The New Jersey Jazz Academy

Summer 2021 dates announced!

Registration is open for the summer 2021 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
  • 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 performance at the National Night out on August 3rd so you can share the skills and musical fellowship gained by being a part of Elefante’s New Jersey Jazz Academy!

Save $50 when you refer a friend!

How it works:

• Register for the New Jersey Jazz Academy.
• Refer a friend who registers.
• Your friend should enter your first and last name in the registration field labeled “How did you hear about the New Jersey Jazz Academy?”
• We see your name and credit $50 back to your original payment! Multiple referrals are permitted*!

*Referral discounts for the New Jersey Jazz Academy are credits (refunds) returned to the original form of payment the referrer used when registering. Amount refunded per referral is $50. Referral discounts are limited and cannot exceed the cost of the program.

DATES: Mondays and Thursdays July 12 – July 29 (6 classes)
TIME: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
REQUIREMENTS: Middle and high school students with at least 2 years experience
PRICE: $350
LOCATION: Elefante Music – 1790 Springfield Ave, New Providence NJ
PERFORMANCE: New Providence National Night Out, August 3rd (time TBA)

Summer 2020 Virtual Project:
Jump, Jive, & Wail

Fall 2020 Virtual Project:
Flip, Flop, & Fly

More Jazz Academy Videos

Kean University Performance

Promo Video


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 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.