Yosemite Jazz Workshop Instructors

In addition to our host Rich Severson and his favorite bass instructor Todd Johnson the workshop has provided some world class jazz guitarists/instructors to mentor, encourage and inspire you while you're here.  Past guest instructors have included Mike Dana, David Becker, Mitch Holder, Tim May, Barry Zweig, Frank Potenza, Robert Conti, John Stowell, Brad Rabuchin and Steve Trovato

2016 & 17 Guest Instructors

DAVID BECKER Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and producer David Becker has released 14 recordings, many topping the jazz and contemporary music charts. In 2005, Becker released a duo effort with guitar master Joe Diorio and has also performed with guitar greats Attila Zoller, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie and Kenny Burrell. He has released three instructional books, Getting Your Improvising Into Shape, Playing in Shapes, and Rhythmic Motifs for Comping and Soloing.

MIKE DANA  Grammy nominated music educator, Mike currently is the Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno (CA) City College, the jazz program there has developed a national reputation. He is in demand as a guest artist and clinician for jazz festivals and summer workshops throughout western U.S..  Mike studied jazz guitar with legend Joe Pass, and his performance credits include Cannonball Adderley, Gary Burton, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Ingrid Jensen, and Ernie Watts. He leads several groups including his own jazz trio, the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, and Bahia, a group focusing on Brazilian music.  Mike holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in composition from California State University Fresno. Mike also attended the Berklee College of Music, and is currently competing his Doctorate at Boston (MA) University.

 

2015 Instructors Mitch Holder and Tim May

Two of the most heard L.A. studio guitarist ever, Mitch Holder and Tim May.  These two world class players learned from the best, they were personal students of Howard Roberts.  Both have playing and recording careers spanning decades. Not only are they first chair recording musicians they are also great jazz players and are great teachers as well.  This is an opportunity of a lifetime to come to one of the prettiest places in the world and studying guitar with two of the best players of our generation.  I’ll also be there to help anyone with their particular needs.  Remember Michael J Fox playing Chuck Berry licks in Back to the Future? That was Tim May.  Ever heard of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen?  Mitch Holder was the guitarist on the show for 12 years.   

 

2014 Instructors Mike Dana and Frank Potenza

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