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 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, and MacEwan Summer Jazz. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz, and directs three other adult music programs in the US: 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

Nasar Abadey - Drum set

Drummer and Composer Nasar Abadey is a longtime bandleader, recording artist and teacher in the Washington DC area. As the founder and leader of his group, SUPERNOVA, Nasar was selected by the US State Department and the Lincoln Center as Ambassadors to tour with the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road
Abadey has performed with many jazz greats, and has appeared in various music festivals internationally. His credits include: Amiri Baraka, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Rouse, Gary Bartz, David Sanchez, Cyrus Chestnut, Gregory Porter, Sonny Fortune, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Kenny Kirkland, Gary Thomas, Stanley Turrentine, Sun Ra, Frank Morgan, Bobby Hutcherson, Pharaoh Sanders, Russell Malone, Malachi Thompson, Andrew White, among others.

Nasar was selected by Washington City Paper as DC’s Best Large Ensemble (Washington Renaissance Orchestra) in 2014, and Best Drummer in Jazz 2011. As an educator, Nasar is the Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Jamie Baum - Flute

New York flutist/composer/recording artist/clinician, Jamie Baum, has toured the US, and over 28 countries performing at major festivals and concert halls including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Braga, Bermuda, Edinburgh, Friehoffer, Winter JazzFest and JVC Festivals. She has received critical praise for all five CD's she has as a leader, including her recent Sunnyside Records release In This Life.

Ms. Baum has performed and recorded with artists as renown and diverse as George Russell, Randy Brecker, Mick Goodrick, Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron to Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine, Ralph Alessi, David Binney and Wadada Leo Smith. She has been on the faculty of the jazz department at Manhattan School of Music since 2007, on the adjunct faculty roster at the New School University since 2004 and taught at Berklee College of Music (2011-2013). She is also a clinician for Altus Flutes.

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Steve Herberman - Guitar

DC-based guitarist Steve Herberman is much sought-after as a top call player, but also for his solo and duo performances on 7 string electric guitar, an instrument he has championed since 1993. Steve has played with renowned musicians such as Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Drew Gress, Mark Ferber, Jim Snidero, Ali Ryerson, Steve Williams, Jeff Hirshfield, John Pisano and many more.

Steve Herberman has recorded three CDs as a leader, with each of them having received wide critical acclaim in JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazz Improv and many others. Steve’s recent CD, Ideals, reached the Top 10 on the JazzWeek chart for national airplay remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. Action:Reaction, a CD of Steve's original music, was chosen as one of the top 50 CD's of 2007 by Jazz Improv magazine.

Also a well known educator, Steve taught at Towson University in Baltimore for many years, as well as presenting masterclasses in the U.K. and at many universities across the U.S. Steve has written instructional material for Downbeat magazine, Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions, Just Jazz Guitar, the National Guitar Workshop newsletter and columns for Modern Guitars webzine.

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 jazz luminaries such as Dave Liebman, Geoff Keezer, Ingrid Jensen, Clark Terry and Dave Samuels. Jim has taught at Maryland Summer Jazz since its inception, and is a full professor of jazz at Towson University in Baltimore, MD.

Mark Meadows - Piano

Multidimensional jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, recording artist, and jazz educator Mark Meadows is one of the most in demand of Washington DC pianists. The son of a gospel and jazz vocalist, Mark has degrees in both jazz piano from the Peabody Institute. and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Johns Hopkins University.

Mark was recently named both “Artist of the Year” and “Best Composer of the Year” of 2014 in Washington DC by the Washington City Paper. He also was recently awarded the title of Strathmore’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 season. Mark also teaches four courses as an adjunct instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. Mark has shared the stage with world-renowned musicians including Warren Wolf, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Kennedy and Alex Norris. 

Mike Pope - Bass

Bassist and composer Mike Pope is a virtuoso acoustic and electric bassist. He was a fixture on the New York jazz scene for many years, and played with every jazz name imaginable during that time. He recorded and toured extensively with Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Sanborn, Al DiMeola and Bill Bruford.

A product of a home with two classical music professors as parents, Mike eventually attended the University of North Texas, where his love of performance and jazz education thrived. His later apprenticeship with bass legend John Patitucci cemented his future as one of the greats of the bass. He is also involved with electronics design for the bass, with his own line of preamps.

In 2014, he released his third project as leader, Cold Truth, Warm Heart. The new album shows him to be a visionary composer, arranger and bandleader, and has been receiving critical renown from all corners.

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Thad Wilson - Trumpet

Thad Wilson is one of DC’s jazz scene gems. Earlier in life, Thad spent many nights in New York City, playing trumpet at jam sessions at the Village Door, Village Gate, Blue Note, Visiones, Smalls, and playing with many of the greats such as James Moody, Benny Golson, Arnie Lawrence, Cecil Bridgewater, Vanessa Ruben, Ted Curson, and many others. Also a great composer, Thad has composed film scores and extended musical projects, including his original suite, Reflections on Romare, at the National Gallery of Art’s Romare Bearden exhibition opening in 2005. Thad has also served as Program Director for The National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden summer concert series. Currently, in addition to composing and touring, Thad teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he resides.

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