Hot Club Dream Camp

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An unheralded experience for ensemble training and performances! Learn from gypsy jazz masters in Crested Butte, Colorado. Attend the Hot Club Dream Camp with your existing ensemble or join as an individual guitar, fiddle or bass player and our gurus will place you within an ensemble. The camp will include warm-ups, plenty of jam time, rhythm guitar, improvisation, a specific workshop on the secrets and riffs of Django Reinhardt’s style, participant ensembles, and late-night jam sessions with performers.

*Housing is not provided for students or their families. For more information about lodging options in the town of Crested Butte and in Gunnison, please check out our Visit page.

The camp includes 5 days of ensemble instruction. Instrument-specific group and individual lessons will also be available during the afternoon sessions. Private individual instrument lessons will be scheduled in 20-minute increments, and open to sign up during the week. Each camper will be provided with a materials packet comprised of 20 standard lead sheets and Dream Camp T-shirt!

  • Includes 5 days of ensemble instruction
  • Group individual instrument instruction
  • Private individual instrument instruction (sign up required)
  • 3 lunch gigs in local establishments with your ensemble
  • Camp Performance featuring a performance from each of the ensembles (Friday, July 27th at 5:00 PM). Please book housing through the morning of the 28th.

Housing & food are not included

  • Standard Pricing - $800
  • 9:30 am - 10:15 am Daily warm ups and repertoire review
  • 10:30 am - 11:15 am Q/A sessions with instructors
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Ensemble Gigs in local establishments
  • 2:00pm - 3:00 pm Ensemble instruction and jamming with instrument specific group and individual lessons available
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ensemble instruction and jamming with instrument specific group and individual lessons available

NOTE: Friday will include final performance at 5:00PM after instruction. Please book housing through the morning of the 28th.

*Subject to change

The Dream Camp is a camp for intermediate to advanced instrumentalists who want to focus on ensemble play and practice performing in front of audiences. Individuals or pre-formed ensembles are welcome. Individuals attending the camp will be placed in ensembles by instructors in advance of the camp.

Each ensemble will be comprised of 3 guitarists, 1 violinist, and a bassist. Spots for each instrument are available as follows: 30 guitar, 10 violin and 10 bass. Bass to be provided by Camp or bring your own electric bass. After all instrumental spots have been filled a wait list will be held for openings.

  • Beginner: New to jazz or struggling to play through songs? This level is perfect for you. We offer beginning classes to get you up and running playing jazz songs. (Prerequisite is knowledge and ability to play a Major 7, a Minor 7th and a Dominant 7th chord)
  • Intermediate: I am able to play 20-50 Songs. I can play through songs but struggle with improvisation or chord substitution.
  • Advanced: I can play over 50 songs. I am able to play through songs and improvise freely through chord changes.
Vinny Raniolo

Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has taken him to 14 countries on three continents, and he has performed in some of the world's most illustrious venues. Often featured on National Public Radio in duo with Frank Vignola, Vinny has become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. Frank and Vinny's own PBS special, Four Generations of Guitars premieres in the 2014-15 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series Music Gone Public. Vinny also has worked with artists like Leon Redbone, Vince Giordano, Deana Martin and Olli Soikkeli as well as on screen appearances on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Jason Anick
Jason Anick

One of the youngest instructors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading his own contemporary jazz ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.

Max O'Rourke

At a very early age, Max began playing guitar by taking lessons from his music teacher in the small school he attended in rural Vermont. Max played in every group the school had. As his abilities developed, he began traveling to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire once a week (a 150 mile round trip) to take lessons from David Newsam—a professor at Dartmouth, Berklee, and University of New Hampshire—who agreed to take him on after hearing him play. It was David who introduced Max to both gypsy jazz and the jazz community of Vermont and New Hampshire. While still a high school student, Max began attending jam sessions held by seasoned jazz musicians often four or five times his age. He began gigging at various art openings and private venues as a solo artist, using a loop station to create his own dynamic rhythm section. As Max continued to work on and develop his music, he attended Django in June for the first time in 2012, a festival in Northhampton, Massachusetts. This is where Max first met some of the artists that ignited his passion for gypsy jazz.

In 2014, as a high school graduation gift, Max’s family gave him a ticket to Europe, giving Max the chance to attend France’s premier Django Reinhardt festival in Samois Sur Siene. It was here where Max first established his footing in the genre, being invited to jam and even perform on the “Up and Coming” stage with some of the headlining artists.

Now, Max is continuing his studies at the Berklee College of Music, where he is a recipient of the North American Tour Scholarship. At just 19 years old, the young guitarist is a force to be reckoned with. Not only is he a member of Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli’s Rhythm Future Quartet, but he has been recording and touring extensively with the internationally renowned guitarist and composer Gonzalo Bergara. He also has recently toured and performed with the Grammy award-winning John Jorgenson Quintet, along with other groups and artists.

With these groups and on his own, Max has performed and taught master classes across the country at various colleges and venues like Djangofest Northwest in Washington, DjangoVegas in Las Vegas, the Winter Jazz Festival in New York City, Django Jamboree in Kentucky, Django by the Sea in Maine, and many others.

Max is one of the few winners of the international Saga Djangofest Award “for outstanding young musicianship in the genre of gypsy jazz,” placing him at the forefront of the new generation of gypsy jazz musicians. ​

Nicki Parrot
Nicki Parrott

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where she began to play with Australian musicians such as Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie McGann, and Ten Part Invention.

John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson born July 6, 1956 in Madison, Wisconsin, is perhaps best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters. Jorgenson is also proficient in the mandolin, mandocello, Dobro, pedal steel, piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others...Read More.

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About The Festival

CBMF is a summer music festival that serves the communities on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Performances feature a diverse range of genres including symphony, opera, chamber, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and dance from leading artists throughout the world. A multitude of educational programs provide hands-on experiences for students of all ages and abilities.

About Crested Butte

Host to one of the country’s finest wildflower displays in the summer and a rich tradition of local, unique culture, Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,909 feet and is nestled at a confluence of stunning mountain ranges. Access to ample backcountry makes Crested Butte a leading outdoor destination for mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, wildflower viewing, and, in winter, challenging skiing at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Crested Butte is approximately 30 minutes from Gunnison, 1 ½ hours from Montrose, and just over 4 hours from Denver.