Faculty

Faculty Clinicians & Guest Artists

Mimi FoxMimi Fox
Born in New York City, Fox started playing drums at nine and guitar when she was ten. She was inspired by the wide variety of music enjoyed by her family - show tunes, classical, Dixieland, Motown - and her own youthful inclination towards pop, folk, and R&B. When she was fourteen, she bought her first jazz album. That album, John Coltrane's classic Giant Steps, changed the course of her musical life. She began touring right out of high school and eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay area where she became a sought after player. 

As a composer, Mimi has written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films and dance projects while receiving grants from prestigious funders such as Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council. Mimi has received repeated grants from the William James Association/California Arts Council to give concerts and workshops in California prisons as part of the highly successful Arts In Correction program. She has also appeared on numerous television shows such as "BET on Jazz" and has been a guest on many radio shows, including Marian McPartland's NPR program, "Piano Jazz"

As a devoted educator and clinician, Mimi has taught master classes worldwide while serving as head of the guitar program at the Jazz School in Berkeley and Adjunct Professor at New York University. In 2005, Mimi received an award from the International Association Of Jazz Educators for outstanding service to jazz education. She has published several popular instructional books and interactive CD-Roms for Mel Bay Publications and True Fire. 

Website: http://mimifoxjazzguitar.com/

 


Stefon Harris

Lewis Nash

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis Nash developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age ten. By the time he was 21 Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city. His impressive discography includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, John Lewis, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove. Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, George Michael and Willie Nelson, and has played on 10 Grammy winning recordings. In January 2017, Nash joined the faculty of Arizona State University's School of Music as Professor of Practice in the department of jazz studies. He is also Artist-in-Residence for the Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program at University of the Pacific.

Website: http://www.lewisnash.com/

 


 Edward Simon

Edward Simon
Venezuelan pianist and composer, Edward Simon, currently performs with the SFJazz Collective, and the Edward Simon Trio.  Simon is considered one of the strongest pianist on the jazz scene, part of a new generation of "multilingual" musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz and Latin-American music and who has garnered a unique voice both as composer and instrumentalist. Simon is currently Visiting Jazz Artist at Western Michigan University and is a 2014 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grantee and will be creating a series of pieces titled House Numbers.

Website: http://www.edwardsimon.com/