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. New Jersey Jazz Academy students will perform at various venues and events, and before a live audience at Elefante Music at the end of the program.
The Band: The New Jersey Jazz Academy Ensemble is an advanced-level band. Participants are selected based on a recommendation from a school band director or private instructor. Requirements include at least 3 years experience on the student’s instrument, strong sight-reading skills, experience in their school jazz band, and/or a recommendation from a school band director or private instructor.
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.