2019 Guest artists

Dr. Jay Easton

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Jay C. Easton is a unique multi-instrumental performer who is skilled on an array of woodwind instruments from around the world and across the centuries. He is one of the few musicians in the world to perform on the entire saxophone family of instruments. Dr. Easton is the founder of the Brass Dragon Saxophone Band, Northstar Saxophone Quartet, and Crosswinds Duo. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Lyric Opera San Diego, Spectrum Quartet, numerous professional musical theater productions, and many other large and small ensembles in both professional and educational settings. His pioneering CD "So Low" is the first album ever dedicated solely to the largest saxophones, and his book-and-CD "Writing for Saxophones" provide the first comprehensive guide to the complete range of the saxophone family for composers and performers. His solo performances feature rare and unusual reed instruments and their repertoire, with special emphasis on the saxophone family and the lower reeds.


Soren hamm

Soren Hamm Seattle Saxophone Institute

Heard on the popular radio programs Performance Today and Northwest Focus Live, saxophonist Soren Hamm is a versatile musician, performing repertoire spanning the Renaissance through the Avant-garde. He is the first person to win both the solo and (with the Equus Saxophone Quartet) ensemble categories of the Frances Walton Competition, and was a winner of the Northwest MTNA Competitions on multiple occasions. Soren is passionate about chamber music, contemporary music, and outreach. With flutist Cassie Lear, he frequently performs as a member of the Seattle-based duo Onomatopoeia. He has premiered dozens of works for saxophone, and is currently involved in commissioning the first ever original repertoire for flute, saxophone, and horn. Soren graduated from the University of Oregon (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.), and also completed study in music education at Western Washington University. His teachers include Idit Shner, Fred Winkler, and John Sampen.


Gary hammon

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Born and raised in Seattle, Gary “Jubil” Hammon is one of a number of musicians from the area that have enjoyed a long and successful career in the performing arts. Gary began his study of the saxophone while a junior at Garfield High School. With diligent practice, he advanced rapidly on the instrument, and soon began playing in bands around the thriving Seattle music scene. With some encouragement from Jim Wilke, he applied for further musical study at the renowned New England Conservatory of Music. Awarded a scholarship, he began attending in 1969, the first year black students were accepted. While there he benefitted greatly while studying with Kenny Dorham, Mary Lou Williams, Carmen McRae and others. He also helped inaugurate the jazz studies program at the Conservatory in 1972, as part of Gunther Schuller’s ensemble. Impressing the likes of Isaac Stern and Arthur Fiedler, the program has been a success ever since.

Gary went on to establish himself on the jazz scene in Boston and New York, frequently filling in for Harold Vick before leading his own bands, becoming a regular at Wally’s in Boston and Manny’s Car Wash in New York. This led to working and touring with blues greats Albert King and Albert Collins, a long stint with Big Jim Patton’s band, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and further jazz work with Barbara Donald and Grant Green.

Still active as an educator, Hammon has been teaching saxophone and sharing his love of music for over four decades. As well as having tutored dozens of award-winning musicians, Gary has also worked closely with Ballard High School’s program in recent years, helping them become one of the region’s top programs and regular attendees of the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition held annually in New York City.

Recognition of Mr. Hammon’s legacy of connecting the jazz tradition with the current generation was recently showcased at the 2018 Earshot Jazz Festival. Leading the band “Last of the Tribe,” at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.


Sidney hauser

Sidney Hauser Seattle Saxophone Institute Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Sidney Hauser is a musician and artist from Whidbey Island. In June of 2016 she graduated from UW with a minor in music performance and a BA in fine arts. She is very musically involved in Seattle and plays in bands such as SWOJO, folk band High Turnover and her own band Schuff. She has been very fortunate to study under the tutelage of incredible musicians such as Neil Welch, Mark Taylor, Michael Brockman and Steve Treseler. She works as a teacher’s assistant and aftercare lead for Pacific Crest Montessori, a caregiver on the weekends and a freelance illustrator for a book educating children about Alzheimer’s. You can visit her website at sidneyhauserart.com.


Steve Treseler

Steve Treseler Seattle Saxophone Institute

Steve Treseler is a Seattle-based saxophonist, composer, teaching artist, and author who performs and leads creative music workshops across the U.S. DownBeat calls his music “beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed, or somewhere in between.” Steve’s voice as an improviser and composer blends distinct, yet confluent elements: straight-ahead jazz, Impressionism, minimalism, drones, alternative rock, American folk, electronic effects, and the avant-garde.

Treseler grew up in the midst of Seattleʼs grunge scene before moving to Boston to pursue his studies on scholarship at New England Conservatory, where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, and Steve Lacy, He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Improvised Music from the University of Washington where he worked with avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu

Creative music education is an integral part of Steve’s ongoing work. He is the founder of the Game Symphony Workshop, offering group improvisation workshops for ensembles. Steve teaches at Seattle Pacific University and designed an improvisation course that is part of the school’s core music curriculum.


 

Archive: Previous Guest Artists

Amy Denio

Amy is regarded as one of Seattle's most innovative multi-instrumentalists. Amy lead a group improvisation and "conduction" workshop for the inaugural Seattle Saxophone Institute camp in 2015. This year Amy will bring her infectious energy and amazing artistic presence to our middle school camp!

Amy is regarded as one of Seattle's most innovative multi-instrumentalists. Amy lead a group improvisation and "conduction" workshop for the inaugural Seattle Saxophone Institute camp in 2015. This year Amy will bring her infectious energy and amazing artistic presence to our middle school camp!

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Amy Denio is a Seattle-based multi-instrumental composer of soundtracks for modern dance, film and theater, as well as a songwriter and music improviser. Often called an unclassifiable avant-garde jazz musician, she is also deeply inspired by world music. She is probably best known as a vocalist, accordionist and saxophone-player. Among her current musical involvements are The Tiptons Sax Quartet (formerly The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet) and Die Resonanz Stanonczi, a radical folk group based in Salzburg, Austria.


Tobi Stone

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Tobi Stone performs a wide array of music. She has an extensive history exploring the saxophone's role in many genres of music, with the horn often taking a leading role. Tobi will bring her innovative sprit to our high school camp for the 2017 Sax Institute.

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Tobi Stone performs a wide array of music. She has an extensive history exploring the saxophone's role in many genres of music, with the horn often taking a leading role. Tobi will bring her innovative sprit to our high school camp for the 2017 Sax Institute.

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Tobi Stone plays Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute professionally and has maintained a private lesson studio for 16 years. She recorded, composed and toured internationally with The Tiptons Sax Quartet, 2002-2007, and nationally with the jazz group, Reptet, 2003-2007. Tobi has a Bachelor’s Degree from UW for Saxophone Performance, Emphasis in Jazz Studies and currently performs with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, B'shnorkestra, The Jefferson Rose Band and Clave Gringa. 


Erik Steighner

Saxophonist Erik Steighner performs as an award-winning modern classical saxophone soloist, in addition to work in chamber ensembles and orchestras across the country

Saxophonist Erik Steighner performs as an award-winning modern classical saxophone soloist, in addition to work in chamber ensembles and orchestras across the country

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Praised by the Tacoma News Tribune for his “effortless lyricism” as well as his “smooth tone and fluid virtuosity,” Erik Steighner has performed with ensembles including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Steighner has served on the faculty of Texas State University and is currently a lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where his course load has included Saxophone, Chamber Music, Introduction to Music, Ear Training, and Music Theory. He is also on faculty at Tacoma Community College and the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department, and is founder and conductor of the South Sound Saxophone Ensemble. 


Christian pincock

Christian Pincock is a specialist in “Conduction,” a unique style of instantaneous composition. Christian will demonstrate these techniques with our students, who will all have the opportunity to take part in this amazing compositional process.    Website  /  Video  / Bio    Christian Pincock   is a trombonist, composer and educator who creates and works with a wide range of music. With a firm background in jazz performance and composition, he plays concerts and leads educational workshops in Seattle and on tour across the United States with various groups and solo trombone/custom electronics.  Christian composes for and performs with Slipstitch, which explores unusual orchestration sounds, brings together composition and improvisation in unique ways, and uses the full textural range of individual solos through complex group counterpoint. Coming out of the jazz tradition of innovation, the group incorporates many other influences including the rhythms of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, the forms and compositional practices of European classical music, and grooves and expressive techniques from popular modern styles.

Christian Pincock is a specialist in “Conduction,” a unique style of instantaneous composition. Christian will demonstrate these techniques with our students, who will all have the opportunity to take part in this amazing compositional process.

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Christian Pincock is a trombonist, composer and educator who creates and works with a wide range of music. With a firm background in jazz performance and composition, he plays concerts and leads educational workshops in Seattle and on tour across the United States with various groups and solo trombone/custom electronics.

Christian composes for and performs with Slipstitch, which explores unusual orchestration sounds, brings together composition and improvisation in unique ways, and uses the full textural range of individual solos through complex group counterpoint. Coming out of the jazz tradition of innovation, the group incorporates many other influences including the rhythms of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, the forms and compositional practices of European classical music, and grooves and expressive techniques from popular modern styles.


Tom Varner

Tom Varner is an acclaimed jazz French Horn player and former member of saxophone legend Steve Lacy's small ensemble, an experience which he will share with our students this week.    Website  /  Video  / Bio  An internationally renowned champion of jazz and improvised music for the French horn,   Tom Varner   has appeared on over 70 different recordings with such important artists as Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Steve Lacy, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, and Jim McNeely. As a sideman, Varner has toured North and South America, Europe, Japan, and Russia with George Gruntz, Steve Lacy, Reggie Workman, Bobby Previte, John Zorn, the Mingus Orchestra, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Bobby Watson, Lee Konitz, Jane Ira Bloom, La Monte Young, McCoy Tyner, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, and many others.  Varner also has a well–deserved reputation as an inventive and passionate composer and bandleader with twelve CDs released under his own name and featuring Steve Wilson, Ed Jackson, Tony Malaby, Mark Feldman, Kenny Barron, Drew Gress, Cameron Brown, Victor Lewis, Billy Hart, Tom Rainey, and Matt Wilson, among others. Varner‘s latest recording  Heaven and Hell  will be released in the fall of 2009.

Tom Varner is an acclaimed jazz French Horn player and former member of saxophone legend Steve Lacy's small ensemble, an experience which he will share with our students this week.

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An internationally renowned champion of jazz and improvised music for the French horn, Tom Varner has appeared on over 70 different recordings with such important artists as Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Steve Lacy, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, and Jim McNeely. As a sideman, Varner has toured North and South America, Europe, Japan, and Russia with George Gruntz, Steve Lacy, Reggie Workman, Bobby Previte, John Zorn, the Mingus Orchestra, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Bobby Watson, Lee Konitz, Jane Ira Bloom, La Monte Young, McCoy Tyner, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, and many others.

Varner also has a well–deserved reputation as an inventive and passionate composer and bandleader with twelve CDs released under his own name and featuring Steve Wilson, Ed Jackson, Tony Malaby, Mark Feldman, Kenny Barron, Drew Gress, Cameron Brown, Victor Lewis, Billy Hart, Tom Rainey, and Matt Wilson, among others. Varner‘s latest recording Heaven and Hell will be released in the fall of 2009.


Jacob Zimmerman

Jacob Zimmerman is a specialist in 40's swing and mid-50's West Coast jazz. Jacob offers a unique perspective on the process of learning music by ear, as did so many players from the time period he so passionately embodies.    Website  /  Video  / Bio  Seattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist   Jacob Zimmerman   is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz.  As a bandleader the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet can be seen performing classic bebop music from the 40s and 50s on the 1st Thursday of every month at  Egan’s Ballard Jam House . Zimmerman can also frequently be seen playing traditional jazz for swing dancers in a variety of bands all over the world. His playing channels the spontaneous melodic spirit of his heroes: Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Lee Konitz above all.

Jacob Zimmerman is a specialist in 40's swing and mid-50's West Coast jazz. Jacob offers a unique perspective on the process of learning music by ear, as did so many players from the time period he so passionately embodies.

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Seattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz.

As a bandleader the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet can be seen performing classic bebop music from the 40s and 50s on the 1st Thursday of every month at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Zimmerman can also frequently be seen playing traditional jazz for swing dancers in a variety of bands all over the world. His playing channels the spontaneous melodic spirit of his heroes: Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Lee Konitz above all.


Kate olson

Kate Olson is part of the high school Seattle Saxophone Institute faculty and is regarded as one of Seattle's most in-demand players. Kate specializes in (among other areas) playing the saxophone through electronics.    Website  /  Video  / Bio    Kate Olson   (KO SOLO) is an improvising saxophonist and woodwind teacher based in Seattle, WA. She can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups.  Kate has a BA in Music (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. Kate’s international resume continues to grow, including performances in Russia, Latvia, Turkey, Switzerland and Slovakia. She has appeared on stage with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-lot and Big Star's Third (featuring members of REM, the Posies, and Nada Surf) among others. In 2011 and 2013, Kate was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Best NW Instrumentalist Category.

Kate Olson is part of the high school Seattle Saxophone Institute faculty and is regarded as one of Seattle's most in-demand players. Kate specializes in (among other areas) playing the saxophone through electronics.

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Kate Olson (KO SOLO) is an improvising saxophonist and woodwind teacher based in Seattle, WA. She can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups.

Kate has a BA in Music (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. Kate’s international resume continues to grow, including performances in Russia, Latvia, Turkey, Switzerland and Slovakia. She has appeared on stage with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-lot and Big Star's Third (featuring members of REM, the Posies, and Nada Surf) among others. In 2011 and 2013, Kate was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Best NW Instrumentalist Category.


Ivan Arteaga

Ivan Arteaga works with beginning through advanced students at the Creative Music Adventures (CMA) space in Seattle, and brings a joyful, high-energy approach to music education with youth.    Website  /  Video  / Bio    Ivan Arteaga   is a saxophone and clarinet player in the Seattle area. He has recently completed a Masters degree in composition at the University of Washington, studying with Richard Karpen and Cuong Vu. Ivan has a background in jazz but is primarily involved in the creation and performance of new works by current musicians and composers. His playing and projects have spanned the worlds of contemporary art music, avant-pop, completely free-improvised works, and much in between. Ivan is also a founding musician and board member of the Seattle record label Table & Chairs launched in early 2011.

Ivan Arteaga works with beginning through advanced students at the Creative Music Adventures (CMA) space in Seattle, and brings a joyful, high-energy approach to music education with youth.

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Ivan Arteaga is a saxophone and clarinet player in the Seattle area. He has recently completed a Masters degree in composition at the University of Washington, studying with Richard Karpen and Cuong Vu. Ivan has a background in jazz but is primarily involved in the creation and performance of new works by current musicians and composers. His playing and projects have spanned the worlds of contemporary art music, avant-pop, completely free-improvised works, and much in between. Ivan is also a founding musician and board member of the Seattle record label Table & Chairs launched in early 2011.