2023 Guest Clinicians
Some of our favorite moments of the week happen when world-renowned guests provide unique lectures and masterclasses!
Previous Guest Clinicians Include:
Grammy-winning author Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, author of "What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years" (Pantheon, 2011) and "Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong" (Oxford, 2020). He has a Master's in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers and has delivered lectures on Armstrong at the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, the Monterey Jazz Festival and many more venues around the world.He has also co-produced many Armstrong releases for Mosaic Records and Universal.
Friday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 12th
Globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator, Michela has led bands at some of New York’s greatest music venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Ginny’s Supper Club, Joe's Pub and many more. She has been part of the Jazz For Young People educational series run by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Michela is also Associate Producer of the new tap dance documentary “American Tap,” described by the Hollywood Reporter as “providing a comprehensive cultural history of the dance form.” It encompasses the rich history of tap dancing in America and its relationship to jazz music and the socio-political climate of the country.
A graduate of The Dillard Center for the Arts and The Juilliard School, Russell Hall is revered as one of the most in demand artists in New York City, performing with some of the biggest names in music, dance and film. His work is featured on the Grammy nominated album “My Favorite Things” by Joey Alexander, “Motherless Brooklyn”, a film by Edward Norton which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Score, and HBO’s Emmy-nominated “Masterclass Series” which featured Wynton Marsalis as master teacher.
Thursday, April 13th
Renowned pianist and bandleader Spike Wilner owns and manages Smalls Jazz Club. Since taking over in 2007, it has emerged as the top club of its kind – a throwback to another era when jazz clubs were both proving ground for top artists but also social scenes for the jazz community. Smalls Jazz Club now has an international reputation and draws fans from all over the world as a destination spot for great jazz. In September of 2014, Spike opened a second club in Greenwich Village – Mezzrow.
New York City based composer of music for ballet, opera and film/TV, Patrick Soluri founded PROHIBITION PRODUCTIONS in 2001. It is the largest independent producer & promoter of vintage inspired Hot Jazz & Swing Dance Events in NYC, averaging over 120 events per year - all with live music.