52nd Jazz Campus 2018

The success of the 52nd Jazz Week and of the just finished winter season of the 52nd Jazz Club, has given us the spark to push ourselves further.

We thought that it would be important to create a meeting between students and musicians of an international level, with the aim of passing on Jazz music in an instructive form.

The idea of the Campus was born from such will, that is to say to address to young people and to the enthusiasts of Jazz music, who want to totally plunge in what is for us a very special world.

The framework of such initiative is a breath-taking location, which can be considered out of time: the medieval Caetani castle, in Sermoneta.

It is an inspiration place, where visual and auditory art meet on the occasion of the 52nd Jazz Campus, giving life to a unique atmosphere.

Of course, the main Jazz instruments will accompany our musicians: the piano, the double bass and electric bass, the guitar, the saxophones, the drums, the voice and in the end, but not less important, a workshop dedicated to the arrangement and composition.

The 29th, 30th and 31st July will be three days during which the students will share their experiences and compare their personal musical languages by harmonizing cultures of different countries.

For us, this will be a unique emotion, because we are going to give to these students the possibility of learning the most refined techniques and of living together 72 intense hours of music, with lessons, evening concerts and following jam sessions.

Moreover, during the seminar the “52nd Jazz Campus Orchestra” is going to be made up, a real big band directed by Mr Roberto Spadoni, where it will be possible to practice inside the orchestra in the contemporary and traditional languages.

The orchestra is going to practise everyday and is going to perform in the closing concert of the Campus, on the 31st July, in the wonderful landscape of the Sermoneta Castle.

If you are interested, please inform us at the moment of the registration that you would like to take part to it.

We did our best efforts to give you especially talented teachers and, according to us, we found the best ones.

We hope that the participation to the courses and to the evening concerts will be directly proportional to the efforts, passion and dedication we are putting into this project.

Erasmo, Nicola and Giorgio

The teachers

Dado Moroni

Mr. Dado Moroni


Mr. Fabio Zeppetella


Mr. Daniel Rotem


Mr. Jared Henderson

double bass and electric bass

Aldo Bassi

Mr. Aldo Bassi

trumpet and trombone

Ms. Elisabetta Antonini


Roberto Giaquinto

Mr. Roberto Giaquinto


Mr. Roberto Spadoni

composition and arrangement
(3+3 days program)

The schedule

Schedule 29th,30th and 31st July

  • 10,00/13,00 Strumento (vox,sax,trump, guit)
  • 10,00/12,30 Arrangiamento
  • 13,00/15,00 pausa
  • 15,00/17,00 Musica insieme cantanti
  • 16,00/19,30 Prove orchestra per tutti gli strumenti
  • 21,00/22,00 concerto
  • 23,00/01,00 Jam session

Participation sums

Course of instruments

(piano/guitar/saxophone/double bass and electric bass/trumpet and trombone/voice/drums)

29th 30th 31st July 2018

  • Instruments workshop sum (3 days) EUR 320,00
  • Board sum (3 days – lunch and dinner) EUR 60,00
  • Accomodation sum (3 nights) EUR 45,00
  • Supplementary overnight EUR 15,00

N.B. the registration to the instruments workshop includes the entrance to the 3 evening concerts and the annual membership sum.

Course of composition and arrangement

26th 27th 28th + 29th 30th 31st July 2018

  • Workshop of arrangement and composition (6 days) EUR 350,00
  • Board sum (3 days – lunch and dinner) EUR 60,00
  • Accomodation sum (3 nights) EUR 45,00
  • Supplementary overnight EUR 15,00

The registration to the arrangement and composition workshop includes the entrance to the 3 evening concerts, the annual membership sum and three supplementary days to be spent at the location of the International Music Campus of Latina.

Characteristics of accomodations

The beds of the structure situated within the walls of the castle, are located into more beds rooms. The restrooms and showers are in common.

Participation as auditor

There is the possibility to take part to the courses as auditors, by making request per e-mail to the following address: campus@52jazz.com, specifying the days of your presence, upon payment of the daily sum of EUR 50,00 (fifty/00) paid in advance through bank transfer at the following IBAN: IT40X0510414701CC0220526083 on the account in the name of: Associazione Culturale ENG IN MUSIC, with the object: auditors’ sum 52nd Jazz Campus 2018.

How to participate

The registrations are open until the 30st June 2018, with limited places.
In order to perform your registration, you need to make a down payment of EUR 150,00 (onehundredfifty/00) through bank transfer at the IBAN: IT40X0510414701CC0220526083 on the current account in the name of Associazione Culturale ENG IN MUSIC;

To have access to the courses, you need to fill in the registration form complete in all of its parts and send it per email to: campus@52jazz.com by attaching:

  • the payment receipt;
  • your CV with the specification of your musical education.

By the deadline of the 31st May 2018 it is possible to retreat from the courses and obtain the reimbursement of the amount paid for your registration, upon written request. After such date, whoever decides to retreat does not have the right to the reimbursement of the registration sum.
The possible reimbursement, from which the shipping costs are to be deducted, is going to be made per bank transfer.

The 52nd Jazz Week Association reserves the right of cancelling the course if a sufficient number of members would not be reached, or because of sudden and/or unpredictable causes. In case of annulment , the respective registration amounts are going to be entirely reimbursed.

The Caetani Castle of Sermoneta

A milestone of the Lazio territory and of Italy in general, dating back to the XIII century. The Castle of Sermoneta, situated at 237 meters of elevation, is a mixture of history and magnificence.

The origins of the Caetani Castle date back to the Roman baronial family of Annibaldi.

The Annibaldis kept the fortress of Sermoneta for a short period, because of the unstable financial conditions that soon obliged them to cede their properties.

Pope Bonifacio VIII, of the Caetani family, negotiated for the acquisition of the large landed estates on behalf of his nephew, Pietro II, Count of Caserta.

The Caetanis soon started the enlargement and reconstruction works of the castle, which was completely altered: inside of it new edifices were built and the city walls were raised.

Only during the first years of the fifteenth century, under Giacomo II, the castle became the fixed residence of the Caetanis.

After the half of the century, during the Renaissance, the feud of Sermoneta went through its brightest period.

Onorato III Caetani, who wanted to affirm his position from a social, political and military point of view, gave life to the building of new edifices and made the already existent and the new living rooms be embellished with frescos.

To stop the Caetanis’ ascent was Pope Alessandro VI Borgia, who in 1499 excommunicated the family and seized all of their feuds.

In that period the Castle underwent further modifications, since the Borgias used it as a military fortress.
Later, the Caetanis managed to regain the possession of the fortress and, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, the family left their dwelling to move somewhere else.
The fortress, totally deserted, was subject to long periods of occupation performed by the Pope’s armies, by the Spanish ones and, in1798, by the French ones.

During the nineteenth century, the castle was in terrible conditions and the family rented it as a warehouse for foodstuffs.

The Caetanis came back to Sermoneta in the last decades of the nineteenth century and started important restoration works.

In the recent past, during the battle of Anzio in 1944, the Castle was inhabited again by the Caetanis and by their colonists, escaped from the Pontina Plain.

Today, although many centuries have gone by, the castle is perfectly integrated with the village surrounding it.

Since more than a quarter of century, it has become a place of cultural encounters and, during the year, it is also the place where several artists and scholars live.

The Castle is certainly one among the most perfect monuments of Lazio and Italy’s medieval ancient architecture; nevertheless, of the original structure only the “maschietto” tower and the huge male tower survive.