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Lamont School of Music

Faculty: Jazz Studies and Commercial Music

Malcolm Lynn   Baker

Lynn Baker

Malcolm Lynn Baker is the Director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where he directs the Lamont Jazz Orchestra, coaches combos, and teaches Jazz Improvisation and Composition class, Jazz History classes, and Jazz Techniques classes.  Lynn holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University and has also studied at Mt Hood Community College with Larry McVeigh and at Indiana University with David Baker, Dominic Spera and Eugene Rousseau.  Before coming to Denver in 1993 Lynn taught at Indiana University and before that Carleton College, and universities in Oregon.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 335
  • Phone:  303-871-6997
  • Email:  mbaker@du.edu
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Thomas   Ball

Thomas Ball
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Art   Bouton

Art Bouton

Art Bouton is first call saxophonist and woodwind performer throughout the Western U.S. He has extensive performance experience on all saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and bassoon, as well as the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 340-A
  • Phone:  303-871-6937
  • Email:  abouton@du.edu
  • Background: 

    Art Bouton is first call saxophonist and woodwind performer throughout the Western U.S. He has extensive performance experience on all saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and bassoon, as well as the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument. Art is a founding member of the Lamont jazz faculty group "The DU Jazz Faculty Combo" (AKA The Climb) and is featured on many of their recordings. He plays lead alto and flute for the Ninth and Lincoln Orchestra and the Wil Swindler Elevenet, contemporary ensembles specializing in new music for jazz ensembles.

     

    Mr. Bouton regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and is a member of the pit orchestra at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Bouton has studied saxophone with Douglas Masek, Roger Greenberg, and Vince Gnojek. Art performs as guest soloist and clinician at high schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and has served on the faculty of the Yellowstone Jazz Camp, Mile High Jazz Camp, the Telluride Jazz Camp, and Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp. Art can be heard playing lead alto on recordings of New Music for Jazz Ensemble by Kendor Music.

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Eric   Gunnison

Eric Gunnison

Eric Gunnison, instructor of Jazz Piano, was raised in a musical family in Buffalo N.Y. and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a B.A. in Music Composition in 1979. He lives in Denver where he has been a mainstay in the music scene for 19 years. Eric has toured and recorded with vocal jazz group Rare Silk, jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, saxophonist Nelson Rangell, and trumpeter Ron Miles. In addition, he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Phil Woods, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew , Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil and Eddie Gomez.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 340C
  • Phone:  303-871-6407
  • Email:  egunniso@du.edu
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Dave   Hanson

Dave Hanson

Dave Hanson, instructor of Jazz and Commercial Music Composition and Arranging at the Lamont School of Music, has written for the Boston Pops, Steve Houghton, Paul Winter, Marvin Stamm, Rhonda Larson, and many others.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 340C
  • Phone:  303-871-6407
  • Email:  dhanson@du.edu
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Alan   Hood

Alan Hood

Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for over 30 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording "A Hot Night in Paris," on the Atlantic jazz label. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James, and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 403
  • Phone:  303-871-6918
  • Email:  ahood@du.edu
  • Background: 

    Bachelor of Music, University of Kentucky
    Master of Music, Northern Illinois University

    Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for over 30 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

    He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording "A Hot Night in Paris," on the Atlantic jazz label. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James, and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.

  • Publications: 

    A leading authority on the life and work of jazz trumpet legend, Clifford Brown, his doctoral research topic, Al has to his credit, several published articles on Brown and been invited to present his findings at international conferences.

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Alan   Joseph

Alan Joseph

Originally from Detroit, Alan Joseph continues to be a musical catalyst in the Pike's Peak Region and Denver. Presently he is instructor of Guitar in the Jazz and Commercial Music Program at the University of Denver 's Lamont School of Music. Along with his studio teaching at Lamont, Alan is part of the acclaimed Lamont Jazz Faculty Combo "The Climb."

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 340B
  • Phone:  303-871-6946
  • Email:  ajoseph@du.edu
  • Focus: Jazz Guitar
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Mike   Marlier

Mike Marlier

Mike Marlier is in his 16th year as the Director of Drum Set Studies at Lamont.  He started playing drums at the age of 5, and hasn't stopped.  As a teacher, he strives to share his vast playing experience with his students, creating a curriculum that is engaging and diverse.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 122
  • Phone:  303-871-6777
  • Email:  mmarlier@du.edu
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Marc   Sabatella

Marc Sabatella

Marc Sabatella is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator based in Denver, Colorado (USA). His music has been characterized as “happily subverting the mainstream,” combining the “unpredictability of Thelonious Monk and lyricism of Bill Evans.”

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 426
  • Phone:  303 241-1106
  • Email:  msabatel@du.edu
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Ken   Walker

Ken Walker

Our “first-call” jazz bassist for the Rocky Mountain region, Ken Walker has played with a veritable Whos Who of jazz artists including: Eddie Harris, Joe Pass, Marlena Shaw, Kenny Barron, Eric Alexander, Houston Person, Pharaoh Sanders, Phil Woods, Hal Galper, Jimmy Heath,Tom Harrell, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Nat Adderley, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Freddie Hubbard, Henry Butler, Warren Vache, Larry Coryell, Lew Soloff...

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 337
  • Phone:  303-871-6947
  • Email:  kwalker@du.edu
  • Background: 

    BM, Arkansas Tech University

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Donna   Wickham

Donna wickham

Donna Wickham holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in conducting from the University of Denver. She is the head of the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 338
  • Phone:  303-871-6945
  • Email:  dwickham@du.edu
  • Background: 

    Donna Wickham holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in conducting from the University of Denver. She is the head of the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music, and teaches music history courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online. Her diverse professional activities include work as a jazz composer, arranger and performer, conductor, keyboardist and electric bass player, in genres that range from early music to rock, jazz and avant-garde. Donna’s performance credits include work with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Playground, Colorado Music Festival, Santa Fe New Music, the Denver Concert Band, and the Colorado Art Rock Society. She recently released 2 albums over the course of one month.  Her classical quartet named Firesign released an album featuring the world premiere recording of Terry Schlenker’s Mass for Four Voices, along with William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices. She followed that with a jazz album featuring her own compositions, entitled Myth and Memory.  To learn more about Donna, visit her website at www.donnawickham.com

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Steve Wiest

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Multiple Grammy-nominated jazz composer and trombonist Steve Wiest is known world-wide for his fresh cutting edge writing as well as his extroverted virtuoso trombone playing. With a zeal for finding fresh ingredients for his muse, Steve is a true multi-genre persona. As a recording artist, composer-arranger, science fiction author, cartoonist, and educator Wiest is at home with many different and diverse areas of creative endeavor.

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