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Ed Fast's Latin Meets Jazz

June 29 - July 5, 2015
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • Registration Deadline is June 15, 2015
  • Looking for the Latin Jazz Program that runs during the school year? Click here.
  • *No Class on July 4th

Ed Fast, Director
John Mastroianni, Co-Director

Ed Fast's Latin Meets Jazz is a lively weeklong program for dedicated young musicians interested in finding their own unique sound through Latin Jazz music. As a Ed Fast's Latin Meets Jazz participant, you’ll broaden your knowledge of the genre by studying standard rep, the nuts and bolts of jazz theory, and the legendary musicians who were most influential in creating this particular brand of Jazz. The week culminates in a concert for family and friends on Sunday afternoon.

Summer 2014 Ed Fast's Latin Meets Jazz Concert


Theory and Improv Workshops

Each day you’ll have the chance to combine Latin Jazz theory and improv techniques in hands-on workshops led by professional musicians.You’ll explore important Latin Jazz concepts like clave, montuno, and tumbao and you’ll learn about how music theory is applied to improvisation. Playing is an important part of reinforcing new musical concepts so you’ll be able to experiment with new material as you learn it.

Combo and Small Ensembles

Your theory and improv experience won’t end in a workshop! On a daily basis, you’ll join other students in small combo settings where you can apply what you’ve learned and give it your own creative twist. Each ensemble works with a different coach each day so you’ll have a chance to learn from all faculty members.

Faculty and Guest Performances

No music experience is complete without listening. Daily performances presented by faculty and guest artists will inspire you and dedicated listening sessions will open your ears to the history of Latin Jazz with recordings by Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Eddie Palmieri, and Hilton Ruiz.


In the afternoons, instrument-specific masterclass sessions will give you the chance to work closely with a faculty member and others that play the same instrument. Together you’ll explore the technical challenges and advantages of your instrument and how they relate to performing Latin Jazz music.

Program Information


$775 plus a $25 application fee.
To enroll in the Latin Meets Jazz summer program, students must submit an application form to the Hartt community Division with a $25 nonrefundable deposit.  After submitting the application, faculty coordinators Ed Fast or John Mastroianni will be in touch for a brief phone interview.  Upon acceptance to the program, students should complete the acceptance form and return it with the remainder of the tuition.


This program is for students entering grades 7 through 12 who have played their instrument for at least 3 years and can read music. Prior jazz or Latin jazz experience is preferred but not necessary.


To enroll in the Latin Meets Jazz summer program, students must complete the online application form and submit it to the Hartt Community Division with a $25.00 non-refundable deposit. This application will be available by March 2015. After submitting the application, faculty coordinators Ed Fast or John Mastroianni will be in touch for a brief phone interview. Apply now.

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