JWA Summer Jazz Camp 2023

Tuesday 3-Saturday 7 January, 2023

For young musicians ages 10 – 19

Bookings will open soon, including a new venue announcement!

Some details on his page relate to the 2022 camp. This will be updated but is left here so you can get an idea of what the camp is like. 


About Jazz Camp | Covid-19 safety & booking guarantee | Teaching Faculty | Evening Concerts | Program | Start/End times | Final Concert | Accommodation, Meals & Supervision| Testimonials | Register | Prices & Payment | Direct Deposit | Terms and Conditions | Getting There | Contacts and other workshops

  • Big Band
  • Combo
  • Student concerts & jams
  • professional concerts nightly
  • Improvisation
  • Workshop for jazz vocalists

About jazz camp

Saul Richardson

NOTE: details are subject to Covid-related change.

Jazz Workshop Australia is proud to present Jazz Camp 2022, a five-day residential program for students ages 10 to 18 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 years this has been an institution among talented and motivated young jazz musicians in Australia.  Click here to see photos of the 2015 Jazz Camp or click here to see photos of more recent camps (on our Facebook page). 

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.

We suggest students have at least two to three years experience on their instrument (or grade 2 – 3 level?) to get the most out of Jazz Camp. The camp is for all instruments, including strings and voice. We recommend this camp to young musicians who are interested in jazz, because that is the focus of the week.

This is quite a large camp. Normally we have 110 students from all over Australia and some international students too. This year numbers are limited to 76. Everyone spends time working both in groups of their own level and age-group, and some time in mixed groups. Accommodation is by age-group and gender in rooms of 2 – 6. The camp is big enough that campers can be with their own peer groups within the camp but there are also enough combined activities to ensure no one is with exactly the same small group the whole time. It is a very welcoming and friendly environment. Older campers and staff are very supportive of younger students and each other.

Musicians are carefully placed in groups appropriate to their level of playing and improvising experience. Due to Covid-19 safety measures, elective classes will not be part of this camp.

The new venue is to be announced soon. Our former venue for many years but sadly recently closed, was 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.


Covid-19 safety & booking guarantee

We are committed to bringing you a safe and inspiring camp in the face of the challenges posed by the current Covid-19 pandemic. We have worked closely with the venue, Naamaroo Conference Centre, to ensure Jazz Camp can go ahead in a safe way that meets all government health requirements. Please take a moment to read the full terms & conditions for Jazz Camp 2022 when they are available at the time of payment. Here is a summary of things you need to know about the camp:

  1. Full refund if the camp has to be cancelled due to government restrictions because of Covid-19;
  2. Full refund if government restrictions means no travelling from your home;
  3. Full refund up until camp starts if a camper is displaying symptoms of COVID 19 – must not come to camp. Part-refund if a camper begins displaying symptoms during the camp and must leave, or if the camp closes before the scheduled end due to Covid-19;
  4. Numbers are limited. Numbers in group activities like ensembles, meals, and concerts will be limited to meet physical distancing requirements; and
  5. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be readily available. Students will be supervised to ensure hand hygiene. Campers and staff will be temperature-tested on arrival and periodically during the camp. Anyone displaying covid symptoms will be isolated and sent home. The venue will provide extra cleaning.

Teaching Faculty

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 will be announced during the year. Teachers in 2021 were:

  • John Morrison – drums, ensembles, camp musical director
  • Saul Richardson – ensembles & jazz camp director
  • Jack Stoneham – saxophone & woodwind
  • Jacki Cooper – vocals
  • Eric Dunan – brass
  • Deven Rahman – brass
  • Gavin Ahearn – piano
  • Natalie Risby – bass

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 2020 were: James Morrison quartet, Arcing Wires, Crawfish Po’ Boys, and the 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:

  • Eric Dunan
    Eric Dunan


  • Improvisation class
  • Big Band
  • 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
  • Student performance recordings

Start Time, Tuesday January 4 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, Saturday January 8, 4:30pm. The camp will end with a festival, students performing on multiple stages through the afternoon.

Final Concert

The camp ends with a festival-style concert, students playing in their various bands on different stages. If Covid-19conditions change then this will be replaced by video recordings of the student performances.

Nick Henderson bass
Nick Henderson, bass, 2019

Accommodation, Meals & Supervision

Accommodation for students is in cabins of 2 – 6, almost all with en suite facilities. All cabins will be at 50% capacity or less to allow for distancing. 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. Students will be supervised to ensure hand hygiene.

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. Most of the counselling staff 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 complete details, and contact the Naamaroo kitchen prior to the camp if requested. Naamaroo adds an $11/day surcharge for special meals other than vegetarian. You’ll need to give details at the time of registering.

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? 

Prices & Payment options

  • Price: $1045.
  • There is nothing to pay now – book now, pay later.
  • There will be a 3% surcharge on Paypal/credit card bookings.
  • After payment is arranged, your booking is protected by our special Covid-19 booking guarantee.
  • You can redeem a valid NSW “Creative Kids” voucher against this camp (but NOT “active kids” – jazz isn’t a sport!)
  • Bookings close either November 28 or when the camp is full, whichever comes first.

PayPal Logo

Jeremy Sawkins guitar
Jeremy Sawkins, guitar

Numbers are limited for Covid-19 safety. Bookings close 28 November, 2021 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 has closed. Winter Jazz Camp will be in July 2022.

Go here to book for Summer Jazz Camp 2022. 

Please start a new form for each camper.

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 are limited, so book early to guarantee your place.

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 except for Covid-19 reasons, 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! Actually, just don’t go on a cruise at all, not this year. 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 new venue for Summer Jazz Camp will be announced soon. We are working with various venues to provide the best and safest camp in light of the constantly-shifting Covid situation. Please stand by.

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, you can come to Winter Jazz Camp in July or join a jazz band at JWA in St Leonards. 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!