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Caio Afiune

  • Jazz Guitar (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Theory (Preparatory & Continuing Education)

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Caio did his undergrad at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, where he was the youngest student to ever enroll in the music…

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Tucker Antell

  • Jazz Saxophone (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Tenor Saxophonist Tucker Antell performs and records with groups including the Fat City Band, Soul City Horns, Omar Thomas Big Band, the…

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Billy Buss

  • Jazz Trumpet (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Billy Buss is an award-winning trumpet player, composer and educator originally from Berkeley, California, now living in Boston.

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David Eure

  • Jazz Violin (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

David Eure currently teaches jazz violin at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. Eure…

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Gary Fieldman

  • Jazz Percussion (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory & Continuing Education)

Percussionist, composer and music educator Gary Fieldman is active in the Boston, Massachusetts area and is creative in a wide and eclectic…

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Nick Grondin

  • Jazz Guitar (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Music Theory (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)
  • Jazz Class (Preparatory School)

An experienced performer and award-winning composer, Nick Grondin has presented his music to audiences throughout the U.S.

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen

  • Jazz Piano (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Class (Preparatory & Continuing Education)

Master pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen continues to thrill and inspire audiences throughout the world.

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Peter Kenagy

  • Jazz Trumpet (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Jazz trumpeter Peter Kenagy's music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own…

Jeffrey Leonard

  • Assistant Director, Youth Jazz Orchestra

Jeffrey Leonard is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music and holds his Masters in Music Education from Boston University.

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Brian Levy

  • Music History & Musicology (College)
  • Jazz Studies, Saxophone (College, Preparatory & Continuing Education)

Brian Levy is a musicologist and jazz saxophonist who received his PhD in musicology from Brandeis University in 2012.

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Rick McLaughlin

  • Jazz Bass (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Class (Preparatory School)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Rick McLaughlin’s work has been heard all over the world.

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Austin McMahon

  • Jazz Percussion (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Austin McMahon currently leads ensembles and teaches private drum-set lessons for the jazz department of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory and…

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Vanessa Morris

  • Jazz Voice (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Vanessa Morris’ unique sound is a blend of many influences, ranging from Betty Carter and Nina Simone to Antonio Jobim and Al Green.

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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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Kelly Powers

  • Jazz Piano (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Kelly Powers is a pianist, composer and improviser based in New York City.

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Nathan Reising

  • Jazz Saxophone (Preparatory & Continuing Education)

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Gregory Ryan

  • Jazz Double Bass (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory & Continuing Education)

New York City native Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on both acoustic and electric bass.

Brooke Sofferman

  • Jazz Percussion (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Brooke Sofferman is a jazz percussionist and composer.

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Jamie Stewardson

  • Assistant Chair, Jazz (Preparatory School)
  • Jazz Guitar (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Piano (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Jamie Stewardson is a jazz guitarist.

Alexei Tsiganov

  • Jazz Composition (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Vibraphone (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Alexei Tsiganov was born in Leningrad (now St.

Michael Tucker

  • Jazz Saxophone (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory & Continuing Education)

Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a side man all over the world.

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Joel Yennior

  • Jazz Trombone (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Class (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Preparatory School)

Joel Yennior is a trombonist, composer, and educator currently residing in the greater Boston area.

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David Zoffer

  • Chair, Jazz (Preparatory & Continuing Education)
  • Contemporary Improvisation

David Zoffer is a multi-instrumentalist whose principal instrument is piano.

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