Jazz Studies Program

B.M., University of Miami; M.F.A., SUNY Purchase. Studied: Dr. Lucas Drew, Eddie Gomez, Michael Moore. Jazz performances include: Ira Sullivan, Pete Minger, Joe Beck, Ray Vega, Dave Stzyker. Broadway credits include: Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables. Movie recordings: Femme Fatale, Twilight, Snake Eyes. Faculty: University of Bridgeport, Yorktown School District.

WILLIAM KOMAIKO - Jazz and Classical Piano
B.M., M.S., DMA studies, The Juilliard School. Studied: Rudolph Ganz, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Elliott Carter, Robert Helps, Sophia Rosoff, Ralph Edward Dodds. Awards: The George Gershwin Memorial Prize, outstanding teacher award from the White House. Performance: William Komaiko Trio w/Vernel Fournier, Dick Sarpola; Speculum Musicae (the original group), Michael Moore, Glen Velez, Dick Hyman, Donald Byrd, other jazz and classical artists. Recipient: national commission celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), Piano Soloist/ Composer/Conductor. Faculty: Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, The Juilliard School.

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.

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.