California Jazz Conservatory Faculty


California Jazz Conservatory Faculty


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.


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

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

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

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

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


Saul Sierra Alonso / Double and Electric Bass (Adjunct Professor, part-time)
Berklee College of Music, Boston Mass. — Professional Diploma, Magna Cum Laude, Music Performance, 1999; “U.S. Scholarship Tour” Award, Berklee College of Music, 1995; ”Outstanding Performer” Award, Berklee College of Music, 1999; Lecturer Jazz Faculty / Latin Jazz Ensemble, California State University East Bay, Music Department; Bass Faculty; San Jose Summer Jazz Camp; Lecturer / Latin Bass Faculty, Jazz Camp West, La Honda CA ; Adventures in Music Program by the San Francisco Symphony Education Department; YANC , Young Audiences of Northern California, music education programs for elementary schools; Private Bass Instructor, Santa Clara University; International Touring and Performing Artist.

Amikaeyla / Voice (Associate Professor, part-time)
M.S. Educational Psychology and Music Therapy, Berne University, St. Kitts & Nevis; B.S. Neuroscience, Wesleyan University, CT. Winner of eight Washington Area Music Association Awards, including Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Urban Contemporary Vocalist, & Best World Music Vocalist. Cultural Arts Ambassador for the State Department. Founder and Executive Director for The International Cultural Arts and Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI). Performed and studied with Melody Gardot, 2Baba, Salif Keita, Richard Bona, Jean Paul Samputu, Take 6, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Baba Olutunji, Mickey Hart, Amiri Baraka, Gil Scot Heron, Esperanza Spalding, Sheila E, Goapele, Ritchie Havens, Bobi Cespedes, and many more. Tours internationally as a professional instructor, vocal producer, composer, and arranger.

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 and Mark Murphy. Professor, Vocal Jazz Studies, KUG U., Graz, Austria 2002-2006); International performing and recording artist with releases on Nabel Records, Germany; Yamaha Records, Japan; and Origin Records, USA. Owner of Intrinsic
Music Record Co. Clinician, adjudicator and curriculum development for CJC Vocal Program. Co-teaches annual summer Vocal Jazz Intensive with Theo Bleckmann. Performed and/or recorded with George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Richie Beirach, Pony Poindexter, Joe Henderson, Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy. Bandleader of Foreign Affair Band and The American Dreams Band. Has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings including “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” — The music of Joni Mitchell (Origin Records, 2014), and “Varuna” with Richie Beirach (Origin Records, 2015), with reviews in Downbeat, JazzTimes, AllAboutJazz, KQED Arts and more.

Theo Bleckmann / Voice (Visiting Artist, on Occasion)
GRAMMY® nominated and ECM- recording artist and educator Theo Bleckmann has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Philip Glass, Ben Monder, 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, he is also an adjunct at New York University, The New School and Queens College in NYC. He has taught workshops and master classes worldwide including Princeton University, CalArts, Monash University in Melbourne, JIB in Berlin and Siena Jazz, Italy.

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, Pharoah Sanders, Zakir Hussain, Steve Lacy, Anthony Davis and the San Francisco Symphony. Dr. 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 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Music from the University of Oregon in 2017. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, an adviser and consultant for The Exploratorium, and previously was Curator of American Musical Culture and the Founding 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. He has contributed chapters to “John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom” (Oxford U. Press), “The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington” (Cambridge U. Press), and his book, “GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME! The Development of Modern Jazz Drumming” is forthcoming on California Jazz Conservatory Press. 

Terry Buehler / Physics
 (Associate Professor, part-time)
Graduate studies in Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley; BSME in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Lecturer, lab and discussion instructor, and lab manager with the Physics Department at University of California, Berkeley for 20+ years. Has taught Physics and Music since 2012

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 (Adjunct Professor, 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.

Gerald Cleaver / Drums*
Chair, Drum Department
 (Full Professor, full-time)
B.A. Music Education, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor Jazz Studies, University of Michigan;
jazz faculty member Michigan State University; awarded a Jazz Study Grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, to study with drummer Victor Lewis. Worked with Rodney Whitaker, A. Spencer Barefield, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Wendell Harrison, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Cecil Bridgewater, Ray Bryant, Eddie Harris, Dennis Rowland, Howard Johnson, Diana Krall, and Don Byron. Toured and/or recorded with Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Lotte Anker, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Mario Pavone, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, Ellery Eskelin, David Torn, Miroslav Vitous, Terje Rypdal, Michael Formanek, Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, Benny Golson and Tomasz Stanko, among others.

*Gerald Cleaver is the recipient of the JAM Distinguished Professorship at the California Jazz Conservatory, established by Jennifer A. Maxwell.

Jeff Denson / Double and
 Electric Bass / 
Dean of Instruction
 / Chair, Bass Department 
( 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.

Angie Doctor / Voice 
(Associate Professor, part-time)
B.A. In Music Performance, Gonzaga University. Studied with Phil Mattson, Terry Summa and Tim Smith. 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, Vocal Jazz Choir and Solo Jazz Lab with Melecio Magdaluyo at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School. 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 and Billy Paul. Founding member and lead singer for Clockwork, currently The Girl in The Bobs, and member of the female vocal quartet, Montage.

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 Conservatory, Austria; and Musician’s Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.

Ian Faquini / Guitar
 (Instructor, part-time)
B.M. in Jazz Studies, California Jazz Conservatory (in progress). Composer, guitarist, vocalist and arranger, specializing in the music from his native country, Brazil. Has performed and/
or recorded nationally and internationally with Guinga, Spok, Paula Santoro, Rafael Barata, Vitor Gonçalves, Moyseis Marques, Clarice Assad, Jean Charnaux, Túlio Araújo, Marcos Silva, Harvey Wainapel, Jeff Cressman, Sandy Cressman, Almir Côrtes, and Scott Thompson, among others. Ian teaches at the renowned California Brazil Camp and has also presented many workshops throughout the United States and Brazil.

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 attorney. 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, and television. A partial listing of his clients, past and present, includes !!!, Dave Binney, Don Byron, Rob Burger, Jim Campilongo, Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Horvitz, Tucker Martine, Kate McGarry, Myra Melford, Chuck Prophet, Mick Rossi, RBL Posse, Edward Simon, Tin Hat, Turtle Island String Quartet, Laura Viers and Cuong Vu. He may be reached at

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 arrang- ing. 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.

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)
MA in Composition, SF Conservatory of Music; B Mus. in Trumpet, Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Toured with John Mayer, Illinois Jacquet and Galactic. Arranged for SF Symphony, Madeline Peyroux, Ani DiFranco, Jackie Ryan and others; leader of the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, recorded six CDs under his own name for Fresh Sound, Wide Hive, OA2 and his own Jekab’s Music label. Composed for film and dance projects as well.

Philippa Kelly / Literature;
Chair, English Department 
(Full Professor, part-time)
PhD, University of Queensland, 1987; BA Hons (1), 1982, University of Queensland. Commonwealth Scholar (Oxford); Walter and Eliza Hall Scholar (Oxford); Fulbright Senior Fellow (UC Berkeley), Rockerfeller Fellow (Bellagio), Senior Common Room Fellow (Oxford). Additional University Fellowships awarded by University of New South Wales, Australian National University, University of Sydney. Australian Research Council Large Grant Awardee (ARC). Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching (University of New South Wales) and Bly Award for Innovation
in Dramaturgy (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas). Resident Dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theater, Professor in Dramaturgy and Adjunct Professor in Renaissance Literature at UC Berkeley (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute); professor at San Francisco State University. Professorial instructor for university women in Saudi Arabia, Panel Chair for Australia’s Endeavour Commonwealth Government grant system. Has published 12 books, 70 articles.

Alam Khan / North Indian Sarode (Adjunct Professor, 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.

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 col- laborator 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 set- tings and has extensive national and international performance experience

Frank Martin / Piano, Keyboards (Associate 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.

Kate McGarry / Voice (Associate Professor, part-time)
B.A. Afro American Music and
Jazz, University of Massachusetts
at Amherst; Recorded 7 critically acclaimed CDs; recipient of GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Vocal CD (2008, 2018); toured and recorded with Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, Billy Childs, Luciana Souza, Theo Bleckmann and Tony Winner Jason Robert Brown. Served as a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and as a Jazz Arts faculty member at The Manhattan School of Music. 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist; featured on National Public Radio’s “Jazz Set” with DeeDee Bridgwater, “Piano Jazz” with Marion McPartland and “All Things Considered.”

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.

Tony Miceli / Vibraphone (Adjunct Professor, part-time)
BFA from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (Now the University of the Arts) Has performed with David Friedman, Joe Magnarelli, Elio Villafranca, Larry Mckenna, MONKadelphia, The Jost Project and countless other Philadelphia and New York Musicians as well as around the world. Tony has been performing around the world since the 1990s, highlights include Daegu Jazz Fest in Daegu, Korea, Limerick Jazz Festival in Limerick Ireland, International Perc. Fest in General Roca, Argentina, Percussive Arts Society International Perc. Festival in Montesilvano/Pescara, International Vibes Festival in Bucharest, Romania and many, many more. He runs and through that also does countless workshops around the world. He is a member of Team Omega and endorses the Malletech Omega and Alternate Mode’s Malletkat. He is currently a Fulbright Specialist.

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 | A Digital Art Collective label and have been featured in concert, film, dance, and art installations.

Hafez Modirzadeh / Theory, Saxophone 
(Full 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 per- forming/recording artist and educa- tor, 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
 / President, CJC
 (Full Professor, part-time)
PhD in Musicology, University of Évora, Portugal. BA in Music Composition,
UC Berkeley. Founding President, CJC, Inc.; Director, UC Jazz Ensembles 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; former member of the Board of Directors, Chamber Music America; recipient of the 2018 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award; panelist at the 2019 Jazz Congress.

Reto Peter / Audio Production Co-Chair Audio Production Department
 (Full Professor, part-time)
Sound engineer and music producer music for 20 years at prestigious stu- dios in Boston, New York, Switzerland and the San Francisco Bay Area. Reto earned a Bachelor Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he focused on Music Production and Engineering. He has been part of multi-platinum albums including Green Day, The Counting Crows, Flipsyde, Mickey Hart and many chart-topping artists from his native Switzerland. In 2011, he joined the faculty at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco, to assist with curriculum development and teach advanced recording and mixing techniques.

Romain Pilon / Guitar
 (Visiting Professor, on occasion)
B.M. in Performance from Berklee College of Music. Internationally- renowned touring guitarist and com- poser. Has recorded numerous albums as leader and co-leader; recordings feature Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Seamus Blake, Matt Brewer and Pierre de Bethmann, among others. Opened for Pat Metheny; performs in festivals throughout Europe and US. Has given masterclasses in France, US, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Japan, German and Malta.

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.

Brian Rice / Percussion
 (Associate Professor, part-time) Co-chair, Brazilian Jazz Studies Department
B.M. in Percussion and Ethnomusicology, Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Acclaimed international performer/clinician, and recording artist adept at both Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussion among others. Lecturer at UC Davis teaching Samba Bateria, and teaches performance labs for the Music of Brazil lecture at UC Berkeley. Brian has performed and/or recorded with Mike Marshall, Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Clarice Assad, Paulo Sergio Santos, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia, Chico Pinheiro, Alessandro Penezzi, Jorge Alabe, Almir Côrtes, João Paulo Amaral and Rogerio Souza. Brian is the co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro and the founder and director of Samba Seattle, and AfroCuban Folkloric Collective in Seattle. Clinician at Oberlin, Cantareira College (São Paulo) and University of Campinas, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Stanford University, Southern Oregon University, University of Washington, Indiana University, Queens College and others.

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

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 CJC, 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, Batacumbele, 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., as well as through- out 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.

Marcos Silva / Piano
 (Associate Professor, part-time) Co-chair, Brazilian Jazz Studies Department
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
 (Associate Professor, part-time)
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.

Chris Sullivan / Saxophone 
(Full Professor, part-time)
DMA, University of Southern California (Jazz Studies/Music Teaching and Learning); MM, William Paterson University (Jazz Performance); BM, California Jazz Conservatory (Jazz Studies). Saxophonist, educator, com- poser, and recording artist from the
Bay Area. Teaching assistant to USC director, Bob Mintzer; led courses in improvisation and composition, directed small and large ensembles, and taught private lessons in the Thornton School of Music. Extensive work as a studio musician, appearing on several albums in circulation, including Michael Buble’s 2018 release, “Love.” Primary teach-
ers include Bob Mintzer, Roy McCurdy, Vincent Herring, Rich Perry, Bill Charlap, Dann Zinn, and Dayna Stephens. Maintains an active performance and teaching schedule between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

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, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; Marketing and Development Coordinator, Living Jazz; Digital Marketing Manager, California Jazz Conservatory; Marketing and Publicity Director, Patois Records; Managing Director, Ridgeway Arts; 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.

Scott Thompson / Bass
 (Instructor, part-time)
B.M. In Jazz Studies, California Jazz Conservatory in progress. National and international performing and recording artist. Has performed/recorded with Chico Pinheiro, The Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief, Cesar Carmago Mariano, Helio Alves, Thomas Pridgen, E-40, Too $hort, Kiko Freitas, Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live), Marcos Silva, Toninho Horta, Urban Punk, Latoya London (American Idol), Spok, Oakadelic, Jovino Santos Neto, Rafael Vernet, Tiago Costa, Dani Gurgel, Deborah Gurgel, Thiago Rabello, Mauricio Zottarelli, Rafael Barata, Vitor Gonçalves, Mark Levine, Ian Faquini, Paula Santoro, Claudia Villela, Frank Martin, Jeff Buenz, Harvey Wainapel, Jeff Cressman, Sandy Cressman,
and Tulio Araujo, among others.
Has taught at Festival Instrumental
de Teresina in Brazil, Helsinki Music Centre in Finland, California Brazil Camp, Jazz Camp West, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, Stanley Middle School, private lessons, workshops, ensembles, master classes, among others.

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 recordings “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

Katherine Westine / Piano (Associate Professor, part-time)
Post-graduate studies in Early Music, Norddeutsche Orgelakademie, Bremen, Germany; MA in Organ Performance, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco; BA 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 England 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.