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Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School Of Arts & Wellness Announces Scholarships Available For 2015 Summer Jazz Music Intensive July 6 - 11

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May 26, 2015Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of Arts & Wellness announces full and partial scholarships are available for the 2015 Summer Jazz Music Intensive July 6 – 11.  To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a video for acceptance into this unique jazz intensive.  Video submissions should be emailed to Dana Brazil, Director of Education at Dana@drphillipscenter.org. For more information on video submissions visit drphillipscenter.org/education.

Students participating in the Summer Jazz Intensive will have the opportunity to be mentored and to perform with a roster of nationally/internationally known jazz artists at the top of their field as faculty.  The Jazz Intensive is a six-day session made up of big band rehearsal, combos, studio class, jazz history, listening and improvisation. The Jazz Music Intensive wraps up with three performances; a Thursday evening jazz faculty performance, a Friday evening student big band performance and a Saturday afternoon combo performance.

Rodney Whitaker - Bass 

Faculty will be led by Rodney Whitaker, and include Whitaker’s daughter jazz scat expert and improvisational singer Rockelle Fortin.  Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker, currently holds the titles of Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University where he has built one of the leading jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the United States. He is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the country.

Etienne Charles – Trumpet

One of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory is trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles, who, still in his 20s, has already recorded three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint. His new album, Creole Soul, is a captivating journey of new jazz expression. Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, Rene Marie and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, the Count Basie Orchestra and Maria Schneider. He also worked with steel pan all-star Len "Boogsie" Sharpe as well as jazz masters Frank Foster and Benny Golson.

Xavier Davis – Piano

Xavier Davis' professional career as a Jazz pianist took off when the legendary vocalist Betty Carter spotted his outstanding talent at the 1994 International Association of Jazz Educators convention in Boston while he was performing with his college ensemble. It was she who brought Xavier to New York, hiring him exclusively as the pianist of her working trio.  Today, Xavier is one of the most accomplished Jazz pianists worldwide.  Having led master classes and clinics he is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Piano at Michigan State University, and was previously a member of the teaching staff in the Jazz department of the Juilliard School of Music in New York for six years.

Michael Dease – Trombone

Michael Dease has emerged as one of the premier jazz trombonists alive today. Dease is a sought-after and two- time GRAMMY-award winning lead, section and bass trombonist with today’s leading jazz orchestras, including those led by Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Rufus Reid, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. However, it is on the frontline of quintets and sextets led by master musicians like The Heath Brothers, Winard Harper, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Claudio Roditi, and Lewis Nash, where Dease has revitalized the trombone’s image. Not content to simply improvise, Dease arranges and composes for many different bands and constantly adjusts his tone and timbre to add just the right flavor to the music.

Sean Dobbins – Drums

Jazz drummer Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith.  He has performed/toured/recorded with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey DeFrancesco, George Cables, James "Blood" Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whittaker, Claude Black, Johnny O'Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Jon Hendricks, David "Fathead" Newman, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chesnut, Barry Harris, David Baker, Randy Johnston, Marion Hayden, Mose Allison, and a host of other great musicians.


Randy Napoleon – Guitar

The great guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.”  Napoleon is a guitarist, composer and arranger who toured and recorded with Benny Green, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Michael Bublé before joining The Freddy Cole Quartet in 2007; he arranged most of Cole’s last five albums, including the 2010 Grammy-nominated Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. Napoleon also has appeared with other jazz luminaries, including Bill Charlap and Houston Person. His latest release as a leader is The Jukebox Crowd. His TV appearances, mainly as a sideman, include shows hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Lewis and Regis & Kelly as well as on Today and the PBS special Caught in the Act. He also tours with his own bands and is an assistant professor of jazz guitar at Michigan State University.

Diego Rivera – Saxophone

In 1999, Rivera toured nationally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for their Big Band ’99 U.S. tour. Since, his performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. Rivera has been teaching Jazz Studies at Michigan State University since 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Michigan State University.