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Faculty Artist Series: JCM Faculty Showcase

Event Details
  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Saturday, October 17, 2020
  • Time:
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Event Description

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 Charles Pillow, saxophone
Clay Jenkins, trumpet
Mark Kellogg, trombone
Bob Sneider, guitar
Bill Dobbins, piano
Dariusz Terefenko, piano
Gary Versace, piano
Jeff Campbell, bass
Rich Thompson, drums



Charles Pillow is a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, oboist, composer, arranger, and leader of the Charles Pillow Large Ensemble who keeps an active profile in the New York City area, Rochester, and around the globe. With seven solo CDs to his credit, he is established as one of the premier woodwind multi-instrumentalists of today; Pictures at an Exhibition (2004) and Gustav Holsts' The Planets (2007), both on Artistshare, and van Gogh Letters (2010) on ELCM, I Believe in You by Triocity, with Jeff Campbell and Rich Thompson on Origin, and Electric Miles on MaMa, his first large ensemble CD. A fluent performer, teacher, and touring musician, he has performed on over 100 CDs including those of Bruce Springsteen, Maria Schneider, Brad Meldhau, Michael Brecker, Tom Harrell, David Sanborn, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, and Chaka Khan. He is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music.


Clay Jenkins performed as a member of the Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, and Count Basie Orchestras before he joined the Eastman School of Music faculty in September 2000 as Professor of Jazz Trumpet. Clay has performed and recorded with many different jazz artists including Milt Jackson, Benny Carter, Snooky Young, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, Dick Oates, Randy Brecker, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Joe Williams, Peter Erskine, Joe La Barbera, and Kim Richmond. He is a charter member of The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and continues to record and tour with that award-winning ensemble.

Among his numerous recording credits are four recordings with Trio East (along with Jeff Campbell and Rich Thompson), as well as several solo recordings. He has performed on several Grammy-nominated recordings. Clay Jenkins recently founded the endowed Snooky Young Trumpet Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music.


Throughout his career, Mark Kellogg has embraced a wide range of musical roles as a performer, teacher, and administrator. Whether it's taken the form of appearing as a concerto soloist, playing in a variety of chamber ensembles, performing as an orchestral musician or as a jazz player, teaching students of all ages or overseeing artistic programs or festivals, he has been most fortunate to experience a rich array of musical opportunities. In addition to holding the position of Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Brass Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Kellogg is an affiliate faculty member in the school's departments of Jazz and Contemporary Media and Music Teaching and Learning. Co-Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir, he also serves as Director for the school's community engagement program, "Eastman To Go."

Inspired by his son's experiences as a young actor, Mr. Kellogg initiated a course under the auspices of the Eastman School's Arts Leadership Program in 2014 called "Parallels Between Acting and Musical Performance." This annual class seeks to identify the commonalities between these two art forms and is team taught with two professional actors and arts educators, Skip Greer and Robert Rutland.

Mr. Kellogg recently concluded a twenty-eight year tenure as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He occupied the Austin Hildebrandt Principal Trombone position and appeared as soloist with the RPO on many occasions, performing the concerti of Tomasi, Albrechtsberger, Larsson, Schilkret, and Jeff Tyzik (commissioned by the RPO in celebration of the orchestra's 80th anniversary), works by Elliott Carter and Fred Sturm and numerous jazz and euphonium solos on the orchestra's Pops series. Prior to his appointment in the Rochester Philharmonic, Mr. Kellogg performed as a member of the San Francisco Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra.  In recent seasons, he has played with the Oregon Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and Symphoria.

Mr. Kellogg has been a frequent guest with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, appearing as soloist in the Eastman Theatre and on tours to Japan and Carnegie Hall with Donald Hunsberger and Mark Davis Scatterday. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony, the U.S. Army Orchestra, the University of Rochester Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony, the Hamilton New Music Ensemble, and the Penfield Symphony.

Active as a jazz and chamber musician, Mr. Kellogg was a founding member of the brass and percussion ensemble Rhythm & Brass, touring the United States and Japan and recording four CDs during his two years in the group. He has also performed with Clark Terry, Chris Vadala, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, and Mel Torme. Jazz and commercial recordings include collaborations with Jeff Tyzik, Gene Bertoncini, Allen Vizzutti, Steve Gadd, Gap Mangione, and as a member of the Dave Rivello Ensemble. His jazz recording with Eastman School faculty colleague pianist Tony Caramia, Upstate Standards, celebrates the music of upstate New York composers Harold Arlen, Alec Wilder, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Mr. Kellogg's most recent CD, Impressions, is a collection of French music for trombone and piano, featuring pianists Joseph Werner and Christopher Azzara. Since 2016, he has performed extensively with pianist Priscilla Yuen across the United States.

A Conn Trombone performing artist, Mr. Kellogg has made appearances at numerous festivals and low brass symposia including the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, the Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the Asian Pacific Music Educators Conference, the New York Brass Conference, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra's International Youth Orchestra Institute, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, as well as at trombone festivals in Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Brazil.

In 2006, Mr. Kellogg founded Eastman's annual Summer Trombone Institute, a week-long workshop for high school, college, young professional and adult amateur trombonists. In June 2014, he served as co-host of the International Trombone Festival, held at the Eastman School.


Before joining the Eastman faculty in late 1997, guitarist Bob Sneider toured for several years with two-time Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione. Other notable performers with whom Sneider has performed, toured, or recorded include Nat Adderley, Joe Locke, Don Menza, Lou Donaldson, Joey DeFrancesco, Pat Bianchi, Gary Versace, Pat Labarbara, Joe Locke, Grant Stewart, Ken Peplowski, Gerry Niewood, Chris Potter, Roy McCurdy, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Frank Strazzerri, Jon Faddis, Keeter Betts, and frequent appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops (guitar/banjo).

Bob Sneider has performed in major festivals, concert halls, and jazz clubs throughout South America, Central America, North America, and Europe. Sneider is a graduate of the University of Rochester where he studied with Bill Dobbins and Ramon Ricker. Growing up in Brockton, MA, Sneider's mentor and teacher was Chet Kruley--a veteran of the Fletcher Henderson and Nat Pierce bands.

Sneider has several solo and co-led CD projects that have received rave reviews and international airplay. His solo albums are Introducing Bob Sneider (self-produced) and Out of the Darkness (Sonsofsound). Additionally, he has recorded duo projects with pianist Paul Hofmann: Interconnection (Sonsofsound), Escapade (Sonsofsound), and Serve & Volley (Origin). With the Bob Sneider Joe Locke Film Noir Project, Sneider can be heard on Fallen Angel (Sonsofsound), Nocturne for Ava (Origin), All Through the Night (RIJF).

Sneider's students have won major jazz competitions and attended renowned institutes such as YoungArts, DownBeat, Grammy National Band, the Brubeck Institute, and the Kennedy Center/Jazz Ahead.


Bill Dobbins is professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he teaches the jazz composing and arranging courses and directs the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra. As a pianist, he has performed with orchestra and chamber ensembles under the direction of Louis Lane, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, and Frederick Fennell, and he has performed and recorded with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Gary Foster, Dave Liebman, John Goldsby, and Peter Erskine. He joined the Eastman faculty in 1973, and was instrumental in designing both the graduate and undergraduate curricula for Eastman's Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media program. Many of his students have been heard in the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Chuck Mangione, Maria Schneider, and Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra.

From 1994 through 2002 Mr. Dobbins was principal director of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and he headed the jazz studies department at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Cologne from 1998 to 2002. Concert, radio, television, and tour  projects under his direction with the WDR Big Band included internationally acclaimed soloists Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, Kevin Mahogany, Art Farmer, Steve Lacy, Paquito D'Rivera, Mark Feldman, Gary Foster, Clare Fischer, Peter Erskine, Nicolas Simion, and the Kings Singers. As guest director, he continues to write and direct programs for the WDR Big Band, the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Advance Music publishes Mr. Dobbins' compositions and arrangements for big band, chamber music combinations, and solo piano. Jazz education programs worldwide have adopted his volumes of transcriptions of classic jazz piano solos and jazz textbooks for use in their courses. These include Chick Corea: Now He SingsNow He Sobs, Herbie Hancock: Classic Jazz Compositions and Piano Solos, Clare Fischer: Alone Together/Just Me, Jazz Arranging and Composing: a Linear Approach, A Creative Approach to Jazz Piano Harmony, How to Play Piano in a Big Band, Composing and Arranging for the Contemporary Big Band, Conversations with Bill Holman: Thoughts and Recollections of a Jazz Master, and a DVD, The Evolution of Solo Jazz Piano. Recent CDs include J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, with the Kings Singers and the WDR Big Band, arranged and conducted by Bill Dobbins (Signum Classics), Balkan Jazz, with Nicolas Simion and the WDR Big Band, arranged and directed by Bill Dobbins (Big Band records) and Composers Series (solo piano): Volume 1 - music of Clare Fischer and George Gershwin, and Volume 2 - music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (Sons of Sound).


Dariusz Terefenko teaches at the Eastman School of Music, where he began his career as a master's student of jazz piano. After completing his M.M. in jazz piano performance (1998), he enrolled and finished a Ph.D. in music theory (2004). Terefenko holds a joint teaching appointment in two departments: Jazz and Contemporary Media and Music Theory. Terefenko's recently recorded solo album, Evidence, offers his creative take on favorite jazz standards, jazz instrumentals, and his own compositions. In March 2014, Terefenko published a book entitled Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study (Routledge), which has already been adopted as a required textbook at the prestigious music universities in the USA, Canada, and Europe.


Gary Versace, who received his master's degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music, is one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the international jazz scene. He is often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Regina Carter, Maria Schneider, Madeleine Peyroux, John Hollenbeck, and many others. He twice was a guest on NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, who described him as "endlessly inventive" and having "an extraordinary talent."

Named a "Rising Star" on DownBeat Critics Polls in 2009 and 2010 and winner of the Jazz Journalists' Association's Best Organist award in 2012, Versace has released several CDs under his own name on the SteepleChase and Criss Cross labels and has appeared as a guest on almost 50 more. He is the pianist on Ralph Alessi's CD Quiver, which received 4.5 stars in DownBeat; as accordionist on Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning The Thompson Fields; as Hammond organist on Ellery Eskelin's Trip Willisau: Live and Rich Perry's Organique; and on all three instruments on Kurt Elling's Passion World.

Versace taught at the University of Oregon as a tenured associate professor in the jazz studies department for eight years. He remains active as a clinician and guest soloist around the world.


Jeff Campbell has carved out an impressive career as a bass player of extraordinary artistry, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. As a jazz bassist, he maintains an active schedule performing with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland's Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. In high demand across the globe, Jeff has performed at such prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu Jazz Festivals, and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics. His first CD, West End Avenue, with John Hollenbeck and John Wojceichowski, features a combination of original compositions and jazz standards. Additionally, Jeff is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section. His summers are occupied with the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, where he serves as program director, and the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies and Bass Day, of which he is co-director.

In addition to a busy performing schedule, Jeff maintains an active career as a jazz educator with a keen interest in bass playing of the past, present, and future. A full-time professor at Eastman since 1997, his teaching duties include jazz bass, jazz history, jazz theory and aural skills, and small group performance. He is a regular contributor to the Double Bassist magazine, and is the Jazz Editor of Bass World, the official publication of the International Society of Bassists. Jeff's book on the famous Duke Ellington-Jimmy Blanton duets (in preparation for publication) provides bassist with an opportunity to study the bass playing of the great Jimmy Blanton.

Jeff's music education began at an early age under the influence of his professional-musician parents. As a young musician, Jeff received much of his musical training working with local professional musicians in a myriad of musical styles and venues. Through these experiences, Jeff developed a healthy balance between the artistic and practical issues faced by today's professional musician. Jeff holds degrees in double bass performance and music education from Brigham Young University (BM) and the Eastman School of Music (MM, DMA). He has studied bass with John F. Clark, James VanDemark, Jeffrey Turner, and Robert Zimmerman, and jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Fred Sturm.


Drummer Rich Thompson has been in demand as a top call drummer in Rochester for the past 25 years. Besides serving as the drum set instructor at the Eastman School of Music since the fall of 1996, Rich has toured, performed, and recorded with the "who's who" of jazz greats including pianist James Williams (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), The Count Basie Orchestra, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, the Byron Stripling quartet, saxophonist Rich Perry, the Bill Dobbins Trio, Harold Danko, Marion McPartland, Trio East (which includes Clay Jenkins and Jeff Campbell), trumpeter Snooky Young, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Carl Fontana, Phil Woods, Joe Pass, and a host of others too numerous to mention. The Boston Globe cited Rich as "the drummer who drove the Basie sound" when he appeared with them at the Boston Jazz and Blues Festival.

Rich has been touring this country and abroad with the Byron Stripling Quartet for the past five years. His new CD Trio Generations was released in May of 2012 on Origin Records. It was included on the long list for two Grammys. His new CD Less is More was recorded with trumpet sensation Terell Stafford, pianist Gary Versace, and bassist Jeff Campbell, and was released in March of 2013 also on Origin Records. In 2016 Rich recorded Have Trumpet Will Swing with the Bryon Stripling Quartet and in 2017 I Believe in You by the group Triocity was released. Triocity features multi-saxophonist/reedman Charles Pillow and bassist Jeff Campbell.

Rich performs regularly with numerous symphonies in the U.S. and Canada, the world renowned "Jazz Cruise" and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe with the Byron Stripling quartet. His clinics and performances have taken him as far as France, Thailand, Japan, Switzerland, and Newfoundland. Rich has written four drum set books published by Kendor Music USA and Advance/Schott Music-Germany. Visit Rich on his website to listen to clips or watch a video of his trio at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.


The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.


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