Jazz Day

VCU Jazz Day is a jazz improvisation and combo workshop for high school students. The VCU Jazz Studies Program invites selected jazz students to spend a day with jazz faculty and students and participate in activities such as:

  • Master classes by VCU Jazz Studies faculty
  • Performances at the day’s end by combos of students formed from different high schools in the region and rehearsed by VCU faculty
  • Performances by VCU faculty and students

For more information, contact Antonio García.


23rd annual VCU Jazz Day

Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to invited high school students.
Join us at 3 p.m. for an informal concert in Vlahcevic Concert Hall! (Free admission)

W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
922 Park Avenue
Richmond, Virginia


Six VCU faculty members and an alumnus will offer instruction, including (subject to change) Prof. García, director of Jazz Studies, trombone/brass; likely Rex Richardson, trumpet; J.C. Kuhl, saxophone; Michael Ess, guitar; Russell Wilson, piano; Victor Dvoskin, bass; and Tony Martucci, drum set.


Selected students will have demonstrated an exceptional desire and potentially strong ability to pursue the craft of jazz improvisation and may be considering continuing that pursuit at the college or professional level.

Prof. García invites students to attend Jazz Day via their high school directors. Students who accept that invitation must complete, sign, and return the downloadable 2019 Jazz Day Consent Form to Prof. García with the signature of a parent or guardian. This form acknowledges that student and parent recognize their commitment to the student’s attendance that day. Such commitment is required because each of the six Jazz Day combos’ personnel are assigned in advance of students’ arrival that morning; substitutes are not necessarily easily found, and food costs must be correctly estimated.

Until this form is received by Prof. García, students will not be assigned chairs for Jazz Day. Please mail the signed form to him at: Antonio J. García, VCU Music; 922 Park Avenue, Box 842004; Richmond VA 23284-2004. (Note that the box # must be included.) Or scan it clearly and email it to ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Note for guitarists, bassists and drummers

Guitarists and bassists must bring their own amps and cords. Drummers must bring their own cymbals, sticks, brushes, and hi-hat clutch. Drum sets will be provided.

Inclement weather

In case severe weather prompts concern about whether the day’s event will take place, contact García’s office at (804) 827-0699. A recorded message will indicate event cancellation.