Under direction of SMJ Artistic/Music Director NILSON MATTA, our 2018 Endicott faculty includes DOMINIQUE EADE, CHICO PINHEIRO, JULIAN SHORE, FERNANDO SACI and more TBA.  As a vocalist and/or instrumentalist, you will have the opportunity to work with each of them, as well as NILSON MATTA.


“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 third 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



Chico is  a remarkable presence in and outside the Brazilian music scene, who has distinguished himself as a guitarist, composer and arranger. Besides his main projects as leader, he has collaborated with the ‘cream of the crop’ of Brazilian artists such as Joyce, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Chico César, Ed Motta, César Camargo Mariano, Elza Soares, while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, Bob Mintzer, Roberto Fonseca, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Paris Jazz Big Band, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Seasons Guitar Quartet (w/ Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage & Steve Cardenas), Ari Hoenig, Gary Novak, Sammy Figueroa, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others

… Pinheiro’s charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist.  Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa’s chops and Marcos Valle’s aching sense of melody , and you get a combination that will have you surrendering with a ‘Yes, yes, yes’.” – Jazz Times Magazine.



Pianist Julian Shore is known for his “deep maturity as a composer and bandleader” (DownBeat) and has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing, has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Peter Hum, Ottowa Citizen).

       From Narragansett, Rhode Island, Shore grew up listening to his father playing Bach on his home piano and would often sing along as a toddler. After starting piano lessons at a young age he began studies with famed educator Hal Crook as a teenager. Shortly thereafter Shore was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he entered in Fall 2005. During his time there, under the mentorship of Danilo Perez, he performed in a young musicians ensemble in the Panama Jazz Festival, learning from Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, John Patitucci and many others while there.  

He graduated from Berkeley in 2009 and shortly after moving to New York, had a brief stint with singer Gretchen Parlato, touring with her band in early 2010 and then performing at the Stockholm Jazz Festival with her later that year. Since then he has continued to appear as both leader and sideman at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, and jazz festivals around the globe. He has had the opportunity to perform or record with musicians such as Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Ferenc Nemeth, Gilad Hekselman, Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kendrick Scott, Mark Giuliana among many others,7.including SmJ Artistic/Music Director at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Coca Cola, January 2018.

 Julian’s  most recent CD “Which Way Now” was released in early 2016 and features Gilad Hekselman, Dayna Stephens, Aidan Carroll, Colin Stranahan and a slew of guests and configurations. His debut record “Filaments” which features Kurt Rosenwinkel, Noah Preminger, Tommy Crane, Phil Donkin, and others was released to critical acclaim in 2012.


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.