CJC Degree Programs
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. www.amandaaddleman.com
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
Bill Aron (saxophone)
M.M. in Performance, SF State; B.A. in Music UC Berkeley. Professional musician and music educator for 46 years; specializing in classical saxophone playing with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet and San Francisco Symphony among others.
Joe Bagale (multi-instrumentalist)
Has produced three albums under his own name and over 90 commissioned tracks for YouTube’s audio library. Performance credits include Stevie Wonder, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Roy Ayers, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Schools, Mike Gordon, Martin Luther, Gift of Gab, Lyrics Born, DJ Qbert and many more. 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.
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; B.A. (High Honors, Humanities) University of California at Berkeley. Producer/arranger, composer for album Nightshade (released Jan 2017). Co-bandleader, Andrea Claburn/Jua Howard Group. Awarded the CA Jazz Conservatory’s Mark Murphy Vocal Scholarship (2010). Classically trained in piano and violin. Extensive experience as an instructor of vocal technique, performance, improvisation, and musicianship. Private instruction faculty, CJC degree program (2015-present). 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. Cressman has performed and recorded with Jovino Santos Neto, Marcos Silva, Weber Iago, Antonio Adolfo, and SpokFrevo. 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 Jazzanova 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: Ruben Blades, Theo Bleckmann, Willie Colon, Santi Debriano, Paquito D’Rivera, Rinde Eckert, Tania Libertad, Meredith Monk, Oscar Castro Neves, Mario Rivera, Michael Spiro, Keith Terry, Tamba Trio, Wayne Wallace etc. As composer and arranger with “Tanaora”, “Free Dive” and “Trio 3”. Classical performance includes SF Symphony Chorus,“Conjunto Nuevo Mundo” early music ensemble.
Steve Erquiaga (guitar)
National and international recording and performing artist; has performed at Montreux Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival; performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, John Handy, David Byrne, Turtle Island String Quartet, Maria Schneider and Andy Narell; 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. www.jazzgarden.com
Rob Ewing (trombone)
Jazzschool Community Music School Director. Jazzschool Summer Youth Program Director. B.A., Naropa U.; 2 years, Berklee College of Music. Leader of Disappear Incompletely — The Radiohead Project. Performances with STS9, Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Vinny Golia, Latin Giants of Jazz, Ray Vega, Wayne Wallace, Graham Connah, Joe Bagale, The Barr Brothers, Les Gwan Jupons, John Schott’s Typical Orchestra, Jazz Mafia Symphony, Oakland Active Orchestra, Half of Half, Leslie Helpert, Rebecca Griffin, Naytronix.
Jean Fineberg (saxophone, flute)
M.Ed. in Secondary Education, B.S. in Science; B.A. in Arts & Sciences, Pennsylvania State Univ. Founder, leader of Deuce, Saxophunk, The Party Monsters and JAZZphoria. Assistant Director and principal composer for The Montclair Women’s Big Band; toured and recorded with Melba Liston, David Bowie, Laura Nyro, Chic, Sister Sledge; prior Consultant, San Francisco Arts Commission; NEA Jazz Fellow; recipient of SF Friends of Chamber Music composition award, ASCAP music composition awards and several Meet The Composer grants; featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz radio show. Served as composer in residence at Ucross Foundation for the Arts (WY), Anderson Center for the Arts (MN), The Studios of Key West (FL) and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY.) www.jeanfineberg.com
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. raffigarabedianmusic.com
Alan Hall (drums)
Advisor/Associate Professor CJC Drum Program. former assistant professor at Berklee College of Music; lecturer at Cal State University East Bay; clinician; author; band leader composer for original sextet: Ratatet. Performed and/or recorded with Geoffrey Keezer, Ed Simon, Russell Ferante, Art Lande, Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Eddie Harris, Bruce Williamson, Rebecca Paris, Kai Eckhardt, Jimmy Haslip, Stuart Hamm; artist endorsement with Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Accessories and Brooks Drums 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.
Steve Hogan (bass guitar, vocal percussion)
BA U.C. Berkeley. Multi-Instrumentalist. Toured/ performed/recorded with Goapele, Zion I, The Coup, Will Bernard, Hugh Masekela, Dave Chappelle, DJ Fuze, Thomas Pridgen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Raul Midón, Chuchito Valdez, Roberto Carcasses, Balawan, Faye Carol, Tuck and Patti, Linda Tillery, Keith Terry, Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Performed at Kennedy Center, SFJazz, Stern Grove, Hollywood Bowl, The Fillmore, Bali Arts Festival, Gunung Jazz Festival (Java). Founding member of Bay Area groups O-Maya, AguaLibre, Slammin All Body Band. Currently performs locally with Josh Jones Latin Ensemble, Keith Terry’s Free Dive, and primary project fusion group The Hogan Brothers, with brothers Colin 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)
Erik Jekabson is a trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator. He is equally busy playing, composing and arranging and teaching. His own groups include the Erik Jekabson Quintet, the String-tet, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. He has arranged and been commissioned to write for a variety of different projects, including for the San Francisco Symphony with Mark Inouye, Madeleine Peyroux, Jane Krakowski, Ani DiFranco, Madeline Eastman, and many others. He also teaches a wide variety of students and runs the Young Musicians Program at the California Jazz Conservatory. erikjekabson.com
Darren Johnston (trumpet)
B.A. jazz performance – Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, MA composition – Mills College. Adjunct trumpet/jazz professor at UC Berkeley, private instructor at SF Community Music Center, Stanford Jazz Workshop. Performed/recorded with Fred Frith, Marcus Shelby, Myra Melford, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Meklit Hadero, and many others. Has led United Brassworker’s Front, Nice Guy Trio, Darren Johnston Quintet (featuring Ben Goldberg and Sheldon Brown), Trans-Global People’s Chorus, Broken Shadows, and others. darrenjohnstonmusic.com
Jennifer Jolly (keyboards)
B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist (congas, flute, steel drums, melodica), vocalist, composer, co-bandleader, accompanist, educator (North American roots music, Caribbean, African, improvisation). Specialties include New Orleans R&B, blues, boogie-woogie, R&B, funk, rock, country, groove/jam, Jamaican, and sub-Saharan African music styles. Co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons (eclectic original North American roots/world groove music). Also currently performing with Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, The Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, and accompanying churches and choruses. Previous performance credits include Hot Links, Phil Lesh. Faculty instructor at the CJC, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, and private studio. https://www.sonicbids.com/band/jollygibsons/
Pamela Joy (voice)
Performed and recorded with some of the West Coast’s finest jazz musicians including pianists Mike Greensill, Art Khu, Ken Muir, John Mackay, Dana Atherton and Dr. Dee Spencer; bass players John Wiitala, Ruth Davies, Daniel Fabricant, Ron Belcher, Paul Breslin and Peter Barshay; guitarist Mimi Fox; and drummer Vince Lateano. San Francisco Bay Area Cabaret Competition Finalist and was invited to perform in the San Francisco Invitational Musicians’ Showcase Vocalist Series and The Jazzschool’s Emerging Artists Series.
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. bobkarty.com
Frankye Kelly (voice)
Vocalist, lyricist, composer, national and international performing artist and educator. Artist-in-residence with multiple school districts in the greater Bay Area. Led jazz seminars and workshops in Europe, China, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. frankyekelly.blogspot.com
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-winning with Pacific Mambo Orchestra (2014) and world-class musician. Toured with renowned artists in USA, Europe and South America. Has participated in more than 45 recordings, DVDs and books. Omar is Pearl, Soultone, Pinchclip artist. omarledezmajr.com
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. jazzwest.com/davelefebvre
Jason Levis (composition, drum set)
Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition, UC Berkeley; B.A. in Music, Naropa University. Award winning drummer and composer Jason Levis has led and been a collaborator in numerous jazz, improvised music, dub reggae, and chamber ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin, Germany. These include Joseph’s Bones; duo B.; Junior Reggae; the Lost Shapes; the Berlin Boom Orchestra; the Nathan Clevenger Group, and many more. Through these avenues he has 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. jasonlevismusic.com
Frank Martin (piano)
Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles. frankmartinproductions.com
Jeff Massanari (guitar)
Four years performance and composition coursework at Berklee College of Music. Performed with Mark Inouye 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. Jeff has released four albums under his own name and is featured on numerous others.
Azure McCall (storyteller)
Hawaii’s first lady of jazz is a multi-award winning vocalist. She is heir to the vocal tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald. Her warmth and sense of humor fuel every interpretation. After releasing her first CD ‘Body and Soul’ she was asked by the great bassist Ray Brown to be his vocalist on tour. Of course, she accepted, beginning an incredible jazz journey – school was in! Soon after, Azure became the first singer to work with Freddie Hubbard’s band. Additional collaborators include Frank Morgan, Tennyson Stephens, Joe Lovano, Geoffrey Keezer, Curtis Lundy, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. In 2008, President Barack Obama asked her to perform at his pre-election party. “That’s why he won,” Azure says (smiling). Azure became the ‘jazz diva’ for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises. She has traveled to more than 50 countries.
Susan Muscarella (piano)
B.A. in Music Composition, UC Berkeley. Ph.D. candidate in Musicology, University of Évora, Portugal. Founder and Executive Director, California Jazz Conservatory, f/k/a Jazzschool Inc.; President and Dean of Instruction, California Jazz Conservatory. 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.
Isaac Narell (woodwinds)
B.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Performed with Karim Ziad, The WDR Big Band, Mokhtar Samba, Afia Mala, Thierry Fanfant, Andy Narell, Josh Jones, Jeff Narell, Jenna Mammina, Silvestre Martinez, Alfred Ladzekpo, Miguelito Martinez, The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra and The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. Isaac has written arrangements for The Bordeaux Symphony Orchestra, The University of Trinidad and Tobago, The Metropole Orkest, Mizikopeyi Big Band and The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. isaacnarell.wordpress.com
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, electro-jazz duo Rice Kings, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, and the Oba/Bastian duo. erikaoba.com
Daniel Lucca Parenti (bass)
Performance experience with many jazz legends including Concord Jazz Recording Artists Rosemary Clooney, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton. With Rosemary Clooney, Daniel participated on Two Grammy Nominated Albums. He has released seven full-length original albums under his Original Project D-Lucca. He continues to perform with many well-known Bay Area Artists including Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Tommy Igoe, Rodney Franklin, and more. Daniel teaches -String Bass – Fretted and Fretless Electric Bass – Piccolo Bass – Music Business
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
Peebles, Tony (saxophone)
MM Jazz Performance (Saxophone), University of the Arts in Philadelphia; BA Music (Theory), University of Pennsylvania. Featured soloist on Grammy-winning album “PMO” by Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Performed with Fred Wesley, Lenny Williams, Tommy Igoe, Karl Perazzo, Kenny Washington, John Lee Hooker Jr., Doc Severinson. Toured Europe, Africa, South America, and Australia with reggae legend Don Carlos and New Zealand’s Katchafire.
Ricardo Peixoto (guitar)
Native of Rio de Janeiro, graduated from Berklee College of Music, studied with Pat Metheny and Mick Goodrick. Also studied classical guitar with George Sakellariou at SF Conservatory. Recording and performance credits, as guitarist and composer, include Claudia Villela, Berkeley Choro Ensemble, Terra Sul, Airto, Flora Purim, Toots Thielemans, Dom Um Romão, Sivuca, Arturo Sandoval, Paul McCandless, Bud Shank, Guinga, Dori Caymmi and Claudio Roditi.
Marcelino Quiroz (piano)
B.M. Film Scoring (’04), Berklee College of Music (piano principal), studied jazz piano performance with Joanne Brackeen; MRQ Productions, principal film composer/audio editor; Professional Musician, performing on piano, synth and Hammond B-3 regularly in the SF Bay Area in a variety of genres, including: jazz, funk, neo-soul, R&B, reggae and more; Private Piano Instructor/Certified K-6 Educator, 14 years experience teaching music theory to groups and individuals, ranging from beginner children to advanced-level adults; Musical Director/Bandleader, Mango Kingz (island reggae) and The Mars Express (neo-soul/cosmic gospel).
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 on 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
Brian Rice (percussion)
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Brazilian music specialist. Performed and/or recorded with Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Clarice Assad, Paulo Sergio Santos, Dudu Maia, Alessandro Penezzi, Jorge Alabe, Almir Côrtes, Rogerio Souza, Mike Marshall and recently toured with master choro mandolinist, Danilo Brito. Co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro and a member of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and Choro Famoso. Brian has taught clinics at Oberlin, Cantareira College (São Paulo) and University of Campinas, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Stanford University, Southern Oregon University, University of Washington, Georgetown University, Indiana University. brian-rice.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
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. www.montclairwomensbigband.com
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. marcossilva.com
Ben Stolorow (piano)
B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley; Recipient, Hertz Traveling Fellowship from Berkeley to study jazz piano privately and at the Manhattan School of Music; studied in New York with Fred Hersch, Stanley Cowell, James Williams, and David Hazeltine; performed with Akira Tana, Craig Handy, Lorca Hart, Nasheet Waits, Danya Stephens, Andrew Speight, Vince Lateano, Bob Kenmotsu, Noel Jewkes, Michael O’Neill, and vocalist Kenny Washington; Also studied classical piano and the Taubman Technique. www.benstolorow.com
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.
Danielle Wertz (voice)
B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance, University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Student of Dr. Kate Reid, John Hart, Craig Carothers and Dann Zinn. Former Jazz Vocal Director for youth jazz education program, Virginia Music Adventures. Clinician at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Sonoma State University. 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition Semi- Finalist, 2017 Ella Fitzgerald Competition unner-up, Inaugural Washington Women in Jazz Young Artist Competition Winner. Performed or recorded with Shelly Berg, Jamie Oehlers, Tal Cohen, Cyrille Aimee, Bruce Hornsby and Gretchen Parlato. daniellewertz.com
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. winslowyerxa.com
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. michaelzilber.com