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Louisiana Jazz Camp


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Student Requirements

  • Knowledge of their instrument of choice
  • Must have their own instrument
  • Must have completed at least one year of study on the instrument
  • Must know one/two octave scales (major and minor) on the instrument
  • Must supply their own music stand

Louisiana Jazz Camp  supports the future generation of jazz lovers and enthusiasts, and fosters and preserves Louisiana’s cultural heritage. Jazz Camp is a collaboration of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival, Project String Power Inc, and Louisiana State University Shreveport. Jazz Camp serves to enhance local music education programs and music curriculum, and also the musical knowledge, skills, and performances of student participants. Jazz Camp is an annual event, and we look forward to many future jazz-filled summers.

Free Concerts
Enthusiasts – you will not want to miss these free concerts at the
LSUS University Center Theater:

  • Jazz Cats Student Concert – Dates to come…
  • Jazz Camp Faculty Concert – Dates to come…

For more information contact: Chris Allen at

(318) 626-7996






Christopher Allen, Founder and Director – Double Bass
Christopher Allen grew up in a musical family in St Louis, Missouri and had studied other instruments before discovering his true love of the double bass.  At the age of twelve, he was introduced to jazz on the bass by his new music teacher, and he was hooked!  During his high school years, he served as principal bassist with the celebrated St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, Gerhardt Zimmerman, and Catherine Comet. During college, he was winner of the 1983 St Louis Symphony Scholarship Competition, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Webster University in 1984. He has held positions, many as principal bassist, in a number of orchestras in cities around the country.  His appearance in the Charleston Symphony 1994 Midwest tour of “Porgy and Bess” brought to him the Gershwin American jazz influence.  He has also been featured as a guest soloist in St. Louis with the University City Symphony, The Gateway Festival Orchestra, and the Florissant Valley Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he has appeared as feature soloist with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Summer Music Festival.

Christopher moved to Shreveport, LA in 1998 to join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has performed with many other regional orchestras in the area. He has always been first call for jazz bass parts in these orchestras playing with such names as Steve Lippia, Byron Strippling, Ray Charles and Michael Williams.  He also served as the conductor of the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony for ten years, and led a group of double bass students called the “Bass Cats.”  Through the years, he has kept his jazz playing active in nightclub gigs and shows.  Presently, he performs at various local venues on Wednesdays and Thursday evenings at “2John’s Steak and Seafood in Bossier City and on Sunday evenings at Chianti Italian Restaurant in Shreveport.

Nicholas Palmer – Co-Director – Guitar  Nick Palmer Bio Pic

Nick Palmer earned both is Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music from Belmont University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He was the first guitar major to receive a Master’s degree in guitar performance through Belmont. While attending school, he performed with the Belmont Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Jeffrey Kirk. Since then, he has performed and recorded with Michael Henderson, Joe Osborn, Rex Allen Jr., Vince Gill, Brady Blade, The Jones Family, Chris Allen Trio, Daniel Lee Martin, Josh Gracin, Doug McCormick, Larry Beaird, Liana Conway, Belmont Jazz Faculty Group and various artists and performers around the Nashville area. Mr. Palmer has toured extensively in the U.s. and Europe with recording artist Paul Bogart.

Nick Palmer’s performing credits include recording sessions, touring, television productions and theater credits. Theater credits include Nashville Ballet’s production of Borreguita and the Coyote. He has performed with The Circle Players and Street Theatre Company in multiple productions


Andrew Power – Co-Director – Guitar
Andrew Powers is a Jazz guitarist (7 string), composer, arranger, and music educator from Shreveport, Louisiana. Andrew has written music for a variety of ensembles, including Jazz and classical groups. His original compositions have been performed at universities and other community events throughout the state.  As a performer, Andrew has played as a soloist and accompanist, and as a member of various Jazz ensembles across the South.

Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Arts in Music Education from Southeastern Louisiana University where he studied where he studied Jazz guitar with Hank Mackey, classical guitar with Patrick Kerber, and composition with Stephen Suber. Andrew has also studied composition privately with highly accomplished musicians such as Nick Hwang at Louisiana State University and Todd Gabriel at Centenary College.

Andrew spent five years teaching elementary, middle, and high school music and band in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.  He presently teaches music for the Talented Arts Program in Caddo Parish Public Schools. In addition, Andrew also teaches Applied Guitar at Centenary College of Louisiana, and maintains a private guitar studio, where he teaches Jazz and commercial guitar to students ranging from beginners to advanced musicians.  During the summer, Andrew is an instructor at the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Jazz Camp, helping young musicians to learn the history and language of Jazz.  His students have performed at ArtBreak and other community events, as well as have competed in district festivals.  Several of his students have been selected to play in All-Parish Honor Band an have received music scholarships to attend college.