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(Published: March 20, 2007)

The 19th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and "Hot Jazz - 6 Cool Nites" concert series will be presented at North Central College July 20-27, 2007, jointly sponsored by the College's Jazz Studies Program and the First National Bank of Naperville.

The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, founded in 1989, provides a unique educational experience for aspiring jazz vocalists in an intensified, week-long course of study and skills development conducted by an outstanding artist faculty of professional performing and recording artists. Cited by Jazziz Magazine as "among the most innovative and dynamic summer jazz educational programs in the country," the camp has been featured on the PBS national news program "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," HDNET-TV, WGN-TV and WTTW Channel 11 Chicago.

The camp's international reputation draws students from all parts of the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Japan. Participants typically range in age and background from high school and college students to adult professional vocalists and jazz educators. Daily activities include workshops in jazz improvisation, performance styles and techniques and solo performance preparation as well as artist master classes, vocal jazz history and music theory. There are also nightly faculty artist concerts, informal student jam sessions, and a final concert featuring each participant performing with the Staff Rhythm Section.

This year's camp, July 22-27, is open to all participants from age 14 through adult. Tuition is $575; housing and meals are available for an additional $250. The deadline for enrollment is June 1. Further information is available on the camp's website, www.janiceborlavocaljazzcamp.org.

A special highlight of the week's activities is the "Hot Jazz - 6 Cool Nites" evening concert series, featuring nightly performances by the camp faculty artists. The concerts, open to the general public, present various combinations of artists and repertoire each night. Concerts will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, and will continue Monday through Thursday, July 23-26 in Heininger Auditorium, Larrance Academic Center, 309 E. School St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and may be reserved by calling (630) 637-5620.
This year's vocal faculty features three internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalists who each possess extensive resumes as both performing artists and instructors: Winter&Winter recording artist Theo Bleckmann, and Blujazz recording artists Judy Niemack and Janice Borla, founder and director of the camp.
New to the faculty this year is Theo Bleckmann. Based in New York, he has recorded with Meredith Monk, John Hollenbeck and Kirk Nurock. His newly-released CD Las Vegas Rhapsody: The Night They Invented Champagne has garnered him wide critical praise. He is instructor of improvisation at New York University.

Now living in Germany, Judy Niemack divides her time between New York and Europe as both performer and educator. She has recorded with Lee Konitz, Toots Thielemans and Mal Waldron, and her new CD Blue Nights is being released on the Blujazz label. Judy is currently professor at the Hanns Eisler Music School in Berlin, and is the author of the book Hear It and Sing It! Exploring Modal Jazz.

Camp founder Janice Borla has performed with such jazz talents as Clark Terry, Bobby Watson and Gary Bartz. Her current CD From Every Angle (Blujazz) earned her enthusiastic critical acclaim and a 4-star review in DownBeat Magazine. She established the vocal jazz programs at Benedictine University and the Saskatchewan School of the Arts in Canada, and is currently vocal jazz director at North Central College.

In addition to the vocal faculty artists, featured on the camp staff will be jazz trumpeter Art Davis, formerly with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and the camp's In-Residence Rhythm Section comprised of pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse, each an internationally-known jazz artist and clinician. Returning to join the rhythm section for this year's event will be Belgian guitarist Jeanfrancois Prins.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Community Arts Access Regranting Program, which is funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and Hinsdale Center for the Arts.

For further information regarding the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, contact Janice Borla at 630-416-3911, e-mail jborla@aol.com, visit the camp's website at www.janiceborlavocaljazzcamp.org
or write to the camp c/o Department of Music, North Central College, 30 N. Brainard Street, Naperville, Illinois 60540.

For further information regarding the "Hot Jazz - 6 Cool Nites" concert series, call 630-637-5620.

More Information: http://www.janiceborlavocaljazzcamp.org

Submitted By: Janice Borla

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