nurse and most are qualified first-aiders.

The catering staff at Naamaroo are very experienced in providing meals for school camps. They can easily prepare meals to cater for any allergy or special dietary needs. If your child has special requirements you’ll need to tell us on the registration form, giving details, and contact the Naamaroo kitchen prior to the camp. We’ll give you all the information you in plenty of time need before the camp.

The venue is Naamaroo Conference Centre, Lady Game Drive, Chatswood NSW, 2067
Phone (02) 9413 2088.



Here’s what other people have said about Jazz Camp and the Jazz Workshop:

“We just wanted to email you to say THANKS !! and a huge congratulations on running such a wonderful camp last week. We had both our sons there and they were suffering withdrawal symptoms the next day – always a good sign !! They truly loved it, with our eldest keen to come home and get into the Real Books big time.

We are so appreciative of all your hard work, for the great team of tutors etc that were there, and for creating an environement where creativity and musicality were so encouraged.

J. and B. Allan – parents of J. (guitar) and C. (bass).

“Congratulations on such a wonderful camp. As a parent I cannot believe that it runs so smoothly. What an unbelievable experience for our kids to have!… Read more

Ready to enrol? You’ll have to wait until July 1! fees, online registration and payment will all be available here.

Prices & Payment options

After November 15 it costs more to register | no bookings after December 5

  • Registration & payment will open July 1
  • Price coming soon.
  • There is a 3.5% surcharge on Paypal/credit card bookings.
  • Bookings close either December 5 or when the camp is full, whichever comes first.

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Numbers are limited by the size of the venue. Bookings close 5 December, 2017 or when the camp is full. Send cheques or internet banking receipts to

  • JWA Jazz Camp
  • PO Box 161
  • Crows Nest 1585
  • NSW, Australia.



Registration for Jazz Camp 2018 will open here on July 1, 2017.

Bank details for direct deposit

BSB: 112 879 Account: 421 350 375. Jazz Workshop Australia Pty Ltd. You can only transfer to this account online. If you pay this way, be certain to include the student’s name in the transfer details (otherwise we have no way of knowing who the payment is from).

To pay in a bank branch you’ll need a different number: Click this link for in branch deposits.

Places will be limited, so book early to guarantee your place.


A number of scholarships are available. These are donated by Jazz Workshop Australia as well as through the generosity of the Waugh family and Jan Dilworth. There is one scholarship available to assist a student to attend the camp who otherwise could not afford it. Other scholarships are awarded to students at the camp as encouragement and/or recognition of outstanding musical ability and attitude.

The Sarah Waugh Opportunity Scholarship is available to assist a student who is having financial difficulty to attend the camp. It provides 1 full scholarship or two halves. The procedure for selecting the recipient is currently under review. It will be available, but is intended for genuine financial need. Details will be announced here once finalised. Previous recipients should generally not reapply. JWA does not administer his scholarship nor do we choose the recipient.

At the final concert a number of scholarships will be awarded to selected students. These include  a number of quarter and half return scholarships and the Sarah Waugh Return Scholarship full return scholarship.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are important and you accept these when you register. But,if you are like most people and are pressed for time, a couple of “highlights” include that we can’t give full refunds, and the closer to the camp it gets, the less we can give back, so try not to book “just in case” and then pull out to go on a cruise at the last moment! Also bad misbehaviour by a student may result in them being sent home at parents or own expense. Thankfully, that’s only had to happen once in the past 40 years, but we want everyone to know about it all the same. When you book you must accept all the following terms & conditions:

Click here for the Jazz Camp terms and conditions.

Getting There

The venue is Naamaroo Conference Centre, Lady Game Drive, Chatswood West. You can get there by car, bus, or taxi. You could also get a train to Chatswood or North Ryde and then a bus or taxi.

Taxi: it is about 25-30 minutes by taxi from Sydney Airport. Taxis leave from right outside the baggage claim area. As many campers arrive at around the same time, it is often possible to share a taxi. This can be coordinated in the days before the camp.

Airport Shuttles: There are shuttles from Sydney domestic and international airports. You need to search for a shuttle that services the north shore.

Public Transport: There are buses that stop near the corner of Lady Game Drive and Delhi Rd. From there it is a 5-10 minute walk to Naamaroo. The nearest stations are Chatswood and North Ryde. It is possible to use public transport from the airport to Naamaroo, though it is a bit slow.

Here is a helpful online trip planner: NSW Transport.

Driving: The entrance is off Lady Game Drive near the Lane Cove National Park entry. Don’t go into the National Park. It is beautiful, but has no access to Naamaroo.


Contacts and other workshops

For more information email info@JazzWorkshopAustralia.com.au

If you can’t make it to camp, or just can’t wait until next year, why not do one of the Improvisation workshops every school holidays? Have a look at the rest of this website for details of other holiday activities or ensemble opportunities. At JWA, Jazz Camp is really on every day of the year!

(+61) 2 9966 5468