About Us

Established in January 2019 in Orange County, California, SoCal Jazz Academy carries the mission to provide World class performance-based Jazz education in group settings and through 1-on-1 instruction with outstanding Southern California based faculty. To learn more about our school, please check out a short video we put together about our first year in business -- School of Dreams: Meditations on the topics in community jazz education available below.

Faculty and Staff

To learn more about individual faculty or staff member, please click on their profile photo. 

KARIM YENGSEP, DMA

Founder and Director, Jazz Bass | OC, LA, Online

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MM (2009), DMA (2012)

Western Oregon University, BA in Music (2005)

ELENA GILLIAM

Jazz Vocals | OC, Online

Coming soon

MICHAEL LE VAN

Jazz Piano | OC, Online

California State University-Fullerton, BM (1983)

CONOR MALLOY, MM

Jazz Drums | LA, Online

University of Southern California, BM (2017), MM (2019)

WES PERRY, MM

Saxophone, Woodwinds, Brass | OC, LA, Online

California State University-Long Beach, MM (2017)

Ohio State University, BM (2015)

JOHN RUSH, MA

Jazz Drums | OC, Online

Concordia University, MA (2016)

California State University-Long Beach, BM (1995)

JAMES VARIEUR

Jazz Guitar | Online

Western Oregon University, BM (2010)

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Address: 14281 Chambers Road, Tustin, CA 92780

Phone & Zoom Meeting ID: ‪(949) 416-8175

Email: info@socaljazz.com

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