“The UC San Diego Jazz Camp is looking to recruit more girls into its ranks. The five-day summer program will hold a free concert featuring female Jazz Camp alumni. The special Young Lions Series performance will be on March 9 at Panama 66 in Balboa Park at 6 p.m.
“I’ve never been happy about the low number of girls and women in Jazz Camp,” said Dan Atkinson, the founder and director of Jazz Camp. “I’ve questioned directors of similar programs, and, unfortunately, there are a lot fewer women than men at the camps. Maybe part of it is the old image of jazz as a ‘guy thing.’ I’d love to end that perception.”
Atkinson with award-winning trumpet player and Jazz Camp instructor Gilbert Castellanos for the free concert to inspire more girls to join by showcasing some for the best female talent that has come out of the program, including Angelica Pruitt, Serena Geroe, Jenna Stevens, Abby Pragar, Natalie Kanga and Joice Caci.
The renewed focus on bringing girls to the camp will not only boost the confidence of girls but will also strengthen and grow the genre renowned jazz flutist and Jazz Camp instructor Holly Hofmann explained.“