California Jazz Conservatory Faculty


California Jazz Conservatory Faculty

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.

Faculty Rankings

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

Adjunct Professor: Resident faculty holding the minimum of a Master’s degree or demonstrating the equivalent. Widely recognized performers and/or academicians in the field of jazz who teach on occasion.

Instructor: Resident faculty holding the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or demonstrating the equivalent. Widely recognized performers and/or academicians in the field of jazz 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 class- room 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.


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; 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.

William R. Aron / Woodwinds  (Associate Professor, part-time)
M.M in Performance, San Francisco State, 1982; B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley, 1979. 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.

Doug Beavers / Trombone, Composition (Adjunct Professor)
MA in Composition, Manhattan School of Music, 2002; BA in Music, California State University, Hayward, 2000. Grammy award-winner (Eddie Palmieri Listen Here); four-time Grammy nominee; Founding Director, Harlem School of Urban Music, New York. Performed, arranged, and/or recorded with Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Tipica ’73, Africando, The Mambo Legends, Paul Simon, Ruben Blades, Mingus Big Band, Rosemary Clooney, and others. Clinician/masterclasses at Stanford University, CSU East Bay and Los Medanos College. Annual residency at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogotá, Colombia.

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.

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.

John Calloway / Flute, Piano (Visiting Professor, on occasion)
PhD in International and Multi-Cultural Education, 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 Francisco State U.; clinician, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West; program coordinator, Plaza Cuba.

Danny Caron / Guitar (Adjunct Professor, part-time)
BA in English and Music, Oberlin College; graduate of Howard Roberts’ Guitar Institute, Los Angeles. Studied with Joe Diorio, Ron Eschete and Pat Martino among others. International touring and recording artist; music director and guitarist for the late Charles Brown for over a decade. Performed with legends including Van Morrisson, Bonnie Raitt, Dr John, John Clayton and Teddy Edwards. Guitarist on 2 Grammy Award-winning records, “I’m Here” with Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, and “Don’t Look Back”, with Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker. Faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory since its inception in 1997.

Maye Cavallaro / Voice (Associate Professor)
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; faculty, Jazzschool since 2002, private coaching, 30 years; producer, 10 recordings; producer, 25 concerts and instructor/mentor for Jazzschool concert series; bandleader, performing artist, recording artist; awarded Best of the Year in Jazz by the San Francisco Chronicle; visiting clinician, St. John’s U.; graphic artist, web designer.

Matt Clark / Piano / Accompanist (Instructor, part-time)
BFA in Jazz Studies from the Oberlin Conservatory 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.

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 Stanford 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.

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.

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.

Taylor Eigsti / Piano (Visiting Professor, on occasion)
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.

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.

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.

Bill Evans / Banjo (Associate Professor, part-time)
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.

Mimi Fox / Guitar (Associate Professor, 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.

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, management, publishing, production and recording 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.

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.

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 (Visiting professor, on occasion)
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.

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.

Peter Horvath / Piano (Instructor, part-time)
MA, Berklee College of Music; Bela Bartok 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; arranged and recorded for Aretha Franklin.

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.

Philippa Kelly, PhD / Chair, English Department (Full Professor, part-time)
Felllowships include Fulbright, Rockerfeller, Walter and Eliza Hall, at the University of Queensland, Oxford University, UC Berkeley, University of New South Wales. UNSW Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America Bly Award for Innovation in Dramaturgy.  Resident Dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theater and Dramaturg/Enrichment Officer for the Napa Shakespeare Festival; Professor in Dramaturgy at UC Berkeley TDPS and now Adjunct Professor in Renaissance Literature at UC Berkeley Osher Insititute, including a teaching affiliation with the new Berkeley Art Museum in April 2016; Professorial instructor for university women in Saudi Arabia. Has published 12 books, 70 articles.

Alam Khan / North Indian Sarode (Instructor, part-time)
International performing artist and son of the legendary sarode maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Instructor of advanced instrumental and vocal classes at the Ali Akbar College of Music. Trained at the Maihar Senia Gharana and under the mentorship of has father, Khan has toured worldwide both as an accompanist and leader and has established himself as Ali Akbar Khan’s true heir and the face of a new generation of sarode players. He has performed with India’s tabla masters Swapan Chaudhuri, Zakir Hussain and Anindo Chatterjee, and with a wide array of artists from different genres such as Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Christopher Hedge, Homayoun Sakhi, underground hip-hop legend Eligh and electronic musicians Amplive and Janaka Selekta. He was recently in the film “Play Like a Lion,” which tells the story of his musical journey, as well as his father’s.

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.

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.

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.

Jason Levis / Drums, Composition (Full Professor, part-time)
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. Through these avenues he has produced, composed and arranged for, performed in, and released over two-dozen records, bridging a multitude of musical styles. He is an active performer on the drum set in both art and popular music settings and has extensive national and international performance experience.

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.

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.

Aaron Mobley / Composition & Theory (Full Professor, part-time)
DMA in Composition, University of Arizona; MM in Composition/Theory, Carnegie Mellon University; B Mus. in Composition/Theory, Southern Methodist University. Aaron Mobley is a composer/pianist and the Head of Music Studies at Berkeley City College in addition to his role as faculty and author in musicology/theory with the American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona. Recipient of several distinguishing awards including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and a software research associate’s award in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. Dr. Mobley’s electro-acoustic compositions appear on the Architects & Heroes | Digital Art Collective label and have been featured in concert, film, dance, and art installations.


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)

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.

Joyce Pricco / Voice (Associate Professor, part-time)
Master of Music. Music Education, Boston University; Bachelor of Music, Music Education-Voice, San Francisco State University; Certificate of Completion, Multimedia Studies, Diablo Valley College. Bay Area freelance musician, 20+ years in venues throughout the Bay Area; private instruction since 1978; instructor at Diablo Valley College and Bradley School of Music; music director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

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 nationally and internationally. Composer and arranger with HCSF, Turtle Island Quartet, Quartet 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.

Glenn Richman / Bass (Associate Professor, part-time)
Mannes School of Music (1 yr); Berklee College of Music (2 yrs). Advisor, JCMS 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Workshop; Clinician, Brubeck Institute; performer, composer and recording artist; headliner, Blue Note NYC), Yoshi’s (SF), Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Blues Alley (DC), SF Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival; guest soloist, Boston Pops. Last two CDs had long Top 10 runs on jazz radio.

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.

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.

Edward Simon / Piano (Artist in Residence)
Pianist Edward Simon is a McDowell and Guggenheim Fellow, international performing artist and educator. He has served on the faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, the City College of New York and the University of the Arts and currently teaches piano and improvisation at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Mr. Simon has taught master classes and clinics at music conservatories and universities around the world. He has twice earned the Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education from the International Association for Jazz Education (1999, 2004), has been a member of SF Jazz Collective since 2010 and is currently a member of the Ninety Miles ensemble lead by Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Nicholas Payton. Mr. Simon is a Yamaha Artist.

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.

Akira Tana / Drums (Adjunct Professor, part-time)
BM in Percussion, New England Conservatory, 1979; BA in East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 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.

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. Marketing Director, California Jazz Conservatory Inc.; Marketing & Operations 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 Performing Arts, Seydways Acting Studio and John Howard Swain.

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)
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 Muziek on Patois Records.

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)
PhD in Composition, NYU; MM in Composition, Tufts U.; B Mus. in Composition, New ngland Conservatory. National and international performing and recording artist, composer, arranger, educator; performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Dave Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Bob Berg, Eddie Henderson, Fareed Haque, Geoffrey Keezer, Donald Harrison, John Handy, Dave Douglas, Rachel Z, James Genus, Narada Michael Walden, Barry Finnerty, Steve Smith and Bruce Barth.

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.