CAJ Jazz Resource Team Available to Jazz Educators.  Feel free to contact these amazing educators/players if you have questions.



An excellent, cool-toned straight-ahead altoist influenced by Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, Gary Foster’s years in the studios have been legendary. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 and soon settled in the Los Angeles area, where he has been active ever since in the studios, as a woodwind teacher, and in big bands, including those of Clare Fischer (since 1965), Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi (in the 1970s), and the Marty Paich Dek-tette. He remains one of LA’s most used and respected Woodwind artists.


Saxophone; one of the founding members of the Orion Saxophone Quartet, is a frequent performer in the Los Angeles area. He has appeared with the Redlands Symphony, the Riverside Civic Light Opera, Dinah Shore, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Mark Masters’ Jazz Composers Orchestra of Los Angeles and the Kevin Mayse Big Band. A graduate of the California State University, Los Angeles, where he received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees, he has studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel, Anthony Desiderio and Vito Susca. His compositions are published by the UNC Jazz Press, and he has been the recipient of a “deebee” award from Downbeat magazine for Best Original Extended Composition. Charlie is currently Co-chair of the Music Department at Riverside Community College, where he also teaches studio saxophone and directs the Jazz Ensembles.


Saxophone: BM in music theory with a performers certificate and MM from Eastman School in Jazz Studies, as well as attending the Banff School with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, and David Liebman. He has played with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Doc Severinsen Big Band, Joe LaBarbera Quintet, Kurt Elling, in addition to single performances with Dave Liebman, Mel Lewis, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, and as a soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His teachers include Dave Liebman, Al Regni, Micheal Nascimben, Joe Allard, Ramon Ricker, and Mardele Marcellus. As a jazz artist he is a featured sideman with Steve Houghton, Bob Sheppard, Bill Cunliffe, Matt Harris, and Mitch Watkins for Enja records. In TV and film Rob has worked on Star Trek, Jag, Party of Five, Fish Police and many films including the jazz score of Dillinger with Charlie Haden. He has taught for over 20 years in New York, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles.


He is an accomplished woodwind doubler and is a free-lance musician having lived in Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles, CA. One of the few who plays “all” the woodwinds, including oboe and bassoon, John got his bachelor’s degree from Univ. of Nevada, Reno where he started playing in the backup band for Harrah’s Reno. John also has a Master’s in Woodwind Doubling from University of Redlands.


Rory Snyder is the Director of Jazz Studies at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and for 16 years was the Director of Bands at Homestead High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado, and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest artist throughout the west.


Joey Sellers is a highly regarded composer, arranger, trombonist and educator. Sellers, Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College, teaches improvisation, jazz ensembles, composition, and jazz history. Sellers freelanced for years in New York City and Los Angeles and was Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University.


Marshall Hawkins is currently head of the Jazz department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, a position he has held since its inception in 1985. He is also Music Director and co-founder of the Jazz in the Pines festival. Born in Washington, D.C. on July 14, 1939, Marshall joined the Miles Davis quintet in 1968 and traveled throughout the United States. Marshall organized the Marshall Hawkins Quintet in 1971 and performed for ten years in the D.C. area. He moved to California in 1978 and joined Eddie Jefferson and Richie Cole.


Jazz vocalist, pianist, and studio singer who brings an immense wealth of experience to our faculty. She has a full, rich voice of great range and versatility. Christine mainly works as a jazz vocalist, but performs all types of musical styles including classical, pop/rock, musical theater, country, and blues. She has performed extensively at concerts, festivals, colleges, and other venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In the United States, Christine has worked with many legendary musicians including Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, and Bobby McFerrin. She has also toured internationally with the Dorsey Then and Now Orchestra. Christine has worked extensively in studio settings since 1990, and has sung on Hollywood soundtracks including X-Men 3, Superman Returns, Charlotte’s Web, Deep Sea 3D, and Happy Feet. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). She also sings in the internationally renowned jazz ensemble, Vocalogy. An extraordinary teacher and clinician, Christine is active nationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. She has presented numerous clinics and performance demonstrations for music education organizations and conferences. Christine is a member of the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has been a clinician for vocal jazz festivals and workshops in New York, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California. She has also been involved with the NARAS Foundation as director of the Grammy Jazz Choir in Miami, Florida.


Trumpet; Director of Jazz Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach. Music Director Emeritus of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra and is a former Vice-President of the International Association For Jazz Education. He is part-owner of Kendor Music, Inc. Jeff’s early career as a studio trumpeter encompasses over 100 albums for such names as Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, The O’Jays, and many more. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks, Joe Lovano, Henry Mancini, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, and Doc Severinsen. Jeff is frequently commissioned to compose for schools, military and professional musical groups, along with serving as a contributing editor for The Instrumentalist, and other music trade journals. A Yamaha trumpet artist, Jeff has been featured with the USAF Airmen of Note, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, US Army Jazz Ambassadors, Riverside Jazz Orchestra, Oslo Big Band (Norway), US Army Blues, Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, USAF Shades of Blue, and more.


Piano: BA, University of Miami, masters degree from Eastman School of Music; based in Los Angeles; keyboardist, composer/arranger; previously toured with Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich; both leaders performed and recorded his charts, many of which are featured in the Kendor jazz catalog. Recording debut as a leader on Voss Records; most recently accepted an appointment as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Northridge.


Jazz saxophonist/clarinetist and recording artist plays in the tradition of all the jazz legends. Employing a warm tone and melodic approach, he has won praise from jazz critics worldwide and has worked with many major jazz and commercial artists. Dan’s recordings are heard internationally on jazz radio and have been the subject of articles in such publications as Downbeat, JazzTimes, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Japan’s Jazz Critic magazine, France’s International Herald Tribune, among others. Dan St. Marseille is also a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, a Rico Reeds Performing Artist and has presented workshops at major Colleges and Universities and maintains a regular teaching studio in Southern California. He holds a B.M in Clarinet Performance from Chapman University, and a M.M. in Saxophone Performance with Jazz Studies Emphasis from California State University Fullerton.


Bill Yeager has a diverse musical background, both as a performer, composer, andeducator.  He is equally comfortable in classical, jazz, and commercial music settings.  He is a Professor of Music and the Director of Jazz Studies at San Diego State University.

Professor Yeager is a well-known studio, jazz and classical trombonist performing on hundreds of records.  Before coming to San Diego, Bill was Founder/Director of the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Jazz Workshop where he recorded three very successful albums.  Former members of the LAJW now rank as some of the top professional musicians and educators nationally and internationally.  Bill’s enthusiasm, musical expertise, and his love for the jazz art form have made him a much sought after clinician and performer at college and high school festivals across the country.  He has conducted many All-State Honor Groups.  Bill has been a member of the Westwind Brass, one of the top brass quintets in the U.S. in which he is featured on two recordings.  Bill received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas where he was lead trombone in the famous One O’clock Band.


Lori Andrews continues to push the boundaries of what the harp can do, bridging the gap between traditionalism and contemporary jazz.  Having distribution in Japan (Kanzen Records) and recently obtained distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Laika Records) she has become a mainstay of the festival circuit – wowing audiences worldwide with performances and interviews.  A past winner of the Jazziz Readers poll as best jazz harpist, Lori and her quartet have been featured at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, and Sacramento Jazz Festival as well as performing for presidents Clinton and Ford and the king and queen of Spain.  Lori’s unique style has been heard for years with artists such as Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Michael Paulo, Mary Mary and Sygnature.


Playing fretted, fretless, upright and orchestral basses, Bart can be seen and heard world-wide, in all media as well as in live performance. In the studio, his movie credits are many, including Up in the Air, Dear John, Marmaduke, Dreamgirls, The Invasion, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman Returns, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. Bart has also recorded many TV themes and cues including MadMen, Battlestar Galatica, and The Practice. He has also been working as a composer, writing for film – titles including Daddy’s Home, Raggedy Anne, Leaving Hollywood, and many others. Bart’s forte however, is constantly searching for a new approach to his instrument. This is clearly evident in his recordings and becomes even more dynamic in his live performances.


Brandon Fields was Born in Indiana and raised by music loving parents in Santa Ana, California, He began working as a freelance musician while still a teenager, and moved to the Los Angeles area in 1982 to embrace the inspiring local club and studio scene. Brandon’s debut recording The Other Side Of The Story came out in 1986 demonstrating what would become the common thread connecting his original recordings, a multifaceted take on songwriting and a high level of interaction with his talented bandmates. Three additional concept albums followed, including A Coffehouse Christmas, Higher Ground (the music of Stevie Wonder), and most recently Fields and Strings, a beautiful collection of standards released in late 1999 on Paras Records. He received a 2002 Album of the Year Latin Grammy for Alejandro Sanz Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte and performed on Ray Charles’ 2005 Grammy slamming Genius Loves Company. As a clinician for Selmer Saxophones and Rico Reeds, Brandon has taught at some of the premier music camps and schools around the world. He has toured with several prominent performers including George Benson (1985-86), Kenny Loggins (1987), The Rippingtons (1987-89), Tower of Power (early 1990′s), Earth Wind and Fire (1995), and the Dave Weckl Band (1998-2002).  Since June 2006 he has been performing with Barry Manilow for the legendary star’s house gig at the Las Vegas Hilton. When he’s home in Los Angeles, Brandon continues to write and record, honing his skills on a variety of auxilliary instruments (flutes, keyboards, and percussion), and to play at his favorite L.A. area clubs in both acoustic and electric settings, performing original material and arrangements of current faves, combining his wide range of influences  into his own unique expressive instrumental style.


Tom Hynes is an active composer, musician and educator in southern California.  He earned his Bachelor’s in Music: Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Music/Composition from California State University at Los Angeles.  As a guitarist, Tom has performed with Liza Minelli, Bob Hope, The Fifth Dimension, Frederica von Stade, the Pacific, Santa Barbara and Bakersfield Symphonies, and the Grammy-nominated Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra. His own jazz credits include the jazz-fusion CD The Sun Shop (Chase Music Group), a 1996 US State Department tour with trumpeter James Linahon, and the live CD Tom Hynes and Marshall Hawkins: Live at the Fret House. Tom has composed numerous small and large jazz ensemble works, including recent commissions for Hemet High School, Riverside and Citrus Colleges and Azusa Pacific University, as well  as music for three short films commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Tom is an Adjunct Professor in the APU School of Music, where he teaches Theory, Commercial Guitar Instruction and Jazz Improvisation Workshop.He also teaches at Citrus College and the Northwoods (WI) and Idyllwild Arts jazz camps.


Jeff Tower Received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Music Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Redlands. Mr. Tower has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Pacific Western University for his accomplishments in Music Education. From 1977 to 2007 Jeff Tower was the Director of Bands at Hemet High School in Hemet, California. Under his direction the Instrumental Music Program maintained a fantastic reputation as one of the nation’s finest. Mr. Tower is also The Chairman of  Summer Jazz Studies at the Idyllwild Arts. He has served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor at music festivals, conventions and camps all over the nation in both the Jazz and Classical venues. He serves as an Educational specialist and Trombone Artist for Conn/Selmer Musical Instruments, is a member of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music Advisory Board and American Band College Faculty. As a professional trombonist, Jeff Tower has experience in all aspects of the music industry on all trombones. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett to name a few. He has served as President for the International Association of Jazz Educators in Ca. C.A.J. and Jazz Coordinator for So. Ca. School Band Association for terms of eight years, and is  the Sales Director of LMP Studios.


Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players in the world. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics, he has no intention of slowing down. In 1986, Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as “Body & Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude” and “The One & Only Maynard Ferguson.” Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.”As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of CD credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Bergeron has worked on 300 plus TV & motion picture soundtracks Wayne’s featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures Duplicity, Rocky Balboa, The Incredibles, Leather Heads, Princess & the Frog, The Perfect Game, High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Mask, The Life Aquatic, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Illegal Tender, Aladdin King of Thieves, Foolproof, and Two Days in the Valley. Numerous TV credits include shows such as NBC, ESPN & TNT sports themes, Entertainment Tonight Theme, Academy Awards, American Idol (2001-02), Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, The Goode Family, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Phineas & Ferb, Emperor’s New School, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Mouse works, Make em Laugh, House of Mouse, King of the Hill, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules and Hey Arnold. Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Andy Martin, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Buddy Childers, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Bill Elliott, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous, Bob Curnow and Phil Kelly. Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron enjoys his work as a clinician/educator and feels it’s important to “give back” by mentoring young musicians.


Gary Francisco graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Music Education, following which he opened “Gary’s Music Center”, a band and orchestra specialty store that grew to three locations in the Inland Empire. The company was sold in 1995 and in 2002 Gary came to work for Nick Rail Music as manager of the Redlands location. He moved up to Director of Sales for the company when Nick Rail Music acquired its two San Diego stores in 2006. He is a familiar Face at Southland Jazz Festivals and has served thousands of students and directors in the jazz products environment.


For more than thirty years, Craig has been working as a professional musician and educator. Craig received his B.A. and his masters degree from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.  His experiences range from classical, Rhythm and Blues, Funk and Jazz. Craig has taught privately and in public schools dealing with beginners through very advanced players. He has also been very involved as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the southwest. His musical credits include several long-term show room house band gigs in major hotels, studio recordings, club and concert dates. Over the years Craig has worked with numerous artist including, Donna Summers, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Dionne Worwick, Kenny Rogers, Joe Williams, Marlena Shaw, Clint Holmes, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Lou Rawles, Clark Terry, Carl Fontana and many others. Craig is currently teaching in Menifee, California and is actively playing professionally.


Markus Burger is a critically acclaimed multi dimensional improviser, pianist and recording aritst and has played and worked with: Joe La Barbera, Bob Magnusson, Peter Weniger, Kenny Wheeler, Normah Winston, Marshall Hawkins, Andrea Tofanelli, Paul Kreibich, Cecil Payne, John Tchicai, Bob Mintzer, Jan von Klewitz, Chris Walden,Michael Schiefel, Jim Linahon, Bill Yeager, Mat Marucci, Mitch Holder to name a few! He played Jazz Festival throughout Europe, Africa and the US. He appeared in most important venues in Europe and the USA and introduced his music to german embassies and consulates throughout the world. He is the founder of the Northern Alliance of Jazz Quintet and is currently Head of the electronic music studio at Fullerton College in Ca. and teaches jazz piano on staff.


James Linahon is an award winning music producer, composer and trumpet artist with more than 300 recording projects for Film, Television, Radio, Musical Theater and CD/DVDs to his credit. Jim has recorded / produced for a wide diversity of artists, studios and agencies worldwide in both music, film and television for Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award productions.


Brian Hamada – closet cowbell enthusiast, drummer and jazz educator – has performed with many modern jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank, Bob Mintzer, Jeff Lorber, Peter Epstein, Tim Ries, Matt Otto, Tamir Hendelman, Jim Snidero, Michael Davis, Carmen Bradford, Madeline Eastman, Brian Lynch and Ingrid Jensen. As a member of the legendary CSU Fresno Jazz Band ‘A’ he toured Japan, Korea and Europe, performed at the Northsea and Montreux International Jazz Festivals, and in 1983 he was the recipient of a DownBeat jazz soloist award. He has been an active jazz and drum clinician / adjudicator throughout California & Nevada for over 25 years, maintains a vibrant drum studio in central California, and currently holds down the drum chair for the Fresno Jazz Composers Orchestra. Brian is now teaching jazz drumset at CSU Fresno in the school’s new Jazz Instrumental Performance degree option.


Dr. Robert Klevan is the Jazz Education Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival and conducts the wind ensemble and big band at the University of California at Santa Cruz. For 27 years, Dr. Klevan served as Director of Music and Fine Arts at the Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach. He is a Past President of the California Music Educators Association and  California Orchestra Director’s Assoc., as well as Past Vice President of the California Alliance for Jazz.  In 2004 Dr. Klevan received the MJF Jazz Director of the Year award; in 2007 was named the CMEA Jazz Educator of the Year; and in 2009 received the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Education Achievement Award.


Richard Watson is Jazz Director at El Dorado High School, having previously served 35 years as Director of Instrumental Music. Richard is an honorary life member in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He is well known as a teacher, performer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the area, and in May 2010 was awarded the Irene Shoepfle Music Education Award by the OCMAA, in recognition of his lifetime of service in music for the students in Orange Countydirector.  He toured with Roger Williams and has played for many celebrities including Connie Stevens, Carol Lawrence, Maureen McGovern, and Fred Carroll.  Richard has played with the Pacific Symphony and currently plays with the California Wind Symphony. He has worked for the Disney company for over 30 years and was selected as the drummer for Disney’s ten city tour of Symphonic Fantasy.


Michael Galisatus is the Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo. and has been the recipient of various teaching honors including the Peninsula Arts Council Arts Educator of the Year for 2007, the Otter Distributors 2004 Jazz Educator Award for the state of California, and the Gil Freitas Memorial Award for achievements in music education.  He is in demand as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout California, and currently holds the office of Past President of the Bay Section of the California Association for Music Education. As a freelance trumpeter in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael has recorded with Pete Escovedo and Queen Ida, and has performed with a variety of artists, including Frankie Valli, Kenny Loggins, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Louis Bellson, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Heat Wave, The O’Jays, and a host of others


Chuck Wackerman received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern California. He has taught elementary, junior high and high school band, orchestra and jazz bands in the Seal Beach and Los Alamitos school districts. He also has been awarded the Jazz Educator of the Year from the Fullerton College Jazz Festival. Currently he is teaching jazz band at McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos. Mr. Wackerman’s Jazz Groups have always been great musical examples at jazz festivals thru out Ca. His own Children are also entrenched in Musical Careers and Chuck has certainly a pioneer and role model for jazz education in California. Chuck is celebrating his fifty third year of teaching instrumental music.


Pianist/clarinetist/composer/arranger Tom Ranier is one of Southern California’s top jazz improvisers, a musician both technically resplendent and emotionally open. At the keyboard, he reveals an increasingly personal style that bears the influence of Oscar Peterson’s bravura and bluesiness, Chick Corea’s at once intricate and beautiful melodies, and Bill Evans’s chordal brilliance.

Ranier was born in Chicago on July 13, 1949. He moved with his family to Garden Grove, in Southern California’s Orange County In 1975, he recorded for Warner Bros., and in the early ’80s, for the First American label. Lately, he’s worked with the Terry Gibbs-Buddy DeFranco Sextet, George Coleman, and Lew Tabackin, and recorded with altoist Lanny Morgan.

Ranier has also long been a primary member of the Southern California studio scene. Among his recent activities include performing on the film scores to Forrest Gump and Space Jam (with Michael Jordan), TV soundtracks to Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Dyke, and singer Natalie Cole’s latest album Stardust. If not performing, practicing, or writing, Ranier is likely to be found at U.C.L.A., where he’s a part of the new Jazz Studies program headed by guitarist Kenny Burrell, and teaches jazz piano and jazz theory.