Jazz Trumpet

Faculty Artists +

Guest Ensembles


NJW faculty represents the best jazz educators and performers from Washington, D.C., an area known worldwide as one of the nation’s most prestigious and innovative centers for jazz performance.

Throughout the week you will receive instruction and coaching from National Jazz Workshop faculty focused on raising the level of performance of each participant.




Mike Tomaro

Composer-in-residence Mike Tomaro has been the director of jazz studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1997. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 17 years as a member of The U.S. Army Blues, a unit of the prestigious U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own." Mike has four nationally released recordings under his own name that showcase his talents as both performer and writer. He has also been featured on many other CDs, most notably on Nancy Wilson's two Grammy Award-winning releases Turned to Blue and RSVP, the New York Voices, A Day Like This, A New Promise by guitarist Sheryl Bailey and an upcoming release from the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy Project, all on the MCG Jazz label.



Alan Baylock

Born and raised in a small town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Alan Baylock has composed music that is performed throughout the world. One of the most respected and sought-after jazz composers and educators in the industry today, he is the director of the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas, and previously served 20 years as Chief Arranger for the U.S.A.F. Airmen of Note in Washington, D.C. The Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra recorded three critically-acclaimed CDs and performed throughout the United States for 15 years. Baylock graduated from Shenandoah University (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, 1990), where he later became jazz composer-in-residence, and the University of North Texas (Master of Music, 1994).




Mike Tomaro

Composer-in-residence Mike Tomaro has been the director of jazz studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1997. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 17 years as a member of The U.S. Army Blues, a unit of the prestigious U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own." Mike has four nationally released recordings under his own name that showcase his talents as both performer and writer. He has also been featured on many other CDs, most notably on Nancy Wilson's two Grammy Award-winning releases Turned to Blue and RSVP, the New York Voices, A Day Like This, A New Promise by guitarist Sheryl Bailey and an upcoming release from the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy Project, all on the MCG Jazz label.



Brad Linde

Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is the director of jazz and creative instrumental music at Georgetown Day School and is on faculty at Levine Music. In 2010, he founded and began co-directing the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band in residence at the historic club until its closing in 2016, and he is the director of the 10-piece chamber group the Brad Linde Ensemble (BLE), the 5 saxophone/rhythm section band Sax of a Kind, the big band BLEE (Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble) and the 14-piece BIG OL'.

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Luis Hernandez

Luis Hernandez joined The U.S. Navy Commodores in 1996. Prior to the Navy Band, he attended the New World School of the Arts and enjoyed the opportunities to perform alongside jazz greats such as Ira Sullivan and Freddie Hubbard. While still in high school, he worked steadily in the south Florida area in a variety of musical settings. In 1991, Hernandez attended the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. There he played in the internationally acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band. During his three-and-a-half years in this great ensemble, he performed with world-renowned artists such as the Brecker Brothers, Jon Hendricks, Louie Bellson, and Gerry Mulligan, and was featured on six recordings.



Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd. Jim received both his undergraduate and graduate training from Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker and Eugene Rousseau. He has taught at Butler University, Capital University, and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. He has authored several volumes through Hal Leonard's Artists Transcriptions series, including a collaboration with jazz legend Sonny Rollins. Carroll was a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, in residence at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. He performed, recorded, and toured with the group until 1999 when he assumed the position as director of jazz studies at George Mason University. Carroll is the founder and artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Connection. He is passionate about spreading the word of the power of the arts to bring people together, change lives and do good in the world.



Craig Fraedrich

Craig Fraedrich has been on faculty at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, since 1989 where he has taught jazz theory, jazz arranging, music theory, jazz improvisation, applied jazz lessons, coached jazz combos and directed the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble. A graduate of North Texas State University (Bachelor of Music -inJazz Studies) and Arizona State University (Master of Music in Instrumental Music), he has performed with artists such as Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Charlie Rouse, Wycliff Gordon, Marvin Stamm, Alan Vizzutti, Richie Bierach, Cecil Taylor, and Don Thompson. He has studied with Don Jacoby, Dennis Najoom, Leonard Candelaria, Wayne Cook, Dave Liebman and Kenny Wheeler.



Joshua Kauffman

Joshua Kauffman, an in-demand performer and educator in the Washington Metropolitan area, can be seen and heard at major venues like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol One Arena and Blues Alley. He teaches regularly at the National Jazz Workshop and is frequently seen as a guest artist and clinician with colleges and schools throughout the United States. Equally at home in the jazz and classical idioms, Joshua has had the opportunity to share the stage with Doc Severinsen, Hugh Jackman, Randy Brecker, Bobby McFerrin, Arturo Sandoval, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, Sean Jones, Stefon Harris, Luis Enrique, the Big Apple Circus, Eddie Daniels, Wycliffe Gordon, Alan Baylock, Dennis Mackrel, and many others.



Graham Breedlove

Since taking up the trumpet at age twelve in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, Graham Breedlove has performed on four continents in more than twenty countries, with headliners representing more than one hundred Grammy nominations. Among these are the Saturday Night Live Band, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Mariah Carey, and Doc Severinsen. As a leader, Breedlove is a Summit Records recording artist. When reviewing his debut CD Coming Home, released in 2001, Amazon.com states, "This CD is like a bottomless glass of good wine." The Graham Breedlove Quintet appears regularly at the Kennedy Center, and was invited by the Obama administration to perform at the White House. Graham is listed in the book Trumpet Greats, which is a biographical dictionary of famous trumpeters since the Baroque Era by noted educator, author and trumpeter David Hickman. As a sideman, Breedlove has appeared on more than 200 recordings, including back-to-back Grammy winners in 2004 and 2005.



Ashlin Parker

Ashlin Parker is a versatile jazz trumpeter based in New Orleans.  He is sought after for big band, small ensemble, and solo performances. He has played with various ensembles at jazz festivals and clubs in Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales. Ashlin leads the Trumpet Mafia and plays regularly with ensembles in New Orleans, such as the Ellis Marsalis Quintet, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Bill Summers and Jazalsa.



Mike Kamuf

Mike Kamuf enjoys a multifaceted music career as an active educator, composer, arranger, and performer. He has taught instrumental music for Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS) since the fall of 1992. He has been in his current teaching position since 1995 as the director of bands and orchestras and music department chairperson at John T. Baker Middle School (Damascus, Maryland). Under his direction, the Baker ensembles consistently receive high ratings at music festivals and have commissioned numerous works for both young concert bands and orchestras. In 2007, Mike received the MCPS Superintendents Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award for his efforts in involving students in the commissioning process and has directed MCPS Senior Honors Jazz Band, Junior Honors Band and All County Junior Band. He has been a jazz faculty member at Youngstown State University and Montgomery College (Rockville, Maryland). Mike has presented music education workshops for teachers at numerous state professional development conferences as well as the Midwest Clinic and Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference.



Matt Niess

Matt Niess is the director of the National Jazz Workshop. He is a former high school band director and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, Towson and West Chester Universities. He is the founder and director of the Capitol Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble which has received national recognition and has performed throughout the country. He has appeared as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals, schools, and universities throughout the country and has recorded and performed with numerous artists.



Bob Larson

Bob Larson has been on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory since 1982 and serves as the director of jazz studies. He performs regularly in the greater Washington, D.C. area and is the pianist on the critically acclaimed CD Two Seconds to Midnight by the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. He produced two albums by the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble in 1990 and 1998. He directed the band from 1988 to 2000, during which time the ensemble performed with Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Billy Taylor, Conrad Herwig, and many others. He has researched the early recordings of jazz pianist Bill Evans, and presented a paper at the 1989 National Association of Jazz Educators Conference in San Diego, California. In 2008 he wrote an arranging book titled Writing for the Small Jazz Ensemble. His doctoral dissertation focused on computer analysis of jazz rhythmic practices, particularly tonal onset, swing ratio, and accent.



Tony Nalker

Tony Nalker has performed with many musical talents including Doc Severinsen, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Loggins, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Kurt Elling, Stanley Turrentine, Clark Terry, and Louis Bellson. He has performed on more than 90 recordings in a variety of styles including three Grammy finalists (and one winner) in the children's music category. Tony also enjoys composition, having co-written a musical theater adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Nalker has also written numerous works for dance companies and a variety of jazz ensembles.



Wade Beach

Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master's degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the United States Air Force Band jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. Beach keeps an active teaching and performing schedule, performing with groups around the Washington, D.C. area, including the Jazz Update Band.



Shawn Purcell

Shawn Purcell graduated from Duquesne University in May, 1993 with a Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences. As an undergraduate, he studied jazz/Brazilian/rock guitar under the direction of Ken Karsh, Joe Negri, Mark Koch, Marty Ashby, and classical guitar under the direction of Tom Kikta. Studies also included jazz arranging and jazz composition with Dr. John "Doc" Wilson. While attending Duquesne and upon graduating, Shawn played in Late Edition, a contemporary Jazz/ Fusion Band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In November, 1993, he was called to tour with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus as the Blue Units staff guitarist. This two-year gig covered over 93 cities throughout the United States.



Paul Pieper

Visiting artist Paul Pieper is versatile guitarist that brings improvisational prowess to every song he plays. As a jazz musician he has toured the world, performing across upwards of 20 countries from Japan to Turkey and from Iceland to Ecuador. Grounded in the melodic traditions of post-Coltrane jazz and the pioneering influence of John Scofield, Paul's distinctive voice shines through his performances and compositions.


Electric Bass

Regan Brough

Regan Brough began playing electric bass at age 11 as part of his family steel band called Pan Jam, which has been featured with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Gladys Knight, and at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Brough's father, a university percussion professor, had a profound influence on his musical development by exposing him to a wide variety of world and ethnic music in his early years. Throughout his teenage years, Brough received various outstanding soloist awards culminating at the 2005 International Society of Bassists Convention where he was awarded second place in the Jazz Solo Division. Soon thereafter he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in bass performance. An active composer and arranger, Brough was awarded with the Outstanding Instrumental Composition from the 2006 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for his original composition Don't Know Why and continues to compose and arrange in a variety of genres.


Double Bass

Corcoran Holt

Corcoran Holt performs regularly at many of the top music festivals and venues around the world. Some have included the North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, to name a few. Corcoran has performed through North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2009, he toured the Middle East as a jazz ambassador representing the United States, under the U.S. State Department with Alvin Atkinson & the Sound Merchants. In September 2010, he traveled part of the Rhythm Roads tour with Nasar Abadey and Supernova to East Africa, a collaboration between the U.S. State Department and Jazz at the Lincoln Center. Corcoran was semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Bass Competition in 2009 and recorded on Jamison Ross' Jamison (Concord Records, 2015), which was Grammy nominated as Best Jazz Vocal.



Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison, born and raised in Houston, Texas, began his professional career at age 14 playing drums in local funk, R&B, rock, and jazz bands. After high school he studied jazz composition with Shelly Berg at San Jacinto College and percussion at Houston Baptist University. He is a versatile musician who has performed with a wide range or artists including Dick Oatts, Cold Sweat,TKOH!, Rita Moreno, El DeBarge, Clark Terry, Kirk Whalum, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, the Unified Jazz Ensemble, the Capitol Bones, Rick Perry, Andy Bey, and Carl Filipiak, to name a few. He has recorded with the Alan Baylock Orchestra, Randy Runyon, the Victory Mass Choir, the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, multiple recordings with the Jazz Ambassadors, and many others. He also appears on numerous educational recordings produced by Alfred and Hal Leonard Publications.



Kevin McDonald

Drummer and percussionist Kevin McDonald's performance credits include Dave Liebman, Mark Turner, Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel Zenon, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Lee Konitz in international venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the White House, the U.S. Library of Congress, the Midwest Clinic, and Bimhuis. A Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Catholic University, McDonald is currently completing his dissertation, "Hearing the American Civil Rights Movement in the Music of Max Roach." McDonald serves as adjunct professor of applied jazz percussion at George Mason University and as drummer for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble. He is a proud endorsing artist for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Remo Drumheads.



Alphonso Young, Jr.

Alphonso Young, Jr. has been a professional musician for more than 20 years. His versatile and imaginative style of performance has not only charmed audiences around the world, but has led noted artists such as Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, George Colligan, Giacomo Gates, Buck Hill, Etta Jones, Ira Sullivan, Othello Molineaux, Rebecca Parris, and Jon Secada to acquire his talent. He has also performed with trumpeter and composer Alan Baylock, world-renowned DJ Kevin Yost, smooth jazz artist Brad Clements, Benny Powell, Miles Griffith and jazz diva Vanessa Rubin, as well as many other luminaries of the jazz world.


Jazz Vocalist

Darden Purcell

Dr. Darden Purcell is the director of jazz studies, jazz voice instructor and director of the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble at George Mason University. An active featured soloist she has shared the stage with many top jazz artists and ensembles including Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Chuchito Valdes, Dana Hall, Alan Baylock, Glenn Wilson, Stockton Helbing, Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd, Darmon Meader, Joe McCarthy, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band Commodores, Naval Academy Big Band Next Wave, Airmen of Note, U.S. Army Blues and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. She has performed at concert halls and clubs nationally and internationally, including Blues Alley, the Jazz Kitchen, the Blue Wisp, the Kitchen Cafe, the Bop Stop, JazzB (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Sandler Center (back-up vocals for Ben Folds) Meyerhoff Center (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Wolf Trap (National Symphony Orchestra) and the Kennedy Center (back-up vocals for Mr. George Benson, Sara Bareilles and Caroline Shaw).



Music Production & Recording Technology

Golder O'Neill

Golder O'Neill is the Director of Music Production & Recording at Shenandoah Conservatory with more than 25 years professional recording experience and live sound reinforcement including being the owner, manager, and chief engineer of Goldreel Studios (Winchester, Virginia) and recording engineer at Sound Loft Studio (Brookline, Massachusetts). He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and is Avid Pro Tools Certified, completed the Avid Media Composer and Sibelius certificate courses and has been running the technology program at National Jazz Workshop since its inception.


The U.S. Army Blues*


The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. The Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.

*Appearance pending official approval.