Jeff Campbell, bass, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department at Eastman School of Music, where he teaches jazz bass, jazz history, jazz theory and aural skills, and small group performance.  Jeff holds degrees in double bass performance and music education from Brigham Young University (BM) and the Eastman School of Music (MM, DMA).  As a jazz bassist, he maintains an active schedule performing with Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on Marian McPartlandŐs Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio.  He is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed at The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as prestigious European musical events such as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga and Parnu Jazz Festivals and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics.  In the summer he serves as the program director for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin.  He has recorded CDs with Rod Blumenau and other groups including his own Jeff Campbell Trio.

 

Gabe Condon is a nationally acclaimed guitarist, vocalist, composer, and educator.  He is a Penfield, NY native who graduated from Eastman School of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar, and in 2015 with a Master's of Music in Jazz Composition.  He received a national DownBeat magazine award in 2010 as "outstanding soloist".  In 2014 he took first place in the Wilson Center International Guitar Competition in the jazz category.  He was awarded his fourth national DownBeat award for the 2015 "Best Studio Orchestra Arrangement".  Currently Gabe is an artist-instructor for the Broome-Tioga BOCES Arts in Education Program and teaches jazz and guitar at Opus Ithaca in Ithaca, New York, where he now resides.  He is also musical director at All Saints Parish in Corning.  Gabe released his debut jazz album "I've Never Been In Love Before" at the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival to rave reviews.  He has just completed a series of recordings with his new funk band in New York City.  To find out more about Gabe and his activities, go to www.gabecondon.com.

 

Brad Paxton, drums, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and is a retired Kodak scientist and business exec who became GM & VP of the Electronic Photography Division.  He now spends his days as Chairman and Co-Founder of his own consulting company, Advanced Document Imaging, providing specialized expertise to the U.S. Census Bureau, the IRS, and the U.S. Army.  He does not let his education or his analytical intellect interfere with his incredibly soulful and swinging drumming, and he also plays the heck out of a real musical instrument, the vibes.  On drums, Brad has propelled the bands of J.R. Monterose, Jack Maheu, George Giroux, Wild Bill Davison, Della Reese, Teddi King and Monty Alexander, among others.

 

Doug Stone, saxophone, is the jazz band director at the Rochester School of the Arts (SOTA).  He also chairs the jazz department at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS). As an ECMS faculty member he teaches jazz saxophone lessons and directs the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Mr. Stone holds a bachelors degree in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University and masters degrees in jazz and contemporary media and music education from the Eastman School of Music. He toured with Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau, and legendary jazz trombonist/ arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer said of Mr. Stone, "I wouldn't hire him, I'd kidnap him!"  Mr. Stone has several recordings available on www.cdbaby.com including "Quartet" by the Nick Fryer/Doug Stone Quartet, "In the Zone" by the Stone/Ziemba Duo, and "Voyage to Ornoc" from the band Quintopus.  He is also a composer and was commissioned to write the 2012 Illinois Music Educators Association Jazz Division audition piece, entitled "Boppin' To P-Town" (Swingin' to Peoria).  He appears frequently with several groups at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  During the summers Mr. Stone teaches at the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies program and the Tritone Jazz Camp. 

 

Rod Blumenau began studying piano before the age of 5 from his grandmother, a piano teacher.  He started clarinet at 8 and saxophone at 11.  Rod also displayed an aptitude for math, and received his BachelorŐs degree in Electrical Engineering and MasterŐs of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He enjoyed a 32-year career with Eastman Kodak while continuing to perform music as an avocation.  Rod has performed with Andre Kostelanetz, Henry Mancini, Clark Terry, Cab Calloway, Mel Torme, Regina Carter, Gene Bertoncini, Kevin Mahogany, Terell Stafford, Russell Malone, Stefon Harris, Tia Fuller, Tamir Hendelman, Darmon Meader, Eddie Daniels and other notables.  Today Rod arranges vocal, jazz band, and orchestral music for students, teaches at a summer jazz camp for adults, plays nightclubs and jazz concerts, and is a first-call sideman in the upstate New York area.  He has recorded several CDs.  More information, including his upcoming performance schedule, can be found online at http://www.RodBJazz.com.