The Future Jazz Camp is a week-long jazz workshop for:

  • Instrumentalists and Vocalists: Middle School-High school
  • College Students
  • Adults

Join us June 12-16 for this week-long workshop that provides music students an intense, fun environment of small and large ensemble rehearsals, jazz improvisation lessons, jazz history, theory classes and individual lessons. Students receive instruction in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere from internationally known artists/educators such as Marcus Lewis (Artistic Director and trombone ), Peter Schlamb (vibes and improvisation),  Matt Otto (woodwinds and jazz theory), Nate Nall (trumpet, and ensembles), Ben Liefer (bass) Adam Schlozman, (guitar) and Ryan Lee (drums and rhythm section). This is an ideal experience for musician students interested in gaining performance experience, knowledge about jazz, making new friends or working with pros in an intensive jazz learning environment. Instruction is geared towards any vocal students or students playing any brass, strings,woodwinds (including flute and clarinet), and rhythm section instruments including drums, vibes piano, guitar, and bass.


Cost of the Camp is $299.00 for the week.

The camp will be held at Johnson County Community College

12345 College Blvd.

Overland Park, KS  66210

The camp will conclude with a group performance.

Camp hours are:

June 12-16 8:30AM-4:30PM

Questions? Call 913-735-4361.

Marcus Lewis, Artistic Director and Ensembles

Marcus Lewis is the Artistic Director of Future Jazz. Marucs holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.   Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO where he leads his own quintet and continues to tour with The Marcus Lewis Band and the Grammy Nominated vocalist, Janelle Monáe.

Marcus released his debut CD in 2012 entitled “Facing East” which features a world class line-up including Logan Richardson on Alto Sax, Adam Larson on Tenor Sax, Pablo Masis on Trumpet, Andrea Lewis on Vocals, Sam Harris on Piano, Aidan Carroll on Bass, and Tommy Crane on Drums.  The album was featured in Vogue Magazine as being one the top albums on Janelle Monae’s 2012 Summer Playlist.  Marcus Lewis is currently working on music for a new CD to be released in the fall of 2015.

Marcus has performed at venues that include the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Klaipeda Jazz Festival in 2003, and the Jimmy Carter Summer Concert Series in 2008.  As a sideman, he has also performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest, the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and for President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011 and 2012.  Marcus was awarded the 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Residency and the 2003 Outstanding Soloist award at the Wichita Jazz Festival.

Some notable artists that Marcus has performed and/or recorded with are Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, B.o.B,  Musiqsoulchild, Avery Sunshine, The Barkays, Confunkshun, and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players. In addition to an active touring and recording schedule, Marcus stays busy writing, arranging, teaching and leading clinics and master-classes worldwide.

Matt Otto, Saxophones

Matt Otto studied music performance and composition at Indiana University, Berklee School of Music, The New School for Social Research (BFA) and California Institute of the Art (MFA). Having lived in Japan for 5 years, New York City for 7 years and Los Angels for 6 years, he has performed with a variety of artists including Anthony Wilson, Larry Koonse, Rashid Bakr, Ben Monder, Wadada Leo Smith, Willie Jones III, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Charlie Haden , Joe La Barbera, Leroy Vinegar, Jimmy Smith, Paul Jackson, Ari Honig, Ben Street, Mike Moreno, Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Danny Weiss, William Parker, Matt Wilson, Steve Cardenas, Bobby Watson, Bob Weir, Deborah Brown,  Larry Goldings, Eric Harland, Sheryl Bailey, Darek Oles, Erik McPherson, John Stowell, Ralph Peterson, Alan Pasqua,  Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reggie Workman and many others.

While in Los Angeles, Matt co-founded of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective (  The mission of the collective (LAJC) is to help create opportunities for creative jazz composers and performers to showcase original artistic work and to set up an ongoing Jazz outreach program for young jazz musicians in and around Los Angeles.

Currently Matt Otto is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Kansas University teaching Jazz Theory and Performance, Jazz Combo 1 and private lessons.  Matt is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers New Brunswick teaching online courses in jazz improvisation, theory and performance.

Matt currently performs his original compositions with his Kansas City based septet with members Gerald Dunn on alto saxophone, Jeff Harshbarger on acoustic and electric bass, Shay Estes (vocals), TJ Martley on Piano/Keys, Mike Warren on drums and Hermon Mehari on trumpet, as well as traveling several times per year to NYC and LA to perform and record with various jazz artists.

Matt has recorded and performed with the Grammy nominated Anthony Wilson Nonet (The Power of Nine, Groove Note 1035, 2006), and performers frequently in Los Angeles with the Grammy Nominated Alan Ferber Big Band as well as having recorded on over 50 CD’s as both a leader and a side man.

Peter Schlamb, Vibes

Peter Schlamb is a vibraphonist and pianist based in Kansas City, Missouri. He recently released his debut album “Tinks” in 2014 and maintains a busy schedule performing locally, nationally and internationally.  Peter spent several years in New York (2006-2010) where he attended and graduated from New School University with a degree in Jazz Performance. During his time at New School, Peter studied with notable jazz musicians including vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Ben Street, pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Nasheet Waits. Peter has recorded and performed with acclaimed artists including David Binney, Mike Moreno, and Ben van Gelder. Currently, Peter is an active member of the Ben van Gelder Quintet, the Marcus Lewis Band and several other ensembles.

Ryan J. Lee, Drums

Ryan J. Lee is one of the most versatile drummers living in Kansas City Missouri today. From jazz to gospel, drums to piano, drum instructor to drum manufacturer, Ryan has made an impact on the music scene locally, nationally and internationally. Only in his early 20’s, he is continuously performing with numerous well-known jazz and gospel artists today. Ryan attended the University of Missouri Kansas City where he studied jazz performance under the direction of Robert “Bobby” Watson. Ryan is well known for his affiliations with the young and talented jazz group Diverse. In 2008 Diverse won the Gene Harris Jazz Competition and was awarded a record deal with Origin Records. Since then Diverse has traveled world wide sharing their music and gaining much in return from those experiences and opportunities. Ryan is known for his attributes to jazz in Kansas City but plays many other styles as well. Some of his shared stage appearances were with artists such as Sean Jones, Steve Cardenas, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Gisbert, Lynda Randle, Debra Lee, Logan Richardson, Randy Brecker, Jaleel Shaw, the Kansas City Symphony and many more. In 2011 he was District Champion and competed at regionals in the Guitar Center Drum Off. Ryan is not only a great drummer, but also a composer with a great spirit. He takes pride and joy in helping others understand what it means to be a musician. It’s more than just his playing; it’s his character. Ryan stands firmly on that principle and is devoted to making that message sing through his music.