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2016 Grammy Camp—Jazz Session with Al Schmitt

Producer and engineer Al Schmitt will be mentoring and guiding 32 high school music students chosen from across the U.S. by the Recording Academy to be part of the 2016 Grammy Camp—Jazz Session, during which they will record an album on February 12, 13 and 14 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Calif.  

Schmitt will guide the aspiring musicians through the process of recording an album that will be released and available on iTunes and Amazon. He will be joined by engineer Steve Genewick, also a member of the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, as well as Paula Salvatore, Capitol Studios’ manager and entire process will be overseen by Grammy Foundation Executive Education Director David Sears.

These high school musicians will travel to Los Angeles for a weeklong musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and assistant choral director Susanna Wegner of Kansas City, Mo. Grammy Camp—Jazz Session students will be launched into the spotlight surrounding the 58th Annual GrammyAwards through performances at a number of public Grammy Week events, including an appearance at the seventh annual Grammy In The Schools Live! — A Celebration of Music & Education, presented by Ford Motor Company Fund.

The week kicks off February 10 with a special evening open to the public at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, Calif., with guest saxophonist Adam Larson. On February 11 Grammy In The Schools Live! will showcase Jazz Session members and feature a special performance by current Grammy nominee Sam Hunt at Club Nokia. Jazz Session members will also offer a public performance on February 12 with current Grammy Award–nominated special guest Andra Day at Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills, Calif. Legendary Capitol Studios will again be made available by Universal Music Group for Jazz Session members to record an album on February 12–14. This year’s recording will join the lineup of previous albums available for purchase via online music outlets such as Amazon and iTunes. As a grand finale, Jazz Session members will attend the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on February 15 as guests of The Recording Academy and perform at the Grammy Celebration after-party.

Grammy Camp—Jazz Session is supported in part by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by Capitol Studios, Centerstaging, Gibson/Baldwin, Guitar Center, JBL, Roland, Shure, Universal Music Group, and Zildjian Cymbals.

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