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Ever wanted to croon like Frank Sinatra or roar like Nina Simone? Acclaimed recording artist Janice Borla can help you on your way.

For 15 years the singer has brought jazz lovers from around the country to suburban Naperville for her week-long Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp.

Her students come from all walks of life to not only learn about the history of jazz and the musical theory that drives it, but to get hands-on experience singing and performing that very American sound. Check out the links below, then sign up to take part in next year's camp!

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Explore the jumping world of jazz across the state – home to experimentalists like Tatsu Aoki, Nicole Mitchell, Orbert Davis, Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band, the New Arts Jazztet and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as well as the Dixieland stylings of Jean Kittrell and the St Louis Rivermen.

Then find out more about accomplisehd jazz vocalists like Spider Saloff and Margaret Carlson.

After you cover your bases with jazz vocals and jazz instrumentals, check out the world of jazz dance with Gus Giordano and his Jazz Dance World Congress, drop by the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and watch the Joel Hall Dancers in action.

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Watch as Janice Borla's students prepare their rousing numbers to close out the jazz camp.


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Janice Borla sings up a storm.

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One of Borla's students warms up for her final exam.


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