Faculty

Guitar, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele

ED PALERMO - Saxophone, Guitar, Jazz Ensembles, Coordinator of Jazz Program, Musicianship
Musicianship B.M., DePaul University. Jazz sax player and arranger. Spent the past 35 years playing with such artists as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Tito Puente, Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, and many others. Leads: Ed Palermo Big Band which plays world-wide concerts dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa, as well as his original material. Featured: NPR's Weekend Edition. His CDs, "The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa” and “Oh No!! Not Jazz!! earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Arranged: music for one of James Brown's final Hollywood Bowl concerts and the 2015 Hollywood Bowl live tribute to Frank Sinatra. Arranged: 20 minute piece for the NJ Ballet.

PETER PRESS - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele, Bass
B.F.A., Suny/Purchase. Studied with Starobin. Collaborations include Bas Flute-Guitar Duo, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 20th Century Classics Ensemble, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, N.Y. City Ballet Orchestra. Recordings: Koch, International Classics, Bridge, Centaur, BMG, ESS.A.Y., Sabudo Records.

MINDY SMITH - Ukelele
BMus, Vocal Music Education, Ohio University; MEd, Secondary Education, Ohio University, MA, Vocal Performance: Music Theater, New York University. Studied: Peter Jarjisian, Gail Berenson, Meg Bussert, Jeannie LoVetri. Performed with Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under conductor Robert Porco. Private piano and voice teacher. Teaching Artist: New York City Children's Theater. Particular interest in and experience with students who have emotional, developmental, physical, and cognitive differences.

ROLF STURM - Jazz Guitar
B.F.A., Ithaca College, jazz guitar; Studied: Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Berklee College of Music. Studied: Jim Hall, Joe Pass, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell.  Over 60 CDs including recordings that feature David Johansen (NY Dolls/ Buster Poindexter), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Tony Trischka and members of the Grateful Dead. Toured: United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Canada, UK. Performed: dozens of jazz, jam band/rock, folk, and blues festivals, including the World Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Performed: Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, soundtracks for film and television. His music has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered” and his solo guitar recording, "Balance", was awarded 4 stars by DownBeat magazine.. www.rolfsturm.org.