The Jazz Arts Academy program Curriculum and philosophy ensures a team effort pairing seasoned, world-class professional performing and recording artists with area students. Consistent key personnel include a core group of established musicians who are also experienced, dedicated educators. These professional jazz artists are at the top of their field and perform at festivals, jazz clubs, and concerts throughout the world.
From time to time we invite additional well-known jazz luminaries to give special workshops & master-classes or just to meet and inspire our students. We have had many inspiring visiting greats such as Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, Trumpet phenoms Jon Faddis, Warren Vaché and Freddie Hendrix, Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, Jazz Master Bassist Buster Williams, and Saxophonist Bruce Williams among many others.
Master musician and dedicated educator, Brandon McCune is a native of Chicago who was selected early on in his career through a national audition as a 1998-1999 U.S. Jazz Ambassador to Africa, where he traveled abroad representing the United States performing public and private concerts, master classes and workshops.
Principle Instructor, Special Guest Instructor
Bruce Williams (Principle Instructor) is a powerful, internationally known jazz saxophonist who hails from our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. He has made his presence known on the jazz scene by garnering critical attention with many of his own enthusiastically received CD releases.