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Faculty – Jazzschool Institute

A distinguished faculty of renowned musicians and music educators leads all instruction, imparting practical knowledge and skills gained in the studio and on the bandstand. Our teachers have performed and recorded with a truly mind-boggling array of jazz, blues, R&B, pop and world music legends including those listed here and many others.

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Faculty Rankings

Full Professor: Resident faculty holding a Ph.D. or demonstrating the equivalent. Internationally recognized performers and/or academicians in the field of jazz who teach on a regular basis.

Associate Professor:  Resident faculty holding a Master’s degree or demonstrating the equivalent who teach on a regular basis.

Adjunct Professor: Resident faculty holding the minimum of a Master’s degree or demonstrating the equivalent who teach on occasion.

Instructor: Resident faculty holding a Bachelor’s degree or demonstrating the equivalent who give applied lessons on a regular basis.

Visiting Professor: Non-resident, nationally or Internationally renowned performers and/or academicians who teach on occasion.

 

Faculty Classifications

Full-time: A course load of 12 classroom hours / week and a load of up to 18 private studio instruction hours / week taught on a consistent basis by resident faculty.

Part-time: A course load of less than 12 classroom hours/ week and up to 18 private studio instruction hours /week taught on a consistent basis by resident faculty.

Adjunct: A course load of less than 12 classroom hours / week taught on an intermittent basis by resident faculty.

Instructor: An indeterminate course load of applied lessons taught on a consistent basis by resident faculty.

Visiting: A course load of a determinate number of classroom hours / week taught for a determinate period of time by non-resident faculty.

 

Ambrose Akinmusire / trumpet (Visiting Professor, on occasion)CJC
Visiting Professor. MA in Music, USC and the Monk Institute; BM in Performance, Manhattan School of Music. Studied with Vincent Pinzerella from the New York Philharmonic, Dick Oatts, Lew Soloff, Laurie Frink, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs and Gary Grant. Winner of both the 2007 Car- mine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. International performing and recording artist/clinician. Performed with Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Steve Coleman, Billy Higgins, Stefon Harris, Josh Roseman, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Persip, the Mingus Big Band, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Hal Crook, Bob Hurst, Terri Lynne Carrington, Ron Carter, and Wallace Roney, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

ambroseakinmusire.com

 

Laurie Antonioli / Voice; Chair, Vocal Jazz Studies (Full Professor, full-time)

Studied at Mt. Hood College and Cal State Long Beach. Student of Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy; Professor, Vocal Jazz Studies, Kug U., Graz, Austria; Nabel Records recording artist; international performing and recording artist/ clinician; performed and recorded with George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Richie Beirach, Joe Bonner; bandleader, Foreign Affair; lyricist of Pauer — Antonioli Songbook, soon to be released.

laurieantonioli.com

 

William R. Aron / Woodwinds  (Associate Professor, part-time)

M.M. in Performance, SF State; B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley. Professional musician and music educator for 42 years; specializing in classical saxophone playing with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and San Francisco Symphony among others.

 

Joe Bagale / Music Technology (Associate Professor, part-time)

Eastman School of Music (1 1/2 yrs.). Record producer; Manager, Coast Recorders, SF; awarded Outstanding Rhythm Section Player by Wynton Marsalis; studied with Rich Thompson, Steve Gadd, Ben Monder, Clay Jenkins, Ron Carter, Darmon Meader, Scott Amendola; played with Fred Wesley (James Brown); full time member of Bay Area bands including Hot Einstein, Realistic Orchestra, Disappear Incompletely, and the Jazz Mafia Symphony Orchestra; leader, Joe Bagale Band.

joebagale.com

 

Peter Barshay / Bass (Instructor, part-time)

Studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Manhattan School of Music. HOTTEA Produc- tions and Platform Recordings artist; has per- formed nationally and internationally with Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Henderson, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin and Bobby McFerrin.

peterbarshay.com

 

David Belove / Bass (Associate Professor, part-time)

Studied at San Francisco State and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Recorded and/or performed with Pete Escovedo, John Santos and The Machete Ensemble, Danilo Perez, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, Rebeca Mauleon, Ray Obiedo, Marcos Silva, Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Blue Mitchell, Eddie Harris, Mark Levine, Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell and Zakir Hussain.

 

Theo Bleckmann / Voice (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

CJC Visiting Professor. National and international performing and recording artist and educator. Performed with Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Zorn and the Bang On A Can All-Stars. Featured soloist with the Albany Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Estonian Radio Choir, Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group. Currently on faculty at Manhattan School of Music. Previously on faculty at New York University, The New School and Queens College. Teaches voice privately and in workshops and master classes worldwide.

theobleckmann.com

 

Lee Brenkman / Recording, Sound (Associate Professor, part-time)

Sound system operation, design. Sound engineer, Avalon Ballroom, Family Dog Productions; head sound technician, Great American Music Hall, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Dick Bright’s SRO Band; mixed live shows for Bill Evans Trio, Stephane Grappelli, Count Basie Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Van Morrison, Astor Piazzolla, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Oregon; engineered recordings by Ed Blackwell, Betty Carter, Tito Puente, Woody Herman, Hampton Hawes, Carmen McRae.

 

Anthony Brown / Drums/Percussion, Ethnomusicology (Full Professor, part-time)

Composer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist, Guggenheim and Ford Fellow, Smithsonian Associate Scholar, and GRAMMY nominee. Dr. Anthony Brown has collaborated with Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, Zakir Hussain, Steve Lacy, David Murray, Anthony Davis and the San Francisco Symphony. Brown holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from Rutgers University. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, an advisor and consultant for The Exploratorium, and previously was Curator of American Musical Culture and Director of the Jazz Oral History Program at the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently Artistic Director of Fifth Stream Music, and the internationally acclaimed Asian American Orchestra.

anthonybrown.org

 

John Calloway / Flute, Piano (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

PhD in International and Multi-Cultural Educa- tion, U. of San Francisco (in progress); MA in Music Education, San Francisco State U.; BA in Music, City University of New York. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger in jazz and Latin music styles; performed throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America with Israel“Cachao” Lopez, Max Roach, Omar Sosa, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Escovedo, Jesus Diaz, John Santos, Quique Cruz, Rebeca Mauleon and Wayne Wallace. Recordings include Diaspora, The Code and collaborations with John Santos, Jesus Diaz and Omar Sosa; faculty, San Fran- cisco State U.; clinician, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West; program coordinator, Plaza Cuba.

johncalloway.com.

 

Clairdee / Voice / Performance (Instructor, part-time)

BA in Fine Arts and Education, U. of Colorado- Boulder; BS in Information Systems Management, U. of San Francisco. Vocalist and international performing and recording artist, specializing in teaching performance and presentation. Perfor- mances include Monterey Jazz Festival, The Jazz Cruise, Playboy Jazz at the Rose Bowl; performed with Cyrus Chestnut, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dave Fish- berg, Red Holloway, Ray Drummond, Boz Scaggs, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Taylor Eigsti and others; opened for Count Basie Orchestra, David San- born, Etta James. Former vocal jazz faculty at UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles and Diablo Valley Col- lege; teaching artist for San Francisco Symphony’s “Adventures in Music” education program; voice- over talent for Apple, Bank of America, California State Lottery, Coca-Cola and Discover Channel’s Fit TV.

clairdee.com

 

Matt Clark / Piano / Accompanist (instructor, part-time)

BFA in Jazz Studies from the Oberlin Conser- vatory of Music. Recorded and/or performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, John Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, and Teddy Edwards. Toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the United States including appearances at the Monterey, San Francisco, Vienne, Big Sur, Stanford, and Rochester jazz festivals in addition to televised performances for CNN Showbiz Today and numerous PBS specials. Clinician, lecturer in jazz history, and ensemble instructor at the Stanford, Oaktown and Cazadero jazz workshops.

 

Jeremy Cohen / Violin (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

Studied at Sonoma State U. and Brooklyn College. Member, Turtle Island String Quartet 1991 – 93; founder, 2-time Grammy award- winning Quartet San Francisco; member, Violinjazz Quartet; faculty, Henry Mancini Institute, UCLA;  faculty, Stanford Jazz Workshop; student of Anne Crowden, Itzhak Perlman.

violinjazz.com

 

Kwami Coleman / Musicology; Piano and Percussion (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

Born and raised in New York City, where he began his formal studies at four years of age on piano in a small studio at Carnegie Hall, Kwami graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts before earning a BA and MA in music with honors at Hunter College, City University of New York. Performing with several jazz, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, soul, deep house, and experimental ensembles in and around New York City while in college, Kwami is now a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Stan- ford University where he is writing a dissertation on Miles Davis’ 1964 quintet. He currently lives in San Francisco and performs on piano, keyboards, and percussion in the Bay Area.

 

Sandy Cressman / Voice / Performance (instructor, part-time)

Educated at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University; international performing and recording artist/clinician. Cressman’s continuing exploration of various Vocal Techniques led her to create ConnectedVoice, a method for teaching vocal development and musicanship/eartraining simultaneously. Teaches ConnectedVoice technique, Brazilian Jazz singing and Jazz Vocal Performance. Has been Artist-in Residence or lecturer at: Jazz Education Network Conference, Cornish Institute of the Arts, San Francisco State University, CSU Long Beach, KUG University(Graz Austria), ASMM(Paris), Voice Conference Munich, JazzCamp West, Stanford Jazz Camp, California Brazil Summer Camp. Bandleader of critically acclaimed Homenagem Brasileira quintet, as well as featured artist with Ray Obiedo’s Mistura Fina and Jai Uttal’s Pagan Love Orchestra. Cressman is also an in-demand studio vocalist for Latin and World Jazz styles, most recently featured on “Bossa Nova Dreams” with Akira Tana, Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval, as well as recording commercials and soundtracks.

cressmanmusic.com

 

Daniel Cullen / Physical Sciences / Music technology / Composition (Associate Professor, part-time)

Ph.D., MA in Composition from UC Berkeley; B. Mus in Composition from the University of Oregon.  Interests in notation, open-form scores, aleatoric composition, extended techniques and live electronics.  Instructor in music technology and director of the Laptop Ensemble at the University of San Francisco.

 

George W. Davis / Poetry / Literature (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

BA in Literature, St. Lawrence University; Graduate Studies, Poetry and Drama, Bread Loaf School of English & UC Berkeley; teaches English, poetry, creative writing, Berkeley Adult School; tutor in Adult Education; teacher,” Literary Groove of Jazz”, Jazzschool; co-producer, Florio Street Concerts; producer, Jazz and the Word, Jazzschool; performer and reader throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Jeff Denson / Double & Electric Bass, Composer, Vocalist (Full Professor, full-time)

DMA in Contemporary Music Performance with an emphasis in Composition, University of California San Diego; MM in Jazz Studies Magna Cum Laude, Florida State University; BM in Performance Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music. Enja Records recording artist with Minsarah and with the Lee Konitz New Quartet. National and international performing and recording artist; performed with Bob Moses, Joe Lovano, Carl Allen, Kenny Werner, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Geoffrey Keezer, Claudio Puntin, Lionel Loueke, Dan Weiss, Ralph Alessi, Charles McPherson and Lee Konitz. Select performances include: Berlin Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival Paris and the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center and the Village Vanguard. Jeff Denson is endorsed by Aguilar Amplifiers, Metropolitan Bows, David Gage, Czech Ease Bass and DPA Microphones.

jeffdenson.com

 

Ann Dyer / Yoga (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

Vocalist, lyricist, composer, international performing and recording artist, yoga instructor. Leader, “Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies.” Recordings, Sunnyside, Premonition Records. Studies with Pandit Mukesh, Desai, Shweta Jhaveri, Dhanshree Pandit, Mark Murphy. BA in Dance and Psychology, Mills College.

anndyer.com

 

Taylor Eigsti / Piano (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

CJC Visiting Professor. Studied music at U. of Southern California. Concord Recording Artist; 2007 Grammy nominee; faculty, Stanford Jazz Workshop since 1999; leader, Taylor Eigsti Group with five albums as a leader; featured on BET jazz channel; performed with Joshua Redman; Ernestine Anderson, Dave Brubeck, Diane Schuur, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Frederica Von Stade, Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Red Holloway, Rufus Reid, Alan Broadbent; featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR; featured in DownBeat Magazine, Billboard, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Keyboard Magazine.

tayjazz.com

 

Kai Eckhardt / Bass (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

BA with honors, Berklee College of Music. Internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist, composer and educator; performed with Steve Smith’s Vital Information, Alphonse Mouzon, Randy Brecker, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Fareed Haque, Courtney Pine, Zakir Hussain, George Brooks, Mike Marshall, and Stanley Clarke. Faculty on occasion at Berklee College of Music, Boston; the Bass Collective, NYC; Anton Bruckner Con- servatory, Austria; and Musician’s Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.

kaizone.com

 

Steve Erquiaga / Guitar (Associate Professor, part-time)

National and international recording and performing artist; performed at Montreux Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival; performed with Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, David Byrne, Turtle Island String Quartet, Paulo Bellinati, Andy Narell, and Paul McCandless; founder, leader, Trio Paradiso; faculty, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics; publications include Guitar Duets and Arrangements from his CD Cafe Paradiso.

erquiaga.com

 

Bill Evans / Banjo

PhD candidate & MA, UC Berkeley in Music (Ethnomusicology); BA, University of Virginia, Anthropology (Folklore); international performing/recording artist who has performed with David Grisman, Peter Rowan & Dry Branch Fire Squad; author of Banjo For Dummies; guest clinician/artist in residence at Berklee College of Music, Virginia Commonwealth University, Carleton College; director of NashCamp Banjo Camp; columnist for Banjo Newsletter magazine; 2012 CD In Good Company topped international folk and bluegrass charts; mentored Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Greg Liszt (Bruce Springsteen, Crooked Still), Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow), Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum) and Jayme Stone.

billevansbanjo.com

 

Mimi Fox / Guitar (Instructor, part-time)

International recording/performing artist and five-time DownBeat Magazine International Critics Poll winner. Performed throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia. Festivals include Montreal, Monterey, Guinness Cork, Perth and North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival. Adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at NYU; guest clinician/artist in residence at Alaska Jazz Workshop, Britt Music Festival, Yale U., CalArts, Cornish College of the Arts, U. of Oregon, USC and Berkeley College of Music; featured artist on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR; featured artist, Kennedy Center. Performed with Charlie Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez and Diana Krall.

mimifoxjazzguitar.com

 

Todd M. Gascon / Business of Music (Associate Professor, part-time)

JD University of Dayton; B.S.B.A. Ohio Northern University. Todd Gascon is an entertainment and technology lawyer with the Zent Law Group in Sunnyvale, California. Mr. Gascon’s practice is focused in the areas of intellectual property law and licensing, with a particular emphasis in digital media, music, motion pictures and the visual arts. Mr. Gascon represents artists, composers, bands and independent record labels in the negotiation of distribution, man- agement, publishing, production and record- ing agreements as well as the licensing of compositions and master recordings for use in commercials, motion pictures, television and videos. A partial listing of his clients, past and present, includes Dave Binney, Don Byron, Jim Campilongo, Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Horvitz, Hot Club of San Francisco, Andy Laster, Kate McGarry, Myra Melford, Mick Rossi, Kendra Shank, Edward Simon, Tin Hat and Cuong Vu. In addition, Mr. Gascon is a board member of Rova:Arts, the non-profit organization of the Rova Saxophone Quartet.

zentlawgroup.com

 

Joe Gilman / Piano (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

PhD in Education, U. of Sarasota; MA in Jazz and Contemporary Media, Eastman School of Music; BA in Piano and Jazz Studies, Indiana U. Faculty, American River College, Brubeck Institute; performed with Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Chris Botti, Marlena Shaw, Slide Hampton; recorded with Tootie Heath, Joe Henderson, Jeff Watts; awarded 2004 Great American Jazz Piano Competition; Interna- tional Jazz Ambassador, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and USIA; recordings on Sunnyside and Capri labels.

joegilman.com

 

John Gove / Trombone (Full Professor, full-time)

MM and BM in Jazz Composition and Performance, Eastman School of Music; winner of two Downbeat awards for composition and arranging. Director of Jazz Studies at Laney College.  Has performed and/or recorded as a trombonist with Terence Blanchard, the Mingus Dynasty, Maria Schneider, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Peter Gabriel, Huey Lewis, Smashmouth.  His arrangements have been commissioned and performed by such artists as Ledisi with the Count Basie Orchestra and the SFJazz All Stars.

 

Benny Green / Piano (Artist in Residence, 2014 –15)

A member of Art Blakey’s famed Jazz Messengers, Benny Green served as star side man with such notables as Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings with them and with Oscar Peterson, Etta Jones, Milt Jackson, and Russell Malone, to name only a few. He formed his own trio in 1991, and has produced dozens of recordings, as a leader and with others, for Blue Note, Telarc and other labels. His most recent release, Magic Beans (Sunnyside, 2013), is his first selfproduced recording of all original compositions, and includes his Jazz Messenger teammate, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Benny Green was the first recipient of the Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music (1993), and his remarkable career stretches back to his days at Berkeley High, in the school’s influential Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Green is accepting students in private instruction in spring 2014, and will teach a course entitled “The Language of Hard Bop” in the fall.

bennygreenmusic.com

 

Alan Hall / Drums (Associate Professor, part-time)

Advisor, Drum Program. Former assistant professor at Berklee College of Music; adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley; clinician; author; performed with Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Eddie Harris, Bruce Wilamson, Art Lande, Tom Coster, Kit Walker, Rebecca Parris, Kai Eckhardt, Stuart Hamm; artist endorsement with Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Accessories.

jazzdrumming.com

 

Kenneth Helman / Voice (Instructor, part-time)

Postgraduate fellowship in Accompanying, Manhattan School of Music; postgraduate fellowship at American Opera Center, The Juilliard School; B.M. in Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory; Voice Pedagogy and Performance, Westminster Choir College; Vocal Fellowship, Tanglewood Festival; and vocal study with Brian Gill, New York University. A faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory and composer and in residence at Little Opera in San Francisco, Ken has maintained teaching studios for 35 years. As a performer, he has appeared as a singer/pianist in numerous venues including Carnegie Hall, Maxim’s, The Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Lensic Theater, Count Basie Theater, The Rainbow Room and The Algonquin Hotel. Ken has worked extensively with Sting on numerous recording and theater projects. As a songwriter, Ken produced a recording titled “Emerging” in 2009 and is at work on a new musical titled “Starting Over”.

kenhelman.com

 

Terri Hinte / Music Business — Publicity (Associate Professor, part-time)

Independent publicist whose current clients include the CJC, James Carter, Danilo Perez, Bobby Broom, Clifton Anderson, Dave Holland, Ed Reed, Nicolas Bearde, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, the Hot Club of San Francisco, and (since 1978) Sonny Rollins. Served as Fantasy Records’ Director of Press & Public Information for more than 30 years. Recipient of a 2006 “A Team” Award from the Jazz Journalists Association.

terrihinte.com

 

Peter Horvath / Piano (Instructor, part-time)

M.A., Berklee College of Music; Bèla Bartôk Conservatory of Music, Budapest, Hungary; Vienna Conservatory of Music. Performed, toured, recorded with Victor Bailey Group, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Lalah Hathaway, Oakland Symphony, Bob Sheppard, Bennie Maupin, Richie Cole, Ray Obiedo, Lenny White, Randy Brecker, Marcus Miller, Bob Mintzer, Pee Wee Ellis, Arturo Sandoval, arranged and recorded for Aretha Franklin.

www.peterhorvath.com

 

Erik Jekabson / Trumpet (Associate Professor, part-time)

M.A. in Composition, SF Conservatory of Music; B. Mus. in Trumpet, Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Toured with John Mayer, Illinois Jacquet and Galactic, and has composed for film and dance projects. Recorded a solo album Intersection on Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Currently teaches at Berkeley City College and Los Medanos College.

erikjekabson.com

 

Raz Kennedy / Voice (Instructor, part-time)

Founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra; vocal coach for many Bay Area and internationally known artists including Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, Narada Michael Walden (producer for Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey), Los Tigres Del Norte, Hilary Duff, Lynn Asher, Spencer Day, Jasmine Guy, members of Metallica, Lavay Smith, James Nash of the Waybacks, Pollyanna Bush and many others.

 

Laura Klein / Alexander technique (Associate Professor, part-time)

BA in Music, SUNY Buffalo. Jazz studies at Berklee College of Music. Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, Center for the Alexander Technique, AmSAT, STAT. Instructor of Alexan- der Technique, UC Berkeley Music Department 150 Program. Faculty, Bay Area Center for the Alexander Technique (Teacher Training Course), 2001-08. Private practice teaching the Alexander Technique in Berkeley since 1987. Taught piano and jazz ensembles at SF Community Music Center and piano at Berklee Private Studies. Active jazz pianist/composer; five recordings; currently co-leader of FivePlay Jazz Quintet.

lauraklein.net

 

Mary Ann Koory / Literature; Chair, department of General Studies (Full Professor, part-time)

Ph.D. in Literature (Renaissance), UC Berkeley. Lecturer in Shakespeare and Short Fiction, SFSU. Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, UC Berkeley. Instructor in Creative Writing and Literature, UC Berkeley Extension. National award-winning UC Berkeley Extension courses (online) in Literature. Honored Instructor, U.C. Berkeley Extension.

 

Janet Kutulas / Voice (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1988. Music Director, KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble. Trained with Bulgarian singers Tzvetanka Varimezova, Kremena Stancheva, and Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska, and others. Awarded a Hertz Fellowship from UC Berkeley. Performed with A.C.T.; Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares; Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir; Marcel Khalife; and on Prairie Home Companion. Performed as a flutist with the Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. As a founding member, played for 15 years with EARPLAY; also Composers Inc., Left Coast Chamber Players and in the SF Symphony’s New and Unusual Music Series.

kitka.org

 

Art Lande / Piano (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

Grammy-nominated recording artist, internationally known pianist, composer, drummer and educator. Has performed with Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Mark Isham, Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek and many others.

 

Jay W. Lehmann / Trumpet (Full Professor, full-time)

MA in Trumpet Performance, CSU East Bay; BA in Music, UC Davis. California Lifetime Teaching Credential; Chairman, Laney College Music Department; Director, Laney Summer Music Program; performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival and with Don Menza, Bill Watrous; studied with John Cage.

laney.peralta.edu

 

Jason Lewis / Drums (Instructor, part-time)

BA in Music Performance from the Classical Percussion Program, San Jose State U. Private teacher, combo assistant at Stanford Jazz Work- shop, clinician for the San Jose Jazz Society. Has performed with John Stowell, Gary Burton, Gil Goldstein, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Bob Sheppard, Steve Rodby, Paul McCandless, Norma Winstone, Larry Coryell, Darol Anger, Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, James Carter, John Handy, Anton Schwartz, Mark Levine, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul Nagel, and Kurt Elling. Has also performed with the San Jose Sym- phony and the San Jose Civic Light Opera. Recorded and toured internationally with Boz Scaggs, Michael Brook, Djivan Gasparyan, Ann Dyer and Taylor Eigsti. Can be heard on numerous recordings as well as TV (Spark on PBS) and movie soundtracks (Affliction, Albino Alligator and Ratatouille).

 

Frank Martin / Piano, Keyboards (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles.

frankmartinproductions.com

 

Jeff Marrs / Drums (Associate Professor, part-time)

BA and MA in Jazz Performance from The New England Conservatory; works regularly with Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, The Mel Martin Quartet, The “Dynamic” Ms. Faye Carol; has performed with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marc Cary and George Russell; part-time faculty member, Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College, and UC Berkeley.

 

Paul Mehling / Guitar, Tenor & Plectrum Banjo, Violin, Viola, Bass (Associate Professor, part-time)

Leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco; international touring and recording artist. “Godfather of gypsy jazz in America (according to PBS)”; producer of CD recordings and Instructional DVDS for guitar; International Association of Jazz Educators award-winner.

HCSF.com

 

Hafez Modirzadeh / Theory, Saxophone (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

PhD, Wesleyan University (1992), for his original “chromodal” approach to jazz. Since 1998, Professor of World Cultures Program at SF State’s School of Music and Dance. 1989, ‘91 NEA Jazz Fellow, and 2006 Fulbright Senior Lecturer to work with Gnawan and Flamenco musicians in Morocco and Andalucia. An international performing/recording artist and educator, Modirzadeh has worked with Don Cherry and Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble, Ornette Coleman, John Handy, Zakir Hussein and Mark Izu’s Circle of Fire, Steve Lacy and Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, Oliver Lake, James Newton, Leo Smith, Omar Sosa, and many Asian and Asian American artists including Fred Ho, Danongan Kalanduyan, Akira Tana, Kenny Endo, Francis Wong and Asian Improv Arts.

 

Susan Muscarella / Piano / executive director, Jazzschool, inc. / President and dean of instruction, Jazzschool institute (Full Professor, full-time)

BA in Music Composition, UC Berkeley. PhD candidate in Musicology, University of Évora, Portugal. Founder and Executive Director, Jazzschool Inc.; President and Dean of Instruction, Jazzschool Institute. Director, UC Jazz Ensembles program 1984 – 89; composer, arranger and recording artist; performances at major clubs and festivals including Yoshi’s, Keystone Korner, Great American Music Hall and the Lighthouse, and Monterey, Berkeley and Concord Jazz Festivals; featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR; recipient of a 2008 “A Team” Award from the Jazz Journalists Association; member of the Board of Directors, Chamber Music America.

cjc.edu

 

Kim Nalley / Voice (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

BA in History, UC Berkeley. Awarded one of the “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area”; internationally  acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist; actress and former owner of Jazz at Pearl’s.

kimnalley.com

 

Joyce Pricco / Voice (Associate Professor, part-time)

M.M. in Music Education, Boston University; B.M. in Music Education, San Francisco State University; Certificate of Completion in Multimedia Studies, Diablo Valley College. Classroom and private instructor since 1978. Performed professionally in the Bay Area since 1980 ranging from classical to popular singing styles – opera, oratorio and musical theater to jazz, gospel, and pop. Professor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, faculty at Bradley School of Music in Lafayette, CA, music director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Concord, CA, private voice and piano instruction at Pricco Studios.

 

Evan Price / Violin / (Associate Professor, part-time)

A native of Detroit, MI. Roots in square dance bands, string quartets, and blues bands. At- tended The Cleveland Institute of Music and the Berklee College of Music. Performing member of the two-time Grammy®-award- winning jazz ensemble Turtle Island Quartet, which has released five albums, performed internationally, and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera, The Ying Quartet, Dr. Billy Taylor and Kenny Barron, and Sergio and Odair Assad. Performing member of the gypsy jazz band The Hot Club of San Francisco, which has released six albums, and performed na- tionally and internationally. Composer and ar- ranger with HCSF, Turtle Island Quartet, Quar- tet San Francisco, Providence String Quartet, Irish fiddler Liz Carroll, Orchestra Nashville, The San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Former member of the music faculty at Wellesley College.

 

Jackeline Rago / Cuatro, Afro-Venezuelan Percussion (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

Multi-instrumentalist, national and international performer, composer, arranger, educator; Music Director, Venezuelan Music Project; awarded CAC Artist In Residence Grant.

jackelinerago.com

 

Glenn Richman / Bass (Associate Professor, part-time)

Mannes School of Music (1 yr); Berklee College of Music (2 yrs). Advisor, Jazzschool Bass Program; student of Buster Williams, George Mraz and Mike Longo; performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Hendricks, Dave Liebman, Chet Baker, Benny Green, Dakota Staton, Chris Connor, Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Mike Clark, Jack Wilkins, Billy Hart, Larry Willis, George Coleman and Mickey Roker; faculty, Brubeck Institute, UC Berkeley and Chabot College.

glennrichman.com

 

Rita Sahai / Voice (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

Performing artist, educator and composer. A native of Allahabad, India, the disciple of renowned vocalist Pandit Rama Shankar Mishra, specialist in the Benares Gharana style. Student of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan focusing on the Seni Allaudin Gharana style. Performed throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and India, recorded several solo CDs, and collaborated on major recording projects with Grammy Award-winning artist Béla Fleck, and renowned choreographer, Alonzo King. Currently on faculty at the Ali Akbar College of Music.

 

Jim Santi Owen / Indian Percussion (Associate Professor, part-time)

MA in World Music, CalArts. Trained in Indian percussion under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, T.H. Subash Chandran, and K. Sekar. Student of Charlie Haden, James Newton, and Tootie Heath, and African drumming and dance from the Ladzekpo Brothers. Performed with Pharoah Sanders, Alonzo King, Hamza el Din, Mickey Hart, Alam Khan, George Brooks, Steve Smith, Chitresh Das, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and Jai Uttal among others. On faculty at the Ali Akbar College of Music, the Jazzschool, Dominican University, and Lines Ballet School and is currently the Musical Director of the San Francisco World Music Festival.

jimsantiowen.com

 

John Santos / Percussion (Associate Professor, part-time)

Percussionist, producer, composer, recording artist, writer and historian. Multi Grammy nominee (5); Founder and Director, The Machete Ensemble, 1985 – 2006; performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Santana, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Steve Turre, Bobby Hutcherson, Lalo Schifrin, James Moody, The Latin Giants of Jazz, Omar Sosa, Buena Vista Social Club, Batacum- bele, Lázaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Armando Peraza, El Conjunto de Clave y Guaguancó, John Faddis, and Mark Murphy. Lectured and/ or offered residencies at the Berklee School of Music, Yale, UCLA, Whittier College, Michigan State, U. of Wisconsin at Madison, Dillard U., UC Berkeley, UC Sacramento, UC Santa Cruz, UC Monterey Bay, San Jose State U., SF State U., Humboldt State U., and Brigham Young U.,nas well as throughout Europe and Latin America. Currently on faculty of the College of San Mateo, Jazz Camp West, and director of the highly acclaimed John Santos Sextet.

 johnsantos.com

 

Jaz Sawyer / Drums, Percussion (Visiting Professor, part-time)

MPA, Metropolitan College of New York; BFA, Mannes Jazz & Contemporary Music Program. A San Francisco native, drummer and percus- sionist Jaz Sawyer has performed and recorded with major artists including Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Phil Lesh & Friends, Abbey Lincoln, SF Symphony, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Irvin Mayfield among others. He has performed at The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall (NY), Davies Symphony Hall (SF), The New Morning (Paris), The Con certgebow (Germany), Red Sea Festival (Israel), and the North Sea Jazz Festival (Cape Town). Founder and CEO of Pursuance Records, he is also actively involved in communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, and con- tinues to conduct workshops and special events throughout the country as part of his mission to improve music education for young musicians.

pursuancerecords.com

 

Anton Schwartz / Saxophone (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

MS in Computer Science, Stanford U.; National Science Foundation Fellow; BA in Mathematics and Philosophy, Harvard U., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Faculty, Stanford Jazz Work- shop; clinician, Brubeck Institute; performer, composer and recording artist; headliner, Blue Note, Yoshi’s, Blues Alley, Monterey Jazz Festival; featured artist on NPR’s JazzSet, 2005.

antonjazz.com

 

Dave Scott / Trumpet (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

MA in Trumpet Performance, U. of Northern Colorado; BA in Instrumental Music, U. of Michigan. National performing and recording artist, jazz, classical idioms; lead trumpet, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, The Realistic Orchestra, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra; performs with Boz Scaggs, Glide Memorial Church Change Band, Brass Monkey Band; founder of Trumpet Supergroup, Dave Scott Jazz Quartet.

www.davescott.org

 

John Shifflett / Bass (Instructor, part-time)

Attended graduate school in Music, U. of Iowa. Served on the faculty of the Jazz Studies pro- gram, U. of Iowa. Currently teaching bass and small ensembles at San Jose State University. Played countless studio sessions and many pit orchestras; toured with Dave Liebman, Boz Scaggs, Taylor Eigsti, Madeleine Peyroux, Scott Amendola Band; also performed with Red Holloway, John Zorn, Bobby Hutcherson, Norma Winstone, John Stowell, Ann Dyer, Ernie Watts, Smith Dobson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Harold Land, Kurt Elling and many others.

 

Marcos Silva / Piano (Associate Professor, part-time)

Adviser, CJC Brazilian Program. National and international performing and recording artist, composer, arranger, producer, educator; performed with Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago, Marcio Montarroyos, Jon Lucien, Claudio Roditi; Music Director, arranger, keyboards for Flora Purim, Airto, Toninho Horta, Paquito D’Rivera, Bud Shank, Ricardo Silveira, Dori Caymmi, Nana Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, Edu Lobo, Joyce; leader, Marcos Silva and Intersection.

marcossilva.com

 

Nate Sloan / Piano/Banjo (Associate Professor, part-time)

BA in Music, Brown University; PhD candidate in Music History, Stanford University; Research on jazz, Tin Pan Alley and Jewish music, with emphasis on urban geography and musical mapping; Composer and lyricist in musical the- atre, including Leavittsburg, OH (2009) and Baz and Me (2010); Pianist and (occasional) banjoist.

 

John Stowell / Guitar (Visiting Professor, on occasion)

Thirty years of freelance experience teaching and playing internationally, adjunct faculty at numerous colleges in the Pacific Northwest, published author (Mel Bay and Truefire), contributing columnist (Guitar Player, DownBeat, Canadian Musician, etc.), ten CDs as a leader, twelve as a co-leader. Performance credits include Paul Horn, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Don Thompson and Pete Christlieb.

johnstowell.com

 

Akira Tana / Drums (Adjunct Professor, part-time)

BM in Percussion, New England Conservatory, 1979; BA in East Asian Studies, Harvard Univer- sity, 1974. Performed with jazz greats Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, The Paul Winter Consort, Paquito D’Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, and The Manhattan Transfer, among others. Performed at the Tanglewood Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller and has accompanied diverse artists such as Charles Aznavour, Maurice Hines and Van Dyke Parks. Teaches privately and at San Francisco State University. Conducts clinics and master classes throughout the country sponsored in part by Yamaha Drums and Vic Firth Sticks. 

akiratana.com

 

Sheryl Lynn Thomas / Business of Music — Marketing (Associate Professor, part-time)

MS in Entertainment Business, Full Sail University; BA in Drama from San Francisco State U. with emphasis on Musical Theater. Digital Marketing Manager, Jazzschool Inc.; Marketing and Publicity Director, Patois Records; Latin jazz and world music recording artist; award recipient and honorary member of the International Thespian Society; vocal and acting training with San Francisco Academy for The PerformingArts, Seydways Acting Studio and John Howard Swain.

fantabulousink.com

 

Mads Tolling / Violin, Viola (Associate Professor, part-time)

Internationally renowned violinist, violist, and composer. Two-time Grammy award-winner with the Turtle Island Quartet. As violist with the quartet, 2003 – 2007 and now as first violinist, 2007– present, Mads maintains an active touring and recording schedule as well as composing and giving master classes. Tours as jazz violinist with the acclaimed bassist Stanley Clarke and his touring band. In 06 and 08 as part of Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the re- cordings “4+Four” and “A Love Supreme — The Legacy of John Coltrane.” Tolling has received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margaret, the Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award. He has performed with Paquito d’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Stefon Harris, Sergio & Odair Assad, Leo Kottke and Russell Ferrante.

 

Arjun Verma / Sitar (Associate Professor, part-time)

BA in Psychology with a thesis in music learning techniques, Dominican University of California. A student of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Recipient of the prestigious Shenson Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation. Performed throughout the US and Europe including the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the New School in New York City and Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. Currently on faculty at the Ali Akbar College of Music.

 

Marc van Wageningen / Electric Bass (Associate Professor, part-time)

Electric bassist and recording artist specializing in funk, Latin and jazz. Performed with Diane Reeves, Tower of Power, Pee Wee Ellis/Maceo Parker, Steve Smith, Stan Getz, George Duke, Francisco Aquabella, Pete Escovedo, Eddie Marshall, Sheila E. and the E. Train and Andy Narell among others. Recorded with Steve Winwood, Sheila E., Tom Grant, David Garibaldi, Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Linda Tillery, Cornelius Bumpus and Teresa Trull and Barbara Higby. Served as house band member for The Wayne Brady Show, But Can They Sing and The One. Marc has a debut recording out under the VW Brothers name titled Muziek on Patois Records.

www.vwbrothers.com

 

Katherine Westine / Piano (Associate Professor, part-time)

Post-graduate studies in Early Music, Norddeutsche Orgelakademie, Bremen, Germany; M.A. in Organ Performance, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco; B.A. in Music History, U. of Washington, Seattle. Co-producer, Florio Street Concerts.

 

Michael Zilber / Saxophone (Full Professor, part-time)

Ph.D. in Composition, NYU; M.M. in Composition, Tufts U.; B.Mus. in Composition, New England Conservatory. Currently co-leads a quartet with guitar great John Stowell, and is completing a recording project in New York with Mike Clark, James Genus and Rachel Z.  Co-led a group with drumming legend Steve Smith for 8 years. Has performed, toured or recorded with everyone from Dave Liebman to Dizzy Gillespie, including Miroslav Vitous, Bob Berg, Eddie Henderson, Fareed Haque, Geoffrey Keezer, Donald Harrison, John Handy, Dave Douglas, Barry Finnerty, Bruce Barth, and Clarence Penn.

michaelzilber.com

 

Dann Zinn / Saxophone/Flute (Associate Professor, part-time)

BA Music Performance CSUEB, UCLA 3-time NFAA Outstanding Teacher Recipient. Leader Dann Zinn Band. Featured on over 40 CDs. Performed/Recorded with Joe Henderson, Dave Eshelman, Jeff Tain Watts, Mary Wells, Frank Harris, Barry Finnerty. Faculty CSUEB, UCB, and Brubeck Institute.

dannzinn.com

 

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