Mark Brown, Latin Jazz Band Conductor
Mark Philip Brown was born in Queens, NY in 1967. He started playing violin at age four in a Suzuki program and by the age of nine had added piano and guitar to his musical interests. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Venezuela and his interest in jazz led him to the upright bass. At thirteen, he started playing the bass guitar, which has been an important instrument in his professional career. At twenty-one, he began playing the saxophone and later added the bass clarinet to his list of instruments to practice. Mark has composed music in several styles, including jazz, samba, son, calypso, and several styles of Venezuelan folk music, including joropo, merengue and danza zuliana. In his teens, Mark studied music at several conservatories in Venezuela, including courses in theory and solfege, music history, harmony and counterpoint, voice, cello, classical guitar, and string bass. He later attended Manhattan School of Music and obtained his Bachelor's ('96) and Master’s ('98) degrees.  Mark has been teaching music at the MSM summer programs since 1995 and has composed for and conducted the jazz and Latin jazz bands, as well as teaching saxophone, theory, composition, and other courses. Mark has performed on bass and saxophone all over the world, including concerts in China, Turkey, Austria, France, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Costa Rica, among others. Mark currently lives in Caracas, Venezuela. He is finishing a book of lead sheets of Venezuelan traditional music, having transcribed over 450 songs from the mostly oral tradition since 2001. The book will be published in April 2017.



Max Jacob, Jazz Bass
Max Jacob, as a musician-entrepreneur, is the co-founder, executive director, and bassist of the conductorless string ensemble “Shattered Glass.” Max studied with Metropolitan Opera bassist Jeremy McCoy at Manhattan School of Music to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in orchestral double bass. Doubling on electric bass, Max has performed with Talib Kweli and Pumpkinhead. He currently performs and tours with Zusha as bassist and music director. As an active composer/arranger, Max has had string arrangement commissions from Kinetics & One Love, Vita Chambers, and Zusha. Max Jacob plays on an exceptional Milanese double bass from the early 19th century as well as a G&L L2000 electric bass.


Remy LeBoeuf, Composition, Songwriting
Saxophonist and composer, Remy Le Boeuf envisions his approach to composition and improvisation as never veering far from the roots of language. Le Boeuf often employs literary elements to fuel his compositions as in is his recent collaboration with Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet entitled, "A Dream: The Musical Imagination of Franz Kafka” commissioned by Chamber Music America. He has also received commissions and awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, SFJAZZ, and the ASCAP Foundation. Le Boeuf currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.



Karim Merchant, Jazz Piano
Karim was born in 1977 in London, England. He was already studying classical piano and violin when, at 16, he became attracted to jazz. As a teenager, he won several competitions, including the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz and Perrier Young Jazz Competitions.

From 1996 until 2000 he studied both jazz and classical piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz. While there, he participated in numerous workshops and lessons, including some given by artists such as Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, John Taylor, James Williams, and Randy Brecker. Ex-Dexter Gordon pianist Kirk Lightsey and ex-Jazz Messengers pianist Donald Brown are also among his former teachers.

From July 2000 until August 2004 he maintained a professional career as one of London’s most in-demand jazz musicians. During this time he played at many of London's top jazz establishments. He has also played at many other venues elsewhere in the UK and Europe, and jazz festivals such as Brecon (Wales), Manchester and Bratislava.

As a Masters degree student at Manhattan School of Music from 2004 until 2006, he studied under Kenny Barron. Since graduating, he has played at many venues, including some of New York’s staple jazz clubs like the Jazz Gallery, the 55 Bar and Fat Cat. He also plays regularly at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

A sought-after teacher, he maintains a private studio, as well as being a teaching artist for the New York-based charity Midori & Friends. His other musical interests include contemporary gospel music, R'n'B and hip-hop, but he is always keen to discover new sounds and musical styles.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2007.   


Sean Richey, Composition, Songwriting
Sean Richey is a performing artist and music educator living in New York City. As an active freelance guitarist, Sean has performed with a variety of different productions at venues such Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Cutting Room, Central Park SummerStage, Rockwood Music Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts (Mumbai, India), The Mahindra Blues Festival, and many others.

Sean is the recipient of two Student Composition Awards for "Best Original Songs" from DownBeat Magazine.He has also received the Monterey Jazz Festival's Gerald Wilson Big Band Composition Award and the New York Regional Scholarship Award for Jazz Guitar from NFAA Young Arts.

On faculty at Camp MSM at Manhattan School of Music since 2012, Sean teaches guitar, composition, and songwriting classes, as well as leads the R&B ensembles. From 2013-2015, he worked with the True School of Music in Mumbai, India as Head of the Guitar Department (2013), Course Director of Foundations Program (2014), & Course Director of Professional Certificate Program (2015). Sean has also taught for the Larchmont Music Academy and the Camp Encore/Coda in Maine. He now runs his own private teaching studio in Brooklyn NYC. 

During his studies at MSM, Sean studied with Chris Rosenberg. Sean graduated from the Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Arts Program in 2012, receiving his BA in Jazz Performance and the Outreach Commencement Award.