“This retreat was easily one of the most influential and life-changing experiences of my life on both a musical and personal level.”
—Dustin K., 2015 attendee

 

Transform your playing.
Connect your practicing, listening, and
improvising in a holistic way.

Watch this short video about this year's retreat:

 

Once upon a time, three Bob's had an idea...

What if there was a place to get a bunch of saxophone players away from all our modern distractions and focus on making better music for a few days?

A place where you could share the music-making process in a holistic way, with enough time for students to make game-changing progress?

Enter the Inside:Outside retreat

This is not a camp about playing inside or outside the changes (though we'll certainly dive deep into both of those topics). 

Making music—especially the highly personal, improvised version—requires a lot of knowledge and skill...but it also demands vulnerability.

To make great music on the outside you have to know—and be comfortable with—who you are inside.

What to expect

Come join 3 Bobs and 50 fellow saxophonists for a week designed to inspire, inform and invert the way you process, practice and perform music.

Held at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in Only, Tennessee, this is an intimate group event. You will practice and perform daily, surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they've learned.

We'll start Tuesday night by setting the groundwork for the connections that will follow. You’ll also meet chef John.

full days

Wednesday through Saturday you’ll rotate through 4 workshops per day with the Bobs—and special guest instructors. 

The daily workshops will focus on:

  • optimizing your practicing
  • improvising
  • listening
  • learning tunes
  • composing
  • playing in different styles
  • professional & career aspects
  • and more

There will be Q&A sessions, exercises and practice time, and performances in small groups. Bring your questions, your musical frustrations, and most of all, your enthusiasm and desire to grow.

Who it's for

This retreat is for the player who has a real desire to improve.

We are looking for those who have at least a couple years on the horn (intermediate to advanced) and are 17 years of age or older. If you have doubts of your level send us some video or recordings to check out and we will get back to you quickly.

Our focus will be getting you in touch with your inner musical self. We want to help you maximize your practice time, deepen your listening skills, and find a path toward improvisation that reflects who you are as a person.

Part of that journey will include something you've probably never experienced at any other jazz camp or school: an integrated experience with nature. Bob Hemenger will open your eyes—and ears—to how a deeper connection with nature can enhance your musical expression.

“For future attendees: do not underestimate the role of Bob Hemenger. His activities are designed to bring you closer to your real essence and beware contempt in yourself and in others. It' only a mechanism that stems from insecurity and prevents one from embracing the unknown.”
Pierre Guillemette, 2015 attendee

Details

  • Tuition for the Inside:Outside Retreat, August 9-14, 2016, is $1,075 USD

  • A $400 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Balance due by start of retreat.

  • Tuition includes meals, on-sight lodging and ground transportation to/from airport.

  • Fly in/arrive Tuesday, August 9 and depart Sunday, August 14.

  • You must be at least 17 years old.

  • You'll perform Saturday night with a professional rhythm section.
 

Welcome to Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature

 

Wooten Woods is a 150-acre retreat center situated on the bank of the Duck River in Tennessee. The natural environment creates an optimal place to get closer to music, nature, and yourself.

 

Why in the woods?

 

"To become natural at anything, one must include nature."
—Victor Wooten

From the Wooten Woods website: "Our renowned and proven techniques* include combinations of Music and Nature education, outdoor experiences, and awareness exercises. We understand that to become "natural" at anything, one must include "Nature." Our evolutionary and revolutionary approaches have helped people of all ages and instrumentation from around the world to not only pursue, but reach their life goals no matter what they may be."

*Bob Franceschini and Bob Hemenger are veteran instructors at Victor Wooten's camps.

Watch this video to learn more about the camp facility and philosophy:

 

Meet your instructors

Bob Reynolds

If saxophonist Bob Reynolds had a business card his job title would read: Melody Architect. Recognized for his work with Snarky Puppy and John Mayer, Reynolds has worked with top talent in pop (John Mayer, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Usher, Amos Lee) and jazz (Richard Bona, Tom Harrell, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson). Reynolds is a recipient of 4 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and has released 5 albums of original material. His 2013 album, Somewhere In Between, debuted at #1 on iTunes' Jazz charts, and features John Mayer’s killer guitar work on two songs. An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Reynolds spent a decade on the New York City music scene before settling in Los Angeles, where he teaches saxophone, composes for moving pictures, and experiments with music and technology.

Bob Franceschini

A world-class soloist, accomplished arranger, composer, musical director and formidable educator, saxophonist Bob Franceschini is one of the most in demand musicians around in many genres. Internationally renown he has traversed the globe performing with The Mike Stern Band, The Yellow Jackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Omar Hakim Band, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan to highlight just a few. Franceschini has appeared on over 100 albums and has played on countless jingles and film scores. Born and raised in NYC, Bob was fortunate to spend his whole life, befriending, playing and apprenticing with all time great saxophonists, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, , Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzer. Franceschini does master classes all over the world. He speaks Spanish fluently and Italian as a strong third language. Bob is a long time instructor of theory, improvisation and performance coach at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature.

Bob Hemenger

Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His soulful approach to the saxophone and years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down many interesting roads. Bob has played (and recorded) with a long list of musicians including 5-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, Darrell Scott, Zac Brown Band, The Motet, Band of Heathens, Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth, etc. He has been a high school teacher, the principal of an alternative high school, owned/operated a primitive skills workshop business, worked in the adventure travel business, successfully implemented a public school music program based on American Roots music and was a presenter at Stanford University.  He has also been an instructor at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature for the past 8 years where he helps people deepen the connection between music, nature and themselves.

Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman. In addition to his own projects, Redman has recorded and performed with musicians such as Brian Blade, Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Goldings, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Roy Haynes, Billie Higgins, Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Big Daddy Kane, Geoff Keezer, B.B. King, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, DJ Logic, Joe Lovano, Yo Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, John Medeski, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Paul Motian, MeShell Ndegeocello, Leon Parker, Nicholas Payton, John Psathas, Simon Rattle, Dewey Redman, Dianne Reeves, Melvin Rhyne, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Mark Turner, McCoy Tyner, Umphrey’s McGee, US3, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder and Sam Yahel. Joshua Redman has been nominated for 2 Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. 

Find out more on Josh's official website

Here's Josh and Brad Mehldau performing Charlie Parker's “Ornithology” from a forthcoming release:

 

 

STEVE WILSON

“One of the finest saxophonists in the business”
- NPR

“Mr. Wilson is an endlessly adaptable alto and soprano saxophonist, at home in myriad settings.”
- New York Times

Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. A musician's musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 150 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Karrin Allyson, Don Byron, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. He has eight recordings as a leader.

Read more on Steve's website »

Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg

Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. 

Read Aaron's full bio on his website.

Why a piano player at a jazz saxophone camp? Because we want to know some things from their perspective (meaning the guys comping for our solos). Things like:

  • “Dude, what the heck are you playing behind me? The chart says Dm7 G7 Cmaj7, but it doesn't sound like you're playing that at all.”
  • What voicing is that?
  • What scale did you just play over that chord?

You know, stuff like that. And also, what kinds of things piano players do to make us sound better when we're soloing—AND what things they do to challenge us.

PS, (Bob Reynolds, here), Aaron was one of my first mentors when I moved to New York City. I attended jam sessions at his Brooklyn home and he introduced me to great players, invited me to sit in on his gigs, and supported my writing and playing. He played piano on my first album, Can't Wait for Perfect, and another album not yet released.

Aaron is one of the baddest players out there—and a SUPER nice guy. He swings like nobody else and has a tremendous narrative sense to his improvising.

Trust me when I tell you you’ll gain a new perspective on playing over changes, playing with a rhythm section, learning (and remembering) tunes, and much more.

Check out this great video where Aaron discusses his early jazz education and shares some personal examples of how listening led the way to improvising:

Jeff Coffin

Saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator Jeff Coffin is a three-time Grammy Award winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Coffin began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. Coffin also fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, with which he released the album Into the Air on September 4, 2012.

visit Jeff's website