Maryland Summer Jazz Faculty

Our Faculty is what makes Maryland Summer Jazz one of the most successful summer jazz workshops 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 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 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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Peter Fraize - Saxophone

Since 1997, saxophonist Peter Fraize has played with Greg Hatza Organization, the Larry Brown Quintet, with whom he is featured on the 2006 album Hard Bop Café, winner of a 2007 Wammie Award for best jazz recording, and with his own group, the Peter Fraize Quartet. He has performed and recorded with many area artists including jazz vocalist Sharon Clark, the Brazilian group Origem and D.C. punk rock legends the Holy Rollers. He has appeared at all the major DC-area jazz venues and toured world-wide. A review in All About Jazz says, “Fraize is keenly aware of the saxophone's possibilities and limitations; he displays extraordinary command of the instrument.” His style has been compared to that of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

A Northern Virginia native, Fraize has performed professionally since age 16. He studied classical saxophone at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and later at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under Dutch saxophonist Leo van Oostrom. He is the director of Jazz Studies at George Washington University.
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Jimmy Haslip - Bass

Bassist Jimmy Haslip spent some 30 years as the founding member of Grammy Award winning Yellowjackets. Currently, he plays, tours, and records with Jeff Lorber Fusion and with British guitarist Allan Holdsworth. He has performed with a virtual who’s who of jazz and pop, including Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau, Diana Ross, Donald Fagen, Flora Purim, and many others. A review a 2010 issue of Bass Guitar Magazine calls him “an improviser of extraordinary depth and a groovemaster with impeccable feel.” He has recorded three of his own albums, and produced many albums for other artists in a range of genres.

As a left-hander, Haslip is noted for playing the bass upside down; he plays both six and seven-string bass. While mostly self-taught, Haslip spent time and learned from Jaco Pastorius. With his Puerto Rican heritage, Haslip has absorbed a range of Latin musical influences, but also classical, pop, jazz, and fusion.

As a jazz educator, Haslip authored Jimmy Haslip: Modern Improvisation for Bass Method. He has taught at Los Angeles Music Academy and Musicians Institute in Hollywood, as well as clinics and master classes around the world.
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Jim McFalls - Trombone

After 17 years with the Jazz Ambassadors, versatile trombonist Jim McFalls launched a new phase in his career. He became involved in instrument model development and is now a Buffet Crampon/Antoine Courtois performer and education specialist. He has played with DC’s “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown and on well-received recordings with Denis DiBlasio and The Capitol Bones. Jim has worked with many other jazz luminaries including Dave Liebman, Geoff Keezer, Ingrid Jensen, Clark Terry and Dave Samuels.

As a teacher he uses enthusiasm, motivation, inspiration and humor to create an environment where students are eager to learn and unafraid to take chances. Enjoying a national reputation as an educator, he is full time professor at Towson University and teaches at Rowan University Jazz Camp. Jim has often taught at Maryland Summer Jazz since its inception.
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Marty Morrison - Drums

Marty Morrison has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jonathan, Butler, Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Roberts, Phil Woods, Vanessa Rubin, Gary Thomas Rick Margitza, and Reggie Thomas and many others. He has toured Japan, England, Germany, Belgium, Korea, Azerbaijan, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Morrison was exposed to music at an early age by his father, jazz organist and pianist Billy Morrison and has been playing the drums since age five. After attending Missouri State University in Springfield, he joined the Unified Jazz Ensemble (UJE) and toured under the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Arts Initiative Program. As an artist in residence with UJE, he taught at Luther College in Iowa and Arkansas through the Mississippi County Arts Council. He went on to perform in the Washington, D.C. area as a drummer and educator. In 2007 Morrison returned to the St. Louis area and earned his bachelor of music degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is currently completing a master’s degree in music, keeping the beat alive by actively performing.

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.
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Donato Soviero- Guitar

Donato 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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Helen Sung - Piano

Pianist Helen Sung has worked with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Regina Carter, and, in addition to her own band, can currently be heard with ensembles including the Mingus Big Band & Dynasty Band, the T.S.Monk Group, and Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy-winning Mosaic Project. She was winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. International Review of Music speaks of “Sung’s fluid and imaginative piano playing [and] her awe-inspiring talent as a truly unique composer and arranger.” She has five well-regarded albums to her credit and will soon release a sixth, Anthem for a New Day, her debut on Concord Records.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung grew up in Houston, Texas studying classical piano from a young age; she was at University of Texas, Austin when she was bitten by the jazz bug. A graduate of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute, she teaches private piano students at Berklee College of Music and is involved with jazz education workshops in community and non-profit organizations such as New York City’s JazzReach.
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Paula Phillips

Paula Phillips - Administrative Director

Paula Phillips is the Administrative Director of Maryland Summer Jazz. The co-founder of the MSJ, Paula is the powerhouse behind the scenes. She has set high standards in developing curriculum and faculty for jazz students and continues to expand public concerts for jazz patrons. She has also found ways to nurture young talent by instituting scholarship and intern programs.

Paula received national awards for developing county arts programs, and continued to be an innovator working on television and radio programs and developing a voice as a feature writer. With years of experience in public relations, arts administration and meeting management, she also runs The Phillips Agency, a PR firm that represents The Jazz Update and other award winning arts-based clients.
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Read her article about the Washington, D.C. jazz scene

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