Meet the 2018 Jazz Festival Clinicians

We are fortunate to have an amazing group of musicians serving as clinicians for our festival. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them.

What follows is a list of confirmed clinicians. Please check back soon for additions. 



Scott Burns
Scott Burns -
DePaul University; Loyola University















Jeff Campbell - Eastman School of Music

















Tanya DarbyTanya Darby - University of North Texas









Jo Ann Daugherty

Jo Ann Daugherty - Chicago-based pianist, composer, conductor











John DaversaJohn Daversa - University of Miami Frost School of Music






Katie Earnst

Katie Ernst - Wheaton College










Rick Haydon

Rick Haydon - SEIU; Jazz at Lincoln Center
















Dennis Mackrel

Dennis Mackrel - renowned drummer, composer, conductor, and educator. Currently chief conductor of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Holland. 















Gayelynn McKinney

Gayelynn McKinney - Grammy-nominated Detroit-based drummer and educator; Aretha Franklin, Marcus Belgrave, Straight Ahead












Alexa Tarantino

Alexa Tarantino - New York-based saxophonist, composer, educator; Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra













Reggie Thomas

Reggie Thomas - Northern Illinois University









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