“Unlocking the Mystery of Jazz Improvisation” Workshop - Sat., Feb. 8 in Florida

Price: $50.00

Date: February 8, 2020


Jazz pianist and saxophonist Fred Haas will guide you in learning how to play and sing what you hear in your head and feel in your heart, develop fluency with the jazz language and get into the groove. And, most importantly, have fun making music together.
The workshop is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists who want to learn more about using their voice as an instrument. All age and experience levels welcomed, although a certain level of skill in reading music would be very helpful!
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time:  10 AM to 2 PM
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Cost is $50 per person, includes light lunch.

Meet Your Instructor Fred Haas
Fred has performed with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Sheila Jordan and Clark Terry, who said, “You won‘t find a more capable jazz player and teacher than Fred Haas, and that‘s a fact!” Thomas Herrick, former publisher of Downbeat said, “Fred Haas is a consummate musician with a brilliant chordal sense and great execution...he has a definite identifiable style of his own.” Pat Metheny called Fred “a totally world-class saxophone player.”
From 1996 to 2019, Fred taught jazz history, sax, jazz piano, music theory and jazz combos at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Fred also taught for several years at Middlebury College and the Vermont Jazz Center. He has conducted workshops at many regional high schools, UNH and UVM.

Interplay Jazz & Arts, a non-profit educational organization founded by Haas in 1996 provides opportunities for musicians of all ages to participate in a holistic, relaxed, supportive and fun learning environment with an experienced faculty that focuses on key aspects of the improvisational art of jazz. Yoga, meditation and natural foods are an integral part of Interplay’s unique approach to teaching jazz. Interplay Jazz & Arts sponsors workshops, performances and jam sessions throughout the year.

Fred has produced several CDs for his own JazzToons label, including Interplay, I Thought About You, Strike Up The Band and Friends. Telling Stories, is a collection of original compositions featuring Haas on sax and piano with Gene Bertoncini on guitar and Michael Moore on bass. Dr. Judith Schlesinger wrote, “Haas is a talented composer who writes from the heart. He’s thoroughly accomplished on both sax and piano, playing with subtlety and taste. Bertoncini and Moore are in top form - it’s an elegant, expressive threesome. This is real jazz, with style, substance and soul - highly recommended!”
“Fred communicates...he consistently displays not merely a knowledge of his craft, but a sincere dedication to sharing those ideas and ideals with others. As a musician, he is an intelligent and fiery improviser, a harmonic wizard: one who plays music, not just the saxophone (or piano), and all with warmth, wit, and sincerity.” (Peter Bodge – Jazz Historian)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Interplay Jazz & Arts 5 Day Workshop - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Price: $3500.00

Start Date: February 25, 2020
End Date: March 2, 2020


Interplay Jazz & Arts Workshop

San Miguel de Allende, February 25 – March 2, 2020

5 Days workshop, cultural experiences, 6 nights luxury lodging, airport transfers, entertainment, and breakfast & dinner daily

$3,500 US dollars



Fred Haas, piano & saxophone


Antonio Lozoya, bass


Louise Phelan, voice


Bill Rosen, guitar


Sabrina Brown, administration & event coordinator


Lynne Sheppard, coordinator

Interplay Jazz is a music and arts organization that has always been inclusive with regard to the age and experience level of each participant. In an effort to create a challenging and high-level environment for a few select students, our workshop in San Miguel requires that you be performing regularly in public and have at least a portion of your repertoire memorized. We will challenge you each day with concepts and techniques that will encourage you to reach for more. Our faculty will be there each day to support you while asking you to imagine yourself performing at you best.


Tuesday February 25


Airport Transfer

Settle into lodging


Wednesday February 26

Breakfast in your home

10 AM Historical guided walking tour of San Miguel – get map with stars where Interplay events are happening

11 AM – 1 PM Workshop, Piano – Bass- Horns- Voice - Guitar 

Lunch in your home

3 - 4 PM Workshop, Piano – Bass- Horns- Voice - Guitar 

8 PM Bisto Mi Casa- dinner and show


Thursday February 27

Breakfast in your home

10 AM – 12 noon

12 noon – Suggested lunch in Centro – on your own

2-5 PM Afternoon Workshop – Piano – Bass- Horns- Voice - Guitar 

7 PM Dinner & Music


Friday 2/28

AM Free Time

Lunch on own

  • PM Afternoon Workshop – Piano – Bass- Horns- Voice - Guitar 

6 PM Experience the sounds and sights on the Plaza - dancers and Mariachi bands

7 PM Shelter Concert

9 PM Group transport to Centro or Chorro #25


Saturday 2/29

AM Experience Saturday Farmers Market

Lunch at the Market – on your own

12 noon – 4 PM Afternoon Workshop – Piano – Bass- Horns- Voice - Guitar 

Group transport from Chorro #25 to La Fabrica

5-7 PM La Fabrica Art Walk

Group transport to dinner from La Fabrica

8 PM Dinner & Music

Sunday 3/1/20

Private Brunch – wrap up conversation

1:30 PM Group Transport from Chorro #25 to Zandunga

2-5 PM Zandunga Ranch, lunch, music and dancing

5:15 PM Group Transport from Zandunga to Chorro #25

Monday 3/2/20

AM Breakfast

11 AM check out of Houses

Transport to Airport

Available Spaces: 50

Sing It & Swing It - A Cappella Jazz Choral Workshop - March 14

Price: $51.50

Date: March 14, 2020

Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Time: 1:00-5:00 (4 hours), with a break for coffee or tea and snacks
Location: Upper Valley Music Center, 8 South Park St., Lebanon, New Hampshire
Cost: $50

This a cappella jazz workshop will focus on:

  • Reviewing how to sing with syncopation and swing as a group
  • Reviewing what makes it jazz harmonically, and holding your own with a little dissonance
  • Singing guide tones over jazz blues changes
  • Singing some classic jazz tunes in harmony

The ability to read music is not required, but it will definitely help. You do need to be able to accurately sing back what is sung to you. We will do a lot of singing by rote, but we’ll have scores for the songs we learn. While we want to be challenged, we also want to have fun!

John Harrison is a composer, choral director, and singer who has been performing professionally since he was a lad. He performs and teaches in a variety of styles that reflect his eclectic background in music. Raised in the church, he sang from age 7 in professional men and boys’ choirs. Following school, he spent 13 years in New York City, where he led his own bands, and performed with Otis Rush, Buster Poindexter, The Uptown Horns, and Bobby Radcliff, among others, before moving to Vermont in 1992. Currently he directs the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir; Rock City!, Vermont’s rock and soul chorus; Reelin’ & Rockin’, a senior rock chorus; and several after-school World Music choruses for kids. He has worked for the last 18 years teaching music to teenagers and adults through Village Harmony (Marshfield VT), Interplay Jazz Camp, Turtle Dove Harmony (Brattleboro VT), and Songways (UK). He lives with his wife Scottie in Plainfield, VT.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

2020 Interplay Summer Camp

Price: $1195.00

Start Date: June 20, 2020
End Date: June 27, 2020

  • June 20th to 27th, 2020
  • Kimball Union Academy – a residential facility in Meriden, NH
  • Inspiring classes in creativity, composition, arranging, improvisation, jazz theory, ear
 training, transcription, and more
  • Exciting ensembles in intimate settings, numerous performances, and nightly jam sessions
  • Yoga and meditation
Tuition $1,195  ($1,295 after March 25)

7 nights, 8 days of amazing learning, playing and performing


Single dorm room $395
Double dorm room $280
7 overnight stays, check-in 12 noon Saturday, June 20th, check-out 12 noon Saturday, June 27th. Each room includes a single bed, desk, and dresser. Includes: one set of sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow with pillowcase, and 1 bath towel (20 x 39)

Meal Package

7 days of delicious meals and snacks starting with the welcome dinner on Saturday, June 20th and ending with celebration performance lunch on Saturday, June 27th. The Kimball Union Chef has created a scrumptious menu that will feature multiple options for the discriminating palette including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options for your dining pleasure.


Commuter Rate $1,195 (tuition is the same) $1,295 after March 25
Commuter Meal Package $405
7 days of delicious meals and snacks starting with the welcome dinner on Saturday, June 20th and ending with celebration performance lunch on Saturday, June 27th. The Kimball Union Chef has created a scrumptious menu that will feature multiple options for the discriminating palette including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options for your dining pleasure.


For those who prefer to stay at a hotel

Interplay has reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott Residence Inn in Lebanon, NH (a 22-minute drive from the camp). The rooms have extra amenities such as a full kitchen and a pull-out couch.

The Interplay rate is $169/night.  We have 10 rooms reserved. Click Here to Book Your Room Rate for Interplay Jazz to receive this special rate BEFORE May 25.


Can't come for the whole week? or have other special circumstances?

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Available Spaces: Unlimited