Teaching Artists

Our teachers are established veteran and up and coming jazz educators based in Southern California who have been selected after rigorous search process. From time to time, we also work with exceptionally skilled and in-demand colleagues in the area and from across the United States through the Jazz Educator Partnership program in order to fill any needs based on demand. We are very proud to be able to offer such a variety of expertise, experience, and wisdom from our teachers and hope that our students can also benefit from this, too!

Teaching Artists

Elena Gilliam
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Vocals

Orange County Living Jazz Legend award recipient, Elena Gilliam coaches vocal students in the art of jazz vocal performance.

Michael Le Van
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Piano

In demand veteran jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, Michael Le Van, is a skilled teacher who combines expertise in both classical and jazz performance while working with students of all ages and diverse musical backgrounds.

Wes Perry
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Saxophone

Long Beach based saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Wes Perry's teaching focus is woodwinds students of all ages and levels.

Wendell Kelly
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Trumpet, Trombone

Wendell Kelly is an award-winning trombonist, composer, arranger, band leader, and vocalist, who works with beginning-advanced students on trumpet and trombone.

John Rush
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Drums

Veteran music educator and drummer, John Rush, has worked with students of all levels in the music education system. He teaches drums to students of different levels and ages.