Jazz Faculty (Faculty Section)

Jazz Faculty

Billy Bargetzi, Instructor

Billy Bargetzi, Instructor

Billy Bargetzi has been playing professionally for 20+ years all over the United States, the Caribbean, and in Europe. He currently performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Theater League, The Brass Band of Huntsville, and The Tuscaloosa Horns (with such artists as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, Bobby...

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Jim Cavendar, Instructor

Jim Cavendar, Instructor

Jazz Combo, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Bass   Jim Cavender teaches guitar and bass and directs two jazz combo classes at UAH. He has performed with rock 'n' roll legend Bo Diddley, soul great Percy Sledge and salsa star Chocolate Armenteros, and has studied with the late r&b session guitarists Tippy Armstrong and...

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John Miller, Instructor

John Miller, Instructor

Piano, Jazz Piano   John Miller is the jazz piano instructor at UAH. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. John has performed with a variety of jazz musicians, including Richie Cole and Tom Malone. Hired: 2001 Credentials Bachelor of Arts – University of Alabama in Huntsville Research/Creative Activity Performance Email: millerj2@bellsouth.net Phone: 256-824-6436

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Keith Taylor, Instructor

Keith Taylor, Instructor

Piano, Jazz Piano, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation   Pianist Keith Taylor is certainly one of the more versatile musicians in the area. As a performer, he is capable in a number of styles, including classical, jazz, popular and church music. He has performed throughout the Southeastern United Stated as a soloist, accompanist and...

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Ken Watters, Instructor

Ken Watters, Instructor

Jazz Brass   Trumpeter Ken Watters is a Summit Records Recording Artist (with four CDs to date released internationally on the label), Jupiter Performing Artist/Clinician & SESAC & SACEM (dual-affiliated) jazz composer. Ken left his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama at 17 years of age to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for his final year of high school,...

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Steve Motz, Instructor

Steve Motz, Instructor

Jazz Saxophone   Steve Motz is the saxophone instructor at UAH. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Denver. Steve also works on virtual models with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, making him a “virtual rocket scientist.” Steve has performed with Ellis Marsalis and Richie Cole, among...

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Tom Branch, Instructor

Tom Branch, Instructor

Jazz Drums   Tom Branch is the jazz percussion instructor at UAH. He holds degrees in both music and engineering from the University of Memphis. Tom performs in a wide variety of styles from jazz and swing to R&B, latin, and rock. He has worked with jazz artists including Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm,...

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