Sierra Jazz Camp teaches students of all ages (VIDEO) |

Sierra Jazz Camp teaches students of all ages (VIDEO)

From right to left, Kit Bailey, Bill Douglass and Sean Kerrigan play in Wednesday morning's jazz show during the Sierra Jazz Camp that runs all week.

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What: Sierra Jazz Camp finale concert

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: River Highlands Ranch, 8600 Big Oak Valley Rd, Smartsville

Cost: $5 at the door

The Sierra Jazz Camp is an opportunity for adults and kids to refine their jazz skills.

Starting Wednesday and wrapping up with a concert on Sunday, Sierra Jazz Camp offers lessons in piano, guitar, bass, solo vocals, wind instruments and brass. All five days start at 9:30 a.m. and go until 3:30 p.m.

Sunday’s concert starts at 1:30 in the afternoon.

This year, 25 students, both adults and teenagers, are attending the camp with seven faculty members, but it wasn’t always that way.

Nora Nausbaum, the administrative director and flute instructor, said, “In 2001 the Nevada County Arts Council had money, they wanted to establish a jazz camp … they asked my husband, Bill Douglass, to be the artistic director. Two years later they ran out of money.”

But now Jazz Camp is a nonprofit and has been doing well in the community.

“The concert is always well attended” said Nausbaum.

In the mornings the faculty put on a small jazz show before breaking up into small, single instrument sections with the students. Then, after breaking for lunch, the pupils are put into combos where students play different instruments together. Go to: to learn more.

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