Meet your instructors
Bob Reynolds is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Widely known for his work with both Snarky and John Mayer, he is a prolific composer and recording artist with 8 top-selling solo albums to his credit. The New York Times called him “a self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer.” An independent recording artist, Bob’s albums showcase his melodic improvisational style, tuneful songwriting, and, as the LA Times put it: “hip-swiveling” grooves. Bob’s 2013 album Somewhere In Between, a seamless blend of jazz, blues, rock and pop, reached #1 on iTunes’ jazz charts. In 2017 he released two new albums: Guitar Band and Hindsight. Bob is also a passionate educator and in-demand clinician. He co-founded an annual retreat for saxophonists and, through his virtual studio, he helps musicians become confident improvisers. Bob lives in Los Angeles and shares insights on balancing a music career with raising a family through his popular YouTube vlog.
“A self-assured saxophonist and an unassuming yet effective composer…”
NEW YORK TIMES
“…Reynolds flexes an assured hand with melding hip-swiveling jazz and funk as a bandleader.”
“Some of the freshest, most compelling, and most soulful music I have heard recently. Bob Reynolds is an amazing musician, with something very exciting and original to say.”
Joshua Redman, Grammy-nominated saxophonist
“Bob is one hell of a saxophonist! His sound is rich and his execution is effortless.”
Michael Brecker, Grammy-winning saxophonist
A world-class soloist, accomplished arranger, composer, musical director and formidable educator, saxophonist Bob Franceschini is one of the most in demand musicians around in many genres. Internationally renown he has traversed the globe performing with The Mike Stern Band, The Yellow Jackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Omar Hakim Band, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan to highlight just a few. Franceschini has appeared on over 100 albums and has played on countless jingles and film scores. Born and raised in NYC, Bob was fortunate to spend his whole life, befriending, playing and apprenticing with all time great saxophonists, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, , Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzer. Franceschini does master classes all over the world. He speaks Spanish fluently and Italian as a strong third language. Bob is a long time instructor of theory, improvisation and performance coach at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature.
Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His soulful approach to the saxophone and years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down many interesting roads. Bob has played (and recorded) with a long list of musicians including 5-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, Darrell Scott, Zac Brown Band, The Motet, Band of Heathens, Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth, etc. He has been a high school teacher, the principal of an alternative high school, owned/operated a primitive skills workshop business, worked in the adventure travel business, successfully implemented a public school music program based on American Roots music and was a presenter at Stanford University. He has also been an instructor at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature for the past 8 years where he helps people deepen the connection between music, nature and themselves.
Chris Cheek is one of the most sought after saxophonists in the Jazz world today, having played in the the groups of legends such as Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Bill Frisell. As a leader he has performed with the likes of Jorge Rossy, Brad Mehldau, Steve Cardenas and Kurt Rosenwinkle. He is also Co-leader of the bands "Rudder," "the Bloomdaddies" and "Reeds Ramble." Chris' music encompasses a wide vista, firmly rooted in the Jazz tradition with a foot towards the unknown. His flexible, dynamic sound on all the saxophones, along with his adaptability and inventiveness makes him a valuable contribution to every band he plays with.
Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the iconic American rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years and 3 Grammy Awards with the genre defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff also fronts his own groups, The Mu’tet, and Viridian Trio when not touring with DMB,. He’s released 15+ solo CDs on own record label “Ear Up Records”.
Coffin is known for his passionate and fiery soloing, his melodically driven compositions, his deep involvement with music education, as well as his continued dedication to Jazz music. He is one of the most in demand saxophonists in the world, as well as a first call studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived since 1991. Jeff is also a Yamaha and D’Addario Performing Artist and Clinician. He teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, and has authored “The Saxophone Book” and co-authored “The Articulate Jazz Musician”