2016 Biographies — Jazz

Clipper Anderson

Clipper Anderson

Jazz Bass

Known for his improvisational virtuosity, his steady presence in the pocket and his command of multiple styles, Clipper is one of the most highly regarded musicians on the Northwest jazz scene today. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. Clipper works out of Seattle, WA and is presently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.


Robert Baca

Robert Baca

Trumpet

Robert Baca is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, which was recently cited in the New York Times as "one of the most well-regarded jazz studies programs in the country.” In addition to conducting several all state jazz ensembles, Robert recently conducted the National High School Honors Jazz Ensemble for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at their national convention in Nashville, Tennessee. He has also served as a faculty member of Conn-Selmer Institute, as well as a past executive board member for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) as the United States Representative. Robert has countless performances in both classical and commercial areas including the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the Phillip Brunelle “Plymouth Music Series Orchestra" as well as a past member of the popular radio ensemble for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” He has toured with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Blood Sweat and Tears and numerous others as well as performing over one hundred and fifty Broadway shows and hundreds of recording sessions in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Chicago. As a soloist, Robert has performed in China, London, Costa Rica and Europe as well as the United States. He loves to help any age student reach their whole potential. His is happily married to wife Jodie and has two children, Alec and Nicole and a dog named Chew.


Darin Clendenin

Darin Clendenin

Jazz Piano

Darin Clendenin is recognized as one of the Northwest’s finest pianist and keyboard artists. Fluent in numerous styles of music, his stylish interpretations of everything from old classics to jazz standards, from classical to modern works enchant audiences everywhere. His performances, as well as his arranging and composing talents, are sought after for their artistry as well as their magical innovative mix of styles.


Zach Compston

Zach Compston

Drums

Zach Compston is a highly regarded drummer, percussionist and music educator, known for his passion and experience in many avenues of the music world. From many styles of drum set playing, to orchestral and world percussion performance as well as a wide array of teaching credits, Zach has been steadily establishing himself as a versatile figure in many musical arenas. He is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Music, and is a 2010 graduate of Capital University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Zach is currently the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, America's oldest non-profit organization dedicated to jazz.


Greta Matassa

Greta Matassa

Vocal Jazz

Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today. She has been voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years!. Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle's Jazz stages for many years and with her recent successful dates at New York's Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, tours of Russia, Singapore and Hawaii and Japan, Greta's sound is now reaching new audiences. Greta has released seven CD's on the respected jazz label Origin Records and a DVD live concert with guitarist Mimi Fox. Her latest cd "I Wanna be Loved" Resonance Records was critically acclaimed. Greta is also a respected and generous teacher. She has been on faculty at Jazz Camp West, Drayton Harbor Jazz Festival and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She has a thriving private teaching practice and is releasing an instructional e-book in 2014 and new CD is coming in 2015.


Thank you to our sponsors!