SANTA MONICA—Luca Mendoza, a student from Santa Monica, was one of 32 high school students selected for the Grammy Foundation’s 2017 Grammy Camp Jazz Session.
Mendoza is from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences located in Santa Monica. He was chosen for the 10-day camp jazz session for his piano skills. All of the students selected come from across the country and this year’s camp features students representing 30 cities and 14 states.
When the young musicians arrive in Los Angeles during Grammy week, they will play together in a band and choir and perform with Grammy winners and nominees at jazz venues including the official Post-Grammy Celebration and the “In Schools Live!” special event that celebrates music and education sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund. It will be open to the public at The Novo by Microsoft on February 9. The students will also get the opportunity to record an album on February 8, February 10, and February 11, courtesy of Capitol Records and its facility in Hollywood.
The students participating in the camp session will be eligible for more than $2 million in scholarships awarded by college partners including Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New School University Jazz Program and the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
“Grammy Camp Jazz Session provides an unparalleled experience for some of the most talented young jazz singers and instrumentalists in the United States through extraordinary rehearsal, performance, and recording opportunities during Grammy Week,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.