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, Instructor of Jazz Bass

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

Western Oregon University, BA in Music (2005)

GUSTAVO ARANIBAR

Instructor of Jazz Guitar

UCLA Extension Film Scoring Certificate (2018)

Miami Dade Community College, AA (2004)

Universidad de Lima, AA (1998)

MICHAEL LE VAN

Instructor of Jazz Piano

California State University-Fullerton, BM (1983)

CONOR MALLOY, MM

Instructor of Jazz Drums

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

WES PERRY, MM

Instructor of Jazz Saxophone

California State University-Long Beach, MM (2017)

Ohio State University, BM (2015)

JOHN RUSH, MA

Instructor of Jazz Drums

Concordia University, MA (2016)

California State University-Long Beach, BM (1995)

Internships

As part of our community outreach initiative, we have devised an internship program geared toward high-school and college level aspiring jazz students. The program offers incredible growth opportunity via tuition-free attendance of our classes and mentorship opportunity from our faculty. In return, interns help us in spreading awareness of our programming in their respective communities and assisting us with various day-to-day tasks and event management. If you're interested in participating in our internship program, please reach out via our contact information.

NATALIE SUVARNASUDDHI

2019-2020

Yorba Linda High School, CA (2020)

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Address: 14281 Chambers Road, Tustin, CA 92780

Phone: ‪(949) 416-8175‬ | Email: info@socaljazz.com

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