Residency will take place JULY 10-16, 2016. 

New home at Rutgers University – Newark places students at the heart of a thriving downtown arts scene.

Ace faculty of jazz musicians from throughout U.S. leads this unique immersion program for young women.

Applications are now being accepted at For details, email or call (973) 353-7058.

The annual All-Female Jazz Residency of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), a weeklong, summer intensive for aspiring women jazz professionals, will take place at Rutgers-Newark this July.

A partnership with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University – Newark will enable young women from 14 -25 years old to reside, study and rehearse in a beautifully restored, historic 1930 skyscraper on the Rutgers-Newark campus at 15 Washington St. Entering its third summer from July 10-16, the residency is led by an all-star faculty under the artistic directorship of GRAMMY®-nominated jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen, winner of this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero Award.  Allen is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

By locating the program at “Fifteen Wash,” participants are close to NJPAC, the archives of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Jazz Radio WBGO (88.3FM), and a number of venues for live performance opportunities. The newly renovated building provides dorms, rehearsal studios and an intimate jazz club, Clement’s Place, all within its walls.

An all-star team of extraordinary jazz artists is at the heart of this unique intensive. Students travel from across the country to study and play elbow-to-elbow with an outstanding faculty: bassist Linda Oh (has performed with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron and others), trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (hailed as “one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation), singer Connaitre Miller  (Associate Professor of Music and Vocal Jazz Coordinator at Howard University and leader of the vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue) and saxophonist Bruce Williams (acclaimed jazz alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed with jazz legends including Little Jimmy Scott, Frank Foster, Roy Hargrove, and others). Vibraphonist Stefon Harris (four time GRAMMY nominee) and saxophonist Tia Fuller (best known for her years as saxophonist in Beyoncé’s all-female band) will conduct master classes.

New to the faculty this summer are drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts (seven time GRAMMY award-winning drummer) and pianist -composer Ellen Rowe.

A protégé of jazz piano great Marian McPartland, Rowe, who is on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, uses the word “powerful” to describe opportunities for women to perform jazz together in a supportive environment.

“I’ve been active in mentoring young jazz female jazz musicians for a long time,” she says. “When I first saw how important [it] was for young women and how putting together small ensembles of women helped them develop confidence and celebrate their own voices as improviser and composers, I became convinced that it was a positive thing.”

Alison Scott-Williams, NJPAC’s Vice President of Arts Education, agrees that “a space where female jazz students can express their authentic voices is a rarity.” She adds, “Establishing lifelong relationships with others student musicians, as well as trailblazers in the field, makes this such a unique experience. When they’re under the wing of the best in the business, taking flight comes naturally.”

“The Institute of Jazz Studies is thrilled to host NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency, the nations’ premiere training ground for women in jazz, here at Rutgers-Newark. Our archives and related resources will certainly enhance their experience and they in turn will be a welcome presence on our campus," says Wayne Winborne, Executive Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark.

The All-Female Jazz Residency offers classes in improvisation, musicianship and jazz theory. A timeline survey introduces students to pacesetters as far back as Ma Rainey and as up-to-the-minute as Esperanza Spalding. One of this summer’s workshop leaders is Columbia University Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, the author of several books on jazz and co-editor of Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies.

Past programs gave young musicians the opportunity to perform in a jazz club, take a private tour of the Institute of Jazz Studies, attend one of Allen’s concert engagements in New York City, and visit WBGO’s studios with Newark’s “First Lady of Jazz,” Dorthaan Kirk. Students will participate in a culminating performance at the end of the residency. 

Applications are now being accepted at For details or additional information on financial aid, email or call (973) 353-7058.

Major support for Arts Education programs at NJPAC is provided by the Prudential Foundation, Women's Association of NJPAC, Victoria Foundation, ADP, Merck Company Foundation, PSEG Foundation, and Wells Fargo.



New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.


NJPAC’s Arts Education offerings reach more than 75,000 students and families through live performances, in-school residency programs and arts training classes. These programs bring the joy of dance, music, theater, and poetry directly to the classroom. Through innovative residencies, Teaching Artists create stimulating performing arts experiences that engage students’ imaginations and build self-confidence through positive self-expression. Our residencies help students learn to work together and develop their creative independence.

In addition to NJPAC’s innovative In-School Programs, the Arts Center’s comprehensive Arts Education Department offers an Arts Training Program that helps students at every level learn the artistic and technical skills they need to study acting, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, and musical theater. NJPAC also presents a SchoolTime performance series, which introduces students and their families to a world of entertainment and culture. NJPAC’s Arts Education programs feature professional artists from a wide variety of traditions and performances of music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and more. To learn more about Arts Education at NJPAC, please visit


Institute of Jazz Studies is the world's foremost jazz archive and research facility. It was founded in 1952 by Marshall Stearns (1908-1966), a pioneer jazz scholar. In 1966, Rutgers was chosen as the collection's permanent academic home. IJS is part of the Rutgers University Libraries, and in 1994 moved to spacious new quarters on the fourth floor of the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark Campus. The Institute is used by students from Rutgers (especially those in the new Master's Program in Jazz History and Research) and other institutions, teachers, scholars, authors, independent researchers, musicians, the media, record companies, libraries and other archives, and arts agencies.

The Institute of Jazz Studies has been designated as A Literary Landmark by the New Jersey Center for the Book in the National Registry of the Library of Congress, October 2013.

Rutgers University - Newark is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey's cultural capital. Approximately 12,000 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Law-Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

At a historical moment when our cities, our state, our nation, and our world desperately need higher education to fulfill its promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. Rutgers University - Newark is exceptionally well positioned to fulfill that promise. It has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. It has the right mix of disciplines and first-rate interdisciplinary centers and institutes to take on those questions and challenges. It is in and of a city and region where its work on local challenges undertaken with partners from sectors resonates powerfully throughout our urbanizing world. Most importantly, Rutgers University - Newark brings an incredible diversity of people to this work-students, faculty, staff, and community partners-making it more innovative, more creative, more engaging, and more relevant for our time and the times ahead. To find out more, please visit


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