Maryland Summer Jazz Faculty 2017

Our Faculty is what makes Maryland Summer Jazz one of the most successful summer jazz workshops for adults in the nation. Teaching at major educational institutions and performing at festivals and concert halls around the globe, MSJ’s stellar faculty has the experience, chops, humor and answers you are looking for!

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 CD’s, including “The Blind Watchmaker” with The MARS 4-tet and “Brotherhood” and “Here Today” with The Jazz Update have been lauded by jazz critics around the world. They note his exceptional compositions as well as the his peerless technique.

Antoniuk has shared the stage with US hitmakers Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Jimmy Haslip, Najee and Marcus Miller. He's also worked with Canadian greats PJ Perry, Senator Tommy Banks, big band leader Rob McConnell, pop icon David Foster and trumpet sensation Ingrid Jensen. Recently, Jeff was the featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the world premier of their “Swingin’ Nutcracker,” a jazz reinvention of the 25 movement Tchaikovsky classic.

A dedicated teaching artist, Antoniuk has been a featured performer and educator at numerous festivals, including Juneau Jazz & Classics, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the International Saxophone Symposium, MacEwan Summer Jazz, and at The White House. He is the founder and artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz, and directs two other adult music programs in the USA: Jazz Band Masterclass and the Capital City Voices. Jeff has recently added “Jazz Internet Sensation” to his resume, with his acclaimed weekly Jazz Video Series. Across the Facebook and You Tube platforms, he inspires and coaches over a thousand jazz fans and students every week, from across the globe.

Wade Beach - Piano

Phenomenal pianist Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. After classical training (including a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland) he entered the world of jazz as a protégé of the legendary Sir Roland Hanna.

For two decades, Wade toured the world with the prestigious Airmen of Note band, the flagship big band of the US Air Force. He has taught in the George Mason University jazz department for many years, and is one of the most sought after jazz pianists and piano teachers on the east coast. Wade has performed with almost every notable jazz player and singer imaginable over his 40+ year career, and is a founding faculty member at Maryland Summer Jazz.

Paul Bollenback - Guitar

Guitarist Paul Bollenback has performed as a sideman with a wide range of jazz luminaries through his career, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer and many more. He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20 year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. Bollenback has performed on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released eight CD’s as a leader.

A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90’s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Peabody Conservatory, and Queens College, and some at the New School and CUNY. Bollenback is also a composer, who’s pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD. His most recent recording, “Portraits in Space and Time” (Mayimba Music), with his trio, was released in 2014. Paul Bollenback resides in the New York City area.

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Todd Harrison - Drums

The multitalented Todd Harrison grew up in Houston,TX, and started his professional career at age 14 playing drums in various r&b, rock and jazz big bands at local clubs, eventually leading to many years with top funk bands Cold Sweat and TKOH! Although he began as a drummer, Todd is also an adept percussionist, latin and Brazilian style guitarist, and a composer/arranger. Todd is recently retired after 20 years of performing and recording with the world renown Jazz Ambassadors of The US Army Field Band.

When not performing and hosting jazz workshops with the Army Band, Todd found time to play with major artists from many styles of jazz and pop music, including El DeBarge, Kirk Whalum, Paul Gilbert, Kenny Cordray, Conrad Herwig, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Rick Perry, Dick Oats, Geri Allen, and Andy Bey.

Marty Nau - Alto Saxophone/Clarinet

Marty Nau is a saxophonist and clarinetist living in the Washington DC area. After graduating from high school in 1977, he joined the Navy music program, eventually coming to Washington DC as a member of the U.S. Navy Commodores jazz ensemble. He played with the Commodores until his retirement in 1997. Since then, Marty has traveled to Europe and Japan as a member of the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Marty has studied with jazz legends Phil Woods and Eddie Daniels, and has released five CDs under his own leadership. Currently he teaches at the Washington Conservatory of music and Howard County Community College, and maintains a busy private studio.

Alex Norris - Trumpet

Dr. Alex Norris grew up in Columbia, MD, and relocated to New York City after graduating from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1990. In New York, Norris quickly found work with some of the best bands in the world - the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra, and Maria Schneider's Band. Norris also worked with many noted jazz musicians such as Slide Hampton, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Carl Allen, John Patitucci, Mulgrew Miller, and Brian Blade. Norris is very active in Afro-Cuban jazz, as well, having worked with Andy and Jerry González, Manny Oquendo, Paquito D’Rivera, and Chico O’Farril.

As an educator, Alex has served on the music faculties at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Towson University, the City College of New York, and The Peabody Conservatory. In 2007, Norris received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

As a sideman, Alex has recorded on over 80 CD’s, including for labels such as Blue Note, Verve, Impulse, Steeplechase, and Sunnyside. As a leader, his own CD’s have received critical acclaim from around the world.

Amy Shook - Bass

Perhaps the working-est bass player in town, Amy is known for her down to earth humor and her talent as an educator and performer. Her two groups, the Shook/Russo Quintet and the FAB Trio both record for Summit Records, and she is a constant in the region’s jazz scene. Recently Amy has been found just off Broadway in New York City, in her theatre work with members of the Diva Orchestra in the celebrated Maurice Hines “Tappin’ Through Life” show.

A committed educator, Amy has worked in DC Public Schools for years with Jeff Antoniuk and The Jazz Update, presenting thousands of jazz workshops to children through the Capitol Jazz Project, run by Washington Performing Arts in partnership with Jazz At Lincoln Center. Also a very busy sideman, Amy has shared her talents over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Bobby Watson, Eric Alexander, Jim Snidero, Paquito D’Rivera, Al Grey and many more.

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Harry Watters - Trombone

Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Trombone Artist. He has presented his seminars at numerous events and colleges, including the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Association of Concert Bands' National Convention, the University of North Texas, New Mexico State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of New Orleans, and many more.

Watters has performed with Doc Serverinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra. Watters resides with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.

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