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Jazz Studies

J.B. Scott, Associate Professor, Area Coordinator, Trumpet (Artistic Director of Great American Jazz Series)

J.B. Scott headshot        J.B. Scott earned his B.A. Degree in Music as the first graduate of the acclaimed jazz program at the University of North Florida, under the tutelage of the legendary Rich Matteson and faculty members Bunky Green, Dr. Bill Prince, Bruce Silva, and Jack Peterson. 


While in college, Scott performed with several established groups that included the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, was a band member on the 1988 Japan Tour with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and performed regularly in the Walt Disney World theme parks. After graduating, he did a three year stint in New Orleans as the trumpeter and musical director of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland and was featured in the PBS special, "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton." In 1996, Scott earned his M.S. Degree in Music Ed. at Florida International University, where he studied with the legendary trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. In addition to his collegiate big band performances, Scott performed professionally with the Mickey Finn Show and numerous Latin bands led by such legendary names as Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.


After teaching for a year in Orlando, Scott returned to the University of North Florida in 1996 to carry on the Rich Matteson 'old school swing' legacy, teaching trumpet, music history courses, and to direct the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1, one of the most respected, award-winning collegiate big bands in the country. He is currently an Assoc. Professor of Jazz Studies at UNF, is a member of and President elect of the State of Florida jazz organization, Florida Jazz Educators, is a member of JEN (Jazz Education Network,) of MENC, and of the Florida Band Masters Association. Scott was also a 20-year member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (serving for 6 years as the IAJE Florida Secretary).


As a soloist, Scott has performed on many festivals including the Macieo Jazz Festival, (Brazil), the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and many others. He has appeared with such notables as Nick Brignola, Ira Sullivan, Rufus Reed, and Ed Calle, to name just a few. Partnering with respected vocalist Lisa Kelly in 1997, Scott and Kelly have performed internationally for major festivals, jazz clubs, and jazz societies, as featured soloists with big bands and with their own big band and small groups. They are highly regarded adjudicators and guest artist/clinicians for secondary to collegiate music programs, competitions, and music camps. Scott has been featured on many TV and radio commercials, on CD recordings, and has co-released several successful CDs, including "Home" and "Keeping Out of Mischief" with the Swamp Dog Jazz Band, and "Memories of Tomorrow" and "Live at Simons" with Lisa Kelly. Scott is a YAMAHA artist/clinician. They are highly regarded adjudicators and guest artist/clinicians for secondary to collegiate music programs, competitions, and music camps.


Scott has performed and presented clinics for IAJE, FMEA/FMENC, Chicago Midwest, the 2010 inaugural JEN (Jazz Educators Network) in St. Louis, and was the 2009 Florida All-State Jazz Band Director for the annual FMEA/MENC Conference in Tampa, Florida. Scott is a featured artist in the book “The New Face of Jazz,” on, released July 2010.


Contact: (904) 620-3847 - - Website

Lynne Arriale, Professor, Piano

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“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz” (The Guardian- UK), pianist Lynne Arriale has performed on international concert stages over the past 25 years. Jazz Police called her "the poet laureate of her generation". She has touched the hearts and inspired the imaginations of audiences worldwide and has been consistently praised as having a "singular voice" as a pianist, bandleader and composer. "I really can't compare her to anyone," said recent collaborator and multi-Grammy winner Randy Brecker. "Her music transcends the word 'jazz' - it is just pure music."


The consummate storyteller, Lynne immediately connects with her listeners. JazzTimes wrote, "She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her… Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices."


Lynne was the first prize winner of the 1993 International Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and soon launched her touring and recording career. Her 14 albums as a leader have topped the Jazzweek Radio Charts; Inspiration and Arise- #1, Come Together #3, Nuance #4 and were included on numerous "Best Of" lists, including The New Yorker and United Press International.  LIVE (CD/DVD) was named one of UPI’s Best Jazz CDs and among The New Yorker Magazine’s Best CDs of the year. Solo was named one of the top CDs of 2012 by JAZZIZ Magazine, and Convergence was named one of the top 50 CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. Her most recent release,Give Us These Days, was included in the top Jazz CDs of 2018 by Jazz History Online, the Best New Jazz Releases of 2018 by Artsfuse and reached #15 on the Jazzweek national radio charts. Arriale was #13, #17 and #18 in the piano category for the 2015, 2016 and 2018 Downbeat Reader's Poll.


Lynne toured Japan with “100 Golden Fingers”, a group that included  iconic jazz pianists Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway, Junior Mance and Ray Bryant. Arriale has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Larry Coyell and Marian McPartland, to name a few.

The world's great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center and additional performances at  Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier. 


Lynne’s  tours have taken her to Brazil, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, France, Belgium,The Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Australia, Japan, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, China, South Africa and the U.S.


Her live TV and radio appearances and concert performances include Profile of a Recording Artist, NPR’s Weekend EditionJazz SetPiano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Her print media features include  Billboard, Downbeat, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, BBC Magazine, and the London Times. She was the first woman to have the cover story for JazzEd Magazine, and additional cover stories include One Way and M Magazines. Her live media appearances include CNN/FN’ Biz, NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas – Live from The Kennedy Center, and radio/TV interviews throughout the U.S., U.K., and Europe, including the BBC, Radio France and German National Television.

Lynne  is also an active educator and adjudicator. She was invited to adjudicate the Montreux Jazz Competition, American Pianists Association Fellowship Awards, The Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Competition, The American Jazz Pianist Competition and the Jacksonville Piano Competition. She was a featured mentor with jazz great, Toshiko Akiyoshi, at The Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop at the Kennedy Center. She has served as a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, the Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, the Thelonious Monk Institute and has conducted master classes and clinics internationally throughout the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. 


Lynne is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and is a Yamaha Artist.


Contact: (904) 620-3840 - - Website 

Todd DelGiudice, Assistant Professor, Saxophone

Faculty - Todd DelGiudice headshot        Todd DelGiudice grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Miami where he was one of the only freshmen in the school's history to make the Concert Jazz Band. During his time in Miami, Todd became a member of one of Red Rodney's last quintets. After studying with Gary Keller and Gary Campbell, Todd moved to NYC where he performed with Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, Donny Mccaslin, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Rich Perry, Rick Margitza, and Scott Wendholt among others as well as leading his own groups at the Knitting Factory and other venues.

After completing a masters degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of Miami and a Masters of Clarinet Performance from the University of Oregon, Todd began his full time teaching career at Eastern Washington University while at the same time continuing his performing career. 

Uniquely talented on both saxophone and clarinet, Todd held the lead alto chair in the Bob Curnow Big Band at the same time that he held the 3rd and Bass Clarinet chair in the Spokane Symphony as well as leading his own groups throughout the Northwest. Todd's debut album "Pencil Sketches," released in 2011 on OA2 records received a rare Honorable Mention in the Village Voice in their 2011 Jazz Consumer's guide. Todd has also been featured on albums by the Free Range Saxophone Quartet, the Bob Curnow Big Band, Dennis Marks, Phil Flanigan, Duffy Jackson, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, and Origin Records releases by Steve Owen and Jon Hamar.

Todd has been a dedicated educator as well, holding similar positions at University of Miami, Northern Illinois University, and Eastern Washington University.


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Marc Dickman, Associate Professor, Low Brass: Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba

Marc Dickman headshot        Dr. Marc Dickman, from Valdosta, Georgia, is a founding member of the acclaimed Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Florida. Dr. Dickman earned degrees from Troy State University, McNeese State University, and the University of North Texas. His versatility on euphonium, trombone, bass-trombone, and tuba in the classical and jazz styles places him in much demand in the United States.

At UNF he teaches applied low brass and jazz ensemble. His students have won awards in the jazz and classical areas. Dr. Dickman was a featured jazz artist at the 2000 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland, the 2002 ITEC in Greenville, NC, and the 2004 ITEC in Budapest, Hungary, and the 2005 and 2008 U.S. Army Tuba Euphonium Conference.

Dr. Dickman is a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz ensemble, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. The MJT Project has two critically acclaimed releases: "Live From the Bottom Line" and "Favorite Things." Marc's CD, "A Weaver of Dreams," is available at and It is the first jazz euphonium recording to be available through popular services such as iTunes and Real Networks. Dr. Dickman has performed in the following countries: USA, Japan, Finland, Hungary, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Honduras, and Columbia. Dr. Dickman is a Besson performing artist.


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Michael Emmert, Adjunct Professor, Saxophone

Mike Emmert headshot        Michael Emmert, a native of Jacksonville, FL, began his dedicated study of music as a high school student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. During this time, Michael was exposed to a wide variety of musical genres and engagements, like performing with winning ensemble of the 2006 Essentially Ellington Festival competition hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and featured in the documentary, CHOPS. The foundation of those events led Michael to continue his study of music at the University of North Florida under the tutelage of jazz master, Bunky Green. As a member several performing ensembles in the school, including UNF’s JE1, Michael performed with artists Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling and many more. In addition to his studies at UNF, Michael was selected to perform with the 2009 Disneyland All-American College Band under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy. Michael continued his education, pursuing his master’s degree at William Paterson University and studied privately with Rich Perry and Vincent Herring.

In addition to school related studies, Michael has studied saxophone, flute, clarinet and composition privately with Rhonda Cassano, Dr. Karen Demsey, Laura Dwyer, Dr. Guy Yehuda, Chris Cullen, Dr. Ed Joffe, Bob Sheppard, Sal Lozano, Andy Lamy, Dr. Michael Bovenzi, John Ricci and Dr. Clarence Hines. 

As an educator, Michael has taught as an adjunct with the University of North Florida’s School of Music since 2016, privately for over 8 years and given masterclasses throughout the Southeast United States. 

Through his performing career, Michael has performed at many venues/events, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, B.B Kings Club in NYC, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, the Savannah Jazz Festival and more. Michael has worked or currently works with groups like the Jacksonville Symphony Orchrestra, Marcus Roberts’ Modern Jazz Generation, the JAX Jazz Collective (a local jazz sextet) and frequently as a sideman to local bands. 

Michael Emmert currently holds his B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida and M.M. in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University.


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Danny Gottlieb, Professor, Drumset 

Danny Gottlieb headshot        Danny Gottlieb is one of the most popular jazz drummers in the world. While best known as a founding member of the original Pat Metheny Group, Gottlieb has performed and recorded with some of the greatest names in music. They include: Gary Burton, Gil Evans, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, John Mclaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Lew Soloff, Al Di Meola, Jeff Berlin, Michael Franks, The GRP Big Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Jim Hall, the Manhattan Transfer, Larry Coryell, the NDR Big Band (Hamburg), the WDR Big Band (Cologne), Steven Curtis Chapman, Marvin Hamlish, Booker T and the MG's, and the Blues Brothers Band featuring Steve Cropper and Eddy Floyd. He is featured on more than 350 recordings, including four Grammy Award Winners.

Gottlieb's recent projects have included performances at the Jazz Education Network Conventions in New Orleans and Louisville; performances at the National Association of Music Merchandisers Convention (Anaheim) with former Metheny bassist Mark Egan, guitarists Stanley Jordan and Muriel Anderson; performances at the Frankfurt Musik Messe and workshops in Pesacara, Italy with bassist Jeff Berlin; and performances at the Hamburg, Hannover and Paderbon (Germany) Jazz Festivals. Recent recordings include a trio project with bassist Mark Egan and keyboardist Mitchel Forman; a jazz orchestral recording with master composer Chuck Owen; a cd project with flautist Ali Ryerson featuring legendary vibist Mike Mainari; saxophonist Jack Wilkins’ Blue and Green project; a recording with German vocalist peter Fessler; and a recent release from keyboard master Pete Levin featuring the late guitarist Joe Beck. 

For the past 9 years, Danny and his wife Beth (percussion) have been members of actor/ bassist Gary Sinise’s (CSI NY) Lt. Dan Band (named after Gary’s character in Forrest Gump). The 12-pc. band plays around the world, averaging 50 concerts a year with 85% of the concerts benefiting the US Military. Last year the band helped raise money to build 12 smart homes for wounded soldiers (many quadriplegic or triple amputees), and 12 more concerts are planned for 2013. Concerts have included: The Pentagon, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Europe, Japan, North and South Korea, Walter Reed Hospital, Brooks Army Medical Center, San Diego Medical Center, and hundreds of military basses around the US. Recently the Lt. Dan Band appeared on 60 Minutes and released a full-length movie, Lt. Dan Band for the Common Good.

In 2011, Danny authored a drumming text, The Evolution of Jazz Drumming (Hudson Music), which is being used by his Evolution of Jazz class at UNF. It has met with critical and commercial success, ranking among the top sellers at He is currently working on a book with the great Harold Jones (Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett) about big band drumming with the Basie band. 

A long time student of legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello, Gottlieb's teaching experience includes Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also studied with Gary Chester, Ed Soph, Bob Moses and Jack DeJohnette. A graduate of the University of Miami, Gottlieb brings 40 years of professional experience, musical diversity, and enthusiasm to the UNF Jazz Faculty.

Danny is an active clinician and endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, DW Hardware, Drum Craft Drums, Eames Drum Shells, Remo Drum Heads, Markdrum Electronic Percussion, Hot Sticks, Alternate Mode Products, Offworld Percussion Products, and Sibelius Music Software.


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Bunky Green, Professor Emeritus, Director of Jazz Studies Emeritus

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Performer, educator, composer, arranger, lecturer, and music education consultant, Bunky Green has 14 albums released in his name on vintage labels such as Chess, Exodus, Cadet, and Vanguard. As an international performer, educator, and lecturer, his European tours have taken him to Poland, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Africa. Green received film credit for his background solo work in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," featuring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle. He is Past President and permanent chair of the Past Presidents Council of the world's largest jazz education organization, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and received a rare five-star rating from DownBeat Magazine for his album "Healing the Pain." Along with Gary Burton, Gerald Wilson, Jackie McLean, and Rufus Reid, he was cited in a 1995 DownBeat Magazine article recognizing the nation's leading jazz educators who are also respected players. In January of 1998, Professor Green was inducted into the "IAJE Hall of Fame." In 2003, he was inducted into the "Downbeat Hall of Fame for Jazz Education." Within the last three years Bunky Green has performed at major jazz festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. Leading European and American jazz magazines have highlighted him as one of the greatest jazz saxophonist on today's jazz scene. In April of 2010 his performance at the Jazz Standard in New York received a great review from Ben Ratliff in the New York Times. Ben also cited Bunky as being an innovator who has stylistically influenced many of today's great young players. Additionally, he has earned two five star CDs here in the United States and one four and a half in Germany. Green's latest CD "Apex" was released in 2010.


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Barry Greene, Professor, Guitar 

Barry Greene headshot        Barry Greene began playing guitar in 1971, at the age of 10-years-old. Strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and Pat Martino, Barry has developed into a world-class guitarist, arranger and composer. He has recorded or performed with such artists as Tim Hagens, Danny Gottlieb, Gene Bertoncinni, Scott Wendholt, Kenny Drew Jr., Adam Nussbaum, Warren Berndhardt, Russell Malone, Ron Affif and Colin Bailey. Barry has seven CDs out as a leader: SojournerAt HomeUrban JazzIn the Meantime, and three new releases, Barry Greene TrioThe Other Side and Urban Jazz II

“his improvisations were creative with impeccable technique... ” - 20th Century Guitar Magazine

“an excellent player, a superior musician with power to spare” -

Barry has several books published with Mel Bay Publications and has authored 2 iBooks, “Playing Jazz Guitar” and “Chord Melodies.” He continues to endorse Thomastik-Infeld strings, Acoustic Image Amplifiers, Raezors Edge speaker cabinets, and Benedetto Guitars. Barry has performed at the Long Island Guitar Show held in New York, numerous times, as well as other notable NY venues and has performed in Europe including Germany, and France. Barry is a Professor of Jazz Guitar at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he has been since 1995. He teaches a guitar ensemble, applied guitar and several audio technology courses. His series of video jazz guitar lessons is gaining worldwide recognition.


Contact: (904) 620-2961 - - Website

Clarence Hines, Associate Professor, Trombone/Arranging, Director of the School of Music

Clarence Hines headshot        Dr. Clarence Hines has performed throughout North America, Central America, and Europe, and has performed with musicians such as Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, the Temptations, the OJays, John Pizzarelli, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, David Sanborn, Maceo Parker, and most recently with Diane Schuur. Dr. Hines has also performed on numerous occasions at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. 

Dr. Hines’ works have been premiered in the Distinguished Concerts International concert series at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the International Association for Jazz Education, the Festival Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre in France, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Dr. Hines' music has been performed by top military and college jazz ensembles around the country. His compositions and arrangements are published by UNC Jazz Press, Really Good Music, and eJazzLines. 

Prior to teaching at UNF, Dr. Hines coached combos and directed the Jazz Lab Band at the Eastman School of Music where he earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He served on the faculty of the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies and the Tritone Fantasy Jazz Camp. Dr. Hines also served as a trombonist/paratrooper in the"All-American" band of the U.S. Army's famed 82nd Airborne Division and in the 79th Army Band in the Republic of Panamá prior to earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Florida. 

Each summer, Dr. Hines teaches trombone, coaches combos, and performs during the Jazz Sessions at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin. He is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer and a recipient of UNF's Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2012-2013. 


Contact: (904) 620-3845 - - Website

James Hogan, Adjunct Professor, Guitar 

James Hogan headshot       James Hogan is known by many as a "world class" guitarist. He is an artist who is regarded highly by his peers and is in constant demand as a touring sideman, studio musician and producer. Hogan has gained world wide recognition for his musicality, soulfulness and rare ability to play authentically at the highest level in all styles of contemporary music. 

Hogan’s musicianship and professionalism have landed him gigs with some of the top artists in the music business. James Hogan has recorded and/or performed with such artists as David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, Dave Brubeck, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, Mitchell Forman, Mike Miller, Alex Acuna, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Kurt Elling, Diane Schur, Jane Monheit, Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Holliday, The Manhattans, The Drifters, The Coasters, Buddy Miles, Al Jorgensen, Chuck Schuldiner, Enrique Iglesias, The Jacksonville Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, The Savannah Symphony, The Naples Symphony, Broadway productions of Little Shop Of Horrors, The Best Little Whore House In Texas, Grease, Godspell, among others.

James has recorded on 100’s of studio sessions and performed on thousands of club dates. He has performed in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, North Sea Jazz Festival, Van’s Warped Tour, Universal Amphitheater, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Crown Of The Continent Guitar Festival, Univision (Sabado Gigante), Sunfest, Super Bowl XXXIX and MTV’s "Beach House.”

In addition to a successful music career, James Hogan is also a fine music teacher. James is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University Of North Florida and at Florida State College where he has been on staff since 2000. James was a Senior Instructor at The National Guitar Workshop's Florida, Connecticut, Nashville, Washington D.C. and SUNY Purchase campuses from 1998-2012. Additionally, Hogan teaches guitar seminars across the U.S. and abroad each year and has published articles in Guitar Player, Guitar World and Premier Guitar magazines. James Hogan's Guitar Instructional DVD’s are available through and at music stores world wide. 

James Hogan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance (Summa Cum Laude) from the highly acclaimed University of North Florida Jazz Performance program, where he was a Collegiate Downbeat Award winner, full scholarship recipient and student of jazz guitar virtuoso Barry Greene (2000). 


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Dennis Marks, Associate Professor, Bass 

Dennis Marks headshot        Dennis Marks, one of the most in-demand bass players on the jazz scene, has been playing with Arturo Sandoval for 13 years. In addition, he has performed with many of the great musicians of today, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Maynard Ferguson, and Pat Metheny. Dennis has appeared on Sandoval's last six recordings, including the Grammy-Award Winning "Hot-House." For one of the recordings, "My Passion for the Piano," he wrote two of the compositions.

Marks has performed at almost every major jazz festival during the last several years, including the JVC Festival in New York, the Playboy Festival in L.A., and the North Sea Festival in Holland. In 1996, Marks recorded his debut album "Images" on the Fantasy/Contemporary label. This album, which contains all original compositions, has received much critical acclaim.

Marks has been very active in the educational field, teaching at Florida International University for nine years and at the University of Miami for two. He has given clinics at Virginia Tech, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas. Marks holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance and a M.M. in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami. 


Contact: (904) 620-3843 - - Website  

William Prince, Professor Emeritus

William Prince headshot        Bill Prince, a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida comes from a background rich in music. He has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Bellson. He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. Bill has performed on over 70 albums including his "The Best Kept Secret in Jazz." He can currently be heard on Duffy Jackson’s CD, "Swing! Swing! Swing!," Buddy Rich’s CDs, "Mercy Mercy," and "The Best of Buddy Rich." In more recent years Bill has developed a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the world. 

One of Bill's most unique talents is his ability to perform professionally on several instruments. For example, although he played trumpet with Buddy Rich, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section. His performing instruments include trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, and electric bass. Bill produced his own CD, "Happy Thoughts," on which he composed, arranged and performed all parts. 

Bill holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in Theory and Composition from the University of Miami. He has taught at Florida Atlantic U, the U of Colorado/Denver, St. Francis Xavier U, Nova Scotia, the U of North Florida, and served as a visiting lecturer at Cape Town U and Natal U, South Africa. Music has taken him to all 50 states and 80 countries of this world.

Bill has received Undergraduate Teaching and Outstanding Teaching Awards and student groups under his direction have twice won national Jazz Band competitions. He was also awarded first place in an IAJE Jazz Composition Contest. Bill’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by professional, college and university jazz ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. In 2000, his Concertino for Jazz and Legit Clarinets was recorded by the Warsaw (Poland) National Philharmonic and is available through ITunes and Ravello Records.


Contact: (904) 620-2961 - - Website

Dave Steinmeyer, Adjunct Professor, Trombone  

Dave Steinmeyer headshot        Dave Steinmeyer, trombone, spent 28 years as a musician in the United States Air Force, with 24 of those years playing lead trombone with the world famous Airmen of Note (the big band started by Glenn Miller) and the last 10 years of his tenure as the “Note’s” director. During his days with the “Note” the band traveled to Los Angeles three times a year to record albums with famous musicians including Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Patrick Williams, J.J. Johnson, Lou Rawls and Diane Schuur. Dave has appeared as a performer and clinician at most of the major universities in the United States, and he has performed for 8 United States Presidents. Dave has been a featured artist at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and has appeared on numerous television productions and studio projects. In addition to receiving the Lowell Mason Award for Education, Dave is an Adjunct Professor of Applied Trombone at the University of North Florida School of Music in Jacksonville.


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