Jazz I Faculty Biographies

2017 faculty is listed below. List will grow throughout the Spring with more faculty updates!

2014 Jazz I Faculty

Jeff Campbell

Jeff CampbellProgram Director; Academy Band Director; Bass, Rochester, N.Y.
2017 marks Jeff Campbell’s 29th year at Birch Creek and his 20th as Jazz Program Director. Mr. Campbell is an Associate Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Campbell has carved out an impressive career as bass player of extraordinary artistry, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. As a jazz bassist, he performs with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland's Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. In high demand across the globe, Jeff has performed at such prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu jazz festivals and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics. Additionally, Jeff is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section. Mr. Campbell has numerous CDs to his credit.
Web site: Jeff Campbell

José Encarnación

Jose EncarnacionAdvanced Combo Director (Ambassadors), Appleton, Wis.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, José currently is a faculty member at the Lawrence Conservatory of music where he coordinates the jazz performance program, leads jazz improvisation classes, jazz combos and teaches jazz saxophone. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Eastman School of Music where he served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone. Among many others, José has performed with Tito Puente, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Danilo Perez.
Web site: José Encarnacion


Larry Brown

Larry Brown
Guitar, DeKalb, Ill.
National recording artist, educator, entrepreneur, and writer, Larry brown Jr. is paving his way as a rising star in jazz. Graduating with his Masters in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University, he is considered a standout composer and future torchbearer for jazz.


Scott Burns

Birch Creek faculty member Scott Burns, tenor saxophoneTenor Saxophone, Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Burns is currently a faculty member at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, where his collective duties include jazz ensemble director, applied saxophone instructor, jazz combo coach, jazz history lecturer, and woodwind coordinator.  A native of Dayton, OH, Mr. Burns holds degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and DePaul University (M.M.).  As a leader of his own groups or as an in-demand sideman with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and many other projects, he is frequently heard performing in greater Chicago’s leading jazz venues.  Scott has performed alongside several international jazz artists, including McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, David Hazeltine, Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, and Harry Connick Jr.  His latest recording, Passages (Origin Records), features his original compositions and received critical acclaim across the nation.
Web page: http://scottburnsjazz.com/


Bob Chmel

Bob ChmelDrum Set, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mr. Chmel graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in education and a M.A. in performance. Mr. Chmel was awarded Alumni of the Year by Kent State in 2003. He is currently performing with Frank Sinatra Jr., Jerry Lewis and Nevada Pops.  This is Mr. Chmel’s 25th year at Birch Creek.



Tom Garling

Tom GarlingTrombone, Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Garling toured with Buddy Rich at the age of twenty. He currently teaches at Elmhurst College, Roosevelt University and Northern Illinois University. He performs with numerous jazz groups including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr. and the Chicago Yestet.
Web page: http://www.tomgarling.com



Joey Tartell

Joey TartellTrumpet, Bloomington, Ind.
Mr. Tartell is Associate Professor of Music at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He is currently performing with Tromba Mundi, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. This is Mr. Tartell’s 17th year at Birch Creek. Web page: http://joeytartell.com/