SMJ Faculty – Sicily 2019

NILSON MATTA, Artistic/Music Director 

Under the direction of, and joined by SMJ’s Artistic/Music Director NILSON MATTA, our faculty has a commitment to working closely with each student “wherever s(he) is at.”  Whether you’re a hobbyist, a classical player/singer transitioning to jazz, or a working professional wanting to further refine your technique, explore repertoire, enhance your style, our faculty is here to share their expertise and take you where you want to go! ”   Nilson will work with all students as part of the instrumental and jazz programs in Sicily. 

DOMINIQUE EADE  – Vocal Faculty 

Dominique, vocal faculty at the renowned New England Conservatory, has taught with Samba Meets Jazz for the last three years.  There’s a reason why … she’s not only a phenomenal but a masterful teacher!   Here’s what reviewers have said about Dominique’s singing.    “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…” 

DAVE STRYKER – Instrumental Faculty 

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 28 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He has been voted into Downbeat’s Readers and Critics Polls for 10 years.   

Pat Matheny writes:   “I have followed Dave Stryker’s playing since his early days in Omaha through his long stay with Stanley Turrentine and his longstanding relationship with the great alto player Steve Slagle (another undersung heavy out there) and he just gets better and better with one of the most joyous feels around.” – Pat Metheny

Dave’s newest CD “Strykin’ Ahead” features the same lineup as “Eight Track II” – Steve Nelson, Jared Gold and McClenty Hunter, has gotten rave reviews, including 4 1/2 stars n Downbeat Magazine.