Our Faculty

Jazz Clinics are only as good as their organization and faculty. That’s why inDepth Jazz has the clinics that are emulated around the country! We’ve been featured in newspapers, magazines, on radio and television. We put our focus on helping you get your chops up.


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Jeff Antoniuk - Saxophone & Artistic Director

Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is an internationally respected jazz composer and musician whose concerts and recordings are consistently well received by critics. His 2010 CD, Brotherhood, has been lauded by jazz critics around the world who noted his exceptional compositions as well as the peerless technique demonstrated by all members of his quartet, the Jazz Update. The group sold out the first run of their 2007 CD, Here Today, which also enjoyed extensive airplay and fine reviews.

Antoniuk has shared the stage with U.S. hitmakers Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Najee and Marcus Miller. He's worked with Canadian greats PJ Perry, Senator Tommy Banks, big band leader Rob McConnell, pop icon David Foster and trumpet sensation Ingrid Jensen. Additional work with the funk and R & B band Sound Connection has taken him from The White House to Las Vegas.

A dedicated teaching artist, Antoniuk has been a featured performer and educator Juneau Jazz & Classics, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the Vic Lewis International Band Festival, MacEwan Summer Jazz and Maryland Summer Jazz. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz camp and festival and directs two other adult music programs in the U.S.: Jazz Band Masterclass and inDepth Jazz Clinics & Concerts. He is a master teaching artist with Washington Performing Arts Society and the Capitol Jazz Project, in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis.

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Dave Ballou - Trumpet

Dave Ballou is an internationally acclaimed composer and trumpet player. Across the jazz, rock and classical genres, he is one of the most sought after New York trumpet players of his generation. He as toured with Steely Dan, gigged with Joe Lovano and was a featured soloist for the premiere of Gunther Schuller's Encounters, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Jordan Hall. With eight albums on the SteepleChase label, he is the director of the Jazz/Commercial Music Division at Towson University.
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Tom Baldwin - Bass

Bassist Tom Baldwin backs many modern jazz greats like James Moody, George Garzone, Eartha Kitt and Eric Alexander. A member of the Jazz Update band, he has performed in countless venues, including the Wolftrap Jazz and Blues Festival and the Princeton JazzFeast. Highly respected as a tasteful, articulate and inspired bassist, he teaches in the jazz department at University of Maryland.
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Wade Beach - Piano

Pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique. A top-call player in the DC area, he is a 20 year Air Force veteran and former member of the Airmen of Note. With a master’s degree in classical piano performance and extensive jazz training, Wade teaches at George Mason University, and performs regularly with the Jazz Update.

Pablo Bencid – Drums & Percussion

Grammy nominated drummer Pablo Bencid began musical studies at age seven in Caracas, Venezuela at the Emil Friedman School. There he studied cello, Venezuelan cuatro, flute, Afro-Venezuelan percussion, harmony, ear training and sang in the school choir. He was awarded a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in 1994 and graduated with drum performance degree (cum laude). Since then, he has performed in North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Virgin Islands and Australia. Bencid has mastered a variety of styles such as Latin-Jazz, Jazz, Latino, Afro-Venezuelan Rhythms, Brazilian, World Music, Funk and Rock. Based in New York, he currently holds the drum chair for Albare, Gonzalo Grau and La Clave Secreta, The Either Orchestra and The Labeque Sisters. He plays Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks exclusively.

Rogerio Boccato - Percussion

Brazilian percussionist and educator Rogério Boccato plays in projects led by leading jazz players such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Paul Bollenback. He has collaborated with top Brazilian artists such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos and Vinicius Cantuária.

A longtime member of Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Boccato has also played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, Joe Zawinul.

A former faculty member at University of Hartford, he now teaches at Manhattan School of Music and Montclair State University. He has presented clinics in the U.S., Mexico and Portugal.
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Ralph Bowen - Saxophone

Canadian-born saxophonist Ralph Bowen has recorded and performed worldwide with both veteran jazz giants and contemporary heavyweights such as Freddie Hubbard, Shirley Scott, Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Garrett. In the 1980s he held the coveted saxophone chair with jazz pianist Michel Camilo, and later completed three world tours with the mighty Horace Silver. Bowen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in 1989 and obtained a masters degree in 1991 – both from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. In 1990 he joined the jazz faculty of Rutgers University where he is an associate professor. He is also a visiting associate professor at Princeton University. He has appeared on scores of albums as a leader and sideman.
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Greg Boyer - Trombone

Greg Boyer is best known as the trombonist and horn arranger with Prince's New Power Generation (NPG) Band and a long-time member of George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic. Greg has played with a star-studded line-up of artists such as Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn and countless others. He has brought his trombone talent to some of the top TV showcases, from “Saturday Night Live” to “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Jay Leno Show.”
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Felicia Carter - Vocals

While continuing to earn accolades for her beautiful voice and dramatic delivery, Felicia Carter is also a noted composer and lyricist. In 2007, Carter performed in Chile for the Jazz y Vino Festival with the Tony Martucci Quartet, as well at the Martin Luther King International Chapel with the Sistas Can Sang! ensemble. That same year, she collaborated with bassist/ composer Amy Shook, writing and performing music for Next Stop Silver Spring, a PBS documentary on the B&O Railroad (WETA-DC). Carter’s 2008 CD release, Feather/Step Lightly, is a double-disc recording of original music and jazz standards.
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Dani Cortaza - Guitar

Master guitarist Dani Cortaza has three decades of artistic life to his credit. He specializes in Brazilian, Latin jazz and South America music played on both nylon and electric jazz guitar. In 2002, after two decades of acclaimed worldwide performances, a Kennedy Center concert brought the Argentinean native to Washington where he now resides, directing two musical groups and performing at major venues. He was the recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artistic Excellence Award in 2007.

Cortaza is creating new compositions and arrangements of South American folk music combined with jazz elements. Based on this work, he received a 2012 grant from FONDEC (Paraguayan National Endowment for the Arts) to produce the CD Together/Oñondivé, Cortaza. In 2014 he was invited by the US State Department to represent the U.S. at the Asunción Jazz Festival in Paraguay and a tour several cities performing music from the new disc. Cortaza is artistic and executive director of the DC Latin Jazz Festival project.
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Christina Crerar - Vocals

Steeped in the rhythms, melodies and lyrics of the 1920s – 1950s, vocalist Christina Crerar also embraces modern tunes. She injects her own spirit into familiar and rarely heard gems on her new jazz vocal CD, Little Jazz Bird, which is receiving acclaim and airplay around the globe. A private voice teacher and vocal coach, Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Catholic University and is certified in Somatic Voicework from Shenandoah University.
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Alison Crockett - Vocals

Nu-Jazz singer and pianist Alison Crockett honed her craft at Temple University before earning a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Best known for her work with DJ/producer King Kritt and as a former vocalist with the acid jazz group Us3, she has made music with Greg Osby, Terreon Gully and Orrin Evans as well. As an educator, she worked with the Highbridge Voices choral program in the Bronx and has been an instructor at Temple, George Washington Univ. and Fillmore Arts Center. Look for her fourth record, Bare, on the Sol Image label.
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Luques Curtis - Bass

Luques is a young Berklee graduate with a reputation for versatility. He performs with the Donald Harrison Quintet, The Ralph Peterson Sextet and the Christian Scott group. He is also appears in the newest incarnation of Gary Burton's Generations band and is featured on that group's critically acclaimed CD, Next Generation. He and his brother, Zaccai, are core members of the band, Insight. Their second album is entitled "Blood • Spirit • Land • Water • Freedom."
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Zaccai Curtis - Piano

Zaccai is the leader of the New York based band, Insight. He began a meteoric rise in the Latin Jazz genre even before graduating from the New England Conservatory in 2005. Winning numerous awards and commissions, he received a Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship for original composition in 2007. He has performed with Ralph Peterson, Ray Vega and Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band. With his brother Luques and other Insight band members, he has toured in the American Music Abroad (Jazz Ambassadors) program.
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Joshua Davis, Ph.D. - Acoustic Bass

Joshua Davis is Director of Jazz Studies at Susquehanna University. He was previously the Director of Jazz Studies at Towson University and served on the faculties of Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Maine at Augusta.  In addition, he has taught numerous clinics, at many skill levels, in the US and Japan.   Joshua’s feature recording as an arranger and leader, Squashua, showcases Take Toriyama, Tim Miller, and Vardan Ovsepian interpreting Romantic Era symphonies and the music of Sting. Recent releases include Tim Miller’s Trio II and Vardan Ovsepian’s Aragast, on Fresh Sound Records.
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John D'earth - Trumpet

Protean trumpeter John D’earth is an internationally known performer, composer/arranger, and recording artist. He has enjoyed a long career working with jazz greats (Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Pat Metheny), pop/rock acts (Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby), and chamber musicians (Kronos String Quartet, The Kandinsky Trio). As Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia, he encourages students to follow his lead in pushing the boundaries of both composition and improvisation.

David Dyson - Bass

David has been touring the world for years with Grammy winning artists ranging from New Kids On The Block and Walter Beasley to Chico Freeman and Me'Shell N'degeocello. He is one of the most in demand bassists on the planet.
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Pepe Gonzales

Pepe Gonzalez – Bass

Born in Spain and now living in Washington, DC, Pepe Gonzalez is a performer, producer, arranger, and teacher. He has performed primarily in the Jazz, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian idioms, appearing on many recordings and at many festivals in Europe and the Caribbean. He has had the pleasure of working with Maria Rodriquez and her Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jeannie Bryson, Pepper Adams, Dorothy Donegan, Clifford Jordan, Horacio Icasto, Hilton Ruiz, Slide Hampton, Dave Valentin and many others.

Gary Grainger - Bass

Gary Grainger has forged a distinctive voice in funk/jazz bass for over 30 years. From his early days as a member of the acclaimed fusion band
"Pockets," his remarkable credits include recording and performing with John Scofield, George Duke, Maysa and Ken Navarro, among others. Gary is a PRS Guitars tradeshow clinician and plays bass in the Paul Reed Smith band. PRS teamed with Gary to release the Gary Grainger model Private Stock 5-string bass in 2005.
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Bernard Hairston - Electric Bass

Bernie started playing music professionally at the age of 16, and then studied music at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He toured extensively in the US and Caribbean with vocalist Jane Powell and has shared the stage with many great names such as Rufus Thomas, Percy Sledge, Wayman Tisdale, Brian Simpson, Najee, Marcus Miller and blues artist Deanna Bogart. He is the musical director for the hugely popular funk and R & B band, Sound Connection.


Todd Harrison - Drums

Todd grew up in Houston, Texas and began his professional career at age 14 playing drums in various funk, R&B, rock and jazz big bands at local clubs. Post high school he studied jazz composition and percussion performance. His career spans more than 28 years, many with aggressive funk bands such as Cold Sweat and TKOH! In Houston. He has also played with El DeBarge, Kirk Whalum, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Rick Perry, Dick Oatts, Andy Bey, Carl Filipiak and Patrick DeSantos. Despite this diversity, he remains rooted in the traditions of funk and R&B. He tours widely as the drummer/percussionist for the world renowned Jazz Ambassadors of The US Army Field Band.

Steve Herberman - Guitar

Steve Herberman is becoming one of the true voices of the modern jazz guitar. His 2006 CD Action: Reaction and 2008 CD Ideals met with rave reviews. According to Jazz Times, “ Steve Herberman exhibits a vast harmonic palette involving uncommon stretches on the fretboard along with a real capacity to burn on fluent single note lines…” A graduate of Berklee College Of Music, the seven-string guitar player has performed at venues such as Birdland in NYC and Spazio in Los Angeles, joining such renowned musicians as Gary Bartz, Drew Gress,  Mark Ferber,  Chuck Redd and the late Keter Betts. He has written instructional material for Downbeat and has produced dozens of top selling instructional videos for www.mikesmasterclasses.com. . He teaches at Towson University and has taught master classes at several other universities.
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Fred Hughes - Piano

Fred Hughes has performed, conducted and presented workshops worldwide for over two decades. He can be heard on over thirty recordings.  Hughes was a member of the US Army’s premier touring jazz ensemble, the Jazz Ambassadors. He has performed with the Baltimore Symphony & the Kennedy Center Orchestra, as well as jazz greats Al Cohn, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Bill Watrous, & Toots Thielemans.  Fred has appeared the Newport, Montreux, Nice, & North Sea Jazz Festivals. As musical director for Cook, Dixon and Young, he appeared on PBS television's "Great Performances, " and conducted the Cincinnati Pops and Los Angeles Philharmonic.  His book, The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory is available from Alfred Publications.
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Allyn Johnson - Piano

Native Washingtonian Allyn Johnson is revered by musical giants as well as the "young lions" of his generation. Michael J. West speaks of “his incredible speed and technique … and extraordinary inventive powers.” Allyn was the first recipient of the Felix. E Grant Scholarship Award in jazz performance at the University of the District of Columbia, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1997. He continued as music professor, becoming director in 2006. He was chosen for the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in 2001 and returned to teach in the program in 2002. Says Johnson, “I try to always ride the wave of the Spirit of the Music. As long as it’s coming from an honest place, it will never steer you wrong.”

Amadou Kouyate - Kora & Djembe

Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali (oral historians/musicians of West Africa). He performs on the 21-string Kora and Djembe and Koutiro drums. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary compositions incorporating blues and jazz. Among his many appearances are performances at the Kennedy Center, the Bristol Academy and Isle of Wight in England, Tim Festival in Brazil and the Victoria World Rhythm Festival. He studied in Mali, Senegal, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire with master musicians of the Diali tradition including Djimo Kouyate and Toumani Diabate. He was an adjunct lecturer of African music and ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland before pursuing his career as a professional solo artist and collaborator full time.
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Tom Lagana - Guitar

Popular and versatile area guitarist Tom Lagana began as a rock player, became well schooled in jazz and classical music and now uses these influences to create his own brand of music, under the jazz label, but not confined by it. To students at Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he is a jazz professor. For symphony orchestras he may be strumming a guitar, banjo or mandolin. As a jazz guitarist, he heads the Tom Lagana Group. His first album, Patuxent, peaked at No. 17 in the US jazz charts. His second, Schematic, has been in the works for several years and is set for national release in 2010.
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Jennifer Jane Leitham - Bass

Jennifer has been referred to by critic Leonard Feather as the "left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass." She appears on over 100 recordings with many giants of jazz and has recorded her own highly acclaimed CD’s. Well known for her decade-long stints with both Mel Tormé and Doc Severinsen, she has also performed with distinguished artists such as Woody Herman, Joe Pass, George Shearing and Peggy Lee. She has also been a member of the Tonight Show All-Stars, Benny Carter Quintet and The Diva Trio. A highly regarded educator, she presents workshops and clinics at schools and colleges around the country, and has joined the faculty at California State University, Long Beach as a Studio Artist. She performs often for diverse, enthusiastic audiences.
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Dan Leonard - Guitar

Guitarist/composer Dan Leonard is a member of the Deanna Bogart Band, the Doug Segree Band and leads his own trio. He majored in classical guitar and composition at George Mason University and has performed in the Washington, D.C. area for 30 years. As a composer, Dan took first place in the Jazz/New Age category of the 1998 Songwriters Association of Washington, D.C. (SAW) contest. His performances include the Vaison Jazz Festival in France, the Monterey Blues Festival and the Clearwater Jazz Festival. Dan is also in demand as a studio sideman, soundtrack composer and private guitar instructor.
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Lyle Link - Saxophone

Saxophonist Lyle Link is versatile musician performing in many styles- from jazz, blues and R&B to latin and world beat. He has played with artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy and Ralph Peterson, to name a few. A regular featured member of Washington, DC based groups Sine Qua Non, the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, and the Kenny Rittenhouse Sextet, he has also performed with the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In addition to working as a first call sideman, he also leads his group, the Lyle Link Quartet. As a music educator, Lyle teaches at Sheridan School and the Levine School of Music.
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Alejandro Lucini - Drums

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Alejandro Lucini studied with master percussionist Ney Rosauro at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia. He continued his studies at the Pro-Arte School of Music, the University of Rio de Janeiro, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Howard University in Washington, DC. He moved to the United States in 1990, and quickly established himself as a driving force on the local music scene. Mr. Lucini received recognition from the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) for his method book, "Brazilian Rhythms for Percussion and Drums."  In 2002 he was named by Washington Area Music Awards as "Best Latino Instrumentalist," and has been nominated by WAMA multiple times. Lucini received a grant from the DC Commission for the Arts in 1994 to record his original compositions with his Brazilian jazz group, Origem. He performs throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, and teaches Latin Percussion at George Washington University,where he leads the Latin Band "Los Gringos" in addition to playing with the Faculty Jazz Quintet.

Leonardo Lucini - Bass

Leonardo Lucini is a bassist, composer and educator in the Washington DC area. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Lucini records and performs locally and has toured abroad with a variety of artists including Nestor Torres, Arturo O’Farrill, Alex Acuna, Leo Gandelman, Raul Mascarenhas, Rogerio Souza, Federico Pena, and Gregoire Maret. He also performs with his own Brazilian jazz band Origem. In Brazil, he performed with well-known groups and artists such as Nó Em Pingo D'Agua, saxophonist Paulo Moura, singer-composer Marcos Vale, and the Orquestra de Música Brasileira. As a teacher, Mr. Lucini has given lectures and clinics at the Levine School of Music, Goucher College, George Washington University, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland. Mr. Lucini is an Artist in Residece at Montgomery College, where he lectures on Brazilian music and directs the Latin Ensemble. A graduate of Howard University, Mr. Lucini also holds a Masters in Music from University of Maryland.

Sherrie Maricle, Ph.D. – Percussion

One of the foremost women in jazz, Sherrie is a percussionist, educator, composer and arranger. From her drum set she leads The DIVA Jazz Orchestra; her quintet, FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio. She performs with The New York Pops and is the director of education. She is on the jazz faculty of The New York State Summer Music Festival and is a busy clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. She has appeared at many prestigious music festivals and venues. Among them: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center.
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Tony Martucci - Percussion

Drummer Tony Martucci has played and recorded with giants from many periods of jazz, including Mose Allison, Joe Henderson and Sonny Stitt. He performs regularly in the region with Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update. A master of rhythm, he explores myriad possibilities with nuance and relish. He has worked with percussionists Don Alias, David Earl Johnson, and Rafael Solano, as well as "Bossa Nova ambassador" Charlie Byrd, flute virtuoso Dave Valentin and Brazilian trumpet master Claudio Roditi.  He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Wrote Music Monthly, "Martucci's drum set magic is rich in detail and ambience..." Jazz Times said Martucci "is an exciting yet sensitive player with chops, taste..." He brings these qualities to both teaching and performing.

Joe McCarthy - Drumset, Percussion

A native of Meriden, Connecticut, Joe earned a bachelor of music degree from The Hartt School of Music and an MM from The University of North Texas. He then headed the Percussion Department at Texas Wesleyan University. Joe is currently an adjunct professor and instructor of drumset and Afro-Cuban percussion at Georgetown University. An active clinician and performer, he is founder and leader of Afro Bop Alliance. With Caribbean Jazz Project, the group won a 2008 Latin Grammy and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy for the album Afro Bop Alliance featuring Dave Samuels. Alfred Publishing has just released a book and CD set based on the winning album entitled Big Band Play-Along. Joe wrote the drumset/percussion book while Samuels covered the Mallet/C Instrument volume.
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Jim McFalls - Trombone

Versatile trombonist Jim McFalls 17 years with the Jazz Ambassadors and is now busier than ever. He has played with DC’s “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown, with Thievery Corporation and on well-received recordings with Denis DiBlasio and The Capitol Bones. Jim has worked with jazz luminaries Dave Liebman, Geoff Keezer, Ingrid Jensen and Clark Terry. He appears on the 2008 Latin Grammy winning album, Afro-Bop Alliance featuring Dave Samuels. A prominent educator, he is full time professor at Towson University and the head of faculty at the Mason/Dixon Summer Jazz Camp. He is also a Buffet Crampon/Antoine Courtois performer and education specialist Jim has taught at Maryland Summer Jazz since its inception.

Elizabeth Melvin - Percussion

Elizabeth Melvin has devoted much of her life to learning and performing music of the Caribbean, West Africa and Latin America. She studied piano as a child and began performing marimba and percussion with popular Annapolis fusion group Wooden Hands in 1978. After spending two years in an ethnomusicology graduate course at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she joined Mamaya, led by Senegalese Kora player/griot Djimo Kouyate. She then spent a decade playing marimba and percussion, singing and composing music for world beat group Mama Jama (also serving as music director). She co-founded two more successful ensembles (Caribbean Jazz Arts Ensemble and Jambulay) with musician David Boothman. Several current  projects showcase her many talents. She is director of LifeSongs Community Choir and Annapolis Morning Song Circle and the Drum it Up program serving youth and adults.
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Allison Miller - Drums

New York City-based drummer Allison Miller defies boundaries as she goes from playing with songwriting vocalists Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant to touring with avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and legendary organist Doctor Lonnie Smith. An avid composer, she earned high marks for her debut album,5am Stroll with Boom Tic Boom (Foxhaven Records) and collaborated with Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Enrique Haneine (piano) and Carlo DeRosa (bass) to record At the End of the Day on the same label. She holds a bachelor of music performance degree from West Virginia University (summa cum laude).    A busy artist and educator, she’s been featured in publications such as Downbeat and Modern Drummer.
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Max Murray - Bass

Bassist Max Murray began making music at the age of four. While in high school, he studied with Boston Symphony bassist, Lawrence Wolfe. He joined the Navy Music Program after high school, and performed with Navy Bands for over 20 years until retiring from the Naval Academy Band. A first call bassist in the Capitol region, Max's credits include Henry Mancini, Mose Allison, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lee Greenwood, Neil Sedaka, Louie Bellson, Javon Jackson, Antonio Hart, Gene Bertoncini, The Four Aces, Dave Samuels, and Poncho Sanchez.  An active studio artist, he can be heard on recordings by The MARS 4-tet, Suede, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, and Chuchito Valdez, among others. With the Caribbean Jazz Project, he received a 2008 Latin Grammy Award and 2009 Grammy nomination for Afro Bop Alliance. His latest release,"Turning Point" with Alan Blackman & Frank Russo features saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Max lives with his family near the Chesapeake Bay.
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Alex Pope Norris - Trumpet

Trumpet player Alexander Pope Norris has played with legends Betty Carter and the Village Vanguard Band and modernists Joshua Redman and Marvin Smitty Smith. He began his Latin Jazz exploration with Baltimore based Rumba Club, going on to work Afro-Cuban jazz artists Andy and Jerry Gonzalez, Giovanni Hildago and Monguito Santamaria. He appears on over 60 CDs including Alex Norris Quintet, "A New Beginning" on the Fresh Sounds Label. Tours with Steve Winwood and Miami Sound Machine show the pop side of his career. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in 1990, received a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1995 and earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music in 2007. He taught there and at the Manhattan School, the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and Towson University. Living in NYC, he remains a busy artist and clinician.
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Tomoko Ohno - Piano

Born in Tokyo, Tomoko began piano studies at age four. In her teens she was playing jazz professionally. After graduating from Rikkyo University in Law and Politics, she entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She was performing with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Joe Henderson even before earning her B.A.

Tomoko Ohno has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Sweet Basil and The Lenox Lounge in Harlem. She has performed and/or recorded with Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, James Spaulding, the New York Pops and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. With her own group, she has released three CDs on the Japan-based Tokuma label.

Cesar Orozco – Piano

Cuban/Venezuelan pianist César Orozco is a prolific pianist, composer and arranger. Born in Cuba in 1980, he moved to Venezuela in 1998 and performed and recorded with numerous international artists. He moved to the U.S. in 2012 and completed a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in Jazz Piano at Peabody Institute. He also holds a degree in violin performance and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana. In the D.C. region he performs at many prestigious venues. He appears on over 50 recordings and produced two solo albums with César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: Son Con Pajarillo (2007) and Orozcojam (2010). The latter received four nominations and was awarded Best Vocal-Instrumental Album at Cubadisco 2012, the most important event of the Cuban recording industry. He is a busy college level clinician.
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Jon Ozment

Jon Ozment - Piano

Jon has been working in the DC area for over two decades as an educator, performer and producer. He has performed and recorded extensively in the jazz and contemporary music genres with names such as Buck Hill, Al Jarreau, and Chuck Brown and toured nationally with the Blackbyrds and Maceo Parker. He was a member of the popular DC salsa band, Macchu Picchu, with Alfredo Mohica and Rafael Solano. Jon performs with Afro-Rican Ensemble and has appeared in concert with flutist Nestor Torres. He is currently on the jazz faculty at both American University and the University of Maryland.
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Benjie Porecki - Keyboards

Benjie Porecki, is often called a “musician’s musician.” He has earned that moniker by performing equally well as a jazz/gospel/funk B-3 organist, jazz/blues pianist, and rock keyboardist, while holding his own as a solo artist.  In addition to four solo releases, Porecki’s work as a sideman has graced countless recordings and live venues throughout the world. An abridged list of artists that Benjie has performed and/or recorded with include Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Pieces Of A Dream, Maysa, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Regina Belle, Kim Waters, Chuck Brown, Angela Bofill, and The Blackbyrds. His gigs and recordings take him all over the globe.
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Mike Pope - Bass

Since 1993, Pope has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene, distinguished as an acoustic upright and electric bass player.
He has performed or recorded with the likes of Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Joe Locke, and toured internationally with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, David Sanborn, The Manhattan Transfer and Bill Bruford's Earthworks. He holds a BA degree in jazz studies performance from the prestigious University of North Texas jazz program. He is an active clinician and has contributed to the design and fabrication of various electronic devices for bass.
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Roberto Quintero - Percussion

Venezuelan-born Roberto Quintero comes from a long family line of outstanding musicians. He studied at the Conservatory of Music in Caracas-Venezuela and Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Venezuela, where his percussion technique soon garnered attention. He is known for his skillful conga work and also plays bongos, drum set, djembe, timbales and a wide variety of assorted percussion instruments. He keeps busy working with high profile artists in jazz and Latin music. Among them are Dave Samuels, Diane Schuur, Richard Bona, Jack DeJohnette, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, and Celia Cruz. Comfortable working in any genre of music, Roberto is eager to share his knowledge with up and coming musicians.
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Geoff Reecer

Geoff Reecer - Guitar

Geoff is a mainstay guitarist on the DC/VA/MD scene. He recently added to his lengthy resume by joining the world famous USAF Airmen of Note Big Band. Geoff records, plays, teaches and tours extensively, so we are very happy to have him share his expertise


Dan Reynolds - Piano & Keyboards 

Hailing from Washington, DC, Dan's soulful piano and keyboard playing and compositions can be heard on recordings by artists such as Gary and Greg Grainger, Ken Navarro, Origem, Dani Cortaza, Al Williams, & Tim Eyermann’s East Coast Offering. He has also performed with Eddie Harris, Larry Coryell, Najee, Vinny Valentino, Marshall Keys and many others. His own CD's (Never Alone, Lifeline and To Be Sure) received several Washington, DC area WAMMIE nominations and acclaim from such publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz.

Kenny Rittenhouse - Trumpet

With a Master of Music degree from University of Maryland, trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse has led his own jazz quartet for the past 15 years, developing a reputation as one of the region’s “most versatile and virtuosic trumpeters, able to bounce between classical music and various sorts of jazz with the poise of a true master” (Luke Stewart of Capital Bop). Paying homage to the Blue Note recording artists of the 1960s, the hard-swinging, bop/post-bop quartet has appeared at venues such as Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, and Twins Jazz Club and has produced two CDs. Rittenhouse has performed with jazz greats such as Larry Willis, Ralph Peterson, Don Braden, Buck Hill, and Steve Wilson. He is a member of The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He teaches jazz trumpet at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and has given clinics and master classes with Jamey Aebersold and trumpeter Vince Dimartino.

Steve Rochinski - Guitar

Self-taught guitarist Steve Rochinski was born in Washington, D.C. He has worked and performed with a host of top players such as Tal Farlow, Attila Zoller, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano, Joe Hunt, Chuck Redd, Bob Freedman and Tony Tillman; He has made numerous club, concert, recording and clinic appearances. In 1984 he left the road to teach at Berklee College of Music. He teaches all levels of harmony and has written a numerous books for jazz study. Steve currently records for Jardis Records, Germany’s leading jazz guitar label. His books and recordings are sold internationally and students come from all over the world to study with him.

Frank Russo

Frank Russo - Drums

A performer who has literally played around the globe, Frank Russo is one of the local “go to” drummers in many styles. He is retired from the Naval Academy Band, and is currently Professor of Drum Set Studies at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. Frank has an active career playing and recording with local acts like the Rob Levit, the Fred Hughes Trio, and his own band, the FAB trio.
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Amy Shook

Amy Shook - Acoustic Bass

Perhaps the working-est bass player in town, Amy is known for her down to earth humor and her talent as both an educator and performer. Her two groups, the Shook/Russo Quartet and the FAB Trio both record for Summit Records, and she is a constant in the region’s jazz scene. Amy has shared her talents over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera and Al Grey.
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Gary Sosias - Percussion

Gary Sosias has been playing Latin percussion since age nine. His father, Kiki Sosias from Puerto Rico, taught him the basics, and had him playing professionally at 11 years old. (Kiki sang with Xavier Cugat in the 1950s.) Following in his father's footsteps, Gary continued to play throughout high school and college. He was the leader of Colorado's own "Conjunto Colores" for 18 years, before moving to Maryland in 1996.

Sosias loves all percussion and insists that the Latin music must be respected and played true to form. He has pefromed in the D.C. region with Sin Miedo, Orquesta La Romana, Rumba Club, Mambo Combo, the Latin Jazz All Stars and others. He currently teaches in Montgomery County Public Schools, and is a busy clinician for musicians of all ages. Gary Sosias is endorsed by GonBops percussion and Sabian Cymbals.

Rogerio Souza - Guitar

An award winning Brazilian guitarist , composer, and arranger. He studied guitar with Norberto Macedo and harmony, ear training, and arranging with Adamo Prince and Sergio Adamo Benevenuto. He has performed with many other great Brazilian artists and appeared in numerous festivals and concert halls in many countries. He has produced many CDs including several by Nó em Pingo D'Água, one Brazil’s most innovative choro ensembles, of which he is a founding member. He appears on numerous recordings.
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Donato Soviero- Guitar

Soviero has performed extensively in the DC region for two decades. While his roots lie in mainstream jazz (he counts Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, and Emily Remler among his teachers), his playing and compositions reflect wider musical influences. He has appeared with numerous groups in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. In the District he has played the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, One Step Down and various U Street clubs. He has accompanied national touring artists at Wolftrap, the Convention Center and RFK Stadium and has been the recipient of awards from the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. His recordings include a self-titled CD, several stints as a featured sideman and a tribute to Charlie Byrd entitled Classical Jazz. WPFW “G-Strings” host Tom Cole said, “Donato's beautiful phrasing and impressive improvising took me aback. He’s one of those real surprises.”
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Rory Stuart - Guitar

Rory joins us from New York City where he teaches a very international student body at the prestigious New School. As head of the Rhythm Curriculum since 1992, he has played with and taught beside such legends as Reggie Workman, George Garzone, and Jim Hall.
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Robert Sullivan - Electric Guitar

Guitarist Robert Sullivan has performed with Vince Gill, Roberta Flack, Lee Greenwood, Gary Morris and Sean Rickman and opened for a host of other big names. He has played The White House, the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. and the Grand Ole Opry and he has been in the lineup of many July 4 performances at the Washington Monument. He has performed in 49 states and many countries and continents.

Harold F. Summey, Jr. - Percussionist

The Newport News, Virginia native has had an impressive career as both a classical and jazz artist. In 1992 he won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He has worked with icons Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins and Wynton Marsalis and performed with numerous orchestras such as the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and The Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He is a former member of the U.S. Navy Band is currently a member of "Pershing's Own" with The U. S. Army Band. He is on the adjunct jazz faculty of George Mason and Howard Universities and has taught at Mile High Jazz Camp in Boulder and various clinics and master classes. He was educated at Hampton University, Eastman School of Music and Howard University.

JD Walter - Vocals

An innovative and highly respected vocalist, JD has shared the stage with many legendary artists including Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Billy Hart and Orrin Evans. He has recorded five CDs as a leader and co-leader and made guest appearances on numerous other recordings. Performances at numerous international jazz festivals and other venues have attracted an international audience. He teaches at both The New School and The Aaron Copeland School of Music in NYC.
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Glenn Wilson - Baritone Saxophone

One of the country’s finest baritone sax players and recording artists, Glenn has been a professional jazz saxophonist for over 30 years. In NYC, he worked and recorded with The Buddy Rich Band, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Tito Puente and scores of other jazz and Latin-jazz groups. He lived and often performed in the Washington, DC area from 1991-2001. In 1993 he recorded with Bruce Hornsby on Harbor Lights, receiving a gold record for his playing and arranging. He tours often from his base in Illinois.
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Wayne Wilentz - Piano

Wayne Wilentz was born in New York City. He moved to Washington in 1989, and has played Brazilian jazz in the area since then and accompanied such mainstay DC vocalists as Pam Bricker, Nicki Gonzalez and Patrick DeSantos. Wayne is also the vocal coach and accompanist for the DC Jazz Vocalists Network. He has performed with R&B acts such as the Coasters, The Shirelles and The Marvellettes. He was a keyboardist and composer for the '80's funk band "SKYY", and possesses a gold record commemorating their Number One Album Skyy Line on Salsoul Records.
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Tom Williams - Trumpet

Baltimore native Tom Williams has led a sparkling and varied career. After graduating from Towson University, he joined the renowned Duke Ellington Orchestra. He was part of a national tour of the Broadway smash Sophisticated Ladies, and toured Japan with the road company. In 1987 he enlisted in the US Army. He was a featured soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors and Army Blues ensembles. He also performed with numerous show bands, such as those of Pattie Labelle, Anita Baker and Stevie Wonder. He has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and venues with many legendary performers. Trained on the drums as well as trumpet, he exhibits a strong sense of rhythmic, melody and harmony.
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Thad Wilson - Trumpet

Thad Wilson is one of DC’s jazz scene gems. Earlier in life, Thad spent many nights in New York City, playing trumpet at jam sessions at the Village Door, Village Gate, Blue Note, Visiones, Smalls, and playing with many of the greats such as James Moody, Benny Golson, Arnie Lawrence, Cecil Bridgewater, Vanessa Ruben, Ted Curson, and many others. Also a great composer, Thad has composed film scores and extended musical projects, including his original suite, Reflections on Romare, at the National Gallery of Art’s Romare Bearden exhibition opening in 2005. Thad has also served as Program Director for The National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden summer concert series. Currently, in addition to composing and touring, Thad teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he resides.
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