What is JazzUp ?

we are mainly looking for saxophonists to have a homogeneous ensemble.

JazzUp is an exciting and comprehensive summer training program for young musicians from France and abroad. Over 10 packed days (1st > 11th July 2024), it offers full immersion in the Jazz à Vienne festival!

Taking part in JazzUp is a great opportunity for young musicians to work with counterparts from all over the world and to connect with renowned professionals. JazzUp is a chance to strengthen your musical abilities thanks to a robust program culminating in an on-stage performance before an informed audience. It is also a perfect way to explore many aspects of the jazz universe.

Who is it for ?

Our jazz camp is open to intermediate to advanced musicians. You must be between 16 and 25. We are looking for musicians who play instruments traditionally used in jazz: the drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, brass-winds, vocalists. Musicians who play other instruments are welcome to apply too !


All the sessions, which will be delivered in English, will take place in the Music Conservatory in Vienne.

  • Practice sessions
  • Live performances
  • Jam sessions
  • Masterclasses and talks from professionals
  • Access to many concerts
What will you gain ?
  • Hands-on instruction from professional musicians
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded individuals
  • Performance experience at a renowned jazz festival
  • Insights into improvisation and musical theory
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

The team

Alex Terrier

After graduating from Berklee College, Alex Terrier moved to New York, where has has collaborated with the Mingus Big Band, George Garzone, Kenny Barron, and Jeff Tain Watts, among others. An international guest lecturer, Alex Terrier is a teacher at the American School Of Music in Paris and has been the pedagogic director of JazzUp since 2013. In 2024, Alex Terrier received a Grammy nomination for "The Mingus Centennial Sessions".

Pablo Campos

Basque and Argentinean, Pablo Campos performs at the most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs (Jazz in Marciac, Jazz Ascona, Jazz Vox in Seattle...) and has established himself as one of the finest pianists and singers of his generation. With an impeccable sense of swing and a warm voice that invites the audience into his world, Pablo shares his love for the standards that have made jazz history, from Nat King Cole to Jamie Cullum.

Viktor Nyberg

Viktor Nyberg is a Swedish jazz bassist. In 2012, he got his bachelor’s in double bass from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Since then, he has been recording/touring with an array of artists, such as Ari Hoenig, Jeremy Pelt, Eric Alexander, Veronica Swift, Baptiste Trotignon, Jackie Terrasson, and Yaron Herman, among many others. 

Zaza Desiderio

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Zaza Desiderio has been one of the most in-demand drummers in the city. His adaptability to different musical genres has allowed him to collaborate with a variety of artists both at home and abroad. Zaza Desiderio has ample and wide-ranging experience playing live shows and recording for Brazilian TV and cinema.

Ashley Kahn

Ashley Kahn is an American producer, music historian and journalist. As such, he is the author of several articles (Down Beat, Jazz Times, Rolling Stone Magazine) and publications about music and particularly jazz music. He is also a prolific liner notes writer who was awarded a Grammy for his album notes to the John Coltrane release  " Offering: Live at Temple University".

How to apply ?

There are still some seats. Please, contact us before applying. We are mainly looking for saxophonists to have a homogeneous ensemble.


JazzUp is designed for experienced student musicians aged 16 to 25 who have mastered improvisation and harmonic skills.

Three musical samples are required: online video (no file downloads) of the musician playing a ballad (Body & Soul, I'm Old Fashioned or Soul Eyes), a medium to medium-up tempo tune (Sandu, Someday My Prince Will Come or Whisper Not), and an up-tempo tune (Moment's Notice, I Got Rhythm or What Is This Thing Called Love ?).

Tips for your recording:
This recording is to help us select musicians to perform together as a band. We receive dozens of applications and we carefully review each one. To help you submit the best application, here are some tips:

  • Submit one video per song.
  • As a musician your focus should always be first and foremost the quality of your sound and the accuracy of your rhythm.
  • We do not require a professional video and sound quality, but do the best you can, show us you have the motivation necessary to join the band.
  • Do not submit a ten-minutes long video.
  • Do not submit any songs other than the ones listed to avoid your application to be dismissed.
  • Prepare yourself, practice and rehearse before recording yourself.


  • Full board: 700€ 
  • Classes only: 250€
    Full board details

    The price includes accommodation, catering (full board) and trainee supervision. Transportation fees are not included.
    Students will be picked up and welcomed at the airport/train station by festival staff.

    Boarding School:
    Accomodation is provided at the Lycée Ella Fitzgerald.
    Students will sleep in dormitories (2, 4, or 6 beds) with shared bathrooms.

    3 meals are included:

    • Breakfast at the boarding school,
    • Lunch at the Le Façonnier restaurant, close to the Conservatory (5 minutes walk)
    • Dinner at the catering, with festival staff, near the main stages

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