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)
Studied at Mt. Hood College and Cal State Long Beach. Student of Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy; Professor, Vocal Jazz Studies, KUG U., Graz, Austria; International performing and recording artist with releases on Nabel Records, Germany; Yamaha Records, Japan, Origin Records, USA and owner of Intrinsic Music Records Co. Clinician, adjudicator, curriculum development for CJC Vocal Program; Co-teaches yearly vocal intensive with Theo Bleckmann. Performed and/or recorded with George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Richie Beirach, Pony Poindexter, Joe Henderson, Sheila Jordan,Mark Murphy; bandleader of Foreign Affair Band and The American Dreams Band. Released Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light — The music of Joni Mitchell, on Origin Records. Voted “best of” 2014 in Downbeat Magazine. laurieantonioli.com
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. joebagale.com
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.
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.
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. musicandela.com
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. dannycaron.com
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. teachingjazz.com
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 1/17). Co-bandleader, Andrea Claburn/Jua Howard Group. Awarded the CA Jazz Conservatory’s Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship (2010). Classically trained in piano and violin. Extensive experience as an instructor of vocal technique, performance, improvisation, and musicianship. Studied with Suzanne Pittson, Sandy Cressman, Laurie Antonioli, Raz Kennedy.
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. cressmanmusic.com
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. rachelefron.com
Cecilia Engelhart (voice)
Education: San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes College of Music. Has performed/recorded with a wide range of artists including: RubenBlades, 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.
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. robewingmusic.com
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.
Raffi Garabedian (saxophone)
B.F.A. in Jazz Performance, The New School, NYC. Performs with Brass Magic, Raffi Garabedian Blues Band, and many others. Studies with Dann Zinn, Dayna Stephens, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby, Chris Cheek, Ben Street, & Bill McHenry.
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.”
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. jazzdrumming.com
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. charleshamilton.net
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.
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. peterhorvath.com
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. erikjekabson.com
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.
Lilan Kane (voice)
B.M. Music Business and Management, Berklee College of Music (voice principal); faculty San Domenico School (Chorus, Rock Band, Songwriting); Founder of Own The Mic Summer Singing Camp; private vocal coach 12 years; Bandleader of Hella Fitzgerald; recording and performing artist; Featured performer at New Orleans French Quarter Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Novato Art & Wine Festival, San Jose Winter Jazz Fest, Great American Music Hall, Sweetwater Music Hall, The Mint LA, the Whisky A Go-Go, among others. She has opened for Hall & Oates, Sharon Jones, Trombone Shorty, and Morgan James. lilankane.com
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.
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.
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.
Azure McCall (voice)
Performed with Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Frank Morgan, and Dizzy Gillespie. Many years of performance experience in Hawaii and on jazz cruises.
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.
Daniel Parenti (bass)
Performance experience with many jazz legends including Rosemary Clooney, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton. Has released six full-length original albums under his own name. Has performed with many well-known Bay Area artists including Tommy Igoe, Billy Johnson (Santana), Frank Martin (Narada Michael Walden), Joel Smith (Walter Hawkins) and Lorn Leber (Jerry Garcia Band).
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. anthonypaule.com
Clif Payne (voice)
Evershift recording artist, international concert vocalist,and vocal coach. Studied jazz improvisation and performance with legendary jazz educator David Baker at Indiana University in Bloomington and studied vocal technique with Seth Riggs associates Chip Hand and Roger Burnley in Los Angeles. Discovered by Bobby McFerrin, Clif has performed or recorded with Freda Payne, Bobby McFerrin, Bill Champlain, Lenny Williams and Evelyn “Champagne” King and has opened in concert for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick. Clif also teaches voice at the Castro Valley School of Music. clifpayne.org
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.
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). jackelinerago.com
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. glennrichman.com
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. pamelarose.com
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). davescott.org
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.
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.
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.
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.