Meet Our Faculty
2014 Artist-In-Residence Eric Harland at Summer Jazz Camp
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON - 2016 MJF Artist-In-Residence, drummer, producer, educator
GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, and more, she returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.
After studying under full scholarship at Berklee, with the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York in 1983. For five years she was a much-in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late ‘80s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late ‘90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad.
In 1989, Carrington released a GRAMMY-nominated debut CD on Verve entitled Real Life Story. Other solo CDs include 2002’s Jazz is a Spirit and 2004’s Structure.
Carrington’s production and songwriting collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, and Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including her production of the Dianne Reeves GRAMMY-nominated CD, That Day, as well as Dianne Reeves GRAMMY Award-winning CD, Beautiful Life, in 2014.
Carrington has performed on many recordings throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s through today, including Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY Award-winning Gershwin’s World, and Future2Future DVD.
After a hiatus from the U.S. recording scene as a solo recording artist, Carrington returned in 2008 with More To Say... (Real Life Story: NextGen).
Carrington released The Mosaic Project in 2011, her fifth recording overall and first on Concord Jazz. The critically-acclaimed CD won a GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Carrington produced the 14-song set with some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen, and several others.
In 2013, Carrington released Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, her much anticipated homage to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of their iconic 1963 Money Jungle album. Carrington made history when she became the first woman to win a GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.
In 2015, Carrington released The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL, leading a rotating cast of superb female instrumentalists and vocalists that includes Oleta Adams, Natalie Cole, Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Chanté Moore, Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson, Jaguar Wright and Lizz Wright, as well as saxophonist Tia Fuller, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; bassists Meshell Ndegoecello and Linda Oh; and keyboardists Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, and Rachel Z. For more information about Terri Lyne Carrington, go to www.terrilynecarrington.com.
PECK ALLMOND - trumpeter and educator
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Peck Allmond has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 1993. He was a product of the great Berkeley High School jazz program that also produced such luminaries as Benny Green, Joshua Redman, and Ambrose Akinmusire. At New England Conservatory he studied classical trumpet with Robert Nagel, and jazz with Fred Hersh, John McNeil, and Roswell Rudd. He has also studied with Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, and Steve Coleman, and has a BA in music from UC Santa Cruz. Check out Peck on YouTube.
In New York City, Peck has led and composed for his own band, the Peck Allmond Group for over 20 years. In addition, he is an in-demand sideman on numerous instruments, including trumpet, saxophones, flute, valve trombone and many other brass and reeds. He also plays kalimba, the African-derived thumb piano, to which he brings an unusual degree of virtuosity.
His jazz recording and performance credits include appearances with Oliver Lake, John Hicks, Billy Harper, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Tom Harrell, MeShell Ndegeocello, Cindy Blackman, and Peter Apfelbaum. In the pop world, he has accompanied James Brown, Ricky Lee Jones, Sean Lennon, Randy Newman, Ray Lamontagne, Wyclef Jean, Allan Toussaint, Zooey Deschanel, and many others. His numerous television appearances include The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, the Conan O'Brien Show, Today, and the Mark Twain Comedy Awards. His compositions were featured by the late great Jackie McLean in Jackie's quintet.
The San Francisco Examiner says Peck is “...a magnificent trumpeter—and a forceful, post-bop modern saxophonist. The music he writes for his group is conceptually brilliant and marvelously played.” Allaboutjazz.com calls him a “formidable talent.” Jackie McLean said Peck is "a true triple-threat: trumpet, saxophone, and composition." Peck has been the Traveling Trumpet Clinician for Monterey Jazz Festival since 2005.
ROBYNN AMY - trombonist and educator
Robynn Amy received her B.M. in Performance at Berklee College of Music where she is currently an instructor in the Brass Department, specializing in both tenor and bass trombones. Robynn has performed with Syncopation, the "Swingin' Europe" European Jazz Orchestra, Against the Grain, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Maiden Voyage Jazz Orchestra, WAITIKI Orchestrotica, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. She has additionally worked with Christian McBride, Patrick Williams, Vince Mendoza, Johnny Mandel, Patti Austin, Eguie Castrillo, Victor Mendoza, Gloria Estefan, Lee Ritenour, Abe Laboriel, Burt Bacharach, Dave Grusin, Donna McElroy, Carmen Branford, and Dee Daniels. Robynn has also traveled for the Berklee College of Music, holding brass and jazz clinics all over the world, including Germany, Puerto Rico, and Israel.
HENRIQUE CARNEIRO - intern, trumpeter and educator
Henrique Carneiro, 19, currently studies jazz trumpet at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. A dual American/Brazilian citizen, he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Escola Graduada de São Paulo, in São Paulo, Brazil, where he first came into contact with the trumpet and music performance education. Henrique met MJF educator Paul Contos through Escola Graduada's annual jazz workshop, the Graded Jazz Festival, when he was a seventh grader in school, and was inspired to focus on music ever since. He has gone back to teach at the Graded Jazz Festival for its two latest installments, and plans to further his performance and composition technique, as well as his skills as an educator.
Henrique can be seen regularly in São Paulo jazz clubs when he's in Brazil, as well as having appeared at Smalls, Fat Cat, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Minton's Playhouse, and many other venues in New York, playing alongside various greats, such as Harold Mabern, Lew Tabackin, Luis Bonilla, Jane Monheit, and others. He currently studies under Marcus Printup, Peck Allmond, and Scott Wendholt
PAUL CONTOS - woodwinds performer and educator
Since the 1970s, Paul Contos has been involved in jazz performance and education in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. He has mentored and taught an impressive roster of musicians through his work for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs as saxophone clinician and director of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Monterey County High School All-Stars is distinguished. He has been an essential part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Jazz Education Programs since their inception in 1984, and is active as a saxophone clinician, educator, and performer at various educational festivals, clinics, concerts, and workshops in the U.S., Japan, and Brazil. Contos is a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, has taught at Monterey Peninsula College, and has developed the curriculum and pedagogy for the Music Recording/Technology Concentration at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. He received three performer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as serving as Artist In Residence for the California Arts Council. He conducts, performs, and adjudicates at college and high school jazz competitions internationally, including Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival. In September 2009, Paul Contos was appointed as the Director of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra.
An inspiration and active in the formation of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Contos has played with many world-renowned jazz artists such as Mundell Lowe, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Sheila Jordan, Ray Drummond, Eddie Marshall, Kenneth Nash, Vince Lateano, Madeline Eastman, Mark Levine, Rebeca Mauleón, Bruce Forman, Tee Carson, Dave Eshelman, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Heath Brothers, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Regina Carter, Gary Burton, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, John Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, and many others. He has recorded with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Alan Broadbent, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, John Abercrombie, and Alex Acuna.
MATT FALKER - vocalist and educator
Matt Falker is currently the department chair of the Music Department at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif., where he directs vocal jazz ensembles and teaches theory and piano classes. His previous faculty positions include the University of Southern California, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, Hamilton High School Academy of Music, and Purdue Musical Organizations at Purdue University.
A native of northern Michigan, Matt received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in jazz piano and his graduate degree from the University of Southern California in jazz voice. An active performer and international clinician, his recent appearances as a guest clinician or performer include festivals in Washington, New York, Idaho, Alberta, Manitoba, and California, including prominent events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also served on the vocal jazz faculty for the IAJE Teacher Training Institute, and as the guest conductor for both the Washington and California All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles and the LAUSD Middle School Honors Chorus. He is the founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a non-competitive vocal jazz and big band festival hosted at MiraCosta College.
Many of Matt’s vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press, and he also distributes music through his own publishing company, Matfal Music. He has also published an instructional DVD through Sound Music Publications entitled Jazz Piano For Singers, Volume 1. Recently, he presented a clinic at the 2013 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Atlanta on jazz piano voicings. He is a member of the professional vocal jazz quartet True North, comprised of Los Angeles studio musicians and clinicians.
BRUCE FORMAN - guitarist, author and educator
Bruce Forman's guitar style has been an important part of the international jazz scene for more than three decades. He has been featured as leader as well as sideman at many of the most prestigious festivals and concert venues throughout the world.
His numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Barney Kessel, Roger Kellaway, Richie Cole, and countless others. Known for swinging bop-style phrasing and inventive harmonizations, his ability to work in a variety of settings keeps him in constant demand. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby.
His devotion to sharing knowledge—particularly with children—has been a constant throughout his career. Having taught since his late teens, he is keenly aware of the needs of developing musicians and is personally connected to all of his students, many of whom have moved on to successful careers as recording and performing artists. He has served as 'artist in residence' at numerous music workshops worldwide, has conducted seminars in conservatories and universities across four continents, is in residence at USC's Thornton School of Music and a longstanding member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Education Programs.
In January 2000, he founded JazzMasters Workshop, a music-mentoring program for student-age musicians. Beginning in 2001, JazzMasters achieved non-profit 501(c)(3) status and operated well more than 2,500 workshops throughout the nation. Bruce Forman's recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Barney Kessel, Richie Cole, and countless others.
MICHAEL GALISATUS - trumpeter and educator
Michael Galisatus is the director of bands at the College of San Mateo, where he directs the big bands, combos, and symphonic band. Michael received the California Music Educator’s Association Jazz Educator of the Year in 2004; the Peninsula Arts Counsel Educator of the Year in 2007; and in February 2013, he received the California State Parent Teacher Association Honorary Service Award. As a trumpet artist, Michael has recorded with Pete Escovedo, Queen Ida, Wayne Wallace, and has performed with Mel Torme, Louis Bellson, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, and a host of others. Michael is past president of the Bay Section of the California Music Educator’s Association, and is on the board of directors for the California Alliance for Jazz, and the National Association for Music Education jazz advisory board.
VINCE LATEANO - drummer and educator
A California native, Vince Lateano made his mark performing with Eddie Duran and Vince Guaraldi in the 1970s. After a tour with the Woody Herman Band, Vince joined the Cal Tjader group in 1978, recording six albums with the famed vibist.
Vince has also recorded with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Tania Maria, Tom Harrell, Al Cohn, Richie Cole, Mark Murphy, Eddie Duran, Bill Perkins, and Carmen McRae, among others.
VIRGINIA MAYHEW - saxophonist and educator
Saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Virginia Mayhew has been an active participant in the New York jazz scene since 1987, and has led her own groups for over 25 years. She currently leads several quartets, a quintet, and a septet. Over the course of her career, Virginia has worked with renowned artists from Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, Chico O'Farrill, Marlena Shaw, to Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron, Leon Parker, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Nnenna Freelon, and many others. Virginia has released six albums as a leader, including her latest, Mary Lou Williams – The Next 100 Years, selected by DownBeat and Rhapsody as one of the Best New Releases of 2012.
Virginia has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, the featured artist on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has appeared twice on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. She was selected by DownBeat magazine as a 'Rising Star’ on soprano saxophone, and has been the subject of several feature articles in Downbeat, JazzTimes and Jazziz magazines.
Virginia has appeared in most of New York City's major jazz venues (including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Smalls), and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia, as well as in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Virginia has also been featured as a leader at many jazz festivals, both within the United States and abroad, and has traveled twice as a representative of the United States as a Jazz Ambassador—in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington—once to the newly-independent post-Soviet states; and a second time to Southeast Asia.
Virginia has established her credentials in the field of jazz education, working around the world teaching master classes, serving as an adjudicator for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and as an experienced clinician and Artist-In-Residence, including University of Massachusetts, University of Louisville, Bloomsburg University, College of William and Mary, Montclair State College, and others. She also works with school and jazz program ensembles. She is a teacher of private students, and works as faculty at numerous jazz camps, including Stanford Jazz Workshop, Monterey Jazz Festival summer camp, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and Jazz Camp West.
She has worked with Don Braden's innovative program in Newark, New Jersey, Jazz for Teens, as well as with Melissa Walker and Christian McBride's exceptional Jazz House Kids. Virginia founded the very successful Greenwich House Music School Jazz Workshop in New York City, and is currently the saxophone and jazz teacher for Music for Nikhil in West Orange, New Jersey.
GARY MEEK - saxophonist and educator
Born in Encino, California, Gary Meek played piano and clarinet as a child and began playing saxophone in high school. He attended the Dick Grove School of Music, and played in big bands at the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop from 1980-1983. In 1987, he played keyboards and toured extensively with Dionne Warwick, and that same year, Gary began a two-decade association with Brazilian legends Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, forming the band Fourth World with guitarist Jose Neto. Gary has performed worldwide at the North Sea, Montreux, Monterey, Playboy, and Telluride Jazz Festivals, and has recorded or toured with Jeff Lorber, Herb Alpert, Al Jarreau, Dave Weckl, Brian Bromberg, and many others. As a leader, Gary has released five albums, and has conducted clinics and workshops at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, the Los Angeles Music Academy, University of St. Louis, and more.
EDDIE MENDENHALL - pianist and educator
An alumnus of the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All Star Band in 1989 and 1990, Eddie Mendenhall is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Eddie worked in Japan from 1995 to 2002, and was one of the most-often working pianists in Japan.
Since returning to the U.S., he has maintained a busy performance schedule and directs the Monterey Peninsula College Jazz Big Band.
SCOTT STEED - bassist and educator
Bassist Scott Steed was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He moved to San Francisco in 1981, where he quickly became one of the top-call bass players in the Bay Area jazz scene, playing with many of the top local and touring jazz musicians, including Tee Carson, Richie Cole, Bobby Hutcherson, Bruce Forman, Joe Henderson, Vince Lateano, Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis, and many others. In 1985, Scott won the bass chair in the Horace Silver Quintet, and toured with the group, and in 1990, Scott became the bass clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Traveling Clinician Program, an education role he still holds. In 1993, Scott began to work with the legendary singer Joe Williams, a spot he held until Joe’s death in 1998.
Scott moved to Portland, Oregon in 1997, and worked with many of the area's top musicians, including Gary Hobbs, Randy Porter, Dan Balmer, Mel Brown, Tony Pacini, Tom Grant, Rebecca Kilgore, and many others. In 2001, Scott became the bass player and music director for Diane Schuur, and played with her until 2010. He is on many recordings, and has performed at many of jazz festivals around the world. Scott moved to Spokane, Washington in 2010, and acts as an adjunct teacher at both Eastern Washington University in Cheney, and Whitworth University in Spokane.