Midwest Living Review
For three days each May, professional and amateur jazz musicians from across the country gather at Holiday Acres Resort in Wisconsin's North Woods to do what they love the most -- play great jazz -- at the Northwoods Jazz Camp. Small groups of students of all ages study theory, style, improvisation, and technique as well as jam with faculty in combos and a big band. Everyone hangs out, tell stories, and jokes at meals and between sessions. At this music camp for grown-ups, now in its sixth year, the laughter and camaraderie are infectious. The warm ambience of the resort, great food, and surrounding woods and lake enhance to the experience. The musicians -- who sing and play saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass and guitar -- are like a group of old friends who've played together all their lives. A nightly after-dinner faculty concert is followed by a jam session with some of the advanced students. The final Saturday night concert is a rousing big band performance and freestyle jam session where students play along with the professionals. These performances are open to the public. (Nonmusicians can participate in the camp, too, as students learning about music, if not actually playing it.) Prices (from $590) include tuition, lodging and meals.