Private Jazz Lessons

 

 

 

Guitar

 

Grant Goldstein – gtg1985@aol.com

Grant Goldstein is a guitarist, composer and educator born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is one of the premier jazz guitarists in Oklahoma today as well as being an active member in the R&B and Rock scenes. He has extensive performance credits in Oklahoma and New York, including performing with the Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre; as a member of the New Growth jazz quartet (OK), Patrick Bartley’s JMUSIC Ensemble, and Benjamin Sutin’s Klazz Ma Tazz (NY). He also taught private lessons and music theory at the University of Central Oklahoma for 3 years. And after completing a Master’s degree in jazz from the Manhattan School of Music he was highly active in the NYC jazz scene. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia St. Café in NYC, and the legendary Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA. He can also be heard on numerous studio projects, including Adam & Kizzie’s 2nd album, The Book of EEDO Vol. 2, Klazz Ma Tazz’s Tangibility, J-MUSIC Ensemble’s Time To Play. Known for writing introspective, sound-based music, he captivates all ears that have the pleasure of hearing him play.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

 

Bass

 

Dr. Jack Helsley – jackhelsley@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Jack Helsley is a bassist and educator based in Oklahoma City. He is a recent graduate of The University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow and bassist with the One O’Clock Lab Band. During the Fall 2014 Semester, he directed the Jazz Bass Department at UNT as sabbatical replacement for Lynn Seaton. After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Louisville, he toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. with the United States Air Force Band.  As a freelance bassist, he has been featured on numerous recordings of jazz, pop, rock, and country artists, and has performed with such notable talents as Jamey Aebersold, Lynne Arriale, David Baker, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Dorough, Michael Feinstein, Benny Golsen, Ernie Watts, and Jeff Watts.  He holds a Doctor of Music in Performance from The University of North Texas, a Masters in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and has been on faculty at Anderson University, DePauw University, Eastern Illinois University, Marian University, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Indianapolis, Wabash College, and Western Illinois University. Dr. Helsley was a presenter at the 2016 JEN Convention in New Orleans, and has been invited to present at the upcoming Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium in Aspen, CO., and the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY. He is also formerly the co-host of the Jazz Radio show “Have You Heard” on WICR-FM.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

 

Drums

 

Bill Repavich –  bill.repavich@gmail.com

Bill Repavich has a deep passion for creating excellent music of all genres. He achieved a B.M. in Instrumental Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. Bill’s professional playing experience ranges from classical orchestral percussion to contemporary drumset. A professional performer since he was fourteen, Mr. Repavich has extensive experience in rock bands, big bands, jazz combos, original groups, symphony orchestras, dance bands, and a steel drum band. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Bill performs freelance services for Southern Nazarene University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, and the Tulsa Symphony. Bill also has international touring experience with the show In The Mood Live, a 1940s big band revue.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

 

Wind Instruments

 

For jazz wind instrument lessons (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc), contact Dr. Tommy Poole at tommy.poole@okstate.edu

 

 

Piano or Vibraphone

 

For jazz piano or jazz vibraphone lessons, JAZZ 3010/5010 contact Prof. Howard Potter at howard.potter@okstate.edu