Rolf Johnson teaches trumpet and piano and can be reached at 510-526-9266.
Rolf graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, which he attended after having won first place in Downbeat Magazines annual scholarship competition. He did a stint in the Air Force with the NORAD Band in Colorado Springs, serving as musical director for the NORAD Commanders Jazz Orchestra, as featured jazz trumpet and flügelhorn soloist, and as staff arranger for both the jazz and concert bands.
Over the years, Rolf has played with musicians as diverse as Gary Burton, Les Elgart, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has been active in a variety of musical styles and settings, including world music, reggae, salsa and Latin jazz, Brazilian music, swing, big bands and jazz. He performs and records both as a trumpet/fluegelhorn player and as a pianist.
Rolf is a published composer and arranger of big band jazz, and has arranged for many local swing bands, salsa and Latin jazz bands, jazz bands, and big bands.
Donna Viscuso of the VNote ensemble, formerley the Snake Trio, and the Venezuelan Music Project is now teaching flute and saxophone here at Steve Deutsch Woodwinds, Etc. You can contact her at 510-985-1516 for lessons.
Donna is an experienced performer, composer and teacher, having worked in numerous schools, educational programs and grant-sponsored touring ensembles.
A talented composer, Donna has written music for several award-winning documentaries. Her compositions can also be heard on the popular Living Books collection of Educational CD-ROMs, including the ABC Book, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Harry and the Haunted House and Arthur's Reading Race.
Donna has performed, recorded and toured with many groups, including The Snake Trio, Jackeline Rago and The Venezuelan Music Project, Altazor, Wild Mango, the KTO project, Chelle and Friends, Brazilian singer Adriana Moreno and Chilean singer/songwriter Lichi Fuentes.
She studied music at Laney College and San Francisco State University, and has experience playing flute, saxophone, harmonica and percussion.
Donna has traveled to Venezuela to further her musical studies. While there, she performed and recorded with several renowned musicians, including percussionist Alexander Livinalli and members of the Fundacion Bigott (Venezuela's Folkloric Institute). In addition she has recorded with Venezuelan musicians, Aquiles Baez, Gonzalo Grau, Marco Granados, and Leo Blanco.
She also performs regularly with the Adventures in Music Program, sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, performing in elementary schools throughout the S.F. school district, as well as with the World Music Ensemble, W.O.W. (Women of the World) which performs for children of all ages in libraries and schools throughout California.
Michael Wilcox, bass lessons, (510) 849-BASS (2277)
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Teacher with over 25 years experience. Five years Adjunct Faculty at San Jose State University.
Some topics covered:
- Technique, Rhythm studies, Reading, Theory. Most styles and all levels.
- Focus on establishing good technique, bio-mechanical individuality and correcting bad habits.
- Studio in Emeryville near Oakland and Berkeley.
- All levels and most styles accepted.
- Former Jazzschool faculty member.
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See what former student Jeff Schmidt (winner of the Bass Extremes International Contemporary Solo Bass Competition) had to say. http://archive.basssessions.com/dec05/jeffschmidt.html
Since moving to the Bay Area in 1986 Michael Wilcox has toured, performed, recorded and taught extensively, appearing on over 30 CDs, along with television, commercial and radio work.
He has toured with the Pickle Family Circus and The San Francisco Mime Troupe; written articles for Bass Player and Strings magazine.
He was an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Jazz Department at San Jose State University and taught at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool Institute) in Berkeley.
Michael played all three seasons with the Transcendental Theater Company and currently performs with the Michael Wilcox Trio, Distant Intervals and the Sheldon Brown Ensemble. Their premiere of Blood of the Air sold out its 2014 summer SF Jazz debut.
In 2015 he will be performing with Evolutions In Jazz: A Walk Through Jazz History.
He is working on an instructional methods for electric bass and improvisation.