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Jerry Bergonzi

  • Jazz Studies

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator.

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Ran Blake

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies

Third Stream pianist Ran Blake has recorded more than 30 albums and performed in major jazz festivals, concert halls, jazz clubs, and…

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Luis Bonilla

  • Jazz Studies

Luis Bonilla is a jazz trombonist, composer, and arranger, and is a prominent force in the New York and international jazz and Latin scenes…

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Frank Carlberg

  • Jazz Studies
  • Director, NEC Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra

Pianist, composer Frank Carlberg teaches NEC jazz performance and composition students, and directs the NEC Jazz Composers' Workshop…

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Anthony Coleman

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies
  • Composition

From the Sarajevo Jazz Festival to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, Anthony Coleman’s musical odyssey has taken him through…

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Jorrit Dijkstra

  • Jazz Studies

The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and…

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Dominique Eade

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz
  • Jazz Lab

Dominique Eade has been a featured vocalist and composer in the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Jazz in Toulon Festival in France, the…

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Billy Hart

  • Jazz Studies

Billy Hart played in rhythm-and-blues bands while in high school, accompanying such important soul artists as Otis Redding, Joe Tex, and…

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Dave Holland

  • Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Jazz Studies

In July 1968, Miles Davis happened to listen in on a performance by jazz bassist Dave Holland at London's Ronnie Scott's club.

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Joe Hunt

  • Jazz Studies

Joe Hunt is a jazz drummer, educator, author, and historian.

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Ethan Iverson

  • Jazz Studies

Pianist Ethan Iverson joined New England Conservatory's jazz studio faculty in 2016.

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Jerry Leake

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • West African Drumming, Singing, Movement

Jerry Leake is co-founder of the acclaimed world-music ensemble Natraj, whose four recordings feature his diverse percussion talents.

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Brian Levy

  • Jazz Studies
  • Music History & Musicology (College)

Jazz saxophonist Brian Levy received his Ph.D.

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John Lockwood

  • Jazz Studies
  • Contemporary Improvisation

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S.

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Cecil McBee

  • Jazz Studies

Double bassist Cecil McBee got his start with the Paul Winter Sextet, and earned international acclaim in the mid-60s touring with Charles…

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Donny McCaslin

  • Jazz Studies

Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin started playing tenor saxophone at age twelve, and quickly progressed, touring Europe, and participating in…

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John McNeil

  • Jazz Studies

John McNeil is one of the most influential trumpet players of his generation.

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Jason Moran

  • Jazz Studies

Pianist and composer Jason Moran joined the New England Conservatory faculty as of Fall 2010, following a series of residencies at NEC.

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Rakalam Bob Moses


  • Jazz Studies

Drummer, composer, artist, poet, dancer, visionary, nature mystic: Bob Moses's life has been a continuous quest for vision, spirit,…

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Hankus Netsky

  • Co-Chair, Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies
  • Director, Jewish Music Ensemble

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and scholar, Hankus Netsky teaches improvisation and Jewish music.

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Bob Nieske

  • Jazz Studies
  • Director, Youth Jazz Orchestra

Bob Nieske has worked with Jimmy Giuffre, the Either/Orchestra, George Russell, and Stephane Grappelli.

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Nedelka Prescod

  • Contemporary Improvisation, Jazz Studies
  • African American Roots Ensemble
  • NEC Gospel Ensemble

The daughter of a musician/educator, Nedelka F.

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Ted Reichman

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies

Ted Reichman is an accordionist, keyboard player, and composer, focusing on connections between improvisation and various forms of folk,…

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Dave Samuels

  • Jazz Studies

Mallet player Dave Samuels is a multiple Grammy Award winner and nominee.

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Ken Schaphorst

  • Chair, Jazz Studies
  • Director, NEC Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Lab

A founding member of the Boston-based Jazz Composers Alliance, an organization in the tradition of jazz composer-directed ensembles dedicated to the…

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Ben Schwendener

  • Jazz Studies
  • Advanced Jazz Theory

Editorial assistant to George Russell and a certified teacher of the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, Ben Schwendener has…

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Bert Seager

  • Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies

Jazz pianist and composer Bert Seager teaches creative musicians an in-depth approach to the fundamentals of harmony, rhythm, and…

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Brad Shepik

  • Jazz Studies

Born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised in Seattle, 40-year-old Brad Shepik began playing guitar at age 10, when he picked up his father…

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Miguel Zenón

  • Jazz Studies

Saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón joined the NEC jazz faculty in Fall 2009.

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Norman M.E. Zocher

  • Jazz Studies

Jazz guitarist and composer Norman Zocher has performed with his trio in clubs both in Boston—the Willow and Ryles—and in Manhattan—…