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Summer 2019

hvJAZZ Summer Program

Monday, August 5 - Friday August 9

Final Concert August 9, 5 pm

SUNY Ulster
Stone Ridge

Summer Jazz Program 

August 5 -August 9, 2019

9 AM - 3:30 PM

SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY



Student Performance



Friday, August 9 at Quimby Theatre, SUNY Ulster


4:30 PM


hvJAZZ, in partnership with SUNY Ulster, will  present a week-long summer jazz emersion program for students interested in performing and learning about jazz. All activites will be held at SUNY Ulster in beautiful Stone Ridge, NY.


Students will study with some of the top jazz musicians in the Hudson Valley and NYC area during rehearsals, master-classes, sectionals and performances. The week culminates with a performance featuring our special guest artist 3x GRAMMY and ACADEMY Award Nominated musician - Conrad Herwig.


The program will run from 9 AM-3:30 PM. Students may sign up for an ensemble(s), masterclass, musicianship class and electives. 

Tuition $350 for the full day track. (save $25 if your register before May 20)

The Ensembles


Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra 

Students at a NYSSMA level 5 or 6 proficiency. Some to a great deal of experience performing jazz. Willingness and interest to begin and develop improvisation. (Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Drums) 


hvJAZZ Vocal Ensemble 

This ensemble is open to experienced singers in grades 7-12. All vocal types needed. You do not need to have jazz experience for this ensemble. This group will be directed by original co-founder of Manhattan Transfer - Laurel Massé. 


hvJAZZ Lab 

Students at a NYSSMA level 2 - 4 proficiency. No experience performing jazz necessary. Willingness to step out of musical comfort zone is necessary.


hvJAZZ Studio Orchestra

This highly unique ensemble from the mind of Bob Shaut will feature arrangments specifically designed to allow instruments not typically .included in a jazz band to experice playing jazz.  Open to students who play; violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, french horns, tuba, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Students should be proficient on a NYSSMA level 4 or higher.) No jazz experience necessary. 


Please email if you have questions about which track to select.


The Electives

The elective will be based on student interest. The final list will be made available closer to the summer program and may include:

  • Jazz Arranging

  • Rhythm & Percussion

  • Jazz Combo

  • Improvisation/Combo

  • Masterclasses

  • Jazz History

  • Jazz Piano

  • Bucket Drumming



information and sign-ups for the electives will be sent out prior to the start of the program



Students will:
  • work in both large and small ensembles with professional jazz performers and educators

  • perform in a culminating concert with professional guest artists

  • develop a further understanding of jazz vocabulary

  • continue to develop technical and musical skills

  • learn to use the ear as part of the music learning process

  • begin to improvise or develop improvisation

  • gain an introduction to jazz theory and history


Directors- Dan Shaut and Bob Shaut





* Save $25 if you register

before May 20.

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Conrad Herwig, Guest Artist

New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well.  To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz.  He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.  

Born November 1, 1959, in Lawton, Okla., Herwig is an inductee of that state’s Jazz Hall of Fame.  He spent his formative musical years in Hawaii under the aura of jazz icon trombonist Trummy Young, graduating from Punahou High School. The gifted trombonist then went to the University of North Texas, performing as a member of the famed One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band. Later in his career he would complete his studies at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology.  Herwig’s formal studies came to a close with a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from Queens College, a branch of City University of New York.  

Equally well-versed in the bebop, hard bop and modern jazz musical languages, Herwig’s professional performance career commenced with big band stints with a number of iconic and legendary figures including Clark Terry, Cab Calloway, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Mel Lewis.  Around that time he also performed and toured with Slide Hampton’s “World of Trombones.”  Later, Herwig would work for a number of years with the Frank Sinatra Orchestra.  Other important early associations included a stay with bandleader Mario Bauza’s seminal Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, an association that would launch his mastery of the Latin and Latin Jazz genres. 

As his stock rose in the New York area, he developed associations with a virtual Who’s Who of jazz. Herwig worked with a number of small, mid-sized and large ensembles while continuing to forge a name as a leader. Jazz elders he had already worked with included Red Garland, Dave Liebman and Max Roach; at the same time he attracted Danilo  Pérez and David Sanchez in his groups. Herwig’s first release With Every Breath (Ken) arrived in 1987; during the course of the next 10 years he released four additional recordings for the same label. 

During the mid-1980s he began a long association with Eddie Palmieri, a musical journey that continues to this day. Herwig also performed regularly as a member of Paquito D’Rivera’s Quintet and larger ensembles such as the Dizzy Gillespie inspired United Nation Orchestra. He also continues his now long-standing affiliation with the Mingus Big Band, where he has served as musical director and contributed as arranger, most notably on the 2008 GRAMMY-nominated Live at the Tokyo Blue Note(Sunnyside).

One of Herwig’s more important mid-career affiliations was with the late saxophonist Joe Henderson, who enjoyed a career surge in popularity at that time. During different stints with Henderson, which began in the early 1990s and lasted until close to the saxophonist’s 2001 passing, Herwig toured both globally with the saxophonist and spent time in the recording studio, contributing to projects such as Joe Henderson: Big Band (Verve; 1992), Porgy & Bess (Verve; 1999) and The Other Side of Joe Henderson (Universal; 2004), a posthumously released collection. 

Herwig’s career took an important leap forward in 1996. He drew from his straight-ahead, modern, and Latin Jazz experiences and released The Latin Side of John Coltrane (Astor Place), what he would call a “reimagining of Coltrane’s work” with original arrangements created within a Latin Jazz context. At the time of its release the recording received across-the-board rave reviews. The CD showcased an array of artists from both the Latin and the straight-ahead jazz world including Dave Valentin, Ronnie Cuber, Brian Lynch and Eddie Palmieri. It would prove to be the first in an ongoing series of creative efforts that continue to this day; it would be the first of Herwig’s three GRAMMY®-nominations in the “Best Latin Jazz Recording” category.

Since then Herwig has issued Another Kind of Blue: Latin Side of Miles (Half Note; 2004; GRAMMY®-nominated), Qué Viva Coltrane (Criss Cross; 2005), Sketches of Spain Y Mas (Half Note; 2006), Latin Side of Wayne Shorter (Half Note; 2008; GRAMMY-nominated) and Latin Side of Herbie Hancock (2010). His Latin Side All-Star Band, a septet filled with some of the genre’s mostly highly respected players includes multi-instrumentalist Craig Handy, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Robby Ameen and conga player and percussionist Pedro Martinez. The group has headlined festivals both internationally (Tim Jazz Festival [Brazil], Red Sea Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, San Javier Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Puerto Rican Heineken Jazz Festival) and domestically (Chicago Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Beantown/Boston Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival) as well as performed at major universities throughout the United States.

Meanwhile, while continuing to delve deep into the music of the southern hemisphere, Herwig has remained equally active north of the border, continuing to perform with straight-ahead ensembles and issue such titles as Jones For Bones Tones (Criss Cross; 2007) and Obligation (Criss Cross; 2005) before that. 

In 2006 Herwig received the Paul Acket Award (formerly the “Bird Award”). The prize, presented at the North Sea Jazz Festival, is intended for an artist who, according to the international jury, deserves the attention of a broader audience. Herwig is also a recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Conrad was elected to the Board of Advisors of the International Trombone Association for a second time in 2006. Since 2004 he has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts in the prestigious jazz program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He is currently Professor of Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Composition and Arranging.  He is also a visiting Professor of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School, NYC.

Educationally his reputation matches his technical prowess and musicality. Herwig continues to draw the attention of his academic colleagues, so much so that he receives ongoing requests to serve as an “Artist-in-Residence” as well as a “Guest Artist/Soloist” at college and university jazz festivals around the world. Armed with his compositions and arrangements for both small and large ensembles he is able to step in to virtually any situation and deliver engaging master classes and workshops. During the course of what is now more than 30-year career he has conducted master classes, seminars and workshops at major universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Academy, Finland; Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; University of Koln, Germany; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY;  University of Southern California and literally hundreds of others. One of the most in-demand jazz educators, Conrad Herwig performs exclusively on Michael Rath trombones. 

Music Directors 


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Dan Shaut (HVYJO and hvJAZZ Lab)

Saxophonist Dan Shaut received his master’s degree in saxophone performance at the University of Maryland in 2003 and his bachelor’s in music education at Ithaca College in 2001. He has studied with Steve Mauk, Steve Brown, Chris Vadala and Dale Underwood.


He has been on faculty as the saxophone and jazz instructor at Ithaca College’s Summer Music Academy for the past six years. He has recently acted in the same position at the Music Institute of Sullivan and Ulster (MISU)’s summer program. He has been guest conductor of the Dutchess County All-county band, and the Tompkins County All-county band, and a guest clinician for the Orange County Music Educators Association.


Shaut reintroduced the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz program in 2013. See More





Bob Shaut (HVYJO and hvJAZZ Studio Orchestra)

Bob Shaut co-founded the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra with Richard Wixom in the early 2000s. 


Bob has played professionally since being in high school. He has played saxophone, clarinet and flute in many shows in the Hudson Valley, and has performed several times with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Some of the acts that he has performed with include: Andy Williams, the Temptations, Frankie Valli, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis, Eddie Fischer, the Four Tops, Engelbert Humperdinck, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin , and conducted for George Burns.
As a jazz artist, Bob has performed with many local musicians. Bands that he led are Mosaic, a 12 piece big band; a quintet that released an LP, “Shaut's Thoughts”; Sax Life, a sax quartet with rhythm section. Presently, Bob performs with Sax Life, CBC Trio, the Big Bang Big Band, and Shaut Swing Orchestra. See More

 Laurel Massé (Vocal Ensemble)


 is the co-founder of the vocal group Manhattan Transfer. For seven years, Ms. Massé toured internationally with the Transfer, recording four albums (certified gold and platinum) and the Just a Gigolo movie soundtrack, and making numerous television appearances (including Mary Tyler Moore’s 1974 television special Mary’s Incredible Dream, and The Manhattan Transfer Show on CBS TV in 1975).  Her solo recordings Alone Together and Easy Living both charted on Billboard; Again was a People magazine pick. Feather and Bone (2000) was described by The Absolute Sound as “a recording of extraordinary musical and sonic value.” That Ol’ Mercer Magic, an all-Mercer recording (with Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer and Lauren Kinhan of New York Voices) came out in 2009 to great critical acclaim. In 2012 she released Once in a Million Moons, a duo collaboration with pianist/arranger Tex Arnold. Ms. Massé has also guested on CDs of many other artists, including Barry Manilow, percussionist Layne Redmond, bluegrass artist Tony Trischka, and songwriter Carol Hall. Her monthly live jazz show on NPR’s WAMC featured performances by guests such as Peter Eldridge of New York Voices, and Roseanna Vitro. 

Since 1997 she has been part of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Ashokan Music and Dance Camp as resident vocal coach in jazz, western, and swing styles, and has been a Master Instructor at The International Cabaret Conference at Yale since 2004. She has lectured and taught master classes at prestigious institutions such as Dartmouth and The Royal Academy of Music (UK), and is an adjudicator for high school and college jazz and show choir competitions. She is currently the 2014/15 STAR Artist-in-Residence at The Center at Eagle Hill, in central Massachusetts. 

Ms. Massé received the prized MAC Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), and the Bistro (Best Jazz Vocalist, 2009). Ms. Massé has been both a guest soloist and a member of the professional choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. As an actor, she has participated in Project Rushmore’s readings of Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” (as Lenny) and Shakespeare’s “King Lear” (Cordelia), and is featured singing her own composition The Heavens Tonight (co-written with Larry Kerchner and Hubert “Tex” Arnold) in the Kairos Productions feature film, Camilla Dickinson. She is an ASCAP writer and a member of SAG/AFTRA. 

Guest Clinicians

(may vary depending on enrollment)

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Tristen Napoli (trumpet)

NYC trumpeter and Kingston High School alumni, Tristen Napoli, has toured the US with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, performed at the Carnegie Club in NYC, and recorded a debut album with a quintet of jazz luminaries. He was selected for the All American Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at major jazz clubs in NYC including; Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club and Smalls Jazz Club.

Jeff "Siege" Siegel (drums)

"Siege" is a veteran of the NY jazz scene and has worked with a virtual "who's who" of artists. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-99, Siegel's diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Sheila Jordan and many more. He has also performed with many in the next generation of jazz musicians including; Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Arturo O"Farrill, Steve Turre and John Esposito. As an educator Siegel teaches at The New School in NYC, SUNY New Paltz and Western Connecticut State University. He is an endorser for Vic Firth Drumsticks.

Matt Finck (guitar)

Over the past 15 years Finck has performed with such fine artists as Steve Wilson, Dennis Mackrel, Randy Brecker, John Medeski, and Roswell Rudd. Finck currently teaches guitar at the College of St. Rose in Albany and recently received his Master's Degree in Music from SUNY Purchase. Finck recently released with Jonathan Ball a critically acclaimed album with legenedary musicians; Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson.

Scott Arcangel (jazz arranging and piano)

Based in New York, pianist, composer & arranger Scott Arcangel's music is published through Maxwell Tree Music and UNC Jazz Press, and is performed regularly by big bands, small groups, high school and collegiate jazz ensembles, as well as artists around the world. 

Scott has studied with the renowned jazz faculty at the University of North Texas, William Paterson University, and at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. He has studied piano with Dan Haerle, and composition and arranging with Bret Zvacek, Paris Rutherford and Michael Abene. He is the former Music Director and Arranger for The West Point Jazz Knights big band, producing several recordings, radio and television broadcasts, and hundreds of performances. 

His most recent arrangements have been for Claudio Roditi, Stefon Harris, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Seton Hall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Syesha Mercado & The Sarasota Orchestra. Scott has extensive experience as a performer and educator, and has presented clinics on arranging, improvisation, and ensemble performance at colleges, festivals, and music conferences - including a recent presentation of The Art of the Intro at the Jazz Education Network's 2016 Conference.

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