The New Jersey Jazz Academy

Fall 2020 Virtual Session

Registration is open for the fall 2020 virtual session! Students will be fully immersed in a jazz-centered experience with these focal points:

  • Read jazz rhythmic figures
  • Learn how to improvise
  • Learn jazz history
  • Receive individual instruction in Zoom breakout rooms
  • Learn from and play with a variety of professional musicians and educators
  • Gain more competitive skills and techniques to bring to their school, regional, state and national band auditions and performances.

The class will culminate in a virtual recording, so you can preserve and share the performance, skills, and musical fellowship gained by being a part of Elefante’s New Jersey Jazz Academy! Check out the videos from spring and summer below, and register now!

DATES: October 13, 20, 27, November 3
TIME: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
REQUIREMENTS: Middle and high school students with at least 2-3 years experience
PRICE: $250

Summer 2020 Virtual Project: Jump, Jive, & Wail

Spring 2020 Virtual Project:
On Broadway

More Jazz Academy Videos

Kean University Performance

Promo Video


The Program: A unique experience for jazz students, the New Jersey Jazz Academy at Elefante Music is a prestigious program for students who aim to be top players in their school jazz ensembles. The Academy is open to students who play alto, tenor, or baritone saxophone; trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drumset/percussion, flute, vibraphone and xylophone. Vocalists are also welcome.

The Director: The New Jersey Jazz Academy is led by Program Director Vinnie Turturiello, a grammy-nominated music educator. His Scotch Plains-Fanwood jazz band, The Moonglowers, has taken top honors in the NJ Assocation for Jazz Education’s Division II competition in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He is an adjunct professor at Kean University and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.