Maryland Summer Jazz Faculty 2016

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 Antoniukis 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 U.S. hitmakers Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Jimmy Haslip, 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. His work in the funk and R & B vein has taken him from gigs at The White House to New York, Las Vegas and everywhere inbetween.

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 Vic Lewis International Band Festival, MacEwan Summer Jazz, and The White House. He is the founder and artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz, and directs three other adult music programs in the USA: Jazz Band Masterclass, Capital City Voices and inDepth Jazz Clinics & Concerts. He is a master teaching artist with Washington Performing Arts and the Capitol Jazz Project, in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis

Leonardo Lucini - Electric Bass

Leonardo Lucini is a bassist, composer and educator in the Washington DC area. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has toured abroad with Nestor Torres, Arturo O’Farrill, Alex Acuna, Leo Gandelman, Rogerio Souza, Federico Pena and Gregoire Maret. He also performs with his Brazilian jazz band Origem.

In Brazil, he performed with Nó Em Pingo D'Agua, saxophonist Paulo Moura and the Orquestra de Música Brasileira. He has given lectures and clinics at the Levine School of Music, Goucher College, George Washington University, George Mason University and the University of Maryland. He is an artist in residence 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.

Max Murray - Bass

Bassist Max Murray began his professional career at age 17, when he joined the United States Navy Music Program, eventually winning an appointment to the US Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD. Since then, as a member of Afro Bop Alliance he received a Latin Grammy Award in the "Best Latin Jazz Recording" category, and Grammy nomination for the 2008 release, "Caribbean Jazz Project - Afro Bop Alliance.”

Max plays regularly with DC/MD area bands such as The MARS 4-Tet and Blackman- Murray- Russo. A studio veteran, he has recorded extensively for jingles, commercials, television and film score. He has also recorded and toured with past and modern legends ranging from Henry Mancini, Jimmy Witherspoon and Louie Bellson to Chuchito Valdes, Poncho Sanchez and Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin.

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Shawn Purcell - Guitar

Jazz guitarist Dr. Shawn Purcell is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance with a minor in ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An active military musician, Shawn has played in The U.S. Air Force “Airmen of Note,” The U.S. Navy Band “Commodores” jazz ensemble, and the Naval Academy Band.

A dedicated educator, he is adjunct professor of jazz studies (jazz guitar and jazz arranging) at George Mason University, and has served on the jazz faculty at Towson University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and was a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Purcell has shared the stage with many of the world’s top jazz artists including past MSJ faculty member Ingrid Jensen, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Terell Stafford, and many more.

Ali Ryerson - Flute

With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Born in NYC, Ali grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and became one of the top NY studio players of his day. Ali has carried on the family tradition, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Blue Note to festival appearances worldwide.

Ryerson has released close to two-dozen albums on major jazz labels such as Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Red Baron, and has worked with jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Hubert Laws, Mike Mainieri, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, and Joe Beck. Ali’s groundbreaking ensemble "Game Changer - The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band" (Capri Records '13) was in the TOP 10 on the charts for nearly two months.

Author (Jazz Flute Practice Method), composer, and educator, Ali is the flute professor at Sacred Heart University and presents master classes world-wide. A Gemeinhardt Artist and Clinician with an autograph series of flutes, Ryerson is the new Gemeinhardt account manager for specialty flute shops.

Tim Stanley - trumpet

Trumpeter Tim Stanley hails from Belleville, IL. Since March 2004, he has been a member of the United States Navy flagship "Commodores" Jazz Ensemble, and is a past member of the US Naval Academy Band. Tim is much in demand as a trumpet player and soloist, and is a Grammy nominee (and Latin Grammy winner) with his band, Afro Bop Alliance. Tim has performed around the world, and taught in numerous workshop and clinic settings. He works locally with The Unified Jazz Ensemble, and has performed or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie Daniels, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill and many others.

Wayne Wilentz - piano

Pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger Wayne Wilentz is a highly regarded jazz musician who specializes in Brazilian music, but is also known for his versatility, vast repertoire and professionalism. Born in NYC, Wayne was a member of Atlantic, Capital and RCA/Salsoul recording artists “Skyy” for 9 years, and received a Gold Record for their LP “Skyyline”.

As a jazz musician he has shared the stage with such stars as Hendrik Muerkens, Giacomo Gates, Claudio Roditi, Rebecca Parris, Richie Cole, and many more. Wayne teaches piano and vocals at the Washington Conservatory of Music, and is also the musical director for The Capital City Voices, the premier jazz choir based in Washington DC.

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Warren Wolf - Drums

Drummer, vibraphonist and bassist Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist who attended The Baltimore School for the Arts, and then the Berklee College of Music, where he eventually taught in the Berklee percussion department (piano, drums and mallets).

Warren had recorded six records as a leader, featuring such musicians as Mulgrew Miller, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Christian McBride and Jeremy Pelt. He is a member of Christian McBride group "Inside Straight" and is featured on the Inside Straight recordings "Kind of Brown" and "People Music". He is also a member of the all star jazz group, SFJazz Collective, David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancesco Group and the Aaron Diehl Quartet. Warren is the leader of his own group "Warren Wolf & WOLFPACK".

Beyond his love for jazz and classical music, you’ll hear many influences in Warren’s music, including hip-hop, r&b, drum-n-bass, funk, rock, gospel, world music, Latin and much more. Warren is a Mack Ave. recording artist, Malletech endorser and is represented by the AMI Agency & Guessworks, Inc.

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