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Stony Brook University-Jazz Loft Pre College Program hosted legendary bassist and educator Todd Coolman in a masterclass/workshop

This past Saturday the Stony Brook University-Jazz Loft Pre College Program hosted legendary bassist and educator Todd Coolman in a masterclass/workshop forum. Sponsored by David Knishkowy and Judy Greiman  our students enjoyed an inspiring day which focused on improvisation, group dynamics, performance techniques, and lively and engaging discussion fueled by Mr. Coolman's extensive and inspiring career. Pre-College faculty Dr. Thomas Manuel and Chris Donohue were on hand to collaborate and the day also welcomed fellow performer/educator Dr. Peter Coco, (SBU alumni and Hofstra University faculty member) as well as parents and community members. 

Richard DeRosa

Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Educator

Grammy-nominated composer Richard DeRosa is currently the Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas and the Artistic Director for American Jazz Venues (AJV). Since 2012 he has conducted and arranged for the prestigious WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and served as the band’s chief conductor from 2014-2016.

Throughout his career, his compositions and arrangements have encompassed a vast variety of writing styles which have been heard on stages and in venues around the world, on television and in film, on and off Broadway, in videos, audio books and numerous CD recordings. “Neil”, his original work for big band garnered a 2016 Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental Composition” and is featured on Lab 2015 recorded by the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. In addition to his commissioned work writing and conducting and his teaching at University of North Texas, DeRosa is a published author and remains active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest lecturer.

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