Texas Jazz & Blues Camp


The Texas Jazz & Blues Camp is  June  27 – 30 in Austin, Texas and is a partnership between the New School of Music in Austin and the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut, which has a deep and rich history of providing a top tier national jazz camp for 20 years, using major jazz artists and educators.

Don Braden, world-class jazz educator and performer, has been the music director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1998, and is Texas Jazz Camp’s jazz music director.

Mike Flanigin,  is our Blues Music Director, and is world renowned jazz & blues organist who works with Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Gibbons,  Steve Miller and others.  His tour work includes concerts at Lincoln Center with Steve Miller & Jimmie Vaughan, and touring  with Jimmie Vaughan as part of Eric Clapton’s 2017 North American Tour.

Our Philosophy

Texas Jazz  & Blues  Camp is an all-embracing program focused on musical and personal growth where our students can learn by hearing the greats on our staff and each other. While the commitment to the music is at the highest level, the program is not competitive. There is no pre-audition required.

We listen to you when you arrive and assign you to a combo at your own level. Need-based and merit scholarships are available.


Students are ages 10 to adult, with most in their mid-teens. Previous jazz experience is preferred but not required, as long as the student has the equivalent of 2 years’ experience on their instrument, and has an interest in learning to improvise.

Groups are welcome to attend and be coached together. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.

End-of-Week Concert & Daily Jams

Performance opportunities abound! End of day student jams are available, and the end-of-week concert features student combos and faculty.  Parents, guests and Campers are welcome free of charge.


Don Braden – sax, ensembles, improv
Mike Flanigin – organ, ensembles, improv
Peggy Stern – piano, ensembles, theory, jazz choir
Utah Hamrick – bass, ensembles
Suzi Stern – voice, ensembles
Justin Vasquez – sax, ensembles, improv
Laura Ingles – voice, ensembles
Paul Garretson – drums, ensembles
Randy Zimmerman – trombone, ensembles
Dave Lee – trumpet, ensembles
Jacob Wise – guitar, ensembles
Evan Nicholson – bass, ensembles
Deuce Bennett – guitar, ensembles

Cedars International High School
6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, #102

Cost: $375
Dates & Times: June 27-30, 9am – 4pm
Age: 10 – adult

Sponsored by
New School of Music, Litchfield Jazz Camp, Ratamacamp, Cedars International High School, Cultural Arts Division (Austin)