YOUR TEACHING TEAM
Each brilliant in their own right... together they're a formidable teaching team with a vast knowledge across all stylistic boundaries
Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 30-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a "down-in-mouth-near master piece" by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board. 2013 saw the release of “Your Turn” (Northern Spy), the sophomore effort from Ribot’s post-rock/noise trio Ceramic Dog, and 2014 saw the monumental release: “Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard” (Pi Recordings), documenting Marc’s first headline and the return of Henry Grimes at the historical venue in 2012 already included on Best of 2014 lists including Downbeat Magazine and NPR’s 50 Favorites.
Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's Rain Dogs, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Jolie Holland, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line” (Mangold), "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Departed" (Scorcese).
“…he can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise.” - John Garratt and Will Layman, PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010 for the album “Silent Movies”
Further information including audio & video samples, photos and press for all RIbot’s current projects can be found online at www.marcribot.com/projects.html
Miles Okazaki is an American guitarist and composer based in New York City. He grew up in Port Townsend, Washington, a small town in the Pacific Northwest. He has released three albums of original compositions and written a book, "Fundamentals of Guitar," on Mel Bay Publishing. His fourth album of original compositions, "Trickster," will be released in 2017 on Pi Recordings.
As a sideman, Okazaki has worked with Steve Coleman, Kenny Barron, Jonathan Finlayson, Amir El Saffar, Dan Weiss, Stanley Turrentine, Darcy James Argue, Jane Monheit, Mary Halvorson, Jen Shyu, Rajna Swaminatham, Matt Mitchell,
and many others. He has received grants from Chamber Music America, the Jerome Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He holds degrees from Harvard University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, and is currently in his third year on faculty at the University of Michigan.
Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Washington D.C. native Joel Harrison has long been recognized as a highly gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter. A survey of Harrison’s body of work would be a bit like spinning a globe and stumbling on regions with names like Duke Ellington, Hendrix, The Beatles, John Mclaughlin, and Charles Ives. Wielding a focused lens and an ever-increasing courage to take risks with his art, Harrison has quickly blossomed from mentorships with Joan Tower, Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos into one of the most respected artists of his generation.
Harrison is a two-time winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Composition Competition, and has received support from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the Flagler Cary Trust, NYSCA, New Music USA, and the Jerome Foundation. He has released 17 cds since 1995 as a leader, and has appeared high up on the "Rising Star" Downbeat Magazine poll for many years. His most recent efforts include Mother Stump (Cuneiform), where Harrison finally puts himself out front as a guitarist, leading a trio that catalyzes numerous American guitar styles, in a stunning display of raw sound and emotion that both soothes and rocks. And now the recently released Spirit House with a stellar quintet of Cuong Vu (trpt), Paul Hanson (bassoon), and Brian Blade (drums).
His 2013 release, Infinite Possibility, new music for a 19 piece jazz orchesta, received a four and a half star review from Downbeat. AllMusic called it "a stellar exercise in ambition and vision." Pastworks include Harrison on Harrison (Highnote, 2005), exploring the music of George Harrison, (Dave Liebman, Uri Caine and David Binney), Free Country (Norah Jones, Binney, Gary Versace), and the septet Search (Donny McCaslin, Stephan Crump, Dana Leong). All display his affection for country, gospel, Indian, modern jazz, classical concepts, and of course his dry sense of humor dispatched with a Zen sensibility.
Harrison has composed several non-improvised works as well, including the PASIC award-winning marimba solo Fear of Silence, and a percussion quartet with piano entitled Faith in Nights. He is the founder and administrator of the Alternative Guitar Summit, a yearly festival devoted to new and unusual guitar music.
Steve Cardenas has many diverse credits as a performer and recording artist. Beginning his musical career in his hometown of Kansas City, he has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995.
Steve has performed with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, as well as Joey Baron's band, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the Steve Swallow Quintet, Ben Allison Band and John Patitucci’s Electric Guitar Quartet. He has also performed regularly with such artists as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Eliane Elias and many others. Steve has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia, performing at countless international jazz festivals, theaters, opera houses and clubs. Steve also leads his own trio and has released four recordings as a leader. His latest album, Melody in a Dream, was released on Sunnyside Records. Steve is also a well-respected educator. He is on faculty at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he directs the Thelonious Monk Ensemble, an Improvisation Ensemble and the Guitar Duos class, as well as offering individual lessons. He has also been on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Siena Summer Jazz Workshop, Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Additionally, Steve is co-author, along with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the first time all of Monk's compositions have appeared in one volume, many of them appearing for the first time.
Melody In A Dream - Sunnyside Records
West Of Middle - Sunnyside Records Panoramic - Fresh Sound New Talent Records Shebang - Fresh Sound New Talent Records SIDEMAN:
Time/Life - Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Impulse Records
Quiet Revolution (music of Jim Hall, Jimmy Giuffre & more) - Ben Allison Trio, Nouvelle Records
Saturday Songs - Chris Cheek, Sunnyside Records
Brooklyn - John Patittucci Electric Guitar Quartet, Three Faces Records
Into The Woodwork - The Swallow Quintet, XtraWatt/ECM Records
The Stars Look Very Different Today - Ben Allison, Sonic Camera Records
I Thought About You - Eliane Elias, Concordjazz Records
Seasons - Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Anthony Wilson, Goat Hill Recordings Action-Refraction - Ben Allison Band, Palmetto Records
Milestone - Adam Cruz, Sunnyside Records Think Free - Ben Allison Band, Palmetto Records, Palmetto Records Orange - Jim Campilongo, Blue Hen Records Little Things Run The World - Ben Allison & Man Size Safe, Palmetto Records Song For Anyone - Chris Potter Ten, Sunnyside Records Cowboy Justice - Ben Allison, Palmetto Records Give and Go - Donny McCaslin, Criss Cross Jazz Garden Of Eden - Paul Motian Band, ECM Records Not In Our Name - Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Verve Records Mercy Streets - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records People Behave Like Ballads - Rebecca Martin, Maxjazz Holiday For Strings - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records Show Me - Kate McGarry, Palmetto Records Middlehope - Rebecca Martin, Fresh Sound New Talent Records Europe - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records Monk and Powell - The Paul Motian E.B.B.B., Winter & Winter Records Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project - Mark Isham, Columbia Records https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq-Bx3-_jp0
Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz Noy has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.
For his accomplishments as a trend-setting guitarist, Oz won the highly acclaimed Guitar Player magazine readers poll for “Best guitar riff on a record” (2007), “Best new talent” (2008), and “Best out there guitar player” (2013).
Oz’s success both as an artist and an instrumentalist has built demand for him as an instructor. In 2011, he released two Instructional videos for Jazz Heaven, entitled “Guitar Improvisational Workout” and “Play Along Workout.” In 2015, Oz released two instructional videos for My Music Master Class (MMMC) entitled “Unlocking The Neck” and “Blues, Bends and Beyond.” He also released two videos for True Fire, entitled “Improv Wizard” and “Essentials Funk Rhythm Guitar.”