Click on a staff member to read their bio.
- Edward “Kidd” Jordan
- Germaine Bazzle
- Jonathan Bloom, Sr.
- Alonzo Bowen Jr.
- Maynard Chatters
- Peter Cho
- Roger Dickerson Sr.
- Gary Hullette
- Herman Jackson
- Kent Jordan
- Marlon Jordan
- Rachel Jordan
- Darrell Lavigne
- Brian Quezerque
Jazz Camp Alumni Instructors
Edward “Kidd” Jordan
Mr. Jordan serves as the Jazz Camp’s artistic director and curriculum coordinator. He is a retired Professor of Music/Director of Band and Jazz Studies at Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO). Known as the dean of New Orleans avante garde jazz, Kidd travels the world with internationally known avante garde artists mesmerizing people with his saxophone. His credits include playing with Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and many others. In 1984 Kidd was bestowed Knighthood (Chevalier) of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government for his incredible contribution to jazz and for his interest in preserving Zydeco music among the people of rural Louisiana. Kidd has spent his entire life teaching young people. Over his fifty plus years of teaching his former students include Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Donald Harrison Jr., Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many other internationally acclaimed musicians.
Germaine Bazzle, vocal music
Is the camp’s vocal music teacher. A New Orleans native and choral music instructor at Xavier Preparatory High School, Germaine is known as the “First Lady of Jazz” in New Orleans. Ms. Bazzle is not just a jazz vocalist, she is a musician. Having began her jazz career as a bassist her knowledge and feel of the music makes her one of the most sought after New Orleans contemporary jazz vocalists. It’s in her sense of timing, her scatting, her range, her swing, her blood. Germaine received the Big Easy Award for Best Female Performer four times (’90, ’92, ’93, and ‘94).
Jonathan Bloom, Sr., percussion
Serves as the percussion instructor as well as camp coordinator. He is one of the finest percussionists to come out of New Orleans. Jonathan has shared his talent with others through his teaching career, which started in 1982. He is an instructor at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage School of Music, where he has conducted workshops with other distinguished musicians such as Doc Cheatham, Wynton & Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and Alvin Batiste. Jonathan has a degree in Arts Administration and now serves as the Education Coordinator for the Theolonius Monk Institute of Jazz housed at Loyola University, New Orleans.
Alonzo Bowen Jr., woodwinds
Mr Bowen is the camp’s woodwind instructor and is one of New Orleans best band directors and instrumental music teachers. Alonzo received his bachelor degree in Music Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge and his Masters in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. His school bands have received numerous honors in both state and national competitions. He has been performing professionally in various genres for the past 34 years and has shared the bandstand with many national and local musicians to include Ellis, Delfeayo and Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John and others. He received the “Music of the Heart” award for outstanding achievement in education.
Maynard Chatters, trombones
Maynard is a well known professor of music at Dillard University in New Orleans where he teaches privately and leads the Dillard University Jazz Ensemble. Maynard’s enthusiasm for teaching is reflected in the impact he has on the dozens of music students that pass through his classroom every year. Besides being a wonderful educator, Maynard is an exceptional trombonist. Musicians look forward to performing with Maynard and he is always a crowd pleaser. We can all be assured that the long history of New Orleans trombone playing is safe in the hands of Maynard Chatters.
Peter Cho, Piano
Is one of the camp’s piano instructors and presently serves as Chair of the College of Humanities at Delgado Community College, a promotion from his previous position of Music Department Chair at Delgado for 10 years. A graduate of Loyola University, he is one of the most sought after pianists in New Orleans. He has performed for President Bill Clinton, worked with actor/director Clint Eastwood, and served as the Musical Ambassador for New Orleans to the island of Aruba. Peter performs with many New Orleans Latin, R&B and Jazz Bands and is a regular member of the James Rivers Movement. Peter has shared the stage with Tito Puente, John Fedchock, Rick Margitza and many others.
Roger Dickerson Sr., music composition
Serving as the music composition teacher Mr. Dickerson brings a vast knowledge and practical artistic experience to the program as a classical composer with roots in jazz. He is a retired Professor of Music at Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) where he served as the University Choir Director and Music Coordinator. On top of Mr. Dickerson’s many accomplishments he has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and has had works commissioned and performed by the Rockefeller Foundation and the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra amongst others. Dickerson studied composition on a Fulbright Fellowship at the Akademic fur Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Gary Hullette, guitar
Gary Hullette serves as the camp’s guitar instructor. He primarily performed in Las Vegas, where he is a member of Local 369. Gary was on call for many of the big name shows such as Liberace, Ronnie Kole and Mitzi Gaynor. Hullette’s recordings and original soundtracks are featured in motion pictures such as “The Pelican Brief”, “Forgotten on the Bayou” as well as New Orleans commercials such as “Copelands Restaurants.” Hullette has shared the stage with artists such as with Steve Allen, Rita Moreno, Debby Boone, and both Harry Connick Sr. and Jr. He was the featured Jazz soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Summer Pops under the direction of Albert Coleman. Hullette released a CD on Louisiana Red Hot Records, “Dreams Do Come True” which has received rave reviews around the country, and is the jazz rotation on Sirius Satellite radio. He has been actively teaching guitar to students in the New Orleans area for the last 36 years. He has also taught at the University of Mississippi at Columbus under the direction of Dr. Rick Montalto.
Herman Jackson, drums
Herman is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who received his education at Southern University majoring in Jazz Studies under the direction of Alvin Batiste. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. Jackson has performed and/or recorded with Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderly, Red Norvc, Al Green, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Joe Tex, B. B. King, Joe Sample, Willie Nelson, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Professor Longhair, Rufus Reid and many others. He has appeared on a number of televison shows including Lou Rawls Telethon, Austin city Limits and the Conan O’Brien Show to name a few. Jackson has been the receipient of many awards that began in 1972 and 1973, voted most outstanding collegiate drummer at the National Jazz Festival in Mobile, Alabama. The National Endowment for the arts awarded him three travel study grants to the Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently serves as head of the Percussion Department and Assistant Jazz Band Director at Southern University of Baton Rouge, LA. He also just finished an album with his brother, Randy Jackson of “American Idol”, entitled “Randy Jackson’s Music Club”.
Kent Jordan, flute & large ensembles
Teaches the big band and flute curriculums at Jazz Camp. Mr. Jordan presently heads the music department at Lusher Charter School, an arts intensive program in New Orleans, as well as instructs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage School of Music. As former Chair of the Music Department at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) Mr. Jordan has cultivated many students such as: Christian Scott, Troy Andrews, and Devin Phillips. As a performer Mr. Jordan has released three albums under the Columbia label and has performed and recorded as a sideman with the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. This accomplished flautist has been performing professionally since 1969, when he was a soloist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jordan is currently an Oasis Records recording artist.
Marlon Jordan, trumpet
Trumpeter Marlon Jordan was one of the “Young Jazz Lions” who were signed, recorded and promoted on major record labels in the 1980s. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Marlon often serves as an instructor for the Baptiste School of Music and has taught at the Don Jamison School of Music. An accomplished classical musician, Jordan has performed with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Marlon recorded three LPs for Columbia and one recording on the Arabesque label. Following the release of his debut works, he took his quintet on the road joining Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and George Benson on the JVC Festival lineup. Marlon tours Brazil and Europe regularly representing the City of New Orleans and the US in 2005 on a State Department tour to Bucharest, Germany, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Rachel Jordan, Strings
Rachel Jordan is a Professor of Violin at Jackson State University, a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra In Houston, Texas, and a member of the Carter Quartet at Loyola University in New Orleans, has served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University, Southern University, and Dillard University in New Orleans. While at Dillard University, Rachel Jordan started the Jesse Dent Recital series, which features African American Musicians performing classical music. She also produces an annual fully staged Jazz concert with strings, entitled “Stephanie with Strings.” Ms. Jordan was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans for 12 years. She received both her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she studied with Berl Senofsky. Rachel has been a featured performer in numerous solo recitals, most notable the Kennedy Center, the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the Music Center of Houston, the Mozart Festival in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Ms Jordan performed, “The Lark Ascending” with Jackson State University Orchestra for the Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ceremony of President Barack Obama. Ms. Jordan is the camp’s string instructor.
Darrell Lavigne, piano
Is one of New Orleans’ most sought after pianists. He has performed with Hugh Masekela, Kirk Whalum, Bill Summers, Kidd Jordan, Kent Jordan and Alvin Batiste to name a few. Darrell composes and arranges music for some of New Orleans’ leading jazz and pop artists. As a music composition major at Xavier University of New Orleans, Darrell studied under the tutelage of symphonic composer Roger Dickerson. In 2002 Darrell was selected best contemporary pianist and jazz-all star by New Orleans Magazine. He is respected as a pianist/multi-keyboardist and continues to compose and produce for a number of artists. Mr. Lavigne also has composes music for commercials and film. He has been a faculty member of Jazz Camp since 2000 and has performed numerous jazz awareness and Arts in Education Workshops.
Brian Quezerque, bass
Received his B.A. in instrumental music education from Southern University at New Orleans in 2003. Upon graduation he began his teaching career in the public schools of New Orleans. He is currently a faculty member at Audubon Charter School. Brian is the son of New Orleans composer/arranger Wardell Quezerque and performs a variety of music genres. He has performed with the likes of the Wild Magnolias, Kidd Jordan, the late Alvin Batiste, Clyde Kerr Jr. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and many others. Brian has been involved in Jazz Camp since its inception. In 1995 he enrolled as a student and in 2004 became the first alumni to join the camp’s faculty as the bass instructor.
Jazz Camp Alumni Instructors
Gregory Agid, clarinet
Gregory received his Bachelors in Music Business from Loyola University New Orleans. His interest in Jazz was developed at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp in 2000 where his interest in pursuing music professionally was created, as well. Agid studied with Alvin Batiste at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and received personal instructions from the Jazz icon, as well. Upon graduating from Loyola, Gregory served as Band Director of Kipp Central City Charter School. He gives private lessons and regularly performs with his own group and as a sideman specializing in clarinets and saxophones.
Courtney Bryan, music composition
Calvin Johnson, woodwinds & administration
Calvin Johnson’s entry into music comes from generations of musicians from both sides of his family. Calvin has performed, recorded and toured with a number of noted artists – Aaron Neville, Ellis Marsalis, Bob French, Alvin Batiste, Clark Terry, Chico Hamilton, Jon Faddis, Kidd Jordan, Bobby Sanabria, Irvin Mayfield, Rebirth Brass Band, New Birth Brass Band, Hot Eight Brass Band and others. He maintains a music career in traditional, contemporary, Brass Band and avante garde Jazz as well as funk and hip hop music genres and styles. Calvin regularly serves as a clinician and leads music workshops in public schools. Serving as managing director of his non-profit performing arts company, he has produced and presented various concerts and plays. An alumnus of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Calvin is currently pursuing a degree in business from the University of New Orleans.
Serves as the director of Mickey D and Friends, a group of dancers and musicians that explores and performs the interlocking relationship between music and dance. This group has toured the Tri-state area theatres, schools, and community centers since 1985. In 1993 Ms. Davidson began leading the “Okra Dance Co.”, founded by the late Phillip Bond. Mickey D does numerous residencies in schools (PreK-12) and taught Jazz dance and Tap as an Artist in Residence at Wesleyan University for seventeen years. Mickey Davidson’s performing and touring experiences include affiliations with Dianne McIntyre, Norma Miller, Charles “Cookie” Cook (Tap dancer), jazz artists Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Jeanne Lee, Newman Baker, Frank Owens and Oliver Lake to name a few.
Musical experiences include writing and arranging music for New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center; Intern/Assistant to Executive Vice President and Head of A&R, Sony Columbia Jazz; and performances with the Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, and Kermit Ruffins. In 2005 he was featured as a member of the legendary Ray Charles Septet in the Academy Award winning motion picture Ray starring Jamie Foxx. He is currently Director of the Institute of Jazz, Culture in the Music Department at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Has been a musician for nearly 40 years. The co-founder of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has performed, arranged and/or recorded with: Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, John Lee Hooker, Elvis Costello, and Norah Jones. Mr. Davis is currently the Contemporary Jazz Coordinator and Educational Programs Director for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a Booking Manager for Festival Productions, Inc., and an adjunct faculty member in Loyola University’s College of Music and Fine Arts.
Is a musician, educator, composer and record producer. He currently teaches at the University of New Orleans, Loyola University and the National Guitar Workshop. Brian also does graphic design, web site creation and Perl scripting. Dubbed as one of New Orleans’ best guitarist, Brian was selected by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Jazz All-Stars.”
- Alvin Batiste (deceased founding faculty member)
- Alvin Fielder
- Herlin Riley