North Central College - Naperville, IL

Vocal Jazz Camp returns for 22nd season

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

May 11, 2010--The 22nd annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites" concert series will be presented at North Central College July 17-23. Both events take place during the same week and are jointly sponsored by the College's Jazz Studies Program.

Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp
Founded in 1989, the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp offers a unique educational experience for aspiring jazz vocalists in an intensified, one-week 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 Canada, Europe, Asia and across the United States, who range in age and background from high school to adult professional vocalists and jazz educators. The curriculum is designed specifically for the solo jazz vocalist. 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 runs July 18-23 and is open to ages 14 and up. Tuition is $625/person; housing and meals are available for an additional $250. The deadline for enrollment is June 1. Further information is available online at

This year's featured vocal faculty are returning artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Madeline Eastman. All three are internationally acclaimed jazz vocalists with extensive resumes as performing artists and jazz educators.

Borla is the camp founder and director. Her recordings and performances have consistently earned high praise for her beautiful sound, adventurous repertoire and imaginative improvisations. Her latest CD "From Every Angle" was named one of the "Best CDs of the Year" by DownBeat Magazine. A recognized pioneer in vocal jazz education, Borla established the vocal jazz programs at Benedictine University and the Saskatchewan School of the Arts in Canada and is the vocal jazz director at North Central College.

Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer and educator whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. She has recorded with Steve Reich, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Cage, Bobby McFerrin, Jane Ira Bloom and many others, and is co-founder of the acclaimed improvisatory vocal quintet Vocal Summit. Her most recent CD "The Peace of Wild Things" showcases her personal style, using her solo voice and innovative use of electronics. Clayton is a faculty member at the New School in New York City.

Eastman has been twice voted one of the top female vocalists in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Based in San Francisco, she has recorded with Cedar Walton, Tony Williams and Kenny Barron. Her newest CD "Can You Hear Me Now?" (Mad-Kat Records) has garnered her wide critical praise. She is artistic director of JazzCamp West and head of the vocal department of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

In addition to the vocal faculty artists, the camp staff also features jazz trumpeter Art Davis, formerly with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and guitarist John McLean. The Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse, are also staff artists and clinicians.

"Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites" concert series
A special highlight of the week's activities is the "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites" evening concert series, featuring the camp faculty artists. Open to the public, this year's concerts will be presented in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The series opens Saturday, July 17, and continues Monday through Thursday, July 19-22, featuring a different combination of artists each evening. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/adults, $15/students and senior citizens; contact the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

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 more information about the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, contact Borla at 630-416-3911 or, or visit