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Program Faculty

John Ayala
John AyalaJohn Ayala is a retired FUSD music teacher. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Woodwind Performance from CSU Fresno. He is an active professional player, doing session work, Broadway shows, and symphony work.

John is also active in promoting jazz education through JazzFresno and FMCMEA. He has played with Frank Gambale, Alex Acuna, Mel Torme, Arturo Sandoval and many others.

Richard Giddens
Richard-GiddensRichard Lloyd Giddens Jr. is a bassist and percussionist who has performed throughout the world with artists including Charlie Haden, STOMP, The Lost and Found Orchestra, Robert Glasper, Larry Goldings, Ideal Bread, Joe LaBarbara, Mary Halvorson, Walter Smith III, The Chapin Sisters, Peter Bernstein, Gilad Hekselman and many others.

Giddens can be heard on these new releases from Orenda Records: Gavin Templeton Quartet Ballast, Daniel Rosenboom’s Burning Ghosts, and Ryan Dragon’s Kid Songs. Giddens is also currently working on the mixing and mastering of his first album as a leader with Sam Minaie and Nate Wood, featuring: Matt Otto, Adam Benjamin, Tomas Fujiwara, and Storm Nilson.

Eva Scow
Eva ScowEva Scow is a mandolinist and violinist whose musical career began on the piano at age four. Her diverse musical interests have lead to the study of many musical genres from bluegrass to Brazilian. Regarded as a world-class mandolinist, she fuses these divergent styles together as a member of the contemporary jazz quartet “Espacio,” and the funk/jazz project “The Experience,” whose debut EP was released in 2013.

She has performed and/or recorded with David Grisman (on his project entitled ‘Tone Poets’), Mike Marshall, Anthony Wilson (‘Power of Nine’), and Mark Summer (Turtle Island String Quartet). Ms. Scow participated in a workshop in New York City with musicians Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Mike Marshall which culminated in a widely acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Her first album, ‘Sharon by the Sea’, was a collaboration with guitarist Dusty Brough, and was released on the Adventure Music label in 2009. She is equally at home in the classical, folk and jazz idioms.