Welcome to Virtual Guitar CAMP - Feb 26, 2022

Feat. Mike Stern, Rodney Jones, Rez Abbasi, Rodney Jones, Gilad Hekselman, Brandon Ross, Anthony Pirog, Joel Harrison


In 90 minute classes, we'll take you through a universe of modern improvising principles and ideas.

Date & Time - Classes will take place between 12 noon and 5:30 pm EST Sat. and Sun. Feb. 26/27

12:00-1:30: Anthony Pirog, Brandon Ross, and Joel Harrison—the big tent of jazz country, rock, and noise in your improvising

2:00-3:30: Rodney Jones and Mike Stern—How to Practice and What to practice. Foundation of Groove and Funk for the jazz guitarist

4:00-5:30: Rez Abbasi and Gilad Hekselman: improvising as composition, expanding harmony

7:30-8:00: Gilad Hekselman solo

8:00-8:30:  Rodney Jones solo



Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones occupies a unique place in the jazz guitar world – kind of a Zen Master of the current active A-list players. You can count on one hand the guys who rose to the pinnacle of academia (former professor at Juilliard and Manhattan School), television (The Rosie show), toured and recorded with jazz icons (Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Chico Hamilton), and beloved by his family, students, and friends. He has toured worldwide, performed, and recorded with a who’s who of the music industry including Dizzy Gillespie, James Brown, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Christian McBride, Stevie Wonder, Elvin Jones, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, and countless others.

Rez Abbasi: 03-10-17 (le) Poisson Rouge  (2017 Alternative Guitar Summit)

Rez Abbasi

Rez was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for composition in 2021, voted #1 Rising Star in the 2013 Downbeat Critics poll and subsequently placed in the top ten alongside Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. In performances and recording with Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahantappa, Mark Shim, and Bill Ware he is one of the most original voices on the scene.


Mike Stern

One of the great jazz guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has the unique ability to play with the finesse and lyricism of Jim Hall, the driving swing of Wes Montgomery and the turbulent, overdriven attack of Jimi Hendrix. Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, Stern revered all three of those guitar immortals, along with such potent blues guitarists as Albert and B.B. King. Aspects of those seminal influences can be heard in his playing on the 18 recordings he has released as a leader or in his acclaimed sideman work for Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorius, Steps Ahead, David Sanborn, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Joe Henderson and the all-star Four Generations of Miles band.


Gilad Hekselman

Gilad Hekselman has established himself as one of the leading voices in jazz guitar. Only a few years after his arrival to NY in 2004, this native Israeli was already sharing stages with some of the greatest artists in the New York City jazz scene including Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Ballard, Ben Wendel, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks, Becca Stevens, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez and Peter Bernstein among many others.

Joel Harrison: 03-10-17 (le) Poisson Rouge  (2017 Alternative Guitar Summit)

Joel Harrison

Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison is a guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter. Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, he has released 21 CD's on seven record labels since 1994. Called "protean" and "brilliant" by the New York Times, Harrison has spent his career traversing jazz, classical, rock, country, W. African, Indian, and classical music. He is a resident of Brooklyn NY and founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, a yearly gathering of some of the most creative guitarists on earth.

Harrison's work transgresses perceived boundaries: he combines African and country, Indian and jazz, American roots with avant garde exploration. He is a two-time winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Composition Competition, and has received support from Chamber Music America, the Flagler Cary Trust, NYSCA, New Music USA, and the Jerome Foundation. He has appeared high on the "Rising Star" Downbeat Magazine poll for years.

Anthony Pirog with Michael Formanek and Allison Miller: 05-09-16 National Sawdust (2016 Alternative Guitar Summit)

Anthony Pirog

Anthony Pirog knows nothing of stylistic limitations—his music is beyond category, embracing not only jazz, but avant-garde and indie rock, free improvisation, electronic sound, and ambient soundscapes.

Pirog has established himself with his work as one-half of the cello/guitar duo Janel & Anthony, a bandleader in his trio with Michael Formanek and Ches Smith, a sideman with jazz musicians such as James Brandon Lewis, the electric jazz improvisational Five Times Surprise, the classic DC-scene telecaster twang of The Spellcasters, and, the exciting trio, The Messthetics, with Brendan Canty and Joe Lally, the rhythmic section from Fugazi.

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Brandon Ross

Brandon Ross is a singular personality who has forged a style that ranges from acoustic delicacy to raging electronics. He is well known for his work with Cassandra Wilson, Harriet Tubman, Henry Threadgill, and others.

In person Summer Camp August 22-26, 2022

Our one-of-a-kind camp in August offers a rare opportunity to learn from true masters of the guitar. This summer's teachers include John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Gilad Hekselman, Isaiah Sharkey, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Jerome Harris, Joel Harrison, and more. Students will have up-close, personal contact with these folks. Every year we provide support for many of our summer camp attendees who can't afford tuition. To make a tax-deductible donation to our scholarship fund, click the button below.

Greetings and welcome to year four of the most unusual, forward-thinking, open-minded guitar camp on the planet. Our teaching team this summer is:

John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman, Bill Frisell, Joel Harrison, Mike and Leni Stern, Isaiah Sharkey, Jerome Harris!

The conceptual influence of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s music can be readily observed on a global scale. Whether in concert halls, basement jazz club wee hours jam sessions, conservatory practice rooms or radio station airwaves, Rosenwinkel’s distinctive voice as a composer and guitarist has had an undeniable impact on music in the 21st century.

Gilad Hekselman, one of the leading jazz players of the younger generation, will discuss his gorgeously lyrical modern approach, which is powerfully anchored in tradition.

John Scofield is..well, you know who he is!

Bill Frisell: Ditto to John Scofield! Bill and John rarely teach. Don't miss this opportunity to sit face to face with these masters.

Mike Stern is a rockin' bebop monster who has set the standard for high octane jazz fusion for forty years, ever since joining Miles Davis in the early 1980's.

Jerome Harris is a bassist guitarist of eclectic taste. He spent years playing bass with Sonny Rollins and Jack Dejohnette. He has also played a ton of new music with some of the jazz and funk world's leading lights.

Leni Stern  has been forging her own blend of jazz, pop, and music from India and Africa for decades. She is one of the first women to boldly step forth into the jazz guitar world back in the 80's.

Joel Harrison will help you navigate the camp, find your own sound, play free, and learn how to practice. He'll also work with you on composition.

Isaiah Sharkey blends deep funk with jazz and blues. He is best know for his collaboration with John Mayer, and is first call for the likes of D'Angelo and Beyonce.

We welcome all levels, except no beginners, please. Although our camp has a focus on jazz, in its broadest sense, anyone can profit from attending. We have had rock, blues, bluegrass players, and more. All have walked away wiser.

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Joel Harrison: 03-10-17 (le) Poisson Rouge  (2017 Alternative Guitar Summit)


Featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman, Bill Frisell, Isaiah Sharkey, Joel Harrison, Mike and Leni Stern, and Jerome Harris


What You'll Get

The benefits of attending our camp extend beyond the strengths of the teachers. Of equal import are the connections you will make with other dedicated students in this gorgeous setting.

You can participate in any number of organized and impromptu jam sessions, share insights and ideas, and perform with the teachers as well.

There is MUCH more info on the registration site.

You’ll walk away from your stay with enough inspiration to last the whole year.

Class Topics

1) Rhythm boot camp- developing your inner groove no matter the time cycle
2) Finding your own sound in any style
3) Free improv
4) The art of accompaniment in any style
5) Ways to approach jazz tunes
6) The new landscape of electronic effects
7) Playing a great solo
8) Jazz fundamentals: theory and practice ideas
9) Funk  and jazz-rock guitar
10) Business boot camp- how to make a living

"I have been playing guitar my whole life, almost 50 years now. In all that time I've never felt so inspired by a workshop. The combination of teachers, their generous manner, the setting, and the other students made for a life-altering experience."

- Dalton Potter (AGS Camp 2017)