Naptown Jazz Kids Day Camp - 2019
A week long immersive day camp for rising 6th through 12th graders.
Location Anne Arundel Community College - Cade Center for Fine Arts
Price* TBD (2019 was $350)
Location Anne Arundel Community College - Cade Center for Fine Arts
Price* TBD (2019 was $350)
Steve Fidyk - Camp Director / Drums
For more than 21 years, Steve Fidyk was the drummer and featured soloist with the Army Blues Big Band, a premier 17-piece jazz ensemble stationed in Washington DC. During his tenure, he performed for seven US presidents, numerous dignitaries and in 2008, traveled throughout the Middle East supporting the troops during a USO Holiday Tour. Currently, Steve leads “The Parlour Project,” a small group featuring his original arrangements and compositions. He is also a member of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford.
As an educator, Fidyk is a member of the jazz studies faculty at Temple University and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an educational consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program and conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Jazz Ensemble. He has authored several critically acclaimed drum method books for Mel Bay and Alfred publications, and regularly contributes columns to Modern Drummer and Teaching Music Magazine.
IAN WARDENSKI - JAZZ IMPROVISATION / THEORY
Ian Wardenski began his musical studies at age 15 under the guidance of John Lahovski, Peter Sittler, and Frank DiBussolo. During this time Ian attended the Creative Music Institute in Emmaus, Pa., where he studied music theory, composition, and improvisation. He also participated in various ensembles, which performed throughout the Pennsylvania Tri-State Area.
Wardenski graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Ca., with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While there he studied music theory/musicianship under Denis Moreen and Michael Schmitz, and classical guitar under Richard Patterson and David Dueñas. He performed in a number of chamber ensembles and jazz ensembles, which appeared throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Wardenski also gave numerous solo recitals throughout Northern California.
In fall 2004, Ian received a Master of Music in Music Theory from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. While there he studied music theory/musicianship under Robert Shankovich, and classical guitar under Thomas Kikta and Aaron Shearer, author of the Learning the Classic Guitar series. Wardenski completed his Ph.D. in Music Theory at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he studied music theory/musicianship under Steven Strunk, author of Harmony (New Grove Dictionary of Jazz), Linear Intervallic Patterns in Jazz Repertory and Harmony of Early Bop: A Layered Approach. In addition to his work with Strunk, Ian studied music theory with Paul Taylor and Andrew Simpson, and classical guitar with Richard Miller.
Wardenski believes strongly in a close relationship between scholarship and performance, and promotes this relationship in his classes. This passion for research and performance can be seen in his graduate thesis Engaging the Musical Mind: Promoting the Value of Music Theory and Analysis Toward Authentic Interpretation and Performance of Selected Works of Francisco Tarrega, as well as in his dissertation Harmonic and Phrase Rhythm Analysis of the Core Dance Movements from the Four Lute Suites of J.S. Bach. Further, Wardenski brings his enthusiasm of scholarship and performance to the concert stage. He has given lecture recitals throughout the United Sates, as well as Europe. Additionally, Ian has shared the stage with many jazz greats including Jerry Ascione, Ray Ascione, Jason Gano, Marty Knepp, Tom Pitta, Tim Powell, Frank Russo, and Amy Shook. Ian recently formed the Ian Wardenski Quintet – an innovative ensemble that combines the esthetics of a chamber group with the freedom, spontaneity, and improvisation of a small jazz combo. Ian’s debut album, Collective Thoughts, was released in Spring 2019.
Wardenski is Chair of Performing Arts, and is an Associate Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md. He teaches courses in music theory, sight singing and ear training, jazz harmony, jazz history, and guitar. Ian is also the music director for the AACC Small Jazz Combo, as well as the AACC World Class Jazz series. Ian currently resides in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, soprano Tamara Tucker.
CHRIS BURBANK - TRUMPET
Chris Burbank earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Dr. Robert Stibler and Dr. Clark Terry. He later attended the Juilliard School, earning a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies, studying with Dr. Eddie Henderson. In May of 2014, he completed his studies at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance. While at the Frost School of Music, he studied with Brian Lynch and Terence Blanchard.
While pursuing his master’s in jazz studies at the Juilliard School, Burbank was active on the New York City jazz scene, performing as both a sideman and a leader at such venues as Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club and Smalls Jazz Club. He represented the Juilliard Jazz program as part of their jazz education tours in Costa Rica, Japan, and Spain. While pursuing his doctoral degree at the Frost School of Music, he performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has performed with Steve Miller, Barry Manilow, Frankie Valli, Vince Mendoza, Carl Allen, Natalie Cole, Dave Liebman, Take 6, Gordon Goodwin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Paquito D’Rivera, and Benny Golson. He has recorded with George Benson, and has performed on television specials for PBS with Gloria Estefan, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Dave Gruisin, Mark O’Connor, Eric Owens, Shelly Berg, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Burbank was selected as a semifinalist for the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in Los Angeles, CA.
Burbank auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band in 2015, where he performs with various groups including the Marching Band, Ceremonial Units, and Superintendent's Jazz Combo. Burbank is currently performing throughout the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, and has had the pleasure to perform at such venues as An Die Musik, Bohemian Caverns, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.
XAVIER PEREZ - SAXOPHONE
Originally from Miami, Florida Xavier has performed in 13 countries and 48 states with a wide range of artists in the jazz and Latin music worlds. Xavier was the only U.S representative selected to perform in the final elimination round at an international saxophone competition where he placed 2nd place out of hundreds of applicants from more than 20 countries.
Before relocating to the Washington DC metro area, Xavier was a freelance performing and recording artist living in New York City for 11 years. During his tenure in NYC he became a regular sideman at venues including, “The Blue Note”, “Smalls”, “55 Bar”, “Fat Cat, “Smoke”, “Birdland”, and “The Jazz Standard” among many others. He has performed as a touring member of Paquito DʼRivera and The United Nations Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York, and Ignacio Berroa Quartet among others.
He has shared concert, festival and night club stages with (in addition to the above) James Moody, Diane Schurr, Brian Lynch, John Fedchock, Eric Harland, Michael Mossman and more. He can be heard on recordings alongside of Mark Turner, Antonio Sanchez, Edmar Castaneda, Maurice Brown, Jaleel Shaw, and Sam Barsh. In the Washington DC area Xavier has performed with The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra Pops, and The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.
Xavier is currently assistant musical director and tenor saxophonist for the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble the premier band of the Army, performing ceremonies and concerts at the White House, the US Capital, and in the DC metro area. Xavier Perez is also a proud endorser of DʼAddario Woodwind Reeds.
PETER REVELL - BASS
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Peter has been playing acoustic and electric bass in the Baltimore/DC area since 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University and studied with famed DC bassist Steve Novosel. He was a music teacher in Frederick, Maryland, before joining the US Navy Band in 1995, as a member of the Sea Chanters Chorus, eventually becoming the bassist in the Commodores big band in 2006. Over the years, in and out of the Navy, he has performed/recorded with: Chris Potter, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Lennie Cuje, Bob Butta, The BSO, Uptown Vocal Jazz, and many more. He’s played at venues including: Carnegie Hall, One Step Down, Blues Alley, The Blue Note and Montreaux Jazz Festivals in Detroit and Montreal. He has performed on over 22 national tours with the Navy Band as well as over 12 International Saxophone Symposium’s.
MATT FRANCIS - WOODWINDS
Woodwind specialist Matt Francis is a respected jazz performer and educator from the Metro DC area who regularly performs with some of today’s most sought after musicians and groups. While studying at Berklee College of Music, where he majored in music education and jazz composition, he performed with some of today’s most significant jazz composers and performers such as Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and George Garzone.
After several years of performing with various groups and being a freelance musician, he moved to the Washington D.C. area where he began his educational career working for the DC Public School System. He taught for several years at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus in D.C. before coming to Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County. While in the D.C. school system Mr. Francis took part in the Capital Jazz Program under the direction of Mr. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Originally from Boston Massachusetts, Mr. Francis brings a unique understanding and approach to education though his years of experience in both the performance and educational settings. He is currently the orchestra director as well as the music department chair at Annapolis High School.
ELIJAH COLE - JAZZ AMBASSADOR (GUITAR / PIANO)
Elijah Cole is a jazz musician from the Washington, D.C. area. At 20 years old, he is already well-established in the city's music scene, performing at major venues on both guitar and piano.
Elijah began performing professionally at the age of 15, and became one of the first-call guitarists in the D.C. area while still in high school. He then moved to Philadelphia to pursue his studies further at Temple University, where he is now a member of the top small jazz group and the top big band. At Temple, Elijah has had the opportunity to learn from jazz legends such as Peter Bernstein, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Dick Oatts, and Terell Stafford, and has performed with the likes of Fred Hersch and at the Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition in Amsterdam.
Elijah has performed at venues such as Blues Alley, The D.C. Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, SOUTH, and Chris' Jazz Cafe. He is regularly called on as a sideman in both DC and Philadelphia, and leads bands under his own name, working most often in a trio setting. His music blends avant-garde, straight-ahead, and contemporary influences into a unique sound that delivers a powerful emotional message. His mission is to create music that stimulates the mind, soul, and spirit of his listeners.
JAKOB FIDLER - JAZZ AMBASSADOR (TRUMPET)
JARED LAMPSHIRE - JAZZ AMBASSADOR (SAX)
Jared Lampshire is an upcoming tenor saxophonist in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. area. Having studied classical music with Joseph Briscuso and jazz music with renowned educators Paul Carr and Dick Oatts, Jared Lampshire is a superb tenor saxophonist. In addition to the tenor saxophone, Jared has a strong foundation in playing alto and soprano saxophone, as well as clarinet and flute.
Currently, he attends Temple University as a Jazz Performance major. Jared has acquired his own personal sound in the music world. His playing stands out to listeners through his maturity in rhythm and harmony.
Nicole Saphos - BASS
Nicole is an indie-jazz singer, songwriter, and bassist. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2012, the Los Angeles native relocated to DC, formed her own trio, and began her professional music career in earnest. To date, she’s performed at such venerated venues as The Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.
Last Spring, Nicole teamed up with Local Woman Records for the release of her sophomore EP Buzz & Bloom; a collection of seven original songs, that stretches far beyond the strict jazz confines of her debut album, Tiptoe. With a style reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and Aimee Mann, the writing on Buzz & Bloom is ‘jazzy and engaging without sacrificing a shred of pop sensibility’ - RTP Music Blog.
Nathan Kawaller - BASS
Upon moving to Washington DC in 2012, Nathan Kawaller has quickly established himself as a in-demand bassist in the jazz community. He has performed at some of the city’s most prominent venues such as Strathmore, Blues Alley, and The Kennedy Center. In his time here, Nathan has worked with some of the city’s finest musicians including Gary Thomas, Allyn Johnson, and Dave Ballou. Prior to his time in DC, Nathan lived in Chicago and was active in the scene there. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2004, where he studied with Lynn Seaton.
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