Interplay Jazz & Arts Testimonials

"Interplay - It’s not just a week away at camp - It’s an invitation to a way of life! My week at Interplay is the highlight of my whole year and I plan my year around it. And you know you've found something really special when the faculty says that their week at Interplay is the highlight of their year, too!"

− Dr. Eric Bronstein

"The support from experienced musicians and singers was like nothing I've ever experienced. Everyone was welcoming and helpful and the support of class members and especially the faculty helped me overcome my fear and begin to really enjoy performing. "

− Interplay Participant

"It was an inspiring week filled with human connection, music making, and self-reflection."

− Interplay Participant

"With each passing master class, session or performance, I felt validated, appreciated...seen. It was very healing for me. "

− Interplay Participant
Fred and Sabrina bring together a group of amazing musicians who perform their jazz around the world; but for one week each summer they come to share their musical passions, insights, and bad jokes with the lucky ones at Interplay Jazz and Arts. Harry told me to play a blues chorus with all wrong notes, and I did, but with little energy. Then he told me to MEAN it and I let go – all over the horn, loud and rude. It felt great! And the group liked it! Power and commitment…and…OMG, Miles was right – there ARE no “wrong” notes….
A multi-aged cluster of people dressed in funky summer casual descend on the classic shady oval of the Woodstock Green. All are carrying something: black cases, music stands or electrical equipment. Quicker than you can say Thelonius Monk, the stands are set up, a list of performers is posted, and an audience of townspeople and tourists spread blankets on the ground for an Interplay Jazz Brown Bag Concert. Vocalists, small ensembles and a big band perform as everyone hoots and cheers. Two hours later the happy crowd disperses, and the Green goes back to the leafy quiet of a midsummer afternoon….
Walter Cunninghamʼs Gospel Choir takes singers out of their microphone-wielding comfort zones and inspires them to open their voices and hearts to fullest volume. With megawatts of energy and a voice that shows exactly what he wants. – Thea Calitri-Martin
The support from experienced musicians and singers was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Everyone was welcoming and helpful and the support of class members and especially the faculty helped me overcome my fear and begin to really enjoy performing. – Interplay participant
My week at Interplay is the highlight of my whole year and I plan my year around it. And you know you’ve found something really special when the faculty says that their week at Interplay is the highlight of their year too! – Interplay participant
Interplay’s inclusive, welcoming, holistic community approach to jazz was a privilege to be a part of. – Interplay participant
I found the entire experience deeper and fuller than I had ever imagined. – Interplay participant
The diverse faculty is superb, well versed in theory and practice, eager, willing and fully capable of imparting their pearls of wisdom to their students. Their virtuosity could, in another setting, be thoroughly intimidating; here at Interplay, however, it is all accomplished with such ease and grace that student apprehension quickly turns to eagerness and excitement. Interplay rocks! – Tony Merlis
Interplay connected me with a community of wonderfully open, creative and talented people, all pursuing a common purpose of expressing themselves thru jazz music. Many of these people have become lifelong friends, and for us, Interplay now extends throughout the year with workshops, jam sessions and lots of music. – Interplay participant
It was an inspiring week filled with human connection, music making, and self-reflection. – Interplay participant
With each passing master class, session or performance, I felt validated, appreciated…seen. It was very healing for me. – Interplay participant
The talented teachers walked their talk and freely offered their expertise with thoughtful care and perceptive insight. – Interplay participant
Interplay opened me up to the full potential of my own creativity and expression. – Interplay participant
It’s astonishing how folks of every age and aspect, every interest and preference, come together to make music, all the while losing themselves to the music itself. Totally delightful! – Interplay participant
It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my musical life, a Shangri-La all its own! – Interplay participant