Musical excellence and an unyielding commitment to teaching are the hallmarks of the LIU Brooklyn music faculty. Our dedicated faculty is comprised of experienced performers and teachers who have established themselves as some of the finest musicians on today’s music scene, capable of bringing that professional experience into a classroom setting.
Eddie Allen (trumpet)
Eddie Allen teaches trumpet at LIU Brooklyn. He received his B.M. in Jazz Studies at William Paterson University. He is also a composer, arranger, and author. Since his arrival on the New York scene he's worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre.
He's currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band which not only plays his compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band. Eddie Allen continues to work as a freelance musician and clinician.
Dwayne Broadnax (drums)
Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax teaches drums and percussion LIU Brooklyn. He received his B.A. in Performance (Jazz) from Berklee College of Music. He currently works with the jazz vocalist Little Jimmy Scott. He has also played with such artists as Kevin Eubanks, Johnny Copeland, Savion Glover, Eartha Kitt, Rachell Ferrell and tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacket to name a few. Mr. Broadnax has recorded with the great actress/model/singer Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Scott, Vanessa Rubin and Johnny Copelan. Mr. Broadnax has performed in the block buster hit movie Malcom X by Spike Lee.
Dr. Gloria Cooper (vocal instruction and director of the vocal jazz ensemble and chorus)
Gloria Cooper is Associate Professor of Music at LIU Brooklyn, New York. She holds her Ed.D. in Music and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Cooper teaches voice, music business, music education methods, directs the LIU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and LIU Chorus. She has performed as a pianist and singer throughout the United States, Europe, South Africa, and Japan in a variety of settings with such artists as Eddie Harris, Gloria Lynne, David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie Henderson, and Jimmy Witherspoon. She has released two CDs, Day By Day (GAC Music) and Dedicated To You (Origin Records). In addition, she has also published two books with Second Floor Music, Jazz Phrasing: A Workshop for the Jazz Vocalist and Sing Jazz! She grew up in Missouri and completed her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Missouri. Prior to moving to New York she performed in numerous venues in San Francisco, California including the Jazz Workshop. Cooper has performed in New York City in various locations such as The Blue Note, Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, and the Renaissance Hotel. Dr. Cooper has taught numerous master classes in the United States, Japan, Europe, and South Africa, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in Spring, 2008 and 2010.
Carlo DeRosa (bass and ensemble instructor)
Carlo DeRosa teaches bass and theory at LIU Brooklyn. He received his M.M. in Performance (Jazz) from the Manhattan School of Music. Since then, he has worked with many great artists in the jazz and Latin musical worlds such as Ray Barretto, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Valentin, John Faddis, Yo-Yo Ma, Jack DeJohnette, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Bruce Barth, John Scofield, and the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He collaborates and performs with many other great artists including: Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Amir ElSaffar, Nasheet Waits, and Tyshawn Sorey. Since earning his masters degree at Manhattan School of Music he has developed teaching affiliations with the Drummers Collective, National Guitar Workshop, Henry Street Settlement.
Jan Eric Douglas (voice)
Jan Eric Douglas has taught Singing and Musical Theater classes at Strasberg since 1988. He has also held positions on the faculties of Teachers College of Columbia University, New York University, Hunter College and currently, LIU. Courses taught at the college and university level include vocal pedagogy and repertoire as well as individual voice instruction. He earned the degree Doctor of Music from Florida State University. Jan maintains a private studio in New York City. His students have appeared on Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera and in opera and musical theater productions throughout America. He is a former president of both the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New York Singing Teachers’ Association. In 1999 he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing and served for 6 years as its Chair. Performance credits include recital, opera and oratorio. He has had articles published in The Journal of Singing and has presented at NATS national convention and workshops.
Joseph S. Kaminsky (music history and ethnomusicology)
Dr. Joseph S. Kaminski is a lecturer of music history and ethnomusicology at LIU Brooklyn. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from Kent State University and studied the performance of the ivory horn and wooden trumpets in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. He received his M.M. Performance (Trumpet) from Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Kaminski is also a freelance trumpeter in New York City and has been playing with brass quintets and quartets for over thirty years. His arrangements come from much experience. He is the leader of The Eastern Tower Brass, a brass quintet devoted to Baroque and Classical literature. He is also the principal trumpeter of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in Connecticut. In addition, he has toured internationally with Buddy Rich, Gloria Gaynor, and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra.
Teuta Karahoda (classical piano)
Professor Teuta Karahoda teaches classical piano at LIU Brooklyn. She received her B.A. in Classical Piano at the University of Prishtina (Kosova). She also studied at the Moscow conservatory as a Stazhor. Some of her former teachers include Evgenij Koroliov, Ivetta Dimcevska, Larissa Kritskaya, Vladimir Natanson, Aleksander Malkus, and Chaim Freiberg. After her studies, Mr. Ksrahoda performed as a solo pianist and accompanist throughout the former Yugoslavia, Germany, France, Russia, Albania and the United States of America. In 1990 she moved to New York where she worked as an accompanist at the Lucy Moses School of Music.
Greg Lewis (organ and jazz piano)
Greg Lewis teaches piano and organ at Long Island Univeristy’s Brooklyn Campus. This New York native, keyboardist is a highly accomplished mainstay on the city's jazz, blues and funk scenes, who has earned a solid reputation for his versatile work around town in a vast variety of settings, steps out front for the first time on his debut CD, Organ Monk. Lewis' sensitive and soulful keyboard playing has made him a favorite among some of the music's finest vocalists - including blues queen Sweet Georgia Brown, jazz and soul songstress, Lezlie Harrison and ex-Brooklyn Funk Essentials singer / songwriter Stephanie McKay -- and earned him a featured role on saxophonist Sam Newsome's Groove Project recording 24/7. Now on Organ Monk the spotlight is finally shined on his enormous talents as the leader of his own all-star trio featuring multitalented guitarist Ron Jackson and drummer extraordinaire Cindy Blackman.
Sam Newsome (saxophone, and director of the jazz ensemble)
Sam Newsome teaches saxophone, jazz theory and directs the jazz ensemble LIU Brooklyn. He received his B.A. in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music and his M.M. in Jazz Performance from Purchase College (SUNY). He is one of today’s leading soprano saxophonists who has toured and recorded with Leon Parker, Jean Michel Pilc, John Scofield, Ralph Peterson Jr., Terence Blanchard and many others. He has appeared in the Downbeat Critics Polls for the past eight years in the Rising Star/Soprano Saxophone category. He has received numerous grants as a composer, appeared on over 40 recordings as a sideman, and has released nine CDs as a leader. His most recent CD, Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone was named one of the top CDs of 2010 by All About Jazz – New York, also receiving stellar reviews by NPR and Downbeat magazine.
JC Sanford (trombone, arranging and theory)
Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford teaches brass and jazz theory LIU Brooklyn. He has performed with artists such as
Matt Wilson, Danilo Perez, and John McNeil. His works have been performed by
John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Dave Liebman, Ingrid Jensen, and Andrew Russo.
His jazz orchestra Sound Assembly¹s CD Edge of the Mind received many
accolades including CD Baby¹s Top 10 Jazz Records of 2009. JC also conducts
the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber
Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane
and Jack DeJohnette.
Ken Wessel (guitar)
Kenny Wessel teaches jazz guitar and jazz history at LIU Brooklyn. He received his M.M. in Music Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Wessel is a versatile guitarist and composer who has worked with Ornette Coleman, Donald Fagen, Karl Berger, John Abercrombie, David Liebman, Adam Rudolph and Debashish Bhattacharya. In addition to his work on other recordings, both Mr. Wessel's trio CD recording, Jawboning, and his collaboration with tabla master Badal Roy, Daybreak, have received critical acclaim. He is also on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester and has given clinics and master classes at numerous institutions in the U.S. and overseas, including Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, Mahaidol University in Thailand, Oslo Music Academy and Columbia University.