Our Faculty

Core Faculty

These are the folks that you'll be working with all three days at JazzWire Winter Summit. They will be teaching the small combos, electives, masterclasses, and private lessons. (Core faculty is rotated each day, so you’ll get to work personally with every faculty member!)


Jeff Antoniuk

Saxophone, Artistic Director


Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is a beloved jazz educator, and his widely popular "Digging Deeper Jazz" YouTube channel has upwards of 2,000,000 views. DDJ was pivotal in helping Jeff launch JazzWire.net, one of the most cutting edge jazz education platforms for adult players in the world. Jeff is the Artistic Director of JazzWire, where he serves students from over 25 different countries. A dedicated teaching artist, Antoniuk has been a featured performer and educator at numerous festivals, including Juneau Jazz & Classics, The Jazz Educator Network (JEN) Annual Convention, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the International Saxophone Symposium, MacEwan Summer Jazz, and at The White House. He is the founder and artistic director of Maryland Summer (and Winter) Jazz, and directs Jazz Band Masterclass in the Washington DC area. An internationally respected jazz composer and musician, Jeff’s recordings, including “Flow" with Helluvaband and "Brotherhood" and "Here Today" with The Jazz Update have been lauded by jazz critics around the world. Antoniuk has shared the stage with masters including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Jimmy Haslip, Najee and Marcus Miller. He's also worked with Canadian greats PJ Perry, Senator Tommy Banks, big band leader Rob McConnell, pop icon David Foster and trumpet sensation Ingrid Jensen. In 2017, Jeff was the featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the world premier of their "Swingin' Nutcracker," a jazz reinvention of the 25 movement Tchaikovsky classic. A dedicated teaching artist, Antoniuk has been a featured performer and educator at numerous festivals, including Juneau Jazz & Classics, The Jazz Educator Network (JEN) Annual Convention, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the International Saxophone Symposium, MacEwan Summer Jazz, and at The White House. He is the founder and artistic director of Maryland Summer Jazz, and directs two other adult music programs in the USA: Jazz Band Masterclass and the Capital City Voices. In 2018, Antoniuk launched Jazz Wire, the global home for adult amateur and semipro jazz musicians.

Paul Bollenback

Guitar


New York City guitarist Paul Bollenback has become known as an incredibly versatile musician, and one of the finest educators on the scene. Paul served a 20 year stint with the late great jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, and has performed on over 80 recordings as a sideman. Artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Chris McNulty, Gary Thomas, and Grady Tate have tapped Paul to play and record with them. His busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90’s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, The New School and CUNY. Bollenback is also a composer, who’s pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD.

Super Special Guests

These legends will be giving a guest presentation during one of the three days. Check the schedule to find out which day they are speaking!

George Coleman

Saxophone


A true legend of the tenor saxophone, George Coleman began his career in Memphis’ rich musical environment of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, alongside such notables as Booker Little, Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier, Jamil Nasser, Hank Crawford, Phineas Newborn Jr., and blues immortal B.B. King. In 1956 George moved to Chicago, along with Booker Little. The bustling jazz scene brought him together with local heavyweights like Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, John Gilmore and Ira Sullivan, and he joined Walter Perkins’ group, The MJT + 3. When Max Roach heard George with this unit in 1958, he invited him to join his own quartet featuring Kenny Dorham on trumpet. Coleman moved to New York later that year and has made his home there ever since. Stints with Max Roach paved the way for a call from the incomparable Miles Davis in 1963. For two years George was a member of that groundbreaking quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, recording four classic albums – Seven Steps to Heaven, My Funny Valentine, Four and Miles Davis in Europe – before departing to pursue other projects, leaving that highly visible position to Wayne Shorter. The following year George and Hubbard joined with Miles’ rhythm team for Herbie Hancock’s landmark Maiden Voyage, one of the most popular albums in the history of jazz. Over the ten years from 1964-74, Coleman freelanced as a member of various groups led by some of the music’s most prominent figures, including Lionel Hampton, Lee Morgan, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Chet Baker, Shirley Scott, Charles McPherson, Cedar Walton and many more. He also composed and arranged for various ensembles. Since 1973 Coleman has focused primarily on his own groups. He has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader for labels such as Verve, Muse, Timeless, Evidence, Birdology and most recently, Two and Four, not to mention plus countless recordings as a sideman. For the past 30 years George has also been a major force in jazz education. In addition to his private teaching of advanced jazz techniques, he has also been a consultant and teacher at the New School University, Long Island University, New York University and Mannes School of Music, and has conducted workshops, seminars and master classes at universities all over the U.S. A winner of numerous honors and awards, Coleman has twice been presented the Key to the City in his hometown, and in 1997 received the Jazz Foundation of America’s Life Achievement Award.

Buster Williams

Bass


Grammy winner Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. Known for his work with Herbie Hancocks 70’s band, with singer Nancy Wilson, and with the band Sphere, Mr. Williams has recorded with a who’s who list of jazz musicians over his 60+ year career. Work with names like these are just a beginning - Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, and on and on. Mr. Williams has done endless work for film and TV, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for composition as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in 1991. Williams has also been recognized by the Min-On Concert Association, RVC Corporation, and Soka Gakkai International.

Tia Fuller

Saxophone


Tia Fuller is a saxophonist, composer, and educator who is making an incredible mark on the music world. She is a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé, while also serving as a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music. Fuller was a featured musician in Pixar's full length computer-animated feature movie Soul, providing the alto saxophone sounds for the character Dorothea Williams (who was voiced by none other than Angela Bassett). Mr. Fuller has performed with a wide array of jazz artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Rufus Reid, Sean Jones, Roy Haynes, Jon Batiste, and many others. Fuller was nominated for a Grammy Award for her 2019 album Diamond Cut.
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