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).



Darryl Brenzel


Darryl Brenzel is a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, arranger and educator. He is also a retiree from the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors. Brenzel has taught at the university level and his groups (duo, trio, quartet) provide jazz music for any occasion. He freelances in all styles and many of his arrangements are available for purchase.


Joseph Henson


Saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator Joseph Henson earned his undergraduate degree in saxophone performance from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. He played tenor in the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C., for 21 years and is currently professor of saxophone and jazz studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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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.


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'.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


Eric Byrd


For twenty years, the Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, the trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call the Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to the Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. On each recording, they take a rigorous, modern approach to standards as well as original compositions, playing with great acuity within the broad and rich jazz tradition.


Bob Larson


Bob Larson served on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory from 1982 to 2021 and is now professor emeritus of jazz piano. 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.


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.


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.


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.



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.