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UW Jazz Festival Guest Artists & Clinicians

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Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide. Read more >
Tierney Sutton Tierney Sutton

The New York Times has called Tierney Sutton “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.”

A 6-time Grammy Nominee as both a recording artist and arranger, Sutton is often described as “a singer’s singer,” but just as often, she is described as a “musician’s singer” who uses her voice like an instrument.

Most recently, Tierney received her 5th consecutive Grammy Nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for her latest project, “After Blue,” an intimate, jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The album, which is Sutton’s first solo outing without her longtime Band, features Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Serge Merlaud, Kevin Axt and The Turtle Island Quartet. Read more >
Ed Breazeale Ed Breazeale

Ed Breazeale is a drum set performer, composer and jazz educator.  He has had the good fortune to perform with many jazz luminaries including: Phil Woods, Victor Goines, Peter Martin, Cyrus Chesnut, Billy Hart, Maria Schneider, Von Freeman, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Broom, Nneena Freelon, Brad Goode, Andy Laverne, Jon Faddis, Elliot Mason and Carlos Henriquez.  Ed holds a bachelors degree in jazz and studio music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a masters degree in jazz performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado. 

A dedicated and passionate educator, Ed has taught in a wide variety of venues.  Currently Ed is a lecturer at the University of Wyoming, University of Colorado-Denver and Arapahoe Community College in addition to teaching at Denver School of the Arts.  At these instituions Ed teaches a wide variety of subjects including: drum set lessons, jazz and popular music ensembles, music theory, ear-training, music business and jazz improvisation.  Ed also has extensive experience in the formation and direction of educational percussion and jazz ensemble curriculum for public school districts.  Ed Breazeale is a Vic Firth Artist/Educator and has conducted clinics at the following educational festivals, high schools and colleges: Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival, Evanston Jazz Festival, St. Vrain Jazz Festival, Niwot High School, Skyline High School, University of Iowa, Northern Kentucky University, University of Colorado and Sheperd’s College.  Read more >
Josh Quinlan Josh Quinlan

Josh Quinlan is a saxophonist and composer residing in the Front Range area of Colorado since 2007. Quinlan is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (B.M.), DePaul University (M.M.) and the University of Colorado (D.M.A.). He is currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University and the Denver School of the Arts. In addition, Quinlan is the Executive Director of the Dazzle Recordings jazz record label, Director of Education of the Gift of Jazz nonprofit and the Co-Director of the Telluride Jazz Celebration All-Stars. He proudly plays and endorses P. Mauriat saxophones (Taiwan) and Gonzalez reeds (Argentina). Quinlan has released several albums under his own name including Mountain Time Standards (2012) and Open Space (2013). For more information on Josh Quinlan visit
Matt Smiley Matt Smiley
Matt Smiley (b. 1985, Staunton, VA) is a bassist, composer and educator that has performed in a variety of musical settings over the last fifteen years.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry with a Jazz Studies minor from James Madison University and a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. An avid and enthusiastic musician, Smiley has performed both nationally and internationally at many universities throughout the country, and the Montreux, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz Festivals.

Currently, Smiley resides in Fort Collins, Colorado where he performs jazz weekly with the Subterraneans at Ace Gillett’s.  Recently he has performed with legendary jazz musicians Terrell Stafford, and Greg Osby, and with contemporary music composer Alvin Lucier.

For the last four years, Smiley has assisted Dr. Paul Elwood with UNC’s Open Space Music Festival by organizing, performing at, and promoting the event.  Through the festival, Smiley has worked with Stephen Drury, Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Jean-Marc Montera, and Raphael Imbert. 

Matt Smiley has an album on the Dazzle Jazz label entitled “Quartet Art” featuring David Pope on saxophone. His second album, with guitarist Alex Nauman, entitled “Peaceful Contact Proved Elusive,” was recently released on limited edition vinyl.  Smiley has recorded as a sideman with Annie Booth’s “Wanderlust,” Ben Markley/Clint Asklock ‘s “The Return,” Dave Wiatrolik and the “Gin Mill Gypsies,” Josh Quinlan, Adam Bartczak’s “Republic,” Shilo Stroman’s “Square Peg,” Wil Swindler’s “Goodrattle,” Ryan Fourt’s “Stone Cricket,” and Alex Nauman’s “Organ Trio + 3.” 


Steve Barnhart Dr. Steve Barnhart

Before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, Dr. Barnhart taught at Washburn and Baker Universities in Kansas, the University of Central Arkansas, and in the Lawrence, Kansas public schools. He served with the U.S. Army Europe Band and has appeared as a clinician and/or performer in the U.S., Bolivia, Europe, and Taiwan, as well as, with the Arkansas, Kansas City, and North Carolina Symphonies. His performance experience includes popular, ethnic, and classical genres. Barnhart studied conga drumming in Cuba, Indian tabla at UCLA, and holds the DMA degree from the University of Kansas, MM from North Texas State University, and BME from Texas Tech University. Author of the Greenwood Press publication, Percussionists: A Biographical Dictionary, Barnhart also serves as Wyoming state chapter treasurer of the Percussive Arts Society.
Dave Camwell Dave Camwell
Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer. Since 2008, he has released seven recordings on the Innova and Teal Creek labels. Each of these recordings has garnered considerable critical acclaim. As a jazz player, Camwell has performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and at a variety of jazz festivals, including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland. He is an active jazz performer and clinician throughout the Midwest.

In July, 2011, Camwell performed in Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, and has also performed with Orchestra Iowa, Des Moines Symphony, and the New York Central City Chorus. He has performed and led master classes at the colleges and universities of North Texas, Oregon, UC-Boulder, UNC-Greensboro, Lindenwood (MO), Furman, UNC-Charlotte, Western Carolina, Southern Oregon, Stephen F. Austin, Illinois, Cincinnati (CCM), Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado State, Idaho (Moscow), Missouri (St. Louis), Wisconsin (Stevens Point), North Dakota State, Concordia (MN), Jamestown (ND), Millersville (PA), Graceland (IA), Northern Iowa and Manitoba (Canada).  Read more >
Paul Falk Paul Falk

Equally at home in Jazz, Music Theatre, Pop and Classical Music, Paul has been playing piano since the 1st Grade and singing (Jazz/Choral/etc) since High School.  Now in demand as an accompanist and clinician, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano/Vocal/General Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado, and Master’s Degree in Jazz Piano/Voice at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, both Downbeat Award Winning Vocal Jazz Ensemble Award winners.  As a pianist, he has been active in Recital Performances, All State Choir/Jazz Choir Performances, Jazz Ensembles, Reading Sessions, Symphony Performances, Recording projects and Music theatre pits from Colorado to Illinois and New York. 

Paul served as Assistant Director of Purdue Musical Organizations,  where he played for the Varsity Glee Club, directed and arranged for Purduettes, Purdue Bell Choir and Specialty Vocal Groups.   He was fortunate to serve as Vocal Percussionist for CO Acappella Group Groove Society.   Paul has had the opportunity to work with artists such as: Patricia Barber, Laurence Hobgood, Anton Armstrong, Roger Treece, Stephanie J. Block, Kate McGarry, Judy Niemack, The New York Voices and Ben Folds.  He has been one of the choir directors at Rocky Mountain High School (Grammy Signature High School) since 2007, where his groups have performed at ACDA/JEN/CMEA Conferences along with UNC Jazz Festival and CHSAA Vocal Jazz Festival, where his group was rated Outstanding Vocal Jazz Group.  Paul has served as judge/adjudicator for Harmony Sweepstakes, UNC Jazz Festival, ICCA Competition, Tashco Young Artists Festival and ProMusic Festival.  He can be heard on piano most recently on EP recordings by vocalist Mandy Harvey and vocally on many recordings including Patricia Barber’s Mythology
Nicole Lamartine Dr. Nicole Lamartine

Dr. Nicole Lamartine became Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming in 2008. She conducts the Collegiate Chorale, Singing Statesmen, advises the male a cappella Happy Jacks, and teaches music education curriculum, conducting, and applied voice. Under her leadership, the UW Singing Statesmen have performed at the 2012 NW American Choral Directors Association conference and performed as the featured choir for the 2011 Wyoming Music Educators Opening Night Concert. The Collegiate Chorale was selected to perform at the 2011 Northwest MENC conference in Bellevue, WA and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) national conference. Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed collaborations with the New York Voices, Tonic Sol-Fa, The Yale Whiffenpoofs, Denmark a cappella group BaSix, and Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

Dr. Lamartine is in demand as a conductor and clinician, guest conducting and adjudicating across the United States and the UK. Her expertise in various vocal styles has allowed her to lead workshops in vocal jazz and bluegrass/folk singing. She taught singing workshops for the 2012 Montana Fiddle Camp.

As a professional vocal musician, Lamartine enjoys an active performing career, including solo recitals and professional choral singing. She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels including Harmonia Mundi and Chandos. Furthermore, her love of jazz, blues, and country music has led to various gigs including singing back-up for Barry Manilow and Linda Ronstadt.

Dr. Lamartine is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching and the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Award.
Scott Meredith Dr. Scott Meredith

Dr. Scott Meredith is Assistant Professor of trumpet at the University of Wyoming where he teaches applied trumpet, Jazz Techniques, Jazz History, and directs the University of Wyoming trumpet ensemble. He currently serves as brass area head and is collegiate vice president of the Wyoming Music Educators Association. His students have participated and successfully competed in state, regional and national festivals and competitions: most recently in the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado.

He has performed nationally with the Owensboro Symphony (KY), the Irving, Plano, and San Angelo Symphonies (TX), Dallas Wind Symphony, Orchestra of New Spain (TX), Newcastle Brass Quintet, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder Philharmonic and the Colorado Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Meredith maintains an active schedule of performance engagements, masterclasses, and clinics in the Rocky Mountain region. Currently, he is Principal trumpet with the Wyoming Symphony and Co-Principal trumpet in the Cheyenne Symphony. He is also a regular member of the Fort Collins Symphony and Opera Fort Collins. Prior to his appointment at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Meredith taught at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Meredith earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Keith Johnson, Leonard Candelaria, and John Holt and baroque trumpet with John Thiessen. Dr. Meredith earned his Masters degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas and his Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with William Pfund. He can be heard on the "Teaching Music through Performance in Band" series as well as numerous recordings with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon as part of the "Klavier Wind Project," including: Convergence, UFO: Music of Michael Daugherty, Time Piece, Recollection, Symphonic Excursions, Escapades, Carmina Burana, Hemispheres, Allegories, and Retrospectives.
Kelsey Shiba Kelsey Shiba

Kelsey Shiba's involvement in music started in the family. Grandmother Mary Shiba taught her violin and piano, and she began singing, playing trombone, and guitar in her teenage years. Her love for music spans many genres, including jazz, classical, and pop.

In 2007 Ms. Shiba completed her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. While studying there, she sang with the Salsa Band, played keyboard with Lab Band I at the IAJE Conference in New York, sang with the top vocal jazz group the Northern Colorado Voices, and played several parts in operatic roles. She has opened performances for Kurt Elling, Peter Eldridge, the Idea of North, Kevin Mohagany and others.

Ms. Shiba earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies in May 2010 from the University of Northern Colorado. She worked as the Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival in 2011, and is currently the Associate Director of Jazz Studies. Shiba performs professionally with bands TC and the Domestic Engineers, Black Water, Groove Yard, ShibaDiva Quartet, and Soul Proprietor funk band. Read more >

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