Registration is Open        Summer Session 1: June 17-July 21 • Summer Session 2: July 22-August 25

Private Instruction

Jazz Night School offers private lessons for aspiring Seattle area jazz musicians of all ages and levels.

  • Piano
  • Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Saxophone or Clarinet
  • Drums

Our Instructors:

2016 March 02 - Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band performs at The Royal Room, Seattle, WA, USA. By Richard Walker    Jared Hall – Trumpet

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Jared T. Hall, winner of the Jazz Division’s 2013 National Trumpet Competition and 2008 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s Outstanding Trumpet Award, is recognized as a contemporary and melodic performer.  Jared has performed with Bob Hurst, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Alan Pasqua, Brian Lynch, Ira Sullivan, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, David Binney, and Fred Hersch.  He has also shared the stage with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, George Benson, Kenny Garrett, Eric Reed, Ingrid Jensen, Obed Calvaire, Scott Wendholt, Randy Brecker, Wayne Bergeron, Kevin Spacey, Gloria Estefan, and Robin Eubanks.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jared studied trumpet with Dan Keberle at Whitworth University in his hometown of Spokane, Washington while conducting a trumpet studio and performing in the areas top jazz ensembles including the Bob Curnow Big Band, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and Six Foot Swing.  Finishing his master’s degree in jazz studies as an Assistant Instructor at Indiana University under David Baker, Jared studied with Michael Spiro, Joey Tartell, and Pat Harbison.  The following year Jared received a teaching assistantship under Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer Brian Lynch and Henry Mancini Institute Fellowship at the University of Miami to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance. Studying with Brian Lynch and Terence Blanchard, Jared worked extensively in the straight-ahead, commercial, and Latin jazz scene in Miami including performing with The Woody Herman Band, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Frost Concert Jazz Band, Henry Mancini Jazz Septet directed by Terence Blanchard, Brian Lynch’s Artist Ensemble, and many others.

Jared’s recording credits include the South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Rick Margitza (2016 release), Full Speed Ahead (Chris Croce, 2015), the Henry Mancini Orchestra on Jazz & The Philharmonic CD/DVD (2014), With Love (Jeremy Fox, 2014), Sounds of the Season (Frost School of Music, 2013), Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (George Benson, 2013), The Main Squeeze (2012), and many others.

Jared performed at the Latin Jazz Traditions Concert with Paquito D’Rivera at Carnegie Hall and with the Frost Concert Jazz Band at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in 2014.  He performed at the 2016 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference with Brian Lynch’s Madera Latino: The Latin Side of Woody Shaw, 2014 JEN Conference with the University of Miami Afro-Caribbean Artist Ensemble with Brian Lynch, 2013 JEN Conference with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, and 2012 JEN Conference with Mixteto Sonido (Latin jazz sextet).  Active in theater productions, he has played lead trumpet in Shrek the Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, Catch Me If You Can, Damn Yankees, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hair, In The Heights, Les Misérables, and Annie, as well as many shows internationally on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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Pogwizd_Headshot     Leah Pogwizd – Bass

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Leah Pogwizd is a jazz bassist who teaches classes, ensembles, and lessons at Jazz Night School. She holds a BM in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas and PhD in Ethnomusicology from University of Washington. She plays in various ensembles throughout Seattle, including Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO). Her mission is to make playing jazz accessible and enjoyable – regardless of a student’s age, level, or background. You can find out more about Leah on her websites Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist and Versatile Practice. In addition to performance and instruction, her other interests include comics, crafting, and yoga.


     Esteban Roybal – Drums

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My name is Esteban Roybal and I’ve been playing the drumset for over 20 years. I love what I do, especially the teaching part! My teaching philosophy is that everyone can learn. I am often praised by others for being a talented drummer and then told they could never do such a thing. Many individuals believe they cannot play music because they are not talented. This I believe is a false understanding of musicianship. There is no such thing as an un-teachable person. Talent is helpful, but it is not talent that makes a musician, it’s dedication to consistent, healthy, and fun practice! Playing drums should be fun, and so should lessons so I try to tailor every lesson to what the student wants to learn. While I will recommend many advanced techniques that will help make drumming easy and efficient, ultimately I want you to choose what you learn so you can enjoy the process.

In addition to helping out at the Jazz Night School when I have free time, I am also involved in a variety of projects outside the school ranging from Rock and Pop, all the way to heavy metal, smooth jazz, and even some crazy fusion! Feel free to check out my website and click on my youtube page or projects to see what I’m up to!

Esteban Roybal studied for 4 years at the Lionel Hampton School of Music in Moscow Idaho, home to the famous Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. He has also studied under Seattle Drummer Garey Williams. In addition to teaching drum lessons and performing professionally throughout the Pacific Northwest, Esteban also spent 5 years working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. This valuable experience has helped frame his teaching motto that “everyone can learn” regardless of ability.

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     Daniel Salka – Piano

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Daniel Salka is an active pianist/keyboardist on the Seattle music scene. Born and raised in Seattle, Daniel attended Roosevelt High School and studied jazz performance at the University of Washington under the direction of Ted Poor, Cuong Vu and Marc Seales.

Daniel has performed at many of Seattle’s venues in groups ranging from jazz, fusion, R & B, Hip-hop and rock. His teaching mission is to allow pianists to reach improvisational freedom. Through ear training, understanding the history of the instrument, working on technique, Daniel provides students with the skills to improvise in any context. Daniel customizes his teaching style to best fit student with any variety of background.


CharlesWilliams_crop2    Charles Williams – Saxophone, Clarinet

Inquire about lessons with Charles Williams

Saxophone and clarinet instructor Charles Williams has taught, performed and led ensembles of all sizes for over 30 years and has specialized in working with beginning and intermediate students his whole career. Originally from North Carolina, he is retired from public school teaching in the Tacoma area where he led his own popular jazz quartet for decades. Charles is also a member of Jazz Night School’s Board of Directors.