John Mattern, a third-generation native of Ukiah, studied music in college and received his Masters in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory in Boston before returning to Ukiah to take over the student band led by his former teacher. He did that for 12 years before trying his hand at business. But nothing compared with music. Redwood had an immediate opening and Mattern took it.
Since taking over the job in January 2004, Mattern has tripled enrollment. Classical music station KDFC of San Francisco named him 2006 Music Educator of the Year, selecting him from among 600 school music teachers in Northern California.
Source: Marin Independent Journal, November 13, 2006 article entitled "Award Winning Teacher in Tune With Teenagers." Click herefor full text.
Also listen to clips from Mattern's music CD Afronsano at www.johnmattern.com. NOW available on iTunes!
JEFF MASSANARI Guest Teacher, Jazz, Performance Workshop; Guitar
Jazz guitarist Jeff Massanari was born in Goshen, Indiana, moved to Washington, DC, then attended Boston's Berklee School of Music. After studying performance and composition, Jeff moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and quickly became one of their most in-demand guitarists.
Jeff has performed throughout the world with many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier artists including vocalists, Paula West, Brenda Boykin, Denise Perrier, Nicholas Beard, Kenny Washington and Pamela Rose. Instrumentalists Wally Schnalle, Jeff Pittson, Charles McNeil, Vince Lateano, and Jeff Chambers. In addition to performing with his own groups, Jeff regularly plays with The Johnny Nocturne Band, The Murasaki Ensemble, Swing Fever and countless other musicians in the Jazz, Blues, and World music genres.
Jeff's original compositions have been featured on network television and video. His first four CD’s received excellent reviews in Guitar Player Magazine, Cadence, and kudos from such respected players as Mike Stern and Eric Johnson. He has just finished recording his fifth CD ”Groovework,” an all original Jazz-Funk project.
Along with Redwood High School, Jeff has taught at U.C. Berkeley, The Jazzschool, Jazz Camp West, Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, and Blue Bear Music School. More information about Jeff can be found at www.jeffmassanari.com.
ALAN HALL Guest Teacher, Drums
Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Bob Sheppard, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Betty Buckley, John Handy, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil and many others.
He has performed at: WAMU Theatre @ Madison Square Garden w/ Cirque du Soleil; The Monterey Jazz Festival with Billy Childs and Bob Sheppard; Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco; Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Mike Zilber; Barbados International Jazz Festival with Wild Mango; JVC Jazz Festival with Rebecca Parris; BumberShoot Festival with Kai Eckhardt and Kit Walker; and Yoshi’s San Francisco with Kenny Werner and Betty Buckley.
He taught at Berklee College of Music from 1986 to 1993 and has adjudicated and given classes, clinics and workshops at festivals, colleges and music stores throughout North America including: Berklee’s Summer Camp in Los Angeles, CA; Jazzcamp WEST in La Honda, CA; Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Camp in Lafayette, CA; Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, CA.; Keene State College in Keene, NH; and Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA.
He currently teaches at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA; California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA; Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, CA.; UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA and several high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Redwood. More information on Alan Hall can be found at www.jazzdrumming.com.
Photo by Robin Kempster
Guest Teacher, Low Brass
Kevin Porter began working gigs at the age of 14 and has been a full-time professional musician since graduating from high school. Arriving in the Bay Area in 1980, he quickly became an in-demand low brass specialist, doing numerous recordings, films, television, and theater work, as well as conventions, shows, nightclubs, and casuals in a wide variety of styles and formats. He has worked extensively since 1996 in the Los Angeles area as well. Beginning in 2000, his primary work in the Bay Area has been contracting for and performing in the theaters in San Francisco, including such shows as Spamalot, The Producers, Wicked, In the Heights and Lion King.
Kevin began teaching his first student even earlier, at age 12, and has taught privately and worked at schools ever since. He is currently working as a brass consultant at five schools, and teaching privately in Marin and San Carlos.
PETE ESTABROOK Guest Teacher, Trumpet
Pete has been playing the trumpet for 40 years. His teaching expertise lies in working on the mechanics and fundamentals of good trumpet playing with students of all ages and levels of development.
Pete has a Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies from California Institute for the Arts (Valencia, CA) as well as a Teaching Certificate in the Alexander Technique from the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique (Redwood City, CA). He has been an Adjunct Jazz and Trumpet Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, Pacific Union College, Solano College, and Napa Valley College.
In addition to working for Carnival, Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines as a soloist and lead player, He has appeared as a guest on five album releases including Mel Grave’s “Ear Shot”, Steve Wolf’s “Joy Button”, and Bonnie Brook’s “You are the Song in Me.” Pete has also played with the Ukiah, Ft. Bragg, and Lake County Symphonies as well as the Polished Brass Quintet, Swing 7, and his own Blue Note Collective (Jazz Quintet).
Kevin Stewart hails from the greater metropolitan area of Detroit. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Woodwind Performance degree, Kevin headed west and settled in the Bay Area, hooking up with the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, and most recently the South American Jazz group Quinteto.
Stewart has maintained an active solo career, performing with the New American Chamber Orchestra, the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Detroit Civic Orchestra, Adrian Symphony, Rochester Symphony, University of Michigan Wind Ensemble, and with renowned Big Band Drummer J.C. Heard. Stewart has also had the esteemed privilege to play with Chanticleer, the Temptations, the American Ballet Orchestra, the American Conservatory Theater, Penn & Teller, Chaka Khan, and was recently seen soloing for Bonnie Raitt with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Guest Teacher, Flute
Andrei Gorchov was born in Marin County, and began playing the flute at age 8. He has been a soloist and an orchestral musician with the Marin Symphony and is an alumnus of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra.
After graduating from Redwood High School, Andrei received his degree in flute performance from San Francisco State University. He pursued a career in conducting, which led him from the Oakland Youth Orchestra to Tanglewood. As a choral conductor, Andrei taught at SingersMarin and at Redwood High School.
As an orchestral conductor, Andrei studied with Michael Morgan and was the associate conductor for the Oakland Youth Orchestra, which included a tour to Greece in 2006. He is currently the Assistant Conductor and Youth Programs Administrator for the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra.
While committed to excellence in proper techniques of the flute, Andrei is deeply involved in and committed to the value of youth music and education in Marin County. He currently holds a studio of over 40 young flutists, many of whom are recipients of multiple scholarships and honors.
Guest Teacher, Vocals
Kayla Gold holds a B.A. in music from the University of California at Davis where she studied composition, conducting and music education. Locally, Ms. Gold has been vocal director for productions by Theater Artists of Marin, Novato Community Players, Ross Valley Players, TheaterNow, and directed the 2009 revue “Bernstein on Broadway” performed by Marin Summer Theater.
Though operatically trained, Kayla has a passion for and extensive experience performing songs from musical theater and the American songbook. She created and performed original one-woman cabaret shows at venues in Marin and San Francisco including the Larkspur Cafe Theater and the Plush Room.
Having a special fondness for comedy, Kayla created numerous comedic characters in musical reveus, received stellar reviews for her performance as Sister Mary Amnesia in the long-running Nunsense, and was a member of the College of Marin’s theatrical improvisation group Cannibals at High Tea. Ms. Gold was also one-half of the Victor Borge-esque music comedy duo of “McQuilkin & Goldberg” which performed from 1999 until 2007 and was featured on local TV stations.
A published songwriter, Ms. Gold co-wrote "Trailer Trash: The Musical," a country-rock musical that played to sold-out houses in Sebastopol, California and at San Anselmo’s Playhouse.
A San Francisco-based pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Lee has worked with a variety of creative artists in many genres including Madeleine Peyroux, Pete Escovedo, Hal Stein, Mary Stallings, Jonathan Poretz, Todd Phillips, Steve Heckman, Jamie Davis, Dan Hicks, among others. In addition to leading his own trio and quintet, Lee performs regularly as solo pianist and accompanies many instrumentalists and vocalists. He has toured with jazz groups in the United States and Europe, performing at several major jazz festivals.
In his work as a session player, Lee has contributed to a variety of recording projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk, funk, heavy metal and even country and western. Lee has published his writings on jazz, and also has participated in a large collection of recordings.
Lee is unique in the jazz world in that he comes to music with a parallel passion for architecture, design and the visual arts. Since childhood he has been fascinated by the inter-connectedness of visual and musical phenomena, which is why he is also a licensed architect.
Along with Redwood High School, Lee has served as artist-in-residence, guest artist or clinician for: The Jazzschool in Berkeley, SF JAZZ (Piano Series), and The Urban School and Lick-Wilmerding High Schools in San Francisco. More information on Lee Bloom can be found at www.leebloom.com.
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