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Josie Zocco

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Dylan Hayes

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Tony Lefaive

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Jacqueline Tabor

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Demarcus Baysmore

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Kristen Chambers

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Moe Weisner

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Luigi Chancafe

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Tim Kennedy

Piano Instructor

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Marc Hagar

 Piano Instructor

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Isabella Du Graf

Voice Instructor

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 Drum Instructor

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Terri Vlist

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Alex Baird

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Richard Rodseth

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Conner Helms

 Piano Instructor

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Josh Rawlings

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Sam Jaegar

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Mack Bio
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Mack Grout

Head Piano Instructor
Founder

Born in 1985 in Seattle Washington, USA, Mack started playing piano at the age of three. Studying classical piano seriously until age fourteen, he then became interested in jazz and blues music and started studying with Larry Key. Upon graduating from South Kitsap High School in 2004 Mack won the national Louis Armstrong award, and obtained scholarships to multiple schools including Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts. At Cornish he studied jazz piano performance and composition under his mentors Dave Peck, Denney Goodhew, Randy Halberstadt, Chuck Deardorf and Jim Knapp, graduating magna cum laude in 2008.

Since then, Mack has worked full time as a jazz composer, soloist and band leader, performed nationally and internationally in styles from jazz to pop and everything in between, and also worked abroad for several years as a musical director for international jazz clubs throughout Asia. As an instructor, Mack has taught at colleges in the pacific northwest and mentored a full studio of serious students, over a dozen of which have gone on to continue their music study at high level conservatories around the world. Mack continues to perform as a soloist and sideman in original projects, and in 2019 founded Seattle Jazz Academy, a school for serious pianists interested in jazz and improvisation.  

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Monica Parshotam

Piano / Voice Instructor
Program Manager

Monica Parshotam is a performer, songwriter, vocalist, and pianist from Seattle, WA. She began studying music at age five with classical and contemporary piano before discovering passions for composition, songwriting, vocal performance, and theater. Monica has performed as a solo artist and in numerous bands for over ten years, playing a vast range of genres from jazz, soul, and R&B to folk, rock, and musical theater. She is currently a band leader, keyboardist, and lead vocalist for collaborative seven piece neo-soul band, Hard Maybe, performing and touring regularly across the west coast.

 

Monica graduated from Western Washington University with focuses in music, theater, audio technology, and education & social justice. She has coached at multiple youth arts programs such as Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, Bellingham Children’s Theater, and LaVenture Middle School’s Migrant Leaders Club, encouraging performance and music as tools for self-empowerment. Through teaching Monica hopes to instill a sense of curiosity and perseverance in her students while exploring musical possibilities, concepts, and skill building. She believes in a holistic approach to learning music, and seeks to establish within each of her students a strong musical intuition, grounded understanding of music theory, and cognitive flexibility when it comes to playing jazz. 

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Jeremy Bacon

Piano Instructor

Jeremy Bacon was born into a family with deep roots in jazz. He studied jazz improvisation and composition at Oberlin College and was a student of the great Don Pullen. who was a major influence on the avant garde scene from the 60’s to the 80’s. Jeremy was also the regular pianist with the Charles Fambrough Trio. In this group, Jeremy worked with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joe Ford, Johnny Coles, Pat Martino, Mike Mossman, Ralph Bowen and others.

 

Jeremy has worked in a broad range of situations, from leading his own group on two extended tours in Japan, being musical director for Joey Arias’ Billie Holliday show at Carnegie Hall, and working with many singers and instrumentalists including renowned vocalist Queen Esther. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Minton’s of Harlem, 55 Bar, the Blue Note, Penn State University and many other clubs in and around New York. Since arriving in Seattle in 2018, Jeremy has been working as a full time musician, teaching piano on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, accompanying dance classes in the Cornish Theater Department, performing with Jazz Ed at many regional elementary schools, and leading his own quartet at Tula’s jazz club.

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Alex Chadsey

Piano Instructor

Alex Chadsey is a professional improvisational pianist with over 20 years of experience as a performer, composer, arranger, and producer. With three albums of original music and credit on a GRAMMY award-winning record, Alex has harnessed his lifelong passion for music to grow a successful international career in the music industry.

Alex holds degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Washington, where he graduated with a Masters in 2020. In all musical endeavors, he draws from a wide range of knowledge and traditions, informed as much by formal academic training as by apprenticing with master musicians the world over—from Cuba, Mexico Puerto Rico, NYC, LA, and elsewhere. Notable works include recording with the legendary Reggae artist Clinton Fearon, as well as touring and recording with the award-winning, East LA-based Chicano band Quetzal.​

Alex sees music as an intuitive source of knowledge and wisdom—one that is critically needed in the present to confront the challenges we collectively face as a species. Music is an expression of the multifaceted intelligence of the human spirit, and a powerful catalyst for connecting with others—and with ourselves.

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Jona Brown

Jona Brown is a Classically trained Jazz Pianist, Organist and Bassist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Professional Music. Jona started on Piano and Bass at the age of 13, playing for church recitals and services every Sunday, along with playing the Hammond B-3 Organ. In high school, he auditioned and was accepted into Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter school in Pennsylvania, in which he was first introduced to the jazz idiom.

After graduating high school, Jona left to study under Cleveland pianists Joe Hunter and Jackie Warren. Jona attended Berklee College of Music on the North American scholarship while also spending one year studying at Berklee's Valencia Campus in Spain. During his time in Boston and Valencia, he studied with renowned pianists Kevin Harris and Albert Sanz.

After a multitude of tours and performances in the greater Boston and Valencia Area, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest to further participate in both music and programming. Jona now performs under a quartet and trio in the Seattle area. Additionally, he is a full-stack software engineer in the Seattle area.

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Shai PermIlovsky

Piano Instructor

Pianist/keyboard player Shai Permilovsky is an up-and-coming musician and music instructor in the Seattle scene. Born and raised in Kefar Saba, Israel, Shai has attended the city’s prestigious conservatory since the age of nine. He trained with renowned classical and jazz faculty, and was a pioneer in the institution’s rock and contemporary music program. He later made it into the Katzenelson Music Program in his high school years, where he proceeded to work with influential musicians and instructors Sasha Kantzberg and Ronit Katz. The program is known for producing some of Israel’s most successful musicians, including pianist/composer Idan Raichel.

 

In 2016 Shai immigrated to Seattle with his family in pursuit of higher education. He is currently enrolled as a Music Major at the University of Washington, where he is getting his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. In addition, Shai is a part of Seattle’s up and coming Jazz-pop band- Turtlnck.

 

Formerly a student of Mack, Shai was inspired to take on a teaching position at the Seattle Jazz Academy. As a teacher, he emphasizes the importance of creative outlet, and how each student should use their own passions and ideas in their playing. Shai’s students will experiment with a variety of genres in jazz, such as Funk, Soul, R&B, Fusion, and more.

 

Some of Shai’s biggest inspirations include: Jazz pianists Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, to more contemporary artists such as Israeli composer Idan Raichel, Esperanza Spalding, the Modern R&B group Hiatus Kaiyote, and British guitar player/ songwriter Tom Misch.

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Jona brown

Piano Instructor

Jona Brown is a Classically trained Jazz Pianist, Organist and Bassist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Professional Music. Jona started on Piano and Bass at the age of 13, playing for church recitals and services every Sunday, along with playing the Hammond B-3 Organ. In high school, he auditioned and was accepted into Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter school in Pennsylvania, in which he was first introduced to the jazz idiom.

After graduating high school, Jona left to study under Cleveland pianists Joe Hunter and Jackie Warren. Jona attended Berklee College of Music on the North American scholarship while also spending one year studying at Berklee's Valencia Campus in Spain. During his time in Boston and Valencia, he studied with renowned pianists Kevin Harris and Albert Sanz.

After a multitude of tours and performances in the greater Boston and Valencia Area, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest to further participate in both music and programming. Jona now performs under a quartet and trio in the Seattle area. 

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Max holmberg

Drum Instructor

Max Holmberg is a Seattle based drummer, bandleader and educator. He first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa's house at age two. Born into a family of actors and musicians, it's no surprise that the first music he remembers listening to is Count Basie. Max got his fist real taste of jazz playing in the jazz programs at Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Max then moved to Boston for four years where he completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle where he currently resides and can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the Alex Dugdale BandDanny Quintero Band, Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band, 200 TrioThe Arsonists, the Eric Patterson Band, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the Kareem Kandi Band. Max hosts the Sunday night jam session at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood, co-runs the (currently retired) podcast Jazztalk Seattle, and runs the Secret Jazz Club on Airbnb (on hiatus since covid). He can also be found occasionally performing with Broadway shows including the Grammy and Tony-winning Hadestown (North American Tour).

 

Throughout Max's musical journey, he has had the opportunity to perform in 7 different countries and gain personal experience and knowledge from many notable musicians. Some highlights include performances in India with Danae Greenfield and the 200 Trio, touring with Hadestown, touring internationally with the Arsonists featuring Patrick Bartley, Jr, the Jens Lindemann Big Band/Seattle Chamber Music Society Festival, performing at Berklee College of Music with NEA Jazz Master Joanne BrackeenEddie Gomez, and Wayne Krantz, a performance at Lincoln Center with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Wynton Marsalis, workshops with Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, the late Rashied Ali, and the late James Moody. In addition to these artists, a special thanks goes out to Benny Green, Neal Smith, Katia Roberts, Ernesto Diaz, Tyler Richart, Joanne Brackeen, Stuart MacDonald, Moc Escobedo, Lisa Holmberg, Ed Mays and Scott Brown for going above and beyond in helping mentor Max as a musician, drummer and human spirit.

 

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DanIel Rainard

Guitar Instructor

A Seattle native, Dan Rainard is a musical reflection of his home city.  Proud is he that he attended the same high school as Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones!  A lifelong devotee of the guitar, he feels at home playing in many styles but was particularly drawn to study jazz for its ability to convey nuanced emotion through harmony.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Central Washington University and after playing several years on board cruise ships he took a hiatus to earn his Master’s degree as a graduate assistant with Chuck Israels at Western Washington University.  He returned to Seattle after playing on board for several more years and working on three world cruises, accompanying hundreds of guest entertainers including Mr. Show Business himself, Wayne Newton! 

 

Since returning in 2012, he can be heard performing with such Seattle luminaries as Tim Kennedy, Birch Pereira, and Dave Peterson as well the orchestras of Seattle Repertory Theater (In The Heights, Shout Sister Shout) and Village Theater (Songs for a New World, Matilda, Hairspray, and more).  He has studied with jazz legends Julian Lage, Russell Malone, Ulf Wakenius, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tuck Andres and Earl Klugh.  He has also made an independent study of the sound and technique of George Benson, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and John Scofield and amassed numerous personal transcriptions of their work which he hopes to publish one day.  He is eager to help aspiring guitarists unlock the doors that have been opened to him by learning to read and interpret sheet music and understand and improvise music in all kinds of musical styles.  Dan believes that the guitar has a home in so many musical genres, you don’t have to pick just one, but learning jazz will give you a framework to understand most other genres in depth.  

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Hans teuber

Piano/Woodwinds Instructor

Hans Teuber has been a top-call saxophonist and woodwind doubler, composer, arranger, and keyboardist in the Pacific Northwest for over thirty years, with extensive experience recording and touring alongside many influential artists. He has traveled North America, Europe, Japan, and Brazil, performing with jazz luminaries such as George Cables, Julient Priester, Bill Frisell, Chano Domingues, Michael White, and Wayne Horvitz. Hans also toured and performed with folk singer Ani DiFranco and recorded with notable Seattle rock bands Brad and Mudhoney. 

 

For almost ten years Hans instructed and accompanied at Cornish College of the Arts, and he has released four albums as a band leader under Jackson Street and Origin Records. Hans has been actively involved in the cirque world having spent eighteen years with Seattle’s Teatro Zinzanni and is currently working with Montreal’s comedy duo “Monseigneures Tim et Joe.” 

 

As an instructor, Hans’ hope first and foremost is to convey his practical experience in a cultural context as applied to musical problems and exercises. His approach to teaching includes an emphasis on the value of music in all areas of the human experience, keeping in mind how history and our current local communities may inform and relate to our musical interests and skills. Hans instructs and collaborates with his students in developing a strong proficiency in music, whether focusing on the mastery of an instrument, composition, and/or songwriting.

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Terri Torseth-Vlist

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Terri Torseth-Vlist is a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest, born on the Kitsap Peninsula in Bremerton, WA and hails from Port Orchard, WA now for over 30 years.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University, she began her career in international shipping where she honed her management and administrative skills.  After a brief hiatus to raise her children, she started a new path as an independent contractor in medical transcription.  This new path led her back to the administrative field where her organizational and time management skills proved indispensable.  She is a skilled professional with a passion for getting things done!  Terri has a natural talent for organization and pays incredible attention to details, ensuring that everything runs like clockwork. 

Away from the office, Terri enjoys time with her family, reading a good book, and is an avid sports fan.  Her love languages are listening with a focused ear and cooking for her friends and family.  

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Alex Baird

Piano / Voice Instructor

Alex was born & raised in Seattle, Washington, singing and playing piano from age 7. She spent three years in the Onions, one of Seattle’s finest high school vocal jazz groups at Seattle Academy, and played saxophone and piano in jazz band. Her father is local dueling piano player, Robert Baird, and her maternal grandmother, Peggi Griffith, was a singer in the 1950s-1960s, performing with Overton Barry, among others. Alex’s career has been highlighted by her releasing her first album, Lemon Tree, in May 2022, under Next Records, which now has over 1M listens on Spotify, and her experience performing as a guest artist at the Kobe Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan, 2018, accomplished by her winning the adult division of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association Jazz Competition at Jazz Alley. One of her personal favorite experiences is returning to perform holiday music at the West Seattle Thriftway grocery store every year. 

 

Alex graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado 2020 with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, with a certificate in Music Technology and a minor in French. She was a member of two Downbeat-winning vocal jazz groups, NoCoVo and Vocal Lab in the esteemed jazz program at UNCo, and has studied with musicians including Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison, Lauren Kinhan, Sara Gazarek, and more. She currently teaches piano and voice, occasionally adjudicates festivals, and works with high school groups, and she performs regularly in Seattle solo, duo, and with bands including the Blue Wave Band and Nearly Dan.

 

When teaching piano Alex prioritizes taking basic piano skills to the next level so that playing can be an outlet for any emotion or situation. She focuses on adding tools to students’ repertoire including chords, extensions, bass lines, and stylish playing so that students can play solo piano or accompany themselves comfortably. 

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Josie zocco

Piano Technique Specialist

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Josie began her musical journey with her first music lesson at age 3 and never looked back. She earned her first dollar playing piano at a New Orleans bar at age 7. In 2007 she graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ethnomusicology and Piano Performance. In 2008 she received her Associates Diploma in Piano Performance and Theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been active as a teacher and collaborative pianist since 2001. In 2011, Josie followed her heart and moved to Seattle. Currently, Josie sits on the Board of the Seattle Music Teachers Association, is an active student of professional soloist Mark Salman, and maintains a full teaching studio. She enjoys working closely with students to develop their technique, with a special focus on addressing and overcoming specific individual challenges.  Josie is an avid stride piano fan and an active member and instructor for the Seattle Jazz Academy community.  Josie is the piano technique specialist for Seattle Jazz Academy, and teaches courses such as the three month intensive Technique for Jazz Pianists.  When she is not teaching or playing music, Josie enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, watching hockey, and hanging out with her husband, son, and cats.

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Moe Weisner

Upright and Electric Bass Instructor
Music Theory Instructor

 

Born and raised just outside of Seattle, Moe was always interested in different art forms, but didn’t start playing music until age 15, and didn’t pick up his current primary instrument until age 17. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017, with a concentration in Jazz Double Bass Performance. There, he studied under Chuck Deardorf for jazz bass and Joe Kaufman for classical bass. In 2022, he received a Master of Music degree from Central Washington University, where he studied Classical Double Bass Performance with Dr. Anna Jensen and Composition with Dr. Jiyoun Chung. 

 

Moe also works as a music teacher in the greater Seattle area, teaching beginner lessons on piano, guitar, and cello, and beginning through advanced lessons on electric bass, double bass, and composition. As a composer, he has written and arranged works for a variety of ensembles, including chamber orchestra, jazz big band, SATB Choir, small jazz combos, and various chamber ensembles. While he does have an affinity for jazz, R&B, and western classical music, he is always looking to challenge himself as a bass player in different styles of music and hone his abilities to become a more versatile musician.

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Moe Weisner

Upright and Electric Bass Instructor
Music Theory Instructor

 

Born and raised just outside of Seattle, Moe was always interested in different art forms, but didn’t start playing music until age 15, and didn’t pick up his current primary instrument until age 17. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017, with a concentration in Jazz Double Bass Performance. There, he studied under Chuck Deardorf for jazz bass and Joe Kaufman for classical bass. In 2022, he received a Master of Music degree from Central Washington University, where he studied Classical Double Bass Performance with Dr. Anna Jensen and Composition with Dr. Jiyoun Chung. 

 

Moe also works as a music teacher in the greater Seattle area, teaching beginner lessons on piano, guitar, and cello, and beginning through advanced lessons on electric bass, double bass, and composition. As a composer, he has written and arranged works for a variety of ensembles, including chamber orchestra, jazz big band, SATB Choir, small jazz combos, and various chamber ensembles. While he does have an affinity for jazz, R&B, and western classical music, he is always looking to challenge himself as a bass player in different styles of music and hone his abilities to become a more versatile musician.

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Dylan Hayes

Jazz Piano Instructor
 

Dylan Hayes is originally from San Francisco, and began playing piano at the age of seven. He attended an arts school in Novato, California, Marin School of the Arts, where he started playing in a rock band. As time progressed, he joined the school’s top jazz band and realized that jazz was the direction he wanted to take in his career as a musician. He continued his studies at Cornish College of the Arts from which he graduated summa cum laude from in 2019, and was able to study with Dawn Clement, Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Marina Albero.

Dylan’s piano playing has brought him to share the stage with top tier musicians in both San Francisco and The Pacific Northwest such as Jay Thomas, Thomas Marrtiott, Matt Jorgensen, Evan Flory-Barnes, Christopher Brown and former member of Art Blakey’s jazz messengers, Chris Amberger. 

Dylan’s debut record “Songs For Rooms And People” was released on Blujazz Productions on March, 2020. His debut record is one of the top ten jazz albums of 2020 in The Seattle Times. Another Seattle based band that Dylan co-leads called “Meridian Odyssey” released a record titled "Second Wave" under Origin Records and was listed as one of the top fifteen best albums of 2021 in The Seattle Times. Meridian Odyssey’s sophomore release titled “Earthshine” was also listed as one of the top 20 albums of 2022 in The Seattle Times.

Dylan has also taken over the big band book of renowned composer Jim Knapp and has been revitalizing the group in Seattle. Other bands that Dylan leads are the Dylan Hayes Electric Band, DX-Tet, Vela The Band and LeHayes.

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Bass / Guitar Instructor

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As someone who grew and developed as an artist in Seattle, Tony regularly participates in the area’s music scene. His creative upbringing began early, and at the age of ten his parents gave him a guitar and with it he taught himself to improvise and write songs. Around the age of sixteen Tony saw an opportunity after the bassist in his high school jazz ensemble quit. Every day before rehearsal he would step up to the upright bass and teach himself to play. Eventually he was asked to officially fill the role of a bass player, a request which set in motion his career as a professional.

 

In 2016 Tony graduated from Roosevelt High School and humbly received the Waldo King Inspirational Award as a result of his efforts to fill a job that no one else stepped up to do. He went on to study Jazz and Improvised music at the University of Washington with scholarships from the Brechemin Foundation and more. In 2020 he finished his undergraduate education and went on to complete his Masters in 2022 while also working as a Teacher Assistant. At this time he continued to perform and teach music of all genres in the greater Seattle area, solidifying his presence on the scene as a diversely experienced working professional.

 

Tony’s approach to art has always been to encourage himself and his peers to find their own voice and niche and use it as an escape and form of creative expression. In doing so he hopes to search out roles that need to be filled and do so with integrity and purpose.

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Richard Rodseth

Piano Instructor

Richard is delighted to devote his days to music education (his own and others') after a lengthy career in technology. In 2019 he completed a Professional Certificate in Music Theory and Composition through Berklee Online, with additional study in orchestration and counterpoint. 

 

The son of a piano and voice teacher, Richard took classical piano lessons as a child and studied jazz piano upon moving to Seattle. He has since gained experience teaching beginning piano to younger students, an experience he finds enriching and stimulating. 

 

As an enthusiastic composer, Richard has completed short compositions for jazz trio, string quartet, and saxophone quartet formations, which were then performed at events organized by the Seattle Composers Alliance. He also loves exploring synthesis and electronic music.

 

Richard's musical heroes include fellow South African Abdullah Ibrahim and other piano greats like Brad Mehldau, Jessica Williams, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, along with the many magnificent musicians based in Seattle!

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Guitar Instructor

Demarcus Baysmore is a skilled and engaging guitarist from Texas who is best known for his jazz, blues, and funk musical stylings. He began playing at age twelve and has since performed across the northwest in venues both large and small with a wide variety of talented musicians throughout his career.

 

Demarcus studied guitar at Oklahoma Baptist University and the Navy School of Music before joining Navy Band Northwest, where he played and toured as their guitarist for four years. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2019, Demarcus quickly became immersed in the Seattle music community and has collaborated with numerous musicians and groups as a performer, writer, and recording artist. 

 

Influenced by musicians like Wes Montgomery, Mark Lettieri, and Tosin Abasi, Demarcus aims to inspire creativity in not only his listeners, but also fellow musicians and students through his music and teaching. 

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Jacqueline tabor

Voice Instructor

Jaqueline Tabor is a jazz, blues, and swing vocalist, band leader, and touring artist based in Seattle. Inspired by artists including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Koko Taylor, Sarah Vaughn, and many more, Jaqueline's signature bluesy style and charismatic personality have earned her the nickname of the “Seattle Chanteuse.” She has collaborated with some of the most talented jazz musicians in Seattle, as well as local artists while on tour to create a community-centered experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of music.

Jaqueline Tabor is a four-time winner of the Earshot Jazz Vocalist of the Year award, completed residencies in Seattle, WA and Oshkosh, Wisconsin where she created over eight productions, and has been a guest artist for Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra since 2019. In collaboration with award-winning musician Marina Albero, their production of “Don’t Explain: A Musical Conversation Between Billie Holiday and Nina Simone” won Concert of the Year in 2022 by Earshot Jazz. Jaqueline was also a winner of the Kobe Jazz Vocalist Queen Contest, an opportunity that led her to perform in Kobe, Japan through the Seattle-Kobe Jazz Exchange Program. Since then she has toured internationally in Hawaii, Osaka, Kobe, and Tokyo. 

Jaqueline is eager to continue sharing her passion and joy for music. Through teaching, she aims to coach and inspire each student to find their unique, strong voice. 

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conner helms

Piano Instructor

Conner Helms began his musical career as a saxophonist at age twelve, but quickly fell in love with the harmonic possibilities of the piano, devoting much of his time during and after school to honing his skills as both a soloist and accompanist. In 2011 he began instructing under the mentorship of pianist Bill MacDounough and upon his graduation from Western Washington University, began teaching full time. 

 

Now with over eighteen years of musical experience, Conner has performed in thousands of concerts ranging from solo piano, choral, small group jazz, big band, and with his own jazz/neo-soul group Triple Mood, which has toured both locally and internationally. Beyond his work in ensembles, Conner’s interest in photography/videography has led him to foster relationships with many PNW artists and musicians, as well as non-profit organizations such as the Jazz Center of Bellingham.

 

Conner’s teaching approach is focused on meeting the student where they are at. He strives to teach theory, technique and other skills in a way that is approachable and can be put to immediate use. He strongly believes in the concept of “learning through doing” which applies as much in the practice room as out.

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Marc Hager is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator based in Seattle, Washington. A self taught pianist through high school, he was accepted into the University of Washington School of Music in 1992 where he studied privately with professor Marc Seales, majoring in Jazz Studies. Since leaving college Marc has appeared in a wide variety of jazz, funk, reggae and rock groups performing throughout the northwest in venues large and small. For the past two decades Marc has been teaching piano privately with a focus on providing individually tailored instruction in a positive learning environment where creativity and exploration are encouraged while also giving solid instruction in the fundamentals of music and piano technique. Many of Marc's students have enjoyed success playing playing in their school jazz bands with a few having been recognized for their playing at regional jazz festivals.

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Piano Instructor

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Isabella Du Graf

Voice Instructor

Singer Isabella Du Graf is a talent as rare as her record collection. A crate-digger and beatmaker with a degree in jazz performance for voice from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with Dominique Eade, Cecil Mcbee, Dave Holland and Rebecca Parris. A Seattle native, Du Graf is “a spoonful of the outstanding talent coming out of the Pacific Northwest” raved Wynton Marsalis after presenting her with the Ella Fitzgerald award for her performance at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Later that year Isabella was recognized by Downbeat Magazine as Outstanding HS Jazz Vocalist of the year, an award she was able to duplicate twice more but at the college level.  Isabella's dedication to her craft has allowed her the opportunity to share stages with musical giants like Bobby McFerrin and Ernestine Anderson. And in a performance that introduced her to an audience of over 40,000 Seattle football fans, Isabella was asked to perform the national anthem at Qwest Field for the NFL Seahawks-Raiders game.  Since returning back home to Seattle, she’s been busy honing her chops as a songwriter and producer, releasing a full-length album (“Love, Love? Love”) in 2018 and traveling around the country to record and perform with the likes of Kassa Overall and Julius Rodriguez. Du Graf is currently at work on her fourth album that features both acoustic and production-heavy sounds with contributions from Rodriguez, Kassa, Mike King, Burniss Travis, and Joe Dyson.

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Josh Rawlings

Piano Instructor

Josh Rawlings is a GRAMMY-Nominated and Platinum Album Award winning composer, studio musician and performer in Seattle, WA. He is the pianist featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ multi-GRAMMY winning album ‘The Heist’. Josh’s signature sound can be heard on ‘Same Love’ and ‘Downtown’ along with many other major albums. Josh has worked with 100’s of artists and groups over his 2-decade long career. He has toured throughout the United States playing stadiums, major festivals and amphitheaters. Josh has performed in Germany with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and in Italy with his band Industrial Revelation. He currently makes his living as an active live performer, studio musician and composer living in Seattle, WA. Josh is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts where he studied under the tutelage of esteemed musicians including jazz pianist Randy Halberstadt, Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto, multi-instrumentalist/composer Denney Goodhew, and both jazz pioneers/legends - saxophonist Hadley Caliman & trombonist Julian Priester.

 

As a teacher, Josh strives to motivate each student to follow their passion and really PLAY music from the heart. Whether focusing on foundational piano technique, learning and playing Pop songs, or diving into deeper harmonic Jazz theory, Josh enjoys making music fun, accessible and explorative for his students. He often crafts a curriculum tailored to his students’ goals and growth areas. If Josh has a speciality, it's what he'd call the ‘Art of Jamming’ and the ability to play by ear. This ability can be taught just like learning any language by ear, and it’s an area he hopes to cultivate and turn into a major asset musicians can bring to any musical situation (stage, studio and beyond).

 

Josh is a proud father of 3 children. He’s an endurance racer, NW surfer, lover of Hayao Hiyazaki films, dark chocolate & a black coffee enthusiast.

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Kristin Chambers is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer based in Seattle. Her warm adult- contemporary style stems from a wide range of influences from jazz to pop to blues. A classically trained vocalist and natural artist, Kristin has a talent for crafting honest and relatable songs. She feels most at home sitting behind a piano surrounded by melody.

Kristin has released four full-length studio albums and one EP. She has more than two-hundred songwriting credits to her name. In 2022 her song “Everything Woman” was featured on the television show Better Caul Saul. Her songs “Ride Or Die” (co-written by David Hayes), and “Home” (co-written by Chris Mugs), have both been featured on the CBS daytime drama The Young And The Restless.

Kristen Chambers

Voice Instructor

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Mario Layne Fabrizio

Drum Instructor

Mario Layne Fabrizio is a drummer, percussionist, composer, visual artist, filmmaker and writer. He graduated with a BA in Jazz Studies from Boston’s New England Conservatory in 2018, where he studied with an array of teachers like Jabali Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Joe Morris, Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran. 

 

Mario’s work as a musician has been presented around the world at places like the Salzburg Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Panama Jazz Festival, Birdland, Kunming’s International Drum Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Mario has performed with notable musicians such as Cecil Mcbee, Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta, Santi DeBriano, Joe Morris, Ali Boulo Santo Cissoko, Jason Palmer, Oran Etkin, Noah Preminger and Volker Goetze. Works he's performed for include Arturo O'Farrill’s Little Tiny Walls, The Black Clown at American Repertory Theatre, and Jason Moran’s STAGED exhibition. London Jazz News describes Mario pretty accurately as "ferocious but subtle," and Steve Smith of On The Record says that he presents with “assurance, charisma and infectious enthusiasm.” Mario’s compositions have been acknowledged by the New York Times, AllMusic, and France Musique. He was also featured in Seattle Refined and Komo News as artist of the week, as well as JazzTimes and Earshot Jazz. 

 

As an educator, Mario cares about developing the individual voice, intuition, and musical personality of each student, first and foremost. He shows his students that improvisation is a way to weave through life, to gain wisdom and innovate the future. Mario has taught drum, percussion, rhythm and performance masterclasses at the Panama Jazz Festival, across China in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Kunming and Beijing, and at the Salzburg Jazz Festival. He was also a teaching artist for the Boston Cantata Singers Program where he taught songwriting to 4th and 5th graders. Because of his vast interests and artistic abilities, Mario blends philosophy, literature, and visual art in his teaching to enable a wide artistic perspective in each student, support individual growth, and develop a healthy, well-rounded relationship with music as a whole. Mario believes that “teaching music is very intertwined with each students’ inner being, and while teaching I want to encourage students to discover more about themselves." Lessons start as an empty cup to be filled with whatever interests and possibilities are found while learning

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Sam Jaeger

Guitar Instructor

Sam Jaeger is a guitarist, music maker, and educator born and raised in Seattle, Washington. A versatile and tasteful player, he has performed as a freelance guitarist and as the leader of his own projects since 2010. He is the guitarist and co-arranger of Seattle Neo-Soul band Hard Maybe.

Sam graduated with distinction from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in 2015,  earning his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance, studying under the late bassist Chuck Deardorf and pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto. At this time, he also stayed busy playing in the DIY circuits of Seattle and Bellingham, further developing his musical voice and passion for live performance.

As an instructor, Sam emphasizes an individualized approach to his students and rejects a "one size fits all" mentality. Through examination of each students' natural skills and shortcomings, he curates a custom lesson plan each week that will challenge each student to expand their knowledge of the fretboard, from scalar single note improvising to the broad study of harmony. Sam also teaches the role of the guitar beyond technique, emphasizing its placement in bands and ensembles; this approach offers students pragmatic and marketable skills that will teach them how to "fit" into any given musical environment.

As a performer, Sam specializes in Fusion, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Blues, and free-form improvised music. You can usually catch Sam playing with Hard Maybe or with fellow guitarist and writer Eric Olson in their Jazz Guitar duo, Out of the Blue. He has also performed with Montana-based country singer Miller Campbell, trumpeter/bandleader Bobby Medina, Jovino Santos Neto, and under the leadership of the late composer and the late Jim Knapp. He lives in Seattle with his partner Kelsi Hooper and dog, Wendy.

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Sutton Marley

Drum Instructor

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sutton Marley is a drummer now based in Seattle, WA with over 15 years of professional experience playing drums in a variety of musical settings. After developing a passion for jazz music in high school, Sutton went on to attend the University of North Texas as a Jazz Performance major and had the great fortune to study with master drummer & teacher, Ed Soph.

 

Upon returning to the Bay Area, Sutton spent many years performing as a sideman; playing in jazz, big band, and R&B settings at venues such as Black Cat, Yoshi’s, Club Deluxe, Cafe Stritch, and multiple appearances at the San Jose Jazz Festival. In 2021, Sutton released his first album as a band leader, Intention, on all major streaming platforms, which features the wonderful musicianship of Smith Dobson, Adam Shulman, and Jack Tone Riordan. In addition to performing, Sutton has taught privately with students of all ages and levels of experience, as well as taught small group/ensemble classes at the San Jose Jazz Summer Camp. 

 

As a teacher, Sutton has a passion for working collaboratively with students on a personalized method of study that helps fuel their creative spark, develop their musicianship, and spread a love and appreciation for jazz music.

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Tim Kennedy

Piano Instructor

Tim Kennedy is a Seattle-based musician, producer, teacher, and composer. He
can be found on any given night performing jazz, pop, country, and rock. A lifelong
student of jazz, Tim has toured all over the world performing music. Tim has a
passion for teaching music as well, and has taught and given clinics at the William
Paterson University, The Northwest School, and the Stanford Jazz Camp. He has a
degree in Jazz Performance from the the acclaimed William Paterson University
and has studied with such artists as John Hicks, Harold Mabern, Pete Malinverni,
and Bruce Barth. Having studied with such incredible musicians Tim has a vast
amount of knowledge about music and knows how to convey it to the student.
As well as performing in Jazz, he is also the front man for electro dance band
Richie Aldente, and the country rock sounds of Hot Rod, and Big Tooth. Tim is an
established producer working with artists all over the world in many genres of
music, and has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Kassa Overall,
Jesse Sykes, Jason Mraz, Theo Crocker, Gavin Degraw, Randy Weston, Jonathon
Blake, Ari Hoening, Doc Backer, Zach Santos and many others.

 

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