Summer at Cornish

Intermediate Jazz Workshop



July 6 –July 11, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall PON, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

Registration for this course has been closed

If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

Jazz at Cornish affords talented middle and high school students an opportunity to develop their jazz improvisation skills with the nationally renowned Cornish College of the Arts jazz faculty and special guest artists. Students can expect an exciting and fun-filled week playing in ensembles with other talented students, and will benefit from both formal and informal tutoring by the faculty. The workshop has been designed so aspiring young musicians can unleash their creative potential and develop the improvisational skills required for spontaneous, interactive music making. Through various exercises designed to cultivate deeper listening skills and boost confidence, the workshop will delve into the art of jazz improvisation. The week culminates in a Saturday concert featuring all of the students in ensembles of different sizes and styles.

Who should enroll?

Students ages 12 to 19 at an intermediate skill level on their instruments and who already have experience playing in their middle school or high school band or orchestra. Vocalists as well as instrumentalists are encouraged to apply.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at 11:00am in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to students, ages 12-19, with an audition for ensemble groupings.

Requirements & Availability


Dawn Clement

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Northwest pianist/composer/vocalist Dawn Clement has established herself as one of the most sought after jazz musicians working today. With her
joyful presence, consummate technique and distinctive sound, Clement has gained the attention and respect of musicians, critics and fans through the
US and abroad.

Dawn’s jazz piano career trajectory has been steady, if not dazzling. Dawn recently completed a 6 week tour with Motema recording artist Rene Marie
and has performed and recorded with some of the brightest luminaries in contemporary jazz including: Jane Ira Bloom, Ingrid Jensen, Julian Priester,
Matt Wilson, Bobby Previte, and John Clayton.

As a recording artist, Dawn has released 5 CD’s to date. With her most recent release Tempest/Cobalt, Dawn expands her creative reach into contemporary pop and steps into the light as a songwriter. Charlie Smith, who produced and played on the album, describes it as “Ahmad Jamal playing duets with Blossom Dearie except they’re in modern-day Brooklyn having drinks with Dirty Projectors and Sufjan Stevens.” In addition to performing and recording, Dawn is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she also received her Bachelors of Music (2000). And in addition to teaching, Dawn is currently working towards the completion of a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts (August, ’15).

Tim Carey


Kari-On Productions, LLC

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Tim Carey is a multi instrumentalist, bassist, and composer from Seattle Washington. Carey has played bass professionally since 2003 touring and performing in twenty-six different U.S. states, Canada, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea with musicians such as Jovino Santos Neto, Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Adam Rapa, Brothers of Soul, J.J. Barnes, Harvey Wainapel, and his own groups. Carey can be heard playing in Seattle with the Jovino Santos Neto Trio, Reptet, Hardcoretet, Sambatuque, Zubatto Syndicate and as a leader of his own jazz quintet. Since graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts, Carey has taught privately as well as presented clinics and workshops at high schools and colleges throughout the United States including at CalArts, the University of Nevada, and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Ben Thomas

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Ben Thomas is one of the most in-demand vibraphonists in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to leading jazz and tango ensembles, he performs as a sideman on mallets, percussion and bandoneon with a wide variety of groups including Tangabrazo, More Zero and the Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto. He currently has three albums of original compositions available on Origin Records: Triskaidekaphobia, The Mystagogue and The Madman’s Difference.

Thomas completed his Doctor of Musical Art in Percussion Performance at the University of Washington in 2007. His dissertation was on the development of Cal Tjader’s early Latin Jazz vibraphone style. Thomas received his Master of Music with Honors in Improvisation from the University of Michigan in 1994. While in graduate school, he directed the University’s Jazz Composers Orchestra and performed with Stephen Rush. His time with Rush resulted in the CD recording of Rush’s chamber opera, Murders in the Rue Morgue. Thomas also graduated from Swarthmore College, where he majored in mathematics and music.

In the last few years, Thomas has performed at the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Ballard Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Detroit-Montreaux Jazz Festival, Anacortes Arts Festival, Ellensburg Jazz in the Valley Festival, Tacoma Maritime Festival, Bellingham Art of Jazz Series, and the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival. As a composer, Thomas has written for chamber groups, big bands, jazz combos, dance and theater. He has also taught clinics and masterclasses at colleges across the country.

Mark Taylor

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Mark Taylor is one of the most in demand saxophonists in the Pacific Northwest. A Seattle native and resident, Mark’s personal sound and style are a fixture on the local jazz scene and have given him opportunities to perform for audiences all over the United States and Japan. Widely respected as a unique and creative improviser, an impeccable ensemble player, and for his stylistic versatility, Mark was honored as “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of 2008″ by Earshot Jazz Magazine. Mark performs and records extensively with such diverse and award winning groups as Matt Jorgensen +451, Jim Knapp Orchestra, Frieze of Life, Victor Noriega Trio + 2, Tom Varner’s Tentet and Quintet, Thomas Marriott, Wayne Horvitz, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the Randy Halberstadt Quintet. Outside of these ongoing projects, he has also appeared locally with legends such as Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and Ernestine Anderson, current headliners in jazz such as Sam Yahel and Maria Schneider, appearances with the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many more.