The Jazz Studies Program

The jazz studies program is a dynamic, intensive, professional training experience for the aspiring jazz performer. The performance-driven curriculum strives to emphasize the practical, bringing “the street into the classroom.” With world-class performance and rehearsal facilities, the program enjoys an acclaimed reputation among today’s leading institutions. Jazz majors are mentored by some of the leading jazz artists on the scene today, and performance opportunities abound on campus, locally in Westchester County and Connecticut, and in leading New York City venues.


Jazz Studies Faculty and Visiting Affiliate Artists

Saxophone:
Eric Alexander, BM, William Paterson University
Ralph Lalama, BMEd, Youngstown State University
Gary Smulyan

Trumpet:
Jon Faddis, honorary PhD, Manhattan School of Music
Michael Rodriguez, BA, New School University

Trombone:
Timothy Albright

Guitar:
John Abercrombie, BM, Berklee College of Music
Vic Juris
Doug Munro, MFA, Purchase College

Piano:
Charles Blenzig, studied with Roland Kohloff at Manhattanville College
Kevin Hays
David Hazeltine, BA, University of Wisconsin
Andy LaVerne, studied at The Juilliard School, Ithaca College, Berklee College, and New England Conservatory
Pete Malinverni, MM, Purchase College

Bass:
Todd Coolman, PhD, New York University
Doug Weiss

Drums:
Richie Morales, MFA, Purchase College
John Riley, MM, Manhattan School of Music
Kenny Washington, studied with Rudy Collins

Jazz Voice:
Alexis Cole, MM, Queens College, City University of New York

Latin Jazz Orchestra:
David DeJesus, MM, Manhattan School of Music (conductor)

Contributing Faculty:
Ted Piltzecker, MM, Manhattan School of Music (vibraphones)

For more information:
Conservatory of Music Faculty & Visiting Affiliate Artists


For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Music/Jazz/.

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