The strength of our faculty is key to providing a quality educational experience. Jazz Night School instructors include top Seattle musicians and educators who hail from premier music education institutions, including Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, University of Miami, as well as veterans who have worked with major artists of many eras and genres.

  • Executive Director

    Erik Hanson

    Erik Hanson studied jazz piano and has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music, Boston,...
  • Program Assistant

    Richard Walker

    Richard Walker studied Japanese Language and Journalism at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduating, he worked at several newspapers...
  • Instructor

    Dawn Clement

    Pianist, singer, and composer, Dawn Clement has made a name for herself as a master musician whose exuberant and crowd-pleasing performances...
  • Instructor

    Steve Ryals

    Steve Ryals – born 1954 in Tokyo, Japan (moved to Columbia City in 1978, 2 blocks from Jazz Night School facility) – Professional...
  • Instructor

    Rick Leppanen

    Rick Leppanen has been a member of Pearl Django since 1998 and is an accomplished double bassist, composer, and educator. He has toured nationally...