David Joyce is a singer/keyboard player/songwriter who has worked with the likes of Chris Isaak, Burt Bacharach, U2, Neil Young, Oasis, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Dionne Warwick, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles, Babyface, Michael Jackson, David Byrne, Richard Marx, Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, Frank Sinatra, Vince Gill, and Barry Manilow. He has played and sung on many television shows, including American Dreams, Passions, Carmen San Diego, Saved by the Bell, Days of Our Lives, and The Tonight Show. Some of the films he has sung on have included The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Watchmen, Wanted, Horton Hears a Who, I Am Legend, Spiderman 3, The Simpsons Movie, World Trade C e n te r, Superman Returns, King Kong, Matrix 2 & 3, There’s Something About Mary, Sixth Sense, Snow Falling on Cedars, Big, Face Off, and Contact. David has written songs for and produced a number of young artists in the Los Angeles area and has scored several PBS documentaries and a number of AFI films. David received his Masters in Jazz (voice) from USC and his B.M. in Composition from CSUN. He has been leading vocal/arranging seminars in Italy every summer since 2005 and has taught at both USC and Pasadena City College. In 1986, David was a Grammy Award winner in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Group with Clare Fischer’s 2 + 2 Plus.

Tierney Sutton

The New York Times calls Tierney Sutton “…a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” In 2009, Tierney received her third Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Desire. The Tierney Sutton Band has been together for 17 years and is a model of both musical quality as well as business creativity, since the members are incorporated partners. Her band colleagues, Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt, and Ray Brinker are musical masters and have performed and recorded with artists and projects in all aspects of the music industry. Members of the Tierney Sutton Band can be heard all over the current music scene, from American Idol to Dancing With The Stars, from Natalie Cole to Norah Jones, from Symphonic work to TV soundtracks. The band’s CDs consistently top the jazz radio charts, leading to Tierney’s selection as Jazzweek’s 2005 Vocalist of the Year.

Tierney has headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center. She tours extensively throughout the world and her voice can be heard on television soundtracks (Samantha Who, Journeyman), TV commercials (Yoplait Yogurt, BMW, JC Penney, Green Giant) as well as several feature film soundtracks including the Academy Award Nominated film The Cooler. Tierney teaches workshops throughout the world and served as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at The University of Southern California for 11 years. She served as Head of USC’s Jazz Vocal Department for 5 years.

For more info visit tierneysutton.com.

Dani Palomino

Dani Palomino has been teaching at LACM since 1998 and is known as the college’s vocal technique guru. Her interest in music began at age eight when an uncle introduced her to the rock group KISS. Face painting, guitar lessons and talent shows followed, along with a healthy dose of glee. She continued to perform, record, and study voice while earning her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her 7-piece band, Soul City, was a local favorite, releasing a CD in 1991. Dani’s passion for studying the physiology of voice began in 1992, when she started lessons with jazz vocalist, Kevyn Lettau. “I’d been gigging a lot and was experiencing vocal fatigue. Kevyn sat me down and explained how the voice mechanism actually works. I suddenly realized why I was having problems and began to read all I could on the science of singing. I’d developed some bad habits—most of which I’d learned from well-meaning, but misinformed teachers. It took practice, but eventually, I was able to replace the bad habits with good ones.” Dani’s mission is to help other singers achieve optimal vocal fitness and longevity. “Some singers reject technique, because they believe it squelches their artistic impulses. But vocal fitness can actually enhance artistic expression. If a singer wants to sing an E5 with a strong and clear tone, but each time she tries, her voice sounds weak and breathy, she’s not achieving her vision. My goal is to give students the knowledge and tools they need to master their instruments, so they can begin to execute the fantastic ideas floating around in their heads.”

John was born into a musical household and raised in San Gabriel, California. He began playing guitar at six and bass at sixteen. John cut short his musical studies at East L.A. College to tour with El Chicano and soon found himself on tour opening for Santana. John later toured with jazz vocalist Randy Crawford, and, in 1981, he co-founded Food For Feet. He then joined New Wave band Oingo Boingo in 1984, who he played with until 1995. During his tenure with Oingo Boingo, John co-produced four full-length releases with Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek. Since 1995, John has run his own recording studio called Brando’s Paradise, producing bands such as Reel Big Fish, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Quetzal, and Robbie Krieger. During this time, he also played bass on recordings by Steve Vai and the Stewart Copeland Orchestra. He also sang lead vocals on Disney’s Another Goofy Movie.

Steve Billman attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship and also graduated from Musician’s Institute in 1981. Steve studied with Jeff Berlin and Bob Magnusson while at Musicians Institute. He has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Brian Bromberg, Brandon Fields, Rob Mullins, Pat Kelley, Gregg Karukas, Free Flight, Alex Acuna, Tom Brechtlein, Gary Novak, Jeff Richman and most recently, Frank Gambale, to name a few. Steve also played on Tia Carrere’s 2009 Grammy-winning album Ikena. He was a member of the band “Continuum” for 15 years, and has been a member of the Academy staff since its very earliest days. For the latest information, please visit www.stevebillman.com.

Originally from France, Samuel is a freelance musician and teacher based in Los Angeles. From the Utopia Jazz club in Paris to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, he has played many venues, working with a broad array of artists such as the experimental band the Elegantes Machines, led by Francis Lassus, Taiwanese pop artist Cindy Chaw, guitarist-singer Roy Ashen (Rock), keyboardist Russell Ferrante (YellowJackets), producer Frank Renaudier and singer-songwriter Thena Dare. His recording credits include Nicolas Ternisien’s live album with bassist Dominique DiPiazza, and Kenny Peavy’s studio album Resonate. Samuel began to play drums at church at an early age and has been involved with worship ministry since then. He studied under renowned teachers Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Claude Gastaldin, Joe Hammer, Jerry Steinholtz, and Raynord Carroll. His involvement at LACM includes teaching a class for vocalists and private lessons. He also plays for Ensemble Workshops, where he has worked along side Jerry Watts, Tierney Sutton and Dorian Holley, and played with guitarist Oz Noy.

Steve Gregory

Steve Gregory began playing the guitar in bars and for private events at the age of seventeen. While a student at California State University, Northridge, he was the recipient of the Shelley Manne Memorial New Talent Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society and began performing around Los Angeles with his own band. Steve soon began touring the world with artists such as Ray Charles, Frankie Valli and Anjani. He has performed and/or recorded with Thelma Houston, Brian McKnight, Michael Buble, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Marilyn McCoo, Stacy Orrico, Leonard Cohen, Alphonse Mouzon, Macy Gray and many others. Steve is currently very active as a studio guitarist and has recorded for a number of TV shows, films and DVD’s. Check outwww.stevegregory.net for more information.

Lynn Fanelli began her singing career at the tender age of 5 years old when she performed with her father on his record release. She has recorded and toured with Delaney Bramlett, who taught George Harrison to play slide guitar and Eric Clapton to sing and produced Clapton’s first album. She was on staff with record producer Ray Ruff at Oak Records, recording and arranging vocals for all of their country artists. While with this label, she sang background vocals and created vocal arrangements for Pat Boone’s CD Ready to Rock, among others. She toured with movie actress Connie Stevens, sang with The National In Choir on the Oasis CD Dig Out Your Soul in 2008. She has toured, recorded and/or performed with Hal David, Jon Bon Jovi, Wild Cherry, Terry Ilous, Spencer Davis, Percy Sledge, Deniece Williams, Billy Paul and Taste of Honey, among many others. She has recorded with many renowned producers, among them Jim Steinman (Meatloaf) and Giorgio Moroder (Blondie) and David Briggs (Neil Young). Her voice has been heard on national jingles and television and movie soundtracks such as Nickelodeon, Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, among others. Most recently, Lynn performed with Jackie DeShannon on the heels of DeShannon’s 2010 induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was on board in the vocal section for DeShannon’s recorded performance for the Grammy archives in 2012.

Growing up in Texas, Teresa James started singing and playing piano at a very young age and has been performing ever since. With her band, the Rhythm Tramps, she has toured throughout the US and Europe and has released 8 CDs, receiving a nomination from the Blues Foundation for Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year in 2008 and an Independent Music Award nomination in 2010. In addition to working with her band, she has sung for many films and TV shows, including Toy Story 3, Runaway Jury, Hole, The Simpsons, Ellen, Step By Step, to name just a few. She can also be heard singing with Reba McIntyre on the theme to her television show Reba. As a professional session singer, Teresa has also been featured on commercials (for McDonald’s, Barbie, Michelob, etc.) and works regularly in the studio with Burt Bacharach, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Steve Dorff, and many others. She has served as a studio coach for many other professional singers and actors, including Andie McDowell, Tommy Castro and the Radio City Rockettes. Some of the artists that she has toured or recorded with include Randy Newman, Bill Medley, Neil Diamond, Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis, Peter Gallagher and others (including a duet with Mickey Mouse). For more info, please visit Teresa’s website at www.teresajames.com.


Brazilian born Roberto Montero has performed with Grammy Award winner Sergio Mendes at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, in Morocco and across the United States, with Grammy nominated brazilian singer Baby Consuelo, with four-time Grammy nominated Tiziano Ferro, NBC’s Rickey Minor & The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno, among others.

Has extensively written music for TV and Radio during 5 years in Brazil.

Music Director for the Dorian Holley Band for over 10 years now.

Recent recording credits include work as guitarist and singer on part of the soundtrack for the movie “Rio 2” – sequel to the Oscar nominated “Rio” – for Sergio Mendes and film composer John Powell.

For more information please visit  www.robertomontero.com

Kasia Livingston

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An LA native, Carrah Flahive grew up in a musical family singing in an acclaimed children’s choir with whom she toured Europe five times and recorded an album as a featured soloist. She then continued her music and theatre education at LA County High School for the Arts. After studying jazz and contemporary music at LA College of Music, Carrah moved to São Paulo, Brazil to study Portuguese and Brazilian music. For two years, she sang with some of the country’s finest musicians, gigging nightly and recording a solo album with guest performances by Latin Grammy-winning composer Ivan Lins and world renowned pianist André Mehmari. After returning to Los Angeles, she joined the LA Master Chorale and is grateful for the privilege of singing with some of the finest musicians in the industry. Recent highlights include performing Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Disney Hall, singing soprano film score queues, and jamming with fellow jazz musicians around town.



Phil Swann’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned over 30-years as a performer, songwriter, producer, teacher & author. His songs have been heard in television, film and have been recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Strickland, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Eamonn McCrystal and Lee Greenwood.

For the theatrical stage, Swann is the composer of the hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool – 2012 Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new off-Broadway musical; The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet – nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical (recently published by Samuel French, inc); and, DeLEARious – Garland Award winner for Best New Score.  Other musicals include, In A Booth at Chasen’s, Trombone, Neil Simon’s Fools the Musical, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and It Had To Be You – a musical based on the life and songs of the famed lyricist, Gus Kahn.

A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann’s production credits include: Helen Slater, The Good Mad, Laura Hall, Kelly McCleod, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, Dave Aguallo, Dan Nahmod, Adrina Thorpe, and Greg Rowles.

Swann is a favorite speaker at various organizations throughout the United States and Canada. His creative workshops have been embraced by The Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, ASCAP and UCLA, where Swann currently teaches on the art and craft of songwriting, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school’s Music Production Program.

In November 2012, Phil released his second studio album, “Age of Opportunity.”  Other solo recordings by Swann include his 2011 critically acclaimed CD, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars.

Also, Phillip Swann is the author of the mystery-suspense thriller, The Mozart Conspiracy, his first novel. The book is now published in Italy under the title, Il Codice Amadeus.

Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Swann is a graduate of the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City and now makes his home in Los Angeles, CA.

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