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Erica Ashley Arrington,
Jazz Voice
Erica Ashley Arrington is a singer, songwriter and music teacher from Birmingham, AL.  She was a backup vocalist for the internationally renowned band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, as well as the Birmingham-based band Downright. She has performed as a backup vocalist for the NYC based band The Young Presidents and can be heard on their album Firehorse. She is an active performer in the NYC jazz scene and enjoys a monthly residency at the 55 Bar and Juke Bar. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Music in Vocal Jazz from Manhattan School of Music.
     
 

Mark Brown, Latin Jazz Band Conductor
Mark Philip Brown was born in Queens, NY. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Venezuela and his interest in jazz led him to the bass and saxophone as his primary instruments. 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. Mark 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. 

     

 

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.

     
     Dustin Kaufman, Jazz percussion
Dustin Kaufman is the drummer for the band St. Lucia. He has been on tour with the band throughout the world, performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and appeared on multiple late night programs including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. In 2015, Dustin performed a drum solo tribute to the Oscar winning filmWhiplash at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony for E! Entertainment. Dustin was a 2012 semifinalist in the Thelonius Monk International Drum Competition. The New School (BFA); Manhattan School of Music (MM); Teachers College Columbia University (EdM)
     
 

Remy Le Boeuf, Jazz Band Director; Saxophone
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 his recent collaboration with Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet, "imaginist,” commissioned by Chamber Music America. He has performed with the Grammy-winning Bob Mintzer Big Band, Linda Oh, Aaron Parks, Donny McCaslin, Dayna Stephens, and co-leads Le Boeuf Brothers. In addition, he has 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.  www.RemyLeBoeuf.com 


     
   

Karim Merchant, Jazz Piano
Originally from London, England, Karim 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. He played at many of London's top jazz establishments, as well as 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, as well as the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty 2007-2017.   


     
 




 

 
Nadje Noordhuis
, Jazz Trumpet
Nadje Noordhuis’ journey has taken her from a youth spent studying classical music in her native Australia to a headlong dive into the world of jazz that has earned her acclaim in the music’s mecca, New York. She was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010. Noordhuis is a member of several big bands, including Darcy James Argue’s Grammy- nominated Secret Society as well as the Diva Jazz Orchestra. She also leads her own small ensembles and is a member of Rudy Royston's 303. As a composer, Noordhuis has been commissioned by the Baroque ensemble ThoroughBass, the new music ensemble ExhAust, and by the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT). Noordhuis’ self-titled debut album was released in 2012 on the Little Mystery Records label. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Trumpet from Manhattan School of Music. Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2014. www.nadjenoordhuis.com

     
 

Sean Richey, R & B ensemble
Sean graduated from Manhattan School of Music's jazz arts program in 2012. He has been 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. Sean has performed 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, The Mahindra Blues Festival, and many others.Sean has worked with the True School of Music in Mumbai as head of the guitar department and director of the foundations and professional certificate programs. Sean has also taught at the Larchmont Music Academy and Camp Encore/Coda. He currently runs a teaching studio in Brooklyn.