Keystone College To Host Jazz Institute

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Published: July 30, 2015
Keystone College is accepting registrations for the seventh annual Jazz Institute at Keystone College Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Jazz Institute, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, will offer an opportunity for local musicians of all ages to study and perform with several of Northeast Pennsylvania’s and New York’s finest touring and recording jazz artists. Participants will gain experience in the varied styles of music they will create and perform in their future musical careers.

Following the week-long educational event, participants will perform as a group at the Scranton Jazz Festival, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 14-16 in downtown Scranton. Participants in this year’s Jazz Institute will have the option of residing on Keystone’s campus during the weeklong program. For more information on the Jazz Institute, call 570-945-8580 or visit

Faculty members include well-known jazz musicians James Buckley (jazz history and theory), Tom Hamilton (saxophone and woodwinds), Marko Marcinko (drums and jazz piano), Tony Marino (acoustic and electric bass), Eddie Severn (jazz trumpet and brass) and Bill Washer (jazz guitar).

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Buckley has been part of the local and regional jazz scene for over 40 years. He has toured with Phil Woods, George Young, Lew Delgato and many other jazz greats. He has also served as an adjunct professor of jazz history at the University of Scranton.

Hamilton has performed and toured extensively with many jazz greats including Natalie Cole. Phil Woods, Machito and Dizzy Gilespie. He conducts workshops in high schools and colleges and has taught privately for close to 30 years.

Marcinko, founder of the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, has helped create events such as The Scranton Jazz Festival. Marcinko has performed and toured with jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Red Rodney, Paquito D’Rivera and, for the past 11 years, Dave Liebman.

A native of Scranton, Marino has performed and toured with the jazz greats such as Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, Jimmy Cobb, George Young, Betty Buckley and Dave Liebman. Tom has also served as an educator at the University of the Arts.

Severn has performed in a wide variety of musical situations from jazz to classical to rock. His performing career spans more than 20 years, and he was lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Washer has been part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania jazz scene for more than 20 years. He has toured and recorded with such legends as Gato Barbieri, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minelli, Asford and Simpson and Michael Brecker. Bill is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and is a professor at Moravian College and Muhlenberg University.

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