Jazzworks 2009: Jazz Boot Camp for Adults
l:r: Jim Lewis, Judy Humenick, John Geggie
Behind the scenes, however, it's co-founder/Jazzworks coordinator Judy Humenick who was seen almost everywhere (seemingly at the same time) along with administrator Anna Frlan and technical coordinator Gavin McLintock, who made sure that every cabin and every room throughout the camp had all the instruments required, and that the sound for the Saturday evening Faculty Concert and Sunday afternoon combo performances looked and sounded great at Lake MacDonald's Lucy Hall.
"I was a singer, and a junior high school band director for 10 years while I was in Saskatchewan," says Humenick. "For three weeks every summer I was on the faculty of the Saskatchewan School of the Arts a teacher and there was a jazz week, where they came in...they brought in a whole faculty for a week, and high school jazz players from across the province came in and lived in a residence like this [CAMMAC]. They had absolutely marvelous faculty concerts and they also had great workshops. There were a number of local jazz musicians from Regina and Saskatoon, who would ask if they could come out to hear the faculty concerts, and these people who came out, they were all adults; they weren't kids, the kids were already there. And I could see how much they loved coming out and what they were getting from it, and I thought it would be a great idea to do something for adults, 'cause kids get this stuff automatically.
"So, when I moved to Ottawa in the summer of 1993, I heard about an art and painting workshop at the Christie Lake Camp. I heard about it on CBC Radio and I thought, 'I wonder if that might be a place where we could do a weekend?' At the time I was doing workshops for the [Ottawa] jazz festival, I was on the board, and people were always asking me, 'Can't they be longer?' Because an hour was never enough, they wanted more workshops and longer workshops.
Combo Rehearsal, instructor Rob Frayne (far right)
] were playing at the Museum of Civilization, so I went to hear them play and after they finished playing I was talking with Rob and I told him about my idea to do a weekend workshop. He thought it was a great idea and suggested that Chelsea Bridge might be interested in doing it, and so that's how it started.
"I had an idea that this could work, and that afternoon I went back into Ottawa, and it just so happened that The Angstones [a now defunct Ottawa group that featured, amongst others, John Geggie and Rob Frayne, who also played in the jazz group, Chelsea Bridge
loves the camp, he couldn't come this year but he'll be back next year."
"The first summer was 1994 at Christie Lake," Humenick concludes, "and it was just two days, from Friday night to Sunday night, with 21 participants and four faculty membersthe members of Chelsea Bridge [also including drummer Jean Martin and singer Tena Palmer], and it was so successful that people wanted it longer so the next year we added an extra day. Since then it's evolved, we have guest faculty members and we've established this group that started with Chelsea Bridge and has grown now to a very solid faculty. Donny McCaslin