Jazz II Faculty Biographies

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

2012 Jazz II Faculty


Jeff Campbell

http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/campbell_jeffrey/Program Director; Academy Band Director; Bass, Rochester, N.Y.
2016 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: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/campbell_jeffrey/

David Bixler

David BixlerAlto Saxophone, Bowling Green, Ohio
Mr. Bixler has performed and toured with the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Duke Ellington and Bobby Sanabria. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Grammy-nominated Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is Director of Jazz Activities at Bowling Green State University. His latest recording is “The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head.” 2013 marks Mr. Bixler’s 15th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: www.davidbixler.com/


Tanya Darby

Tanya DarbyTrumpet, New Brunswick, N.J.
Ms. Darby earned her bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and her master’s degree at Rutgers University. She has performed with such artists as Bill Cosby, Frank Foster, Gladys Knight and the Count Basie Orchestra among many others. She has performed with Aretha Franklin as part of the Arista Records Twenty-Five Year Anniversary Special on NBC. Ms. Ms. Darby is currently an instructor and supervisor for the New York Pops Salute to Music, Create a Symphony, and Rhythm Rhyme and Rap education programs and maintains a studio of private students.
Web site: http://www.divajazz.com/personnel/tanya.html


Clay Jenkins

Clay JenkinsTrumpet, Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Jenkins earned his master’s degree jazz studies from the University of Southern California. He has taught at many schools including the Foundation for the Junior Blind, the University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge and the California Institute of Arts. He has performed and presented at clinics all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia and South Africa. He currently is Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music. He performs with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Joe La Barbera Quintet, Trio East and the Eastman Jazz Quartet. This is Mr. Jenkins’ 13th year at Birch Creek.


Rick Haydon

Rick HaydonGuitar, Edwardsville, Ill.
Mr. Haydon is Director of the Jazz Studies program, Professor of Music and Head of the guitar program and the recording studio at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Mr. Haydon is a faculty member of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy. He has numerous CDs to his credit.
Web site: http://www.rickhaydon.com/



Clarence Hines

Clarence HinesTrombone, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dr. Hines is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where he teaches arranging and trombone. Dr. Hines has appeared in festivals including recently the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival and Jacksonville Jazz Festival. He has performed with Diane Schuur, Maceo Parker, David Sanborn and other artists. This is Mr. Hines’ 9th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: http://www.clarencehines.com/


Steve Horne

Steve HorneTrombone, Glenview, Ill.
Mr. Horne spent 15 years in Las Vegas, Nev. performing with a wide array of nationally acclaimed stars and personalities including Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and many others. He now freelances in the Chicago area. He serves as a clinician and adjudicator and maintains a private studio. He has numerous recordings to his credit. This is Mr. Horne’s 15th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: http://www.acmebone.com/


Doug Stone

Doug StoneTenor Saxophone, Rochester, N.Y.
Saxophonist and educator Doug Stone directs the Middle School Jazz Band, 9th and 10th Grade Jazz Band, Senior High Jazz Ensemble, and chamber jazz ensembles at the School of the Arts (SOTA) in Rochester, New York.  He also serves as chair of the jazz department at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS).  He performs in Rochester with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Westview Project, Jeff Campbell, Rich Thompson, and other talented local jazz artists.