Maryland Summer Jazz Faculty 2018

Our Faculty is what makes Maryland Summer Jazz one of the most successful summer jazz workshops for adults in the nation. Teaching at major educational institutions and performing at festivals and concert halls around the globe, MSJ’s stellar faculty has the experience, chops, humor and answers you are looking for!

Jeff Antoniuk - Saxophone, Artistic Director

Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk is an internationally respected jazz composer and musician whose concerts and recordings are consistently well received by critics. His CD’s, including "The Blind Watchmaker" with The MARS 4-tet and "Brotherhood" and "Here Today" with The Jazz Update have been lauded by jazz critics around the world. They note his exceptional compositions as well as the his peerless technique.

Antoniuk has shared the stage with US 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. Antoniuk’s widely popular "Digging Deeper Jazz" You Tube channel is approaching 500,000 views.

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 is launching Jazz Wire, the global home for adult amateur and semipro jazz musicians.

John D'earth - Trumpet

Protean trumpeter John D’earth is an internationally known performer, composer/arranger, and recording artist. As a young man, he studied with Thad Jones and Carmine Caruso, which led him to a long career working with the greatest of the jazz greats (Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson). He is equally comfortable in the pop and rock genre (Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby), as well as in chamber music settings (Kronos String Quartet, The Kandinsky Trio). As Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia, he is a beloved educator, and encourages legions of students to follow his lead in pushing the boundaries of both composition and improvisation.

Russ Nolan - Saxophone

Consistently voted onto DownBeat magazine's Rising Star Annual Critics Poll, NYC saxophonist Russ Nolan’s music is often described as High- Energy Modern Jazz that both satisfies the intellect of its musical peers and speaks to everyone on a soulful level. Called a ‘renaissance man’ by those close to him, he has taken his experiences in sports, dancing, martial arts, business, after-school program volunteering, music education, and other activities to relate to a wider audience across the US and Canada. His 2016 release of Sanctuary from the Ordinary - Live at Firehouse 12 was voted onto DownBeat's Best of 2016.

Also a dedicated educator, Russ is the Director of JazzLabNY, a community where NY Tri-State area adult jazz musicians who make their living outside of music can play and study in a regular, ongoing small group setting.

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Shawn Purcell - Guitar

Jazz guitarist Dr. Shawn Purcell is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance with a minor in ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An active military musician, Shawn has played in The U.S. Air Force “Airmen of Note,” The U.S. Navy Band “Commodores” jazz ensemble, and the Naval Academy Band.

A dedicated educator, he is adjunct professor of jazz studies (jazz guitar and jazz arranging) at George Mason University, and has served on the jazz faculty at Towson University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and was a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Purcell has shared the stage with many of the world’s top jazz artists including past MSJ faculty member Ingrid Jensen, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Terell Stafford, and many more.

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Amy Shook - Bass

Amy Shook is one of the most in-demand acoustic bassists in the mid- Atlantic, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. In addition to being a premier performing and recording artist, she is an accomplished composer and music educator, co-leads the Shook/Russo 5tet, and performs regularly with the Fred Hughes Trio, as well as the all women powerhouse trio the 3Divas. Amy has performed with Maurice Hines, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Larry Willis, George Mesterhazy, Wessell Anderson, Ali Ryerson, Jim Snidero, Walt Weiskopf, Bruce Barth, Steve Nelson and Lewis Nash, to name a few. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birchmere, Arena Stage, off-Broadway at New World Stages in NYC, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Cape May Jazz Festival, and performed at the White House twice by special invitation.

Harold Summey - Drum Set

Harold Summey, a Newport News, VA native, is a current member of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington DC. In 1992, Mr. Summey was the first prize winner of the world’s most prestigious jazz award, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Harold has performed with an incredible list of jazz legends in his career, including names such as Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Whitney Houston, and numerous others.

Harold is a faculty member at Howard University, American University, and George Mason University, and has done clinics and master classes for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz across the planet. He is a returning faculty member at Maryland Summer Jazz.

Harry Watters - Trombone

Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Trombone Artist. He has presented his seminars at numerous events and colleges, including the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Association of Concert Bands' National Convention, the University of North Texas, New Mexico State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of New Orleans, and many more.

Watters has performed with Doc Serverinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra. Watters resides with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.


Tim Whalen - Piano

Milwaukee native Tim Whalen is one of the most in-demand jazz pianists and composers living in Washington DC. He has played all over the United States, Japan and Europe in many different musical situations, and has written music for everything from jazz trios to symphony orchestras. In 2005, he orchestrated music for the Oscarwinning song, “El Otro Lado del Rio” by Jorge Drexler from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. He has performed with David “Fathead” Newman, Wynton Marsalis, Terrell Stafford, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jon Hendricks, Richard Davis and others. He’s currently staying busy with his Quintet and is writing new music for a new chamber jazz ensemble he’s formed. Tim’s latest project is a new web series he created, hosts, and produces called “AceTone Sessions,” which features the many amazing musicians in the Washington DC area.

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MSJ Adjunct Faculty

Michael Jaramillo - Guitar

Michael, based in Southern California for over 30 years, studied privately with Joe Diorio and Ted Greene, and graduated from Dick Grove School of Music’s Guitar Program in 1982. During that time, he worked with some of the best musicians in So. Cal., including Sherry Williams, Luther Hughes, Dave Enos, Bruce Lett, and Kendall Kay.

Michael has been teaching guitar for many years, and is relocating to Spokane, Washington in the fall of 2018 to expand his eduction business. In Spokane, Michael will be launching combo classes for adult jazz musicians, the first such offering of it’s kind in the area.

Dr. Brack Miles May - Trumpet

Trumpeter Brack Miles May has been actively involved in jazz education for over 30 years. As an educator, he has taught jazz to secondary and college students, as well as adult amateurs. Currently, May is an online instructor of music courses for multiple colleges in the United States.

A native of Arkansas, Brack earned degrees in music from Henderson State University and North Texas State University, as well as a Ph.D. in music from the University of North Texas. He was a Texas high school band director for over 20 years, and a college professor for more than 10 years.

As a trumpeter, Dr. May has worked with music legends Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Jim Pugh, George Roberts, Dave Stahl, Eric Marienthal, Wayne Bergeron, and others. In the summer of 2018, Dr. May is launching Encore Entertainment: Lab DFW, an adult amateur jazz education program in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

Tina Richerson - Saxophone

Tina Richerson, an internationally known touring artist, earned her Bachelor of Music from the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and her Master of Music from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, both with a concentration in saxophone performance. She was a member of the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, the reputable Tiptons Saxophone Quartet and Drums, founded by multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio.

After moving to New York city, Tina continued her studies privately with Ronnie Cuber and George Garzone, where she also taught music through the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Tina currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a freelance musician, and works in her local school district as an artist in residence and woodwind clinician. She is studying with Jeff Antoniuk, and is launching her new adult jazz ensemble business in Portland in the fall of 2018.



We reserve the right to change or substitute faculty members with no additional notice to clinic participants