Our Faculty

Each of our CCJA instructors are top level professional musicians who have significant performing and teaching experience, including teaching at the university level and working as clinicians across the nation. The size of the faculty is dependent on the number of participants, but each session includes a combination of permanent and guest instructors. Current mentors include:


Joe Anderies

JOE ANDERIES attended Colorado Mesa State and North Texas State University where he majored in jazz studies and flute performance later graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver with degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education. Subsequently he obtained his masters degree at the University of Colorado in Music Education and Saxophone.

Concluding over 25 years of teaching in Douglas County and Denver Public Schools, Joe recently retired in order to concentrate on his performing, music publishing, and clinician initiatives.

Joe’s past performance and recording experiences include the international group IMAGES that he helped form as well as collaborations with Rob Mullins, Ron Miles, Chuck Lamb, Eric Gunnison, Hugh Ragin, Paul Romaine, and Nestor Torres. Joe continues to lead groups and produce jazz concerts in the Denver area primarily at the jazz venue Dazzle.

During his music education career these past 25 years Joe has worked with hundreds of elementary students developing the “Music Beyond Borders” curriculum that features an overlay of technology assisted jazz instruction, call and response improvisation work, and professional mentor integration. He has expanded these concepts in his years teaching middle school, with high school students in his jazz camp experience and his teaching in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Joe has also worked as adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has done jazz clinics for both students and educators at numerous conventions and colleges.


Annie Booth

ANNIE BOOTH, a native of Denver alumna of CCJA, is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. After discovering her love of jazz through CCJA in high school, she went on to study at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Thompson Jazz Studies program, receiving a BM in 2011. Annie has established herself as an active force on the Denver jazz scene as both a leader of her own group (the Annie Booth Trio) and as a busy sidewoman. Annie has performed internationally, most recently being a tour of Mexico with the Greg Gisbert Quartet in the summer of 2016 as part of the “New York Jazz All-Stars Series”. She has twice been named “Best in Denver” in the jazz genre by Denver’s Westword magazine in 2015 and 2016, was featured as part of Jazz 89.3 KUVO’s “30-under-30” highlight, and is a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers’ Award. Annie released her debut album, Wanderlust, in 2014 to much acclaim and a Christmas album, Festive!, in November 2016. Most recently, she was a 2017 composer-in-residence at the esteemed Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada, where she began work on a new piece set for debut in late 2017. In addition to being a faculty member for CCJA, Annie has a lot of fun being Program Assistant for the organization. She loves and believes in The Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts with every ounce of her soul.


Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa

BIJOUX BARBOSA is a bassist/composer/arranger and was born in Sao Paulo-Brazil where he studied music with Prof. Nadir Dos Santos. Bijoux also studied double bass with Carlos Verenzuela. In 1997, Bijoux moved to Denver. Since arriving in Denver, he has been very busy performing both on double bass and electric bass. Bijoux is one of the top studio musicians in Colorado. He’s been on over 500 recording sessions including many award winning recordings.

Bijoux Barbosa has performed with a wide array of stars: Herbie Mann, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Stanley Jordan, Bryan Lynch, Russell Ferrante, Chuck Loab, Gerald Albright and Lee Ritenour, Ron Blake, Paul McAndles, Jaleel Shaw, and Donald Harrison to name a few.Currently, Bijoux performs with the Nelson Rangell Quartet, gogoLab, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra. He performs with just about every local jazz musician, as well as with many of the touring jazz soloists who make a stop to perform in Denver.

As a composer his music has been featured on TV shows such as; “HBO Real Sex” (HBO), “Amazing Wedding Cakes” (Women’s Entertainment), “Total Wrecklamation” (Green Channel), “Underdog to Wonderdog” (Animal Planet), “Beltway Unbuckled” (History channel), “Biography” Biilly Crystal A&E), “Emeril Green” and “Forbes Luxe” (Travel Channel), “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” (A&E), “History Detectives” (PBS), “Man Vs Food” (Travel Channel), and “Model Latina” (SI TV).


Shane Endsley 

SHANE ENDSLEY is a trumpeter, drummer, and composer. He is a founding member of Kneebody, as well as an active leader and sideman with other New York City jazz musicians, as well as with pop and rock musicians such as Ani DiFranco and Pearl Jam. Endsley was born in Denver, Colorado, and studied trumpet, percussion, and composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he met the other members of Kneebody. Since then, he has toured and recorded with Ani DiFranco and Steve Coleman and has done work with Slavic Soul Party, Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, John Hollenbeck and others in the downtown music and jazz scenes. After living and performing in New York for a number of years, he currently lives in Denver.


Darren Kramer

DARREN KRAMER is an Edwards Performing Artist and is in demand as a freelance trombonist, keyboardist, educator, composer, arranger and producer throughout the United States. Kramer graduated from the University of Miami and moved to NYC where he toured with Matchbox Twenty, Tom Jones, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. He has also recorded with such artists as Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal and Jerry Hey. Kramer is now the President/CEO of his own music company, DKO The Darren Kramer Organization, whose inspiring concerts, educational clinics, five exceptional recordings, and over fifty challenging arrangements (Available Now for small group AND big band!) have helped modernize the trombone and expand its role in contemporary music.


Tom Gershwin

TOM GERSHWIN is a trumpeter, composer and educator. His first full recording, Sweet Pastimes was released in 2013 and has received wonderful critical acclaim with international radio play. Tom has recently performed with a diverse range of groups, including Juno winner Jayme Stone, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, The Motet, Ryan Tedder, and The New West Guitar Group. In 2012, Tom graduated from NYU, where he was an adjunct faculty member. At NYU he performed and worked with Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, and trumpet guru Laurie Frink. While in New York, Tom was also a faculty member at Douglaston School of Music and Art. As an artist continually moving forward, Tom seeks to understand a daily process that allows emotion and creativity to thrive. By dedicating himself to this, he strives to inspire students, fellow musicians, and listeners alike through his work.

Brad Goode 

Trumpeter BRAD GOODE is a unique and instantly recognizable virtuoso. Whether working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man or sideman, for 25 years he has consistently been one of the busiest performers in the United States. Brad’s jazz pedigree was established through his apprenticeship with many legends of the music. As a youngster, he toured and recorded with Von Freeman, Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Don Lanphere, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Krivda, Richie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Barrett Deems and many others.

Brad led his own combo in Chicago from 1986 until 1998, appearing at major festivals and night clubs around the world, including a twelve year  stint as leader of the house band at the famous Green Mill Jazz Club. As a Cultural Ambassador for the Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he led jazz groups on tours of Asia and the Middle East.  He was named one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s by the Chicago Tribune, who credited him as a “major catalyst in the revitalization of the Chicago jazz scene.”

In recent years, Brad has increasingly appeared as a lead trumpeter with many big bands and symphony orchestras. His 15 solo recordings can be heard on the Delmark, Sunlight, SteepleChase, and Origin labels.Mr. Goode has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory of Music, New Trier H.S., Cuyahoga Community College, The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and The University of Colorado, where he is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Studies. He makes frequent appearances as a soloist and clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S.  Brad also performs as a jazz bassist and drummer.

Daryl Gott

Daryl Gott is a Denver natve and has been playing and teaching saxophone professionally for the last six years.  Daryl is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts, Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and City College of New York.  Daryl has performed with  musicians such as Greg Gisbert, Eric Gunnison, Paul Romaine, Jon Gordon, Jason Rigby, Ethan Iverson and Danny Gottlieb.  As a graduate of CCJA, Daryl understands and values the importance of young musicians having a strong inspiring mentor.


Eric Gunnison

ERIC GUNNISON graduated from the Berklee College of Music and after playing piano for The Lettermen he was the pianist and synthesizer player for the popular vocal quartet Rare Silk. From 1986 to 1991 he toured internationally and recorded as the pianist and arranger for the legendary jazz vocalist Carmen McRae and he accompanied McRae on her tours with Dizzy Gillespie. He also played keyboards for and toured with Nelson Rangell from 1993-1996 and appeared on several recordings the saxophonist made for GRP during those years. Gunnison’s current associations include touring internationally as well as recording with the sensational vocalist Roberta Gambarini, whom he has accompanied since 2001, and, since 2005, as pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Big Band and Sextet with which he has toured the U.S., Europe and asia. He has also performed with vocalist Rene Marie and the Christian McBride Big Band among others. Fellow Denver-based artists Gunnison has worked with extensively include trumpeter Ron Miles with whom he has toured and recorded since 1997. Gunnison has also been the pianist and a composer/arranger for the cooperative band Convergence one of Denver’s leading jazz ensembles, since 1991. Gunnison has also been leading and performing his own music with Wake Up Call, a fusion-oriented quintet he formed.

Active for more than 30 years as a sideman and studio musician Gunnison has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and on the faculty of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts since 2000.

John Gunther 

John Gunther is a composer and multi-instrumentalist playing Saxophones, Clarinet, and Flute. With a restless musical spirit, he explores all forms of jazz from traditional to avant-garde as well as classical music, world music and experimental electronic music. He has performed or recorded with Dave Douglas, Ron Miles, Christian McBride, Bobby Watson, Wallace Roney, Larry Goldings,Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, Joe Williams, The Woody Herman Orchestra, and The Maria Schneider Orchestra. As part of New York city’s “downtown” music scene for many years, he produced five recordings for Creative Improvised Music Projects (CIMP) and is co-founder of the contemporary jazz ensembles, “Spooky Actions” and “Convergence.” John is an Associate Professor and director of the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received a Ph.D. from New York University. In 2007 he founded the Boulder Laptop Orchestra [BLOrk] to explore the intersection of music, performance, art, and technology. His work with BLOrk has led to further collaboration with the STEM program at CU exploring informal science education through the arts.

Greg Harris 

Multi-Instrumentalist GREG HARRIS leads the “Greg Harris Vibe Quintet,” and is a member of Bluegrass legend Pete Wernick’s Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, New World Citizen Band, 9th & Lincoln Orchestra, and SuperCollider. Among his work as a studio musician, he has released 6 albums- Cloudhouse “Nuit Blanche” Greg Harris Vibe Quintet “Open Space,” “Frames Live,” Prospector “Memory of Pilots” featuring trumpeter Ron Miles, and “World Citizen” with West African master xylophonist Aaron Bebe Sukura. The Greg Harris Vibe Quintet’s new album ‘Glass Gold’ was recently released on Dazzle Records.

Greg has a great interest in the West African Xylophone called the Gyil (pronounced JEE-lee), the national instrument of the Lobi and Dagara people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. He has performed with Baaba Maal, Aaron Bebe Sukura, SK Kakraba, as the musical director for Prudence Mabhena from Zimbabwe, and also does regular fundraising performances for the Whole Planet Foundation. He also plays an assortment of Frame Drums from around the world, exploring the Bodhran of Ireland and the Doyra of Uzbekistan.

He received an M.M. in Music Performance, Percussion at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Music Education and Music Performance Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College. He will receive his Doctorate in Jazz Studies from CU Boulder in May 2017. Greg is a private instructor, high school teacher, and freelance musician in the Denver/Boulder area and has performed nationally and internationally. Greg teaches Ethnomusicology, music theory, and as a Practicing Artist at the Denver School of the Arts and is the piano instructor at Red Rocks Community College.


Mike Marlier

MIKE MARLIER in his 22th year as the Director of Drum Set Studies at Lamont. He started playing drums at the age of five, and hasn’t stopped. A lifetime in music was established from the day he was born, as he was immersed in the jazz records his father played both at home and on the radio station where he worked. Growing up in Sandusky, Ohio, he started playing in the school band program in the fourth grade and also began studying the string bass with Lawrence Angel from the Cleveland Symphony. He won the Louis Armstrong Excellence in Jazz award his senior year in high school, and attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in 1975, where he played with Bob Hope, Maynard Ferguson and Benny Goodman. He was offered scholarships to the University of Tennessee in both percussion and string bass. After completing his studies at Bowling Green State University, he moved to Denver in 1981.

Mr. Marlier has performed and recorded with countless artists and musicians, including Dave Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Benny Golson, Bobby Shew, Rob Mullins, the Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, Lee Ritenour and Stanley Jordan. He is the staff drummer at the annual Conference on World Affairs held at CU and also at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood. He was the featured drummer at the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert presented by the Gift of Jazz in 2009 and presented a clinic and masterclass at a Gospel Chops seminar in Taipai, Taiwan in 2014. In May he was part of a musical humanitarian outreach at the Ritsona refugee camp in Greece. He maintains a vigorous recording schedule, as well as a private teaching studio, and often can be found adjudicating jazz festivals across the nation.As a teacher, he strives to share his vast playing experience with his students, creating a curriculum that is engaging and diverse.


Paul McKee 

PAUL MCKEE, newly appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone and Arranging at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1984 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings. Over the years Paul has served on the jazz faculty at schools including DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Florida State University. Paul maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and guest artist, and his arrangements and compositions have been performed by professional and academic jazz ensembles worldwide. His recording Gallery (Hallway Records) was released to critical acclaim and features performances by Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout. Paul recently appeared on the recording Back When It Was Fun with 7 on 7, a group comprised of musicians/educators from the University of Northern Colorado, the Eastman School of Music, and Middle Tennessee State University. 


Jeff Jenkins

JEFF JENKINS stays busy as a performer, composer/arranger, part-time faculty at CU Boulder, and engineer/entrepreneur (at his studio, Mile Hi Music). He has appeared with many jazz greats, including: Freddie Hubbard , Eddie Harris, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David Fathead Newman, Teddy Edwards, and Richie Cole. He attended the University of North Texas, where he led his own groups. After college he moved to New York where he studied with the likes of Richie Beirach, Kenny Barron, and Fred Hersch.


Paul Romaine 

CCJA Artistic Director and Co-Founder PAUL ROMAINE has led, recorded, or performed with countless combinations of the Denver area’s best players and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, James Moody, Larry Coryell, Gunther Schuller, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Gomez, Anita O’Day, Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Rufus Reid, and Clark Terry. Paul is also a member of the sextet Convergence, where he writes originals, has recorded five critically acclaimed CD’s, and has performed at venues such as The e Note, and The Knitting Factory, as well as on NPR’s Toast of the Nation Broadcast. Most recently, Paul and the group have collaborated with Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Houston Person, Bobby Watson, Roberta Gambarini, Rene Marie, and Jim McNeeley. Paul has also been featured on “Jazz Set” with Dee Dee Bridgewater, once with Convergence, and with Two Shirts and A Skirt. During his association with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Paul toured North America performing concerts and clinics. In between gigs, he studied jazz composition at the Lamont School of Music and, in 1991 received a degree in recording engineering from the University of Colorado. In addition to teaching at Metroolitan State University of Denver, Paul also serves on the music faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the Spring of 2005, Paul was honored to travel to Washington D.C. to receive a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.


Bob Rebholz

BOB REBHOLZ is truly a “renaissance man” of music, He is an alumnus of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with teacher certificate from the University of Wisconsin. Having mastered soprano, tenor and alto saxophone, trumpet, flute, and other woodwind instruments, he has utilized those talents with legends such as The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Peter Kater, Chris Daniels, Dianne Schuur, Sheena Easton, Nancy Wilson, Bill Conti, George Shearing, The Temptations, Four Tops, James Taylor, Suzanne Vega, Billy Eckstein, Peter Kater (7 CDs), Images (4 CDs) and dozens more!


Mark Simon

When headliners come to Colorado and need sidemen, MARK SIMON is one of the first names to be suggested by anyone who knows the local jazz scene. While he has made Denver his home, he has had many years of experience playing with top name players from all over the country. In addition to touring with Carmen McCrae, he has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, Dave Grusin, Eddie Harris, Joe Farrell, Roben Ford, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, and Regina Carter. When he isn’t glued to ESPN, Mark finds time to be a valued clinician in the Douglas County School system and various colleges and high schools around the region.


Ken Walker

KEN WALKER received his Bachelor of Art Degree in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University. Through 1985 he worked as a free-lance bassist n the Little Rock area, and in late 1985 Ken moved to Denver, where he has become one of the busiest bass players in the area. Ken is also an in demand educator/clinician, and has been a member of the Lamont School of Music faculty since 1991. He has played with a host of highly regarded musicians including Eddie Harris,Tom Harrell,Randy Brecker,Nat Adderly,Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Joe Pass, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody,Roy Hargrove, Billy Hart, Bob Berg,Benny Golson, Ravi Coltrane, Emily Remler, and Sheila Jordan. He has own sextet, whose first album Terra Firma, landed at #56 on JazzWeek’s Top 100 Jazz CDs of 2005.


Khabu Doug Young 

Khabu Doug Young, guitarist and composer, recently relocated to Boulder CO after 20 years in New York City as an active musician and teaching artist . He has toured the US, Canada, Europe, and India with renowned musicians such as Art Lande and Paul McCandless. He performed with various groups around NYC with Jacob Sacks, Slog, DYGG, ok|ok, Alec Haavik, Yoon Sun Choi’s E-String Band, New York Mandolin Ensemble, Kendra Shank, and Elliot Sharp in venues such as Sweet Rhythm, 55 Bar, The Stone, The Knitting Factory, Tonic, Barbes, Zebulon, Cornelia St Café, Bar Next Door, Bar4, Detour, and I-Beam Brooklyn. He plays major Jazz and Ukulele festivals abroad and in the US.

Khabu teaches guitar, ukulele, and improvisation for all instruments. He has held numerous workshops and clinics throughout Europe and North America, in schools such as Arizona State University (Phoenix), Bennington College (VT), California State University (Hayward), Denver University (CO), HSPVA (Houston TX), SUNY (New Paltz), University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), University of California (Santa Cruz), University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), Williams College (MA), Wichita State University (KS). Mr. Young was commissioned by the Armour Foundation to compose new works for ukulele for two consecutive years. Most recently, he was awarded a Pathways To Jazz grant through the Boulder County Arts Alliance. He is currently an adjunct professor at Naropa University.

Born in Lubbock, TX, Khabu grew up in Houston and attended the High School For The Performing And Visual Arts (HSPVA). He studied at William Paterson College (Wayne, NJ) and at Naropa University (Boulder, CO). There he soon became an adjunct faculty member and formed The Russian Dragon Band with Art Lande. In 1996 he moved to New York City and began working with artists from all disciplines: theater, dance, spoken word, film, as well as musicians of many styles. His discography includes over 20 recordings.

Ashlee Varner – Jazz Arts