2018 Seattle Saxophone Institute Guest artists

FRED WINKLER

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Saxophonist Fred Winkler performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Federal Way Symphony, Olympia Symphony, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Mr. Winkler currently teaches at Western Washington University and the University of Puget Sound. His students frequently receive top honors and awards including winners of the university concerto competitions, MTNA state, regional and national competitions, North American Saxophone Alliance competition, Beatrice Hermann young artist competition, Seattle Ladies Musical Club competition, and WMEA state solo contest. In addition to his college teaching, Mr. Winkler has taught beginning band, Jr. High Band, and High School Band in the Puyallup School District.

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Kate Olson

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Kate Olson 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. 

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Peter Daniel

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Peter Daniel is a Seattle-based saxophonist and composer. He is the leader of 45th St Brass and member of the popular electro-swing band Good Co. As a sideman, Peter’s credits include ODESZA, Father John Misty, and members of Snarky Puppy and Ghost Note. Peter’s writing for 45th St Brass has been called “extremely sophisticated and avant-garde, yet very catchy and appealing” and in 2017 he was commissioned to compose a piece for a chamber ensemble by UNICEF for their Seattle fundraiser. He is also a very active and in-demand clinician, presenting improvisation and New Orleans style jazz to students of all ages. Although he plays a wide variety of styles, he specializes in funk, soul, and jazz.

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James Falzone

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"James Falzone is a tremendously likable, alert, no-nonsense improvising clarinetist from Chicago. Mr. Falzone’s music is thoughtful and often quiescent
. . . but he can play hard to the breaking point."  –Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

 Clarinetist, composer and educator James Falzone is chair at Cornish College of the Arts who works at the intersection of jazz, classical and world music traditions.James has dedicated a large part of his work, especially since 2011, to solo playing and the development of a long-form work he calls Sighs Too Deep For Words. His solo work is a synthesis of the improvised and the composed and often incorporates multiple clarinets (Bb, Eb, prepared), ritual and singing bowls/bells, shruti box, and other ambient sound makers. He has toured with his solo project extensively, often in conjunction with workshops and masterclasses on improvisation at universities, colleges, and music schools. 

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Jory Tindall

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Jory Tindall grew up in the suburbs of Seattle and found a passion for music and the saxophone while attending Mountlake Terrace High School under the direction of Darin Faul. While attending MTHS Jory had the opportunity to attend jazz festivals all over the country and the Pacific Northwest, including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Viking Jazz Festival where he was awarded numerous soloist awards, and the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival where he was awarded the award for Most Outstanding Alto Saxophone Soloist. During this time Jory travelled with the MTHS Jazz Ensemble 1 as a featured ensemble at both the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

In 2012 Jory was honored with the award of Outstanding Undergraduate Saxophonist by Downbeat Magazine, as well as Most Outstanding College Big Band for his work in the UNC Lab Band 1 as lead alto saxophonist under the direction of Dana Landry.

After graduating from UNC in 2012, Jory moved back to Seattle where he plays and performs with some of the best musicians in the city, while also leading a variety of ensembles focusing on both original music and creative interpretations of everything from Carlos Jobim, to Kanye West.

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Archive: 2017 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.


Dr. Jay Easton

  Dr. Jay Easton is a saxophone family specialist with one of the nation's most comprehensive privately held saxophone collections (from sopranino to contra-bass sax). Jay will bring a variety of horns students are not likely to experience anywhere else.

Dr. Jay Easton is a saxophone family specialist with one of the nation's most comprehensive privately held saxophone collections (from sopranino to contra-bass sax). Jay will bring a variety of horns students are not likely to experience anywhere else.

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Dr. 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. 


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. 


2016 Guest Artists

  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.


Dr. Jay Easton

  Dr. Jay Easton is a saxophone family specialist with one of the nation's most comprehensive privately held saxophone collections (from sopranino to contra-bass sax). Jay will bring a variety of horns students are not likely to experience anywhere else.    Website  /  Video  / Bio    Dr. 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.

Dr. Jay Easton is a saxophone family specialist with one of the nation's most comprehensive privately held saxophone collections (from sopranino to contra-bass sax). Jay will bring a variety of horns students are not likely to experience anywhere else.

Website / Video / Bio

Dr. 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.

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.

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. 


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.