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. 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
Jon Arkin (drums)
B.M. in Jazz Performance, University of Miami School of Music (now Frost School of Music); has performed internationally with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, Grady Tate, Ira Sullivan, Cuong Vu, Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Vusi Mahlasela, Meklit Hadero, Karl Denson, Stew, Fareed Haque, and many others; longtime member of groups led by Nathan Clevenger, Ian Carey, Adam Shulman, Matthew Charles Heulitt; performs in various configurations with his self-designed electro-acoustic setup, including with the Schimscheimer Family Trio, Jordan Glenn, Rob Ewing, Kasey Knudsen, and Ben Goldberg; has taught classes/ lessons/workshops at the CJC/JCMS, Stanford Jazz Workshop, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State U, Humboldt State U, and many other schools around the U.S. and Europe. www.jonarkin.net
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.
Mikki Boyd (voice)
B. A. in Music from San Francisco State University, M. A. in Music from Northern Illinois University, where she studied jazz composition and performance and world music with Ron Carter, Robert Simms and Liam Teague. Recorded or performed with New York Voices, the Real Group, Bobby McFerrin, Cedric Dent. Accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy with teachers in residence Dave Matthews, Sir Mix A lot, Oh No, Theo Parrish and Questlove. Member of collaborative musician’s group “Mugpush’”featuring Doug E. Fresh and Michael Eric Dyson. Currently working on her album set to release next summer, actively performing with various Bay Area bands and musicians.
Terrence Brewer (guitar)
Multiple-award winning guitarist, bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, music educator. Produced and released 11 nationally acclaimed albums on his own record label (Strong Brew Music). Performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, and SFJAZZ Jazz Festival. Teaches music history courses, master classes, clinics and workshops. Lectures for California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJAZZ, The Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Blue Bear School of Music, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, California Music Educators Association, and at colleges, high schools, and middle schools throughout California.
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
Ian Carey (trumpet)
B.F.A. Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School, New York. Performed with The Nathan Clevenger Group, Satoko Fujii, Anthony Brown’s Asian-American Orchestra, Eddie Bert, Lisa Mezzacappa, Dayna Stephens, and Loren Schoenberg. Recorded with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Sam Bevan Group, Bryan Bowman Quintet and Rob Reich’s Circus Bella All-Star Band. Released four albums on Kabocha Records with his group The Ian Carey Quintet+1 featuring his original compositions, including the hourlong suite “Interview Music” (commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music). Pasquina Publishing Musical Artists Award winner, 2014. Visiting clinician at Stanford University and Santa Rosa Junior College. iancareyjazz.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. andreaclaburn.com
Natalie Cressman (trombone)
New York City-based singer/songwriter/trombonist Natalie Cressman first studied trombone with her father, Jeff Cressman, in the San Franciso Bay Area. In 2009, she continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Recruited by Trey Anastasio for his touring band the following year, Cressman spent 10 years touring the jam band circuit as a horn player and vocalist. Released her 5th album, Setting Rays of Summer, in April 2019, in collaboration with Brazilian composer, guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini. Deeply versed in Latin jazz, post-bop, pop, and Brazilian music.
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
Tatyana Dimitrova (voice)
Bachelor in Jazz Studies and Vocal Jazz Performance at CJC in process. Jazz teachers are Laurie Antonioli, Theo Bleckmann, Dan Zinn, Jeff Denson, Sandy Cressman, Maye Cavallaro, Raz Kennedy. Also studies with Indian vocalist Ranjana Gathak at the Ali Akbar College of Music as well as workshops with Pandit Uday Bhawalkar, Pandit Nyrmalya Alam Khan. Studied Sound and Music as Healing Arts program at CIIS in San Francisco. She currently studies Yoga of the Voice and Nada Yoga Teacher Training Program under the mentorship of Silvia Nakkach at Vox Mundi Project. Tatyana also studies with Rumen Sali Shopov on her native Bulgarian repertoire of traditional songs.
Angie Doctor (voice)
Studied at Foothill College and Gonzaga University (B.A. Music Performance) with Phil Mattson (Foothill and Gonzaga), Terry Summa (Foothill), Tim Smith (Gonzaga). Founding member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers with Phil Mattson. Performing and recording artist, studio singer, Vocal Jazz adjudicator and clinician, jazz and pop solo coach. Director of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble at the CJC for vocal majors. Performed with Bobby McFerrin, Don Shelton, The Hi-Lo’s, Barbara Morrison, The Manhattans, Heatwave, Deneice Williams, Barbara Lewis, GQ, Gene Chandler, Eddie Holman, Barbara Mason, Billy Paul. Founding member and lead singer for Clockwork, and the Girl in The Bobs.
Rachel Efron (songwriting)
B.A., Harvard U. (extensive coursework in both writing and music). Studied jazz piano with faculty at Berklee College of Music. Released three albums of original music and toured on both coasts. Bandleader of Rachel Efron Ensemble, which has performed locally at such venues as Yoshi’s, The Plush Room, The Independent, Freight and Salvage, and Cafe Du Nord. 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.
Ian Faquini (guitar)
Brazilian composer, guitarist, and vocalist. Born in Brasília and has lived in Berkeley, California, since the age of eight. Graduate of the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz program. His mentor, Brazilian composer Guinga, inspired Faquini to pursue a career in music, drawing on the rich musical traditions of his Brazilian heritage. Went on to study at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) in Berkeley and, immediately after graduating, joined the CJC faculty. Also on the faculty at California Brazil Camp. Faquini has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Brazil and the United States, and has shared the stage and recording studio with such names as Guinga, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Spok, Lee Konitz, Fleurine, among many others.
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
David Flores (drums)
Began his musical journey at the age of 3, growing up in a family steeped in music. Developed a 25+ year career as an educator, performer and tireless student of his instrument. Performance and studio career include tours, gigs, and recordings with Donna Summer, Lauryn Hill, Paquito De Rivera, Zakir Hussain, Chester “CT” Thompson, Larry Rosenthal, Margret Cho, Jerry Gonzales, Larry Harlow, Steve Turre, Charlie Musselwhite, Barbra Dane, Armando Peraza, Orestes Vilato, Pete Escovedo, Bobbi Céspedes, Ellen Toscano, Greg Landau, Mary Wilson, Rebecca Mauleón, Santana, Mickey Hart, Melvin Seals, Marc Bamuthi-Joseph, Ska Cubano, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Oakland Symphony.
Keith Ganz (guitar)
B. A. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2018 GRAMMY nominee. Toured as accompanist for Harry Connick, Jr., Kurt Elling, Luciana Souza, Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, Jo Lawry, Peter Eldridge, Moss. 15 years as Guitarist/Musical Director/Arranger/Producer for Kate McGarry producing 6 critically acclaimed recordings with two GRAMMY nominations. 11 years in NYC, working with Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Fred Hersch, Greg Hutchinson, Victor Lewis, Aaron Goldberg, Joel Frahm, Gary Versace, Kendrick Scott, Aaron Parks, Bruce Barth, Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas. Masterclasses at Berklee, Eastman, Jazz at Lincoln Center, McGill, CalArts, Graz.
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
Ben Goldberg (clarinet)
Clarinetist with New Klezmer Trio, named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the 2011 and 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll. Released Orphic Machine in 2015, a song-cycle with lyrics from the “speculative poetics” of Allen Grossman, performed by a nine-piece ensemble including Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, and Ches Smith; sung by violinist Carla Kihlstedt. Leads or co-leads The Out Louds, Invisible Guy, Unfold Ordinary Mind, Go Home, Ben Goldberg School and Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen. Member of Tin Hat, performs in DIALOGUE with pianist Myra Melford. Other affiliations include Plays Monk, Myra Melford’s Be Bread, Kris Davis’ Infrasound, Nels Cline’s New Monastery, Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, and Clarinet Thing, and the 11- piece Ben Goldberg’s Brainchild.
Philip Greenlief (saxophone)
Saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has built a four-decade career as a performer, composer, and music educator with a deep focus on free improvisation, jazz, and new forms of composition, exploring the intersections where these traditions converge and depart. Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers, as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants. His albums include Lankstap Logic with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis, That Overt Desire Of Object with Joelle Leandre, and All At Once with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Greenlief). Recent residencies have included the Banff Center for Art and Creativity and Headlands Center for the Arts. His critical writing has been published in Artforum, open space (SFMOMA), and Signal to Noise.
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
Lorca Hart (drums)
B. F. A. from California Institute of the Arts in 1996. Inspired by teacher/mentors Albert “Tootie” Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and others, Hart continues to be inspired by music education as a faculty member for Stanford Jazz Workshop, Mt. San Antonio College, SF Jazz, the California Jazz Conservatory and many other musical clinics and workshops. Additionally, Lorca teaches privately at his drum studio. Lorca has performed in a vast array of musical situations, working with many of the West Coast’s (and beyond) finest artists including : Bobby Hutcherson, Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence, Julian Lage, Hugh Masekela, Meklit, actor/musicians Jeff Goldblum and Peter Weller, Kyle Eastwood, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, John Heard, Danny Grissett, Justo Almario, Phil Ranelin, Dave Pike, Don Menza, the Clayton Brothers, Anthony Wilson, Calvin Keys, storyteller/radio personality Joe Frank, Ronald Muldrow, Anton Schwartz, Kenny Washington, Nicolas Bearde and the Cross Hart Jazz Experience. He also leads his own trio featuring Josh Nelson on piano and Edwin Livingston on bass.
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
Ellen Johnson (voice)
Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University with three decades as a recording artist, educator, songwriter, lyricist, author and publicist. Johnson has performed with Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Roy McCurdy, Don Braden, Larry Koonse and John Stowell among others. Author of the biography Jazz Child: Portrait of Sheila Jordan and lyricist for compositions by Sonny Rollins and Charles Mingus. Served on the faculty for USD/Old Globe Theatre MFA program, Cal Poly University Pomona, the California Jazz Conservatory/Jazzschool. Teacher of cross over styles from jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, and other genres. Strong background in vocal pedagogy and vocal rehabilitation, assisting singers with difficult vocal issues. Continues to give master classes, online classes, and teaches privately. ellenjohnson.net
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. Keyboards/melodica, guitar, percussion, vocals, composer/arranger, bandleader. Specialist in blues/boogie, R&B/funk, Americana, New Orleans, rock, Caribbean, and African roots music. Founder of Jennifer Jolly & Friends, co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons. Other current projects include Pamela Rose’s touring theatrical concert “Blues is a Woman,” Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), JAZZphoria (sub), Chelle! and Friends (guest), Mo’Fone (guest), Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, Creekside Community Church Worship Band. Previous credits include Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Phil Lesh, Hot Links, Barbara Dane, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, accompaniment for choruses and musical theater productions, and dozens of recording projects. Faculty instructor at The Jazzschool, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, workshops, and private studio.
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
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
Lyle Link (saxophonist)
Native of Washington, D.C., now based in San Francisco, Link studied at the University of Maryland, College Park under master woodwind artist Chris Vadala and performed and studied with Butch Warren, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, the Adam Shulman Sextet, the Jeff Denson Quartet and Illy Bogart. Performed with Christian McBride, Warren Wolf, Patti Austin, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy, Ralph Peterson, and Eddie Henderson, as well as pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and jammed with Prince. Link has performed in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America, and throughout North America, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. While in Washington, DC, LInk was a member of the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra and performed with the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is a Lead Teaching Artist at SFJAZZ where he works to share blues, jazz, and poetry in middle school classrooms throughout San Francisco and Oakland. He also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a saxophone instructor in the Roots, Jazz, and American Music Program (RJAM) and the California Jazz Conservatory.
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.jeff-massanari.com
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.
Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)
San Francisco Bay Area-based composer, bassist, bandleader, producer, including chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance and visual art. Recent projects include Cosmicomics, avantNOIR, Organelle, Glorious Ravage, and Touch Bass. Released music on the New World, Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, and NotTwo record labels. Past Artist-in-residence at the Cité International des Arts in Paris, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts ,and the Banff International Jazz Workshop. Past participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute. Performed with Fred Frith, Marco Eneidi, Rhys Chatham, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Mark Dresser’s SIM Bass Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell, Ned Rothenberg, Myra Melford, Vinny Golia and others. Currently performing with Rob Ewing’s quartet SIFTER, with David James’ GPS, with the Nathan Clevenger Group, with Ian Carey’s Wood/Metal/Plastic, with Cory Wright’s Green Mitchell trio, and Randy McKean’s Bristle, in addition to the ongoing, lifelong collaboration duo B., with drummer Jason Levis.
Jon Monahan (guitar)
Studied at SFSU School of Music, B.S. in Physiology from UC San Diego. Performed with Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, Mary Wilson, Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab, Digital Underground, Qbert, Fantastic Negrito, Jack Johnson, Rogue Wave. Performances at the Monterey, Montreal, Newport, Playboy and Kathmandu Jazz Festivals, and on TV at Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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
Clif Payne (voice)
Vocalist, songwriter and educator, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Studied voice with Jane Sharpe and with David Baker at Bloomington’s Indiana University. Discovered by Bobby McFerrin in 1980, Payne’s 2016 debut solo album Welcome to My World earned GRAMMY recognition. The album’s single “No Payne, No Gain” topped Great Britain’s soul charts, receiving the title of UK’s Soul Song of the Year, and GRAMMY recognition in 2017 for Best R&B Song. Performed with Freda Payne, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Norman Connors, Bobby McFerrin, Ellis Hall, Sheena Easton, Peggy Blu, Harvey Mason, Hiroshima, Bill Champlin. Opened for Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Narada Michael Walden and Dionne Warwick. Album credits include George Benson, Gerald Alston and Little Anthony. clifpayne.org
Tony Peebles (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).
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
Jaz Sawyer (drums)
B. F. A. from The New School, M. P. A. from the Metropolitan College of New York, Doctorate of Education from Northcentral University. Began playing drums at age of two in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district. Sudies include the Ruth Asawa School of The Arts, SF Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Michael Carvin School of Drumming. Worked with Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Weston and Phil Lesh & Friends in The Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House. Performs on more than eighty recordings as a leader and sideman.
Dave Len Scott (trumpet)
Dave Len Scott has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and has recorded with the Honolulu Symphony, Rosemary Clooney, and Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack. Toured with Boz Scaggs, Michael Feinstein, and the New Glenn Miller Orchestra.
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
Marcus Shelby (bass)
Composer, arranger, band leader, bassist, educator, currently residing in San Francisco. Focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives, social movements, and music education. Attended Cal Arts under the Charles Mingus Scholarship, studied composition with James Newton and bass with Charlie Haden. Currently, Artist-in-residence with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and resident artist director for the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Artist in residence at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and music director of the Freedom Jazz Choir, youth choir, and youth music ensemble. Composer of oratorios and suites including “Harriet Tubman,” “Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio,” “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues,” “Green and Blues,” and a children’s opera “Harriet’s Spirit.” Composed score and performed in Anna Deveare’s Notes from the Field and Joanna Haigood’s Dying While Black and Brown, Margo Hall’s Bebop Baby and Sonny’s Blues, the Oakland Ballet’s Ella, The SF Girls Choir, The Oakland Youth Chorus, and many other productions.
Adam Shulman (piano)
B.A. in Music from U. C. Santa Cruz. Studied with Smith Dobson IV. Performed with Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Scott Hamilton, Bria Skonberg and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. Arranger for Paula West
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
Nora Stanley (saxophone)
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
Roseanna Vitro (voice)
Released albums on Concord Records, Telarc, Challenge, and Motema labels. Nominated for a GRAMMY for “The Music of Randy Newman.” Latest release is “Tell Me the Truth” on Skyline Records. Toured on every continent except Antarctica, including two tours as a Jazz Ambassador for The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center in partnership with the U. S. State Department. Developed four-year vocal jazz program for New Jersey City University, SUNY Purchase, and NJPAC. Producer, lecturer, clinician, author of JazzTimes Voices of Jazz interviews featuring artists such as Mark Murphy, Fred Hersch, Annie Ross, Cecil McLorin Salvant, Rene Marie, Bob Dorough, Kurt Elling.
Wayne Wallace (trombone)
Five-time GRAMMY nominee, recognized in DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll under both Trombone and Producer categories. Performed, recorded and studied with Aretha Franklin, Bobby Hutcherson, Earth Wind & Fire, Pete Escovedo, Santana, Julian Priester, Conjunto Libre, John Santos, Whitney Houston, Tito Puente, Steve Turre, John Lee Hooker, Con-funk-shun, Francisco Aguabella, Manny Oquendo and Libre, Max Roach, and Orestes Vilató. Heads Bay Area record label Patois Records.
Jeanne Walpole (piano)
M.A. in Music Theory, San Francisco State U.; M.A. Studies in Piano Manhattan School of Music; B.A., Smith College: studied with Dick Hindman 1990–2003; Pianist, Nordstrom.
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 runner-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
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