ESM-XRIJF Scholarships Concert With Jeff Campbell

Five students have been named this year’s recipients of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival / Eastman School of Music (RIJF/ESM) Jazz Scholarship. The students, who are from Maine, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, will enter Eastman School as freshmen in the fall. 


The scholarship program was founded in 2003 and is sponsored by Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona and is funded by proceeds from the annual festival. The awards are part of the Festival’s mission to invest in the next generation of musicians, and support students attending the Eastman School of Music. Thirty nine scholarships including this year's recipients have been awarded since its inception.


The awards will be presented by Nugent and Iacona, along with Eastman Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, Jeff Campbell, on Monday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m., at a free concert on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by The Community Foundation.


The awards are part of the Festival’s mission to invest in the next generation of musicians, and support students attending the Eastman School of Music.

 The 2017 scholarship winners include:

Yvonne Rogers, Penobscot, Maine  

Admitted to both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Eastman School of Music as a Dual Degree student.

Will be majoring in Jazz Performance, Piano at Eastman. Attended New York University’s Summer Jazz Improvisation Workshop and was the 2016 recipient of Maine Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Musicianship Award

 Ryan Barski, Pittsford, New York

Will be majoring in Jazz Performance, Drum Set

Attended the Summer Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music and was a member of Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Jazz Ensemble which received a Superior Rating at the 2016 Virginia Beach Music Festival

 Jamal Kemp, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Will be majoring in Jazz Performance, Trumpet

Attended summer jazz programs at the Eastman School of Music and Berklee and received Best Brass Soloist at the 2014 and 2016 SteelStacks High School Band Showcase

 Maxwell Caine, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Will be majoring in Jazz Performance, Guitar

Attended Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute and selected to perform in the 2017 All Eastern Jazz Ensemble

 Dylan Ocorr, Fairport, New York

Attended Summer Jazz Studies at the Eastman School as Music and Litchfield Jazz Camp and performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival multiple times as part of the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, various combo groups, and the Charles Finney Jazz Band

Jeff Campbell has carved out an impressive career as bass player of extraordinary artistry, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. As a jazz bassist, he maintains an active schedule performing with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. In high demand across the globe, Jeff has performed at such prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu Jazz Festivals and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics. His first CD, West End Avenue, with John Hollenbeck and John Wojceichowski, features a combination of original compositions and jazz standards. Additionally, Jeff is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section. His summers are occupied with the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, where he serves as program director, and the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies and Bass Day, of which he is co-director.

In addition to a busy performing schedule, Jeff maintains an active career as a jazz educator with a keen interest in bass playing of the past, present, and future. A full-time professor at Eastman since 1997, his teaching duties include jazz bass, jazz history, jazz theory and aural skills, and small group performance. He is a regular contributor to the Double Bassist magazine, and is the Jazz Editor of Bass World, the official publication of the International Society of Bassists. Jeff’s book on the famous Duke Ellington-Jimmy Blanton duets (in preparation for publication) provides bassist with an opportunity to study the bass playing of the great Jimmy Blanton.

Jeff’s music education began at an early age under the influence of his professional-musician parents. As a young musician, Jeff received much of his musical training working with local professional musicians in a myriad of musical styles and venues. Through these experiences, Jeff developed a healthy balance between the artistic and practical issues faced by today’s professional musician. Jeff holds degrees in double bass performance and music education from Brigham Young University (BM) and the Eastman School of Music (MM, DMA). He has studied bass with John F. Clark, James VanDemark, Jeffrey Turner, and Robert Zimmerman, and jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Fred Sturm.