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Faculty – Community Music School (Adult)

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.



Amanda Addleman (voice)

B.M Performance from Berklee College of Music. Student of Mili Bermejo-Greenspan, Ken Cervenka, Greg Hopkins, Maggie Scott, Lee Strawn & Tierney Sutton. Professional musician with past residencies at The Palace Hotel, Savanna Jazz Club and more. Vocal Program Director at Sir Francis Drake High School and private music educator and clinician.


Laurie Antonioli (voice) 

Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Program Director. 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 and clinician; performed and recorded with George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Richie Beirach, Joe Bonner; bandleader of Foreign Affair and American Dreams; lyricist for Richie Beirach; co-creator of the Pauer – Antonioli Songbook.



Tal Ariel (piano/composition)
B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School, NYC. In-house composer/producer at Track Attic (Studio Trilogy) in SF. Composed for film, musical theater, commercials, etc. Winner of the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle award in Musical Direction in 2011. Recording/Performance credits include Zigaboo Modeliste, Eric McFadden, Mingo Lewis, Reggie Workman. Over 20 years experience as composer, teacher and performer.


Jon Arkin (drums)

B.A. in Jazz Performance, U. of Miami. Faculty, Stanford Jazz Workshop. Performance credits include Ira Sullivan, Grady Tate, Taylor Eigsti, Vusi Mahlasela, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Meklit Hadero, Stew & TNP, Gene Perla. Festival/venue highlights include Yoshi’s, Montreal Jazz Festival, IAJE Convention, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Sleep Train Pavilion.



Rich Armstrong (trumpet, voice)
B.A. Trumpet Performance SF State, Trumpet Performance Studies, SF Conservatory of Music. Recordings and performances with Jody Watley, Jennifer Holliday, Connie Francis, Petula Clarke, Ledisi, Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, the Coup, Tower
of Power, Ozomatli, Hot House Flowers, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Groban. Extensive touring with Michelle Shocked, Boz Scaggs and Cold Blood.


Bill Aron (saxophone)

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 (drums)

Eastman School of Music (1.5 years) currently lead vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist with Mickey Hart Band. Leads Joe Bagale band, performs with Jazz Mafia, Hot Einstein, Disappear Incompletely. 



Doug Beavers (trombone)

M.A. In Composition, Manhattan School of Music; Internationally regarded as cutting-edge trombonist and a renown producer, composer, orchestrator and “arranger of the first-class” (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes), Doug Beavers has earned a Grammy® for his work on Eddie Palmieri’s Listen Here (2006) and has performed, toured and recorded with Eddie Palmieri (La Perfecta II, Ritmo Caliente, Listen Here), Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney (Sentimental Journey, The Last Concert), Gilberto Santa Rosa, and many others.



David Belove (bass) 

Studied at SF 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.


Kathy Blackburn (voice)

Kathy Blackburn: B.Music (in progress), California Jazz Conservatory; MBA, St. Mary’s College of California; BA and K-12 Teaching Credential San Jose State University. Lead vocalist with Cooltones big band, and Four and More jazz quintet, performing and recording throughout Bay Area; produced concerts and booked music for local civic events; private vocal coach; studied vocal technique and performance with Laurie Antonioli, Sandy Cressman, Jane Sharp, Stephanie Bruce, Julia Dollison, Joyce Pricco. Awarded the CJC’s Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship; Public Affairs executive 1979–2005. www.kathyblackburn.com.


Steve Blum (piano)

B.M. CSU Long Beach, M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts. Performer, composer, music director and educator. Student of David Roitstein, Alfred Ladzekpo, Joe LaBarbera, Wadada Leo Smith,
Larry Koonse, and Charlie Haden. Recorded and/or performed with Vinny Golia, Tony Clifton, Blockrad, A Giraffe, Keen Inkling, Steve Blum’s Keyboarchestra, Disappear Incompletely, See-Saw Trio, and more.


Theo Bleckmann (voice) 

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.



Edgardo Cambón (percussion, voice)

Bandleader for 26 years of the renowned salsa band “Edgardo & Candela.” Toured throughout South America, Europe, and Africa since 1986. LP (Latin Percussion Co.) endorser. Performed or recorded with Jesús “Chucho” Valdés (Irakere), Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana, José Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Orestes Vilató, Salsa Romántica Stars Jerry Rivera and Eddie Santiago, Keith Terry and “Crosspulse,” Omar Sosa, Jeff Narell, Andy Narell, Sovosó (formerly Bobby McFerrin’s “Voicestra”) Mike Spiro, Karl Perazzo and Rebeca Mauleón.



Ian Carey (trumpet, composition)

B.F.A., Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School, New York. Performed with The Nathan Clevenger Group, Satoko Fujii, Anthony Brown’s Asian-American Orchestra, Eddie Bert, Lisa Mezzacappa, Dayna Stephens, and Loren Schoenberg. Recorded with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Sam Bevan Group, Bryan Bowman Quintet and Rob Reich’s Circus Bella All-Star Band. Released four albums on Kabocha Records with his group The Ian Carey Quintet+1 featuring his original compositions, including the hourlong suite “Interview Music” (commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music). Pasquina Publishing Musical Artists Award winner, 2014. Visiting clinician at Stanford University and Santa Rosa Junior College.



Danny Caron (guitar)

B.A. in English and Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory; graduate of Howard Roberts Program, Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles. Best known for being music director and guitarist for the legendary pianist and vocalist Charles Brown until his death in 2000. He has played and recorded with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Clifton Chenier, Donald Fagan, Hadda Brooks, Red Callender, and many others.



Maye Cavallaro (voice)

Advanced degree in Education, UC Santa Barbara; B.A. in English Lit, UC Santa Barbara. Fellow NY Cabaret Symposium; faculty, Blue Bear School of Music; private coaching, 25 years; producer, 8 recordings; bandleader, recording artist; awarded Best of the Year in Jazz by the San Francisco Chronicle; visiting clinician, St. John’s U.; graphic artist, web designer.



Andrea Claburn (voice)

B.Mus (Jazz Studies) California Jazz Conservatory; BA (High Honors, Humanities) University of California at Berkeley. Producer/arranger, composer for debut album Nightshade (release Jan 2017). Co-bandleader, Andrea Claburn/Jua Howard Group. Awarded the CJC’s Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship (2010). Classically trained in piano and violin. Studied vocal technique, improvisation, and performance with Suzanne Pittson, Sandy Cressman, Laurie Antonioli, Raz Kennedy.



Stephanie Crawford (voice)

BFA Wayne State University. Subsequent studies with bebop pianist Barry Harris in New York City. She became Professor of Vocal Jazz at the C.I.M. (Centre d’Information Musical and at the I.A.C.P (Institut d’Art, Cultur et Perception) in Paris where she resided for many years. In 1992 she won the Django D’Or Best Vocal Jazz Award for her recording A Time for Love, and in 2009 the East Bay Express Best Singer of the Year award.



Cecilia Engelhart (voice)

Education: San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes College of Music. Has performed/recorded with a wide range of artists including: Ruben Blades, Theo Bleckmann, Willie Colon, Santi Debriano, Paquito D’ Rivera, Rinde Eckert, Tania Libertad, Meredith Monk, Oscar Castro Neves, Mario Rivera, Michael Spiro, Keith Terry, Tamba Trio, Wayne Wallace etc. As composer and arranger with “Tanaora”, “Free Dive” and “Trio 3”. Classical performance includes SF Symphony Chorus, “Conjunto Nuevo Mundo” early music ensemble.


Sandy Cressman (voice)

Educated at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University; international performing and recording artist and clinician. 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 and California Brazil Summer Camp. Bandleader of critically acclaimed Homenagem Brasileira Quintet. Featured artist with Ray Obiedo’s Mistura Fina and Jai Uttal’s Pagan Love Orchestra. Cressman is 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. She is also heard on a wide variety of commercials and soundtracks.



Angie Doctor (voice)

Studied at Foothill College and Gonzaga University (B.A. Music Performance) with Phil Mattson (Foothill and Gonzaga), Terry Summa (Foothill), Tim Smith (Gonzaga). Founding member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers with Phil Mattson. Performing and recording artist, studio singer, Vocal Jazz adjudicator and clinician, jazz and pop solo coach. Artist-in-residence at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School, Vocal Jazz Choir. Performed with Bobby McFerrin, Don Shelton, The Hi-Lo’s, Barbara Morrison, The Manhattans, Heatwave, Deneice Williams, Barbara Lewis, GQ, Gene Chandler, Eddie Holman, Barbara Mason, Billy Paul. Founding member and lead singer for Clockwork, currently the Girl in The Bobs.


Rachel Efron (songwriting) 

B.A., Harvard U. (extensive coursework in both writing and music). Studied jazz piano with faculty at Berklee College of Music. Released three albums of original music and toured on both coasts. Bandleader of Rachel Efron Ensemble, which has performed locally at such venues as Yoshi’s, The Plush Room, The Independent, Freight and Salvage, and Cafe Du Nord.



Steve Erquiaga (guitar)

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.


Dave Eshelman (trombone)

From 1984 to 2007, Dave Eshelman served as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward). Eshelman has performed extensively with many jazz groups in the Bay Area and has worked as a featured soloist in the big bands of Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Gerald Wilson. Various artists across the United States and Europe — such as Joe Henderson, Don Ellis, Bill Watrous, and Stan Kenton, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the Airmen of Note — have performed his compositions and arrangements.


Rob Ewing (trombone) 

Jazzschool Community Music School Director. Jazzschool Summer Youth Program Director. B.A., Naropa U.; 2 years, Berklee College of Music. Leader of Disappear Incompletely — The Radiohead Project. Performances with STS9, Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Vinny Golia, Latin Giants of Jazz, Ray Vega, Wayne Wallace, Graham Connah, Joe Bagale, The Barr Brothers, Les Gwan Jupons, John Schott’s Typical Orchestra, Jazz Mafia Symphony, Oakland Active Orchestra, Half of Half, Leslie Helpert, Rebecca Griffin, Naytronix.



Jean Fineberg (saxophone, flute)

M.Ed. in Secondary Education, B.S. in Science; B.A. in Arts & Sciences, Pennsylvania State U. Founder, leader of Deuce and Saxophunk; Assistant Director, composer, arranger, Montclair Women’s Big Band; toured and recorded with Melba Liston, David Bowie, Laura Nyro, Chic, Sister Sledge; consultant, San Francisco Arts Commission; NEA Jazz Fellow; recipient, ASCAP music composition awards, Meet The Composer grants; featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR.


David Flores (drums)

Extensive performance and recording experience with Lauryn Hill, Donna Summer, Randy Brecker, Armando Peraza, Pete Escovedo, Orestes Vilato, Jesus Diaz, John Santos, and many others. Faculty, master class and outreach credits include the San Jose Jazz Society, Jazz Camp West, the Percussive Arts Society, Grooves School of Percussion, La Sierra Music and Arts Camp, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Endorsed by Vic Firth, Brooks Drums, Trexist Cymbals, LP.


Mimi Fox (guitar)

Advisor, Guitar Program. Six-time DownBeat Critics Poll winner. Performed throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia. Festivals include Montreal, Monterey, Guinness Cork, Perth, Kennedy Center. 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 Berklee College of Music; featured artist on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR; Performed/Recorded with Charlie Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person and Diana Krall.



Kyra Gordon (voice) 

B.Mus. California Jazz Conservatory. Vocalist/B.Mus. in Jazz Vocal Performance, California Jazz Conservatory. Spent a year performing in Paris, France, at Les Carveau Des Oubliettes and The One Way. Performed with Martha High, Boney Fields, Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal, and Vernon Bush with Taj Mahal. Soundtrack vocals for feature films “Owned” and “Bert.” Vocalist/keyboards with improvised hip-hop collective The Freeze, performing the Bay Area’s hit show “Mortified.”


Charlie Gurke (saxophone, composition)

M.M. in Jazz Studies, University of Oregon. B.M., Cal State East Bay. On faculty at Laney College and the Community Music Center of San Francisco. Currently performs and records with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Edgardo Cambon, Carne Cruda, the Gurkestra, and more. Past performance and recording credits include Omar Sosa, Aphrodesia, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Carne Cruda, Fito Reinoso, and others. Music director and composer in residence, We Players theater company.


Alan Hall (drums)

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.



Charles Hamilton (trombone)

Leader of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for 28 years. Has performed with Joe Henderson, Fred Berry, Karlton Hester, Khalil Shaheed, Marcus Shelby, and Babatunde Lea. Created the San Francisco Bay Jazz Band; at the invitation of the US State Department, he took them to Asia twice (Vietnam and China). Recently released “Charles Hamilton and Beyond: Mr Hamudah,” for Global Recording Artists. Currently directing the UC Santa Cruz Big Band. Received the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts “Distinguished Teacher in the Arts” Award.



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Colin Hogan (piano)

B.A. Cal State East Bay. Performances with James Moody, Peter Erskine, Bob Brookmeyer, Roy Ayers, Maria Schneider and hip hop luminaries such as Too $hort, DJ QBert, Dan the Automator, and Lyrics Born. Performed with electric bass revolutionary Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone at the 2004 California Music Awards. Pianist and featured soloist on accordion with the Tommy Igoe Big Band in its first-ever weekly residency at Yoshi’s San Francisco. Currently involved in various projects including hip hop/R&B group Dynamic, jazz/ groove/experimental collective the Jazz Mafia, international cafe music group Trio Zincalo and jazz/funk/fusion band The Hogan Bros., with brothers Steve and Julian.


Molly Holm (voice)

Vocalist/composer jazz, multi-cultural performance art, improvisation. “Permission” CD called “edgy and defiant,” “on the cutting edge of jazz vocals.” Studied North Indian Raga with: Pandit Pran Nath and Terry Riley. Performance/tours: Bobby McFerrin’s original Voicestra; Terry Riley/Khayal; Zakir Hussain’s Rapt, No Strings; June Watanabe’s E.O. 9066; George Coates’ Actual Sho-. Composing: Marcus Gardley’s plays, This World In a Woman’s Hands and Love is A Dream House in Lorin. MA in Composition/BA in Music/Adjunct Faculty at Mills College.



Peter Horvath (piano)

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.



Erik Jekabson (trumpet)

Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Director. 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. Released several albums as a leader. Currently teaches at Berkeley City College and Los Medanos College.



Ellen Johnson (voice)

M.M. in Vocal Performance, SDSU. B.Mus. in Vocal Performance, American Conservatory of Music, Ph.D studies/Expressive Arts, UHS, UCLA Extension/music business, acting Northwestern University. Chicago Actors Center. Performed, recorded or studied with Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Pete Christlieb, Roy McCurdy, Billy Drummond, Larry Koonse, John Stowell, Cameron Brown, Hugh Martin. Willie Pickens, John Clayton, Jay Clayton, Gene Aiken, Marni Nixon and Rick Helzer.  Faculty at USD, CalPoly University Pomona, Old Globe Theatre’s MFA.



Jennifer Jolly (piano, keyboards)

Performer, educator, choral/musical theater accompanist. Specialist in American roots styles (New Orleans & Louisiana, blues, boogie-woogie, country), funk, R&B, and Caribbean and African music. Currently performing with Kotoja, Zulu Spear, Big B & His Snakeoil Saviors, The Jolly Gibsons, and several other Bay Area groups. Frequent guest performer with Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Previous performance credits include Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Barbara Dane, Hot Links. Faculty instructor at Cazadero Family Camp since 1999. B.A., UC Berkeley.


Bob Karty (piano)

B.A., Biology, Reed College. Pianist, composer, recording engineer, producer. Performs with Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, world-jazz sextet Tanaóra, Conjunto Karabalí (led by Michael Spiro & Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo). Founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, one of the few authentic charanga orchestras outside of Cuba, with whom he performed for over 15 years and recorded three albums.



Raz Kennedy (voice)

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. razkennedy.com


Kasey Knudsen (saxophone)

B.A. Berklee, faculty member at Sonoma State U., Stanford Jazz Workshop, Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop. Performs with her own sextet, The Holly Martins, The Knudsen-Arkin-Coleman Trio, has toured the world with Tune-Yards and can be seen performing with such bay area luminaries as Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Graham Connah, Adam Shulman, Ian Carey and more.



Omar Ledezma Jr. (percussion, voice)

Diploma, Performance, Berklee College of Music 2003. B.S., Law School, Santa Maria University, Caracas, Venezuela 1995. Active local performer, teacher, GRAMMY nominee and world class musician. Toured with renowned artists in USA, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Has participated in more than 35 recordings, DVDs and books. PEARL PERCUSSION Artist.



Dave LeFebvre (saxophone)

Recipient of an NEA Grant for Jazz Education. Dave has recorded 6 albums as a bandleader and has performed at many Bay Area Jazz Festivals and in Europe.  Musicians who have recorded or performed in Dave’s group include Billy Childs, John Patitucci, Clay Jenkins, Dave Crigger, Eddie Marshall, Seward McCain and many others.  Dave’s big band compositions have been performed by Freddie Hubbard, Richie Cole, and the BBC Big Band.



Jason Levis (percussion)

Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition, UC Berkeley; B.A. in Music, Naropa University. Two-time Meet the Composer award recipient; Eisner Prize for Music winner; Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (UC Berkeley); Interaktion Festival finalist (Berlin), drummer and composer Jason Levis has led and been a collaborator in numerous jazz, improvised music, and chamber ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin, Germany. These include the Heftpistole Chamber Ensemble; duo B.; Married Couple; DRY; live dub-reggae ensemble Joseph’s Bones; the Echo Chamber Ensemble; most recently the Berlin Boom Orchestra, and many more.



Chuck MacKinnon (trumpet)

BM in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University, MA in Music Composition from California State University East Bay; works regularly with Mark Levine and The Bay Area All Stars, The Chuck MacKinnon Sextet, Chuck MacKinnon Organ Quartet; has performed with Duke Ellington Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Bruce Forman, Charlie Hunter, Kenny Brooks, Harvey Wainapel, Peter Apfelbaum; part-time faculty member: College of San Mateo, Chabot College, Diablo Valley College, Nueva School, and Crystal Springs Uplands School.


Jeff Marrs (drums)

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.


Frank Martin (piano, keyboards)

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.



Jeff Massanari (guitar)

Four years performance and composition coursework at Berklee College of Music. Performed with Mark In-ouye and the San Francisco Symphony, Kenny Washington, Pamela Rose, Wally Schnalle, Mary Wilson, Keely Smith, Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier. Appeared at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Beijing Conservatory, Davies Symphony Hall, Stern Grove, SFJAZZ Center, Yoshi’s, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Theatre Works. Taught at UC Berkeley, Redwood High, Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, Jazz Camp West and Blue Bear School of Music.


Seward McCain (bass)

Toured with Vince Guaraldi, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Mark Murphy, Diane Schuur, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral. Performed with Ernie Watts, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Barron, Herb Ellis, Jack Sheldon, Richie Cole, Tom Harrell, and Marshall Otwell. Currently with the Dick Hindman Trio with Colin Bailey on drums. Also on faculty of Stanford University.



Paul Mehling (Guitar)

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.


Susan Muscarella (piano)

PhD in Musicology, University of Évora, Portugal. BA in Music Composition, UC Berkeley. 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.


Erika Oba (piano, flute)

M.A. in Music Composition, Mills College, B.M. in Jazz Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory. Composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the East Bay. Member of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, the Mara Performance Collective, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, and the Oba/ Bastian duo.

Carl Oser (voice)

Magna cum laude graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music (BA Jazz Voice). Studies with Russell Ferrante, John Daversa, and Peter Horvath. Former visiting professor, Universidad San
Francisco de Quito (Quito, Ecuador).



Anthony Paule (guitar)

A.A. Degree from CCSF. Has toured and/or recorded with Maria Muldaur, Boz Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Barbara Lynn, Earl King, Big Jay McNeely, Johnny Adams and many others. Released three solo albums, “Big Guitar” and “Hiding In Plain Sight” and “You Don’t Know Nothing” the latter with soul singer Frank Bey. Has performed at festivals including Monterey Jazz, Umbria Jazz, San Francisco Blues, Mississippi Valley Blues, Du Maurier Jazz, Waterfront Blues, S.F. Jazz, Atlanta Olympic Games.



Ricardo Peixoto (guitar) 

Native of Rio de Janeiro, graduated from Berklee College of Music, studied with Pat Metheny. Also studied classical guitar with George Sakellariou at SF Conservatory. Adventure Music recording artist, composer, arranger, has performed nationally and internationally with Claudia Villela, Terra Sul, Carlos Oliveira, Airto, Flora Purim, Guinga, Dori Caymmi, Bud Shank, Dom Um Romão, Claudio Roditi.


Debbie Poryes (piano)

National and international performing artist including Yoshi’s, Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Bim House and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, New Morning in Paris, Quasimodo in Berlin, released several albums as a leader, studied at UC Berkeley and Hilversum Conservatory in the Netherlands: has a teaching credential in Jazz Studies, Netherlands; was a tenured faculty member for 7 years in 2 Dutch music conservatories, Hilversum and Arnhem; toured with John Clayton Big Band; 30 years private instruction in jazz piano and jazz/classical theory.



Joyce Pricco (voice)

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.


Jackie Rago (percussion)

B.A. music and arts institute of SF, artistic and musical director of the Venezuelan Music Project and a founding member of the VNote Ensemble (formerly The Snake Trio) bands which she travels and performs with in an ongoing basis. She was also a founding member of Altazor (Nueva Canción ensemble), Wild Mango (world beat music), Keith Terry & Crosspulse (world percussion) and Trio Altamira (contemporary Latin American music).



Matt Renzi (saxophone)

M.A in composition, SFSU; B.A in music performance, Berklee College of Music. Performed/ recorded with Marc Johnson, Bobo Stenson, Eddie Marshall, Bob Moses, Michael Formanek, Tony Scott, Dennis Erwin, Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Alessi, and the Berlin Philharmanic Quintet.


Glenn Richman (bass)

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.



David Rokeach (percussion)

Performed/recorded with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls, Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy, Charlie Musselwhite, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Melvin Seals, The Family Stone Experience, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Paula West, Marcos Silva, Alison Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider and many more.


Pamela Rose (voice)

B.A., UC Berkeley. Jazz and blues vocalist, songwriter, recording artist. Recent performances include Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ, Grammy Foundation, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Cal Performances. Featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Her latest project “Wild Women of Song” (highlighting the work of women jazz and blues songwriters) has Rose touring, speaking and performing at universities and performing arts centers nation-wide, and resulted in the publication of a book on the topic.



Stephen Saxon (voice, improvisation)

Studied with Kirby Shaw, Phil Mattson, Kathy Hudnall, Bobby McFerrin and was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for two seasons.  He has performed and / or recorded with SF Symphony (soloist), Chanticleer, Kitka, KlezX, The Klezmorim, Kelly Park Big Band, American Conservatory Theater, Chet Baker, Michael Brecker, Richie Cole, Shlomo Carlebach, Jose Feliciano, David Grisman, Dave Gruisin, James Horner, Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, Dudley Moore, Barbara Morrison, Amenata Moseka (Abby Lincoln), Mark Murphy, Gunther Schuller, Buddy Tate, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mal Waldron, John Williams, Andy Williams, Frank Zappa, and others.


Dave Len Scott (trumpet)

M.A. in Trumpet Performance, U. of Northern Colorado; B.A. in Instrumental Music, U. of Michigan. National performing and recording artist, jazz, classical idioms.  Performs with: Glide Memorial Church Change Band; Brass Monkey Brass Band; TRUMPETSUPERGROUP (founder); Dave Scott Jazz Quartet. Currently adjunct faculty at: Sonoma State University (Instructor of Trumpet); Berkeley City College (Humanities Dept Jazz History); and San Francisco State University (Brass Methods, Jazz Arranging).



Ellen Seeling (trumpet)

B.Mus. in Jazz Studies, Indiana U. Composer, arranger and recording artist. Founder and Director, Montclair Women’s Big Band; featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR and Grammy Foundation; performed with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Joe Cocker, Ray Barretto, Patti LaBelle; consultant, San Francisco Arts Commission.


Rumen Shopov (percussion)

A Turkish Rom (“Gypsy”) from Bulgaria, Rumen Shopov is a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer, dancer, and recording artist specializing in traditional and contemporary Balkan and Romani music. Rumen has performed and taught Balkan and Romani music throughout Eastern and Western Europe and North and South America. He has performed alongside Balkan music legends Yuri Yunakov, Teodossi Spassov, Ismail Lumanovski, and many others.



Marcos Silva (piano)

Adviser, 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.



Adam Starkopf (drums) 
B.F.A. Jazz Performance the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music NYC. Works as musical accompanist with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and ODC. Adam also co-leads 8 piece horn band Brass Magic.

Ben Stolorow (piano)

B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley; Recipient, Hertz Traveling Fellowship from Berkeley to study jazz piano privately and at the Manhattan School of Music; studied in New York with Fred Hersch, Stanley Cowell, James Williams, and David Hazeltine; performed with Akira Tana, Craig Handy, Lorca Hart, Nasheet Waits, Danya Stephens, Andrew Speight, Vince Lateano, Bob Kenmotsu, Noel Jewkes, Michael O’Neill, and vocalist Kenny Washington; Also studied classical piano and the Taubman Technique.



Marc van Wageningen (electric bass)
San Francisco Bay Area 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 Muziekon Patois Records.


Jeanne Walpole (piano)

M.A. in Music Theory, San Francisco State U.; M.A. Studies in Piano Manhattan School of Music; B.A., Smith College: studied with Dick Hindman 1990–2003; Pianist, Nordstrom.


Katherine Westine (piano)

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.


Patrick Wolff (saxophone)

Originally from New York, Wolff studied with Frank Foster, Barry Harris, Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, and completed a Bachelors degree at New York University. He has led bands in the jazz idiom for 11 years, released 4 albums as a leader, and worked as a sideman in the jazz world (Shane Endsley, Matt Wilson, Tootie Heath, and others) and across a wide range of styles including afrobeat/highlife music and avant garde rock. He has been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 16 consecutive years, Jazz Camp West for 3 years, and has been a guest teacher at the Brubeck Institute, Stanford University, and numerous high schools and colleges. He hosts a weekly show on KCSM 91.1 FM (“Have you Heard) exploring the work of emerging and underrated jazz artists.


Winslow Yerxa (harmonica)

Author of Harmonica for Dummies, advice columnist at Bluesharmonica.com, and past president of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. Over 30 years experience in a wide variety of styles. Has performed with Paula West, Muddy Waters, San Francisco Harmonica Ensemble and Tuula Tossavainen.



Michael Zilber (saxophone)

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.






JCMS Fall Catalog
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