NOTE: The following is a partial list of the educators teaching at Milestones Summer Jazz Camp. Check back soon for more! This information will be completed prior to registration beginning at the end of January 2019
John 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.
Benjamin Boone’s critically hailed 2018 release The Poetry of Jazz (Origin Records), a singular collaboration with the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine, is at the forefront of the remarkable wave of recent projects and recordings that have rescued the jazz/poetry connection from Beat-era clichés. With ecstatic reviews from both jazz and literary outlets such as Jazz Times, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The Paris Review, and Downbeat (one of their “Best Albums of 2018”), and with a ranking of #3 “Jazz Album of the Year” in the latter publication’s 83rd Annual Readers Poll, just behind Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, The Poetry of Jazz has emerged as one of this genre’s most captivating and compelling voices. “You hold in your hands jazz history,” says producer/pianist Donald Brown. “This is a CD that must be heard!” The Poetry of Jazz Volume Two will be released in January 2019, and then The Poet Are Gathering, featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poets Yusef Komunyakaa and Tyehimba Jess, as well as US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, in 2020.
A U.S. Fulbright Scholar to the University of Ghana (2017-18) and to Moldova (2004), Boone’s music has garnered 18 international awards/honors from organizations, appear on twenty-seven CDs and have been performed in over twenty-seven countries. As a Professor at Fresno State since 2000, he has received the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award of Excellence, the Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the University Faculty Spirit of Service Award.
As a saxophonist, Boone has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. His debut jazz CD, The Benjamin Boone Quartet: Live broke into the national airplay charts and remained in the top 100 for three weeks and was in the top ten for internet play.
Boone is currently a Professor of Music at California State University Fresno where he has taught since 2000. He has received the University’s President’s Award of Excellence, the Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the University Faculty Spirit of Service Award.
Lisa Butts recently retired from her job as Director of Bands at Hanford West High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Fresno State and completed her Master's Degree in Music at Southern Oregon University. She is active as an adjudicator throughout the Central Valley and has been the guest conductor for the Fresno Madera County Music Educator’s Jr. High Honor Jazz Band, the Tulare Kings Music Educators Association Honor Jazz Band, and the TKMEA Jr. High Honor Concert Band. She is the current Conductor of the La Sierra Creative Arts Symphonic Band and enjoys having time to play her trumpet again.
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Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr. (bass) is the Director Of Jazz Studies at Fresno State. Giddens was awarded a grant from the California Arts Council naming him Jazz Artist in Residence at Arte Américas where he introduced the Jazz Fellows Program. As a bassist and percussionist he has performed throughout the world with such artists as Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, STOMP, Robert Glasper, Mary Halvorson, Larry Goldings, Burning Ghosts, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, and many others. Giddens is a Tzadik, and Orenda Records recording artist. His debut album "Mimosas" is out now on Orenda Records along with recent releases from Mathew Yeakley and Burning Ghosts.
Anne Hendrickson is the band director at Manchester GATE Elementary School. Prior to Manchester, Anne was the concert and jazz band, guitar, and piano teacher at Central Middle School in Riverside for 21 years. She was awarded Central Middle School, Riverside Unified School District and Riverside County music educator of the year in 2000.
Anne earned her degree in music education in 1984 from Fresno State. Her major instrument was the clarinet, but she also doubled as a saxophonist as a member of the Jazz Band “A” under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sutherland. In addition to being a music educator, Ms. Hendrickson has had a career as a performing musician. She lived and performed on board several cruise ships as a woodwind performer, backing up entertainers such as Rita Moreno, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Lewis, Jack Jones, Michel LeGrand, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Stan Getz, and Zoot Sims. She also lived and worked in New York City for several years where she performed in jazz bands, Broadway pit orchestras and on national Broadway show tours.
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Tony Manjarrez, while studying classical guitar at CSUF, taught himself to play vibes and began playing with many groups throughout the Valley. He has formed and led musical groups for over 40 years, playing vibes, guitar, and bass guitar in a number of styles including Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Latin Jazz. He currently teaches mallet instruments with We Got The Beat and leads the middle school and high school group Beyond The Beat. He also teaches guitar, bass guitar and mallet instruments privately. Tony has performed at Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Great America, and has toured Europe, South America and Mexico.
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eff Miley is a guitarist, composer, and producer based in Los Angeles. Always a willing collaborator, he has partnered up with a slew of talented folks over the past few decades - resulting in original music releases from the likes of: The Odd Dogs, bug, Vox Lumiere, Suburban Alphabet, The Three Jazzmen, Code 3, Altered, and Inga Swearingen. Other artists he has performed with include: Ron Miles, Tim Ries, Yes lead vocalist Jon Anderson, Ernie Watts, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Andy Martin, Josh Roseman, Adam Benjamin, Bob Reynolds, and Ric Fierabracci. He was a Spotlight Award winner in Guitar Player Magazine and received the Andres Segovia Performance Award from the American Guitar Society. His most recent release is “Beneath The Surface” by the Odd Dogs, on Manasus Music. jeffmiley.com
Iranian-American bassist and producer, Sam Minaie, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where he attended the University of Nevada, Reno. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Reno, he moved to Los Angeles to study with Charlie Haden at California Institute of the Arts where he received his Master’s degree. Currently living in New York City, he has enjoyed touring and recording throughout the world with artists including Tigran Hamasyan, Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Dhafer Youssef, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra (tuba), Peter Epstein, David Ake, Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Ballard, Nate Wood, Mark Guiliana, Patti Austin, Melody Gardot, Butch Morris, Tootie Heath, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ari Hoenig, Shai Maestro, Nate Wood, Ben Wendel, Houman Pourmehdi, Alfred Ladzekpo and numerous others.
As a producer and post production engineer, Sam has either written for, mixed, or mastered dozens of records and is the founder of birdFood Studio in NYC. His debut record, ‘Heyo!,’ is available for download or order at samminaie.com
Les has taught music 32 years and instructs three jazz bands, concert band and brass ensemble at Clovis High and Clark Intermediate. He is also the Jazz Trombone teacher at Fresno State and has taught at as an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific, Fresno City College, and West Hills College. Les has hosted hundreds of jazz clinicians and concerts at his schools including Plas Johnson, Ed Thigpen, Charlie Shoemake, Gary Smulyan, Bill Cunliffe and other world class jazz musicians. His school groups consistently receive high superior ratings at every festival they attend.
In addition to working as a freelance trombonist throughout California, Les runs a weekly jam sessions for students at Ooi Japanese Cuisine in Clovis and is the Vice President of JazzFresno. He is the director and founder of The San Joaquin Valley Trombone Ensemble and the retro Folk Rock group Fire and Rain. He has directed the Fresno /Madera County Honor Jazz band and the Tulare/Kings County Honor Jazz band and been named the Jazz Educator of the year in Fresno-Madera County as well as the State of California.
A metro-Detroit native, Tina Raymond is a drummer currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She has shared the stage with many jazz luminaries including Bobby Bradford, Barbara Morrison, Emil Richards, Art Lande, and Vinny Golia. She can be heard on several recordings including Cathlene Pineda’s “A Week’s Time," Jon Armstrong’s “Burnt Hibiscus," and her own highly praised debut album “Left Right Left” featuring Art Lande and Putter Smith.
Raymond is an assistant professor of music at Los Angeles City College in Hollywood, CA where she directs the studio jazz band, jazz combos, and percussion ensemble. She is one of just a few women throughout the country to have a full-time faculty position in jazz. Besides being a mainstay in the Southern California jazz scene, she performs and presents workshops worldwide. Raymond attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH) and California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles, CA). She studied African ewe music with Ghanaian chief Alfred Ladzekpo, classical percussion with the members of Percussion Group Cincinnati, and jazz drum set with Joe LaBarbera, Jeff Hamilton, and John Von Ohlen.
Raymond is an educational artist endorsed by Sabian, Regal Tip, and Remo.
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Eva Scow was born in Fresno, California to a Oaxacan mother and an American father. She began playing music at a young age, starting on the piano at age 4. Soon after, she began studying mandolin with Evo Bluestein and classical violin. She began playing in orchestras and various groups, exploring different kinds of music from bluegrass to Brazilian.
In 2007 she released her debut CD as a co-leader with guitarist Dusty Brough "Sharon By the Sea." Ms. Scow is also a member of the contemporary jazz quartet Espacio, and the group Lyquid Amber with Hans York and Evo Bluestein. She has also recorded with the Anthony Wilson Nonet, and can be heard on their CD "The Power of Nine" which also features Diana Krall. She is equally at home in the classical, folk and jazz idioms.
Tim Shaghoian is a musician, composer, and educator based in Fresno, CA. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Music Performance from California State University, Fresno. In conjunction with his studies at the university, he holds a teaching associate position in the jazz studies program where he instructs a class in small ensemble jazz performance. Tim holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance on the saxophone from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied with renowned modern jazz saxophonist Peter Epstein. He is the piano accompanist and co-director of the Kastner Intermediate School jazz choir and he is on the Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop faculty where he teaches small ensemble jazz, improvisation, and saxophone.
Tim is on the board of directors for La Sierra Creative Arts Camp, where he teaches woodwinds and leads master classes and jazz workshops. In 2016 he was a featured artist at the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival, premiering multiple original compositions written for his quintet. Tim released his first album as a co-leader in 2018 with the group TTRC. The album, Sunset EP, features original compositions and freely improvised music for three saxophones recorded at famed Los Angeles recording studio Sunset Sound. Tim has had the pleasure of performing with musicians such as Gilad Hekselman, Mark Ferber, James Winn, and Peter Epstein.
Barb Shinaver is a trombonist native to the Fresno area. She is the jazz director at Bullard High School and an elementary music teacher in Fresno Unified. She holds a B.A. in Music Education from Fresno State and an M.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.
She is passionate about jazz education and is involved with the California Alliance for Jazz and the California Band Director's Association to serve the California All-State Music Educator's Conference to promote jazz statewide.
Barb is excited to continue pursuing her career in both classical and jazz performance while maintaining an active teaching schedule.
Craig VonBerg is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, gigging musician, audio engineer/sound designer and educator. He holds a Bachelors degree in composition/theory from Fresno State and a masters degree in composition/theory and jazz performance from the University of Nevada, Reno. He teaches full time at Fresno State where he has taught subjects including Jazz Piano, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation & Theory, Jazz Arranging/Composition, Form and Analysis, Ear Training and History of Jazz & Rock. Craig also teaches Music Appreciation for West Hills Community College as well as maintaining a private piano studio.
Craig has worked with a variety of jazz notables and entertainers including Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Eartha Kitt, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, David Garibaldi, Brian Lynch and many others.
The rest of his time is spent with his wife and two daughters and playing on his church's worship team.
Tom Wilson is a saxophonist, composer, and educator from Madera, CA. In 2012 he graduated with a bachelors degree in Professional Music with a concentration in Global Jazz Studies from Berklee College of Music. He has performed and studied with such artists as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Ben Street, Earth Wind and Fire, Ralph Peterson and Wayne Shorter and many others.
For the past 3 years, he has worked at the Danilo Perez foundation teaching neighborhood youth in the heart of Panama. He currently attends graduate school at California Institute of the Arts.