Staff

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.

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    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...
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    Greg Ruby

    Seattle-based guitarist, composer and music educator Greg Ruby performs and writes in many styles of vintage jazz. Described as “truly hot...
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    Ray Clemens

    Upright bassist Ray Clemens studied jazz at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and at the New School for Social Research in New York,...
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    Jared Hall

    Winner of the Jazz Division’s 2013 National Trumpet Competition and the 2008 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s Outstanding Trumpet Award,...
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    Leah Pogwizd

    Leah Pogwizd is a jazz bassist and instructor. She holds a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and a PhD in Ethnomusicology...
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    Clif Swiggett

    Clif Swiggett grew up in New York and started playing jazz trombone as a teenager, including touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, playing...