In 2012, I joined the University of Wisconsin - Madison as the inaugural holder of the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies. At UW, I spearheaded the development of an undergraduate jazz studies major (in both the B.M. and B.A. degree programs) that was launched in the fall of 2014. At UW, I teach applied jazz piano, jazz theory, composition, and arranging, the UW Jazz Orchestra, and the UW Blue Note Ensemble, and I work with doctoral music students who are completing a minor in jazz studies.

Prior to my appointment at UW Madison, I served as the Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay from 2007 to 2012. I also taught as an adjunct faculty member at New York University (1997-2007) and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (2003-2007).

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Please check out for the latest information on the jazz program at UW Madison. To learn more about the jazz ensembles at UW Madison, go to In order to give my full attention to my UW-Madison students, I do not currently accept private students outside of the university, but please feel free to contact me for recommendation for some of the great teachers we have in our community.

For information about the UW High School Honors Jazz Band and to register for an audition, please visit

To hear me spout off about jazz piano, check out this program from Wisconsin Public Radio's University of the Air:


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