Under direction of SMJ Artistic/Music Director NILSON MATTA, our 2017 Endicott faculty includes: 



Romero’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.    From the sophisticated rhythms of Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who’s comfortable in any musical setting.  He is an uncommonly gifted soloist, improviser and accompanist to vocalists.  

Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D’Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano… among many others.   He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.

Romero will work with both instrumentalists and vocalists at Samba Meets Jazz – Endicott! 



“Eade’s vocal control and imagination are peerless,” says the Boston Phoenix. “She’s one of the few imaginative artists to have emerged in the field of jazz singing in this decade,” says New York Newsday of vocalist Dominique Eade. Peter Watrous of the New York Times praises her “…immensely appealing sound…” and in a New York Times review of a recent performance, Ben Ratliff writes that Eade “had absorbed some of Sarah Vaughan’s fearsome technique” Her voice was rich and clear and strong in all ranges; she had musicianship and cool intelligence and didn’t seem to be ahistorical or to have arrived at jazz by accident.” David Hajdu wrote in the New York Times Magazine, “I already knew who the Next Thing in jazz singing would be: Dominique Eade. An impossibly versatile vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger…”  

Dominique, returning to Samba Meets Jazz – Endicott for the second year, is currently on the faculty at The New England Conservatory of Music.   If you want to dig into repertoire, work on technique, phrasing and interpretation and have FUN — Dominique’s the go-to vocal educator! 



Fernando Saci


Fernando Saci is an accomplished percussionist, producer, arranger, composer, and educator based in New York City since 2011.   Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded with renowned artists including samba, bossa nova and jazz greats Dona Ivone Lara, Leci Brandão, Almir Guineto, Nilson Matta, Kenny Barron, Leny Andrade, Steve Wilson, Harry Allen, Grechen Porlato, Anat Cohen, Duduka Da Fonseca, Paul Lieberman, Mario Adnet, Moacir Santos, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro, Alexei Tsignov, Fernando and Sergio Brandão, Alberto Netto and R&B singer Cherryl Pepsii Riley.  

Originally from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Saci demonstrated a passion and natural talent for all things percussion at a young age.  first learned to play various percussion rhythms from family and friends. At age 7, he began his formal studies at the community center Casa de Cultura Tainã. where he quickly mastered his craft and soon began teaching various percussion instruments.   In 2002, after playing professionally for several years, Saci was selected to study at one of the most respected musical conservatories in Brazil, Conservatório Dramático e Musical “Carlos de Campos” in Tatuí, São Paulo. Specializing in  jazz and MPB percussion and graduated in 2005, going on to explore many other genres of music.  

In 2011, Saci moved to the U.S., first settling in Somerville, MA.  After founding the first Maracatu group in the area, he was invited by Berklee College of Music professor Alberto Netto to participate in weekly workshops teaching Brazilian rhythms. He also met and collaborated and toured  with a range of respected jazz musicians at the top of their craft.  



Matt King


Pianist, organist, vocalist, composer and educator Matt King began his musical studies at age 5, his professional career at age 14, and has since performed to audiences throughout the country- and 16 other countries. He has toured extensively with distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb, legendary band Blood, Sweat & Tears, and recorded and performed with many other notables including pop vocalist Phoebe Snow, blues legend Earl King, and leading jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker.   He has garnered awards for his playing, composing, and arranging, and was a Composition Fellowship recipient from the NJ State Council on the Arts. A prior Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, Matt won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000.