rahsaan barber, guest artist & faculty
Since earning a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music in 2005, Rahsaan Barber has set out on a singular path of musical excellence in performance, composition, education and entrepreneurship. Residing proudly in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, Barber enjoys a career that encompasses performing and recording in an ever-expanding range of musical styles including jazz - his “first love” - as well as blues, funk, classical, fusion, soul, Latin and World music. Rahsaan's passionate, sincere and studious approach to music-making has garnered professional appearances onstage with heavyweights including The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Delfeayeo Marsalis, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Duffy Jackson, Winard Harper, Kirk Franklin, and the Wooten Brothers. The saxophonist has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages for music including The Ryman, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Rahsaan Barber has joined the ranks of the nation’s rising jazz stars as leader of his own instrumental band, Everyday Magic, co-leader of Latin Jazz Septet El Movimiento and the creator, bandleader, songwriter and producer of emerging hip-hop soul band, The Megaphones. In addition, he has built a reputation as a standout jazz producer with the founding ofrecord label, Jazz Music City, in August of 2011. The label launched with the release of Everyday Magic, an album featuring Rahsaan’s original compositions recorded by his Nashville-based quintet. The album was awarded the rare honor of selection as an Editor’s Pick by Downbeat Magazine along with receiving high praise from both critics and audiences. Since the release of Everyday Magic, Barber become an in-demand producer for Nashville’s rising jazz artists including singer/songwriter Stephanie Adlington and trumpeter Imer Santiago.
Rahsaan Barber is also an accomplished music educator. In August of 2005, at the young age of twenty-five, Barber was hired by Belmont University to teach the celebrated music school’s saxophone studio. Promoted to full-time instructor for the last three years of his six years of instruction at Belmont, Barber taught a wide array of courses including private lessons, improvisation, classical and commercial ensembles, and performance seminars. In 2013, Barber was hired by Tennessee State University to teach private saxophone lessons. While focusing his energies towards musical performance and composition, as well as the management of his record label, Jazz Music City, Rahsaan remains a sought-after private instructor and clinician at the collegiate and professional level, having presented master classes for students at numerous educational institutions including Belmont University, Lipscomb University, the Nashville Jazz Workshop, Tennessee State University, the University of Louisville, the University of Memphis, and the University of North Carolina. Rahsaan Barber is a Yamaha Performing Artist and proudly endorses Yamaha saxophones. Barber is also quite active in the greater jazz community of Music City. In addition to serving as Vice-President of the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society, Barber is a member of the Advisory Boards for both Nashville Public Television and the Nashville Jazz Workshop, and host of“Generations In Jazz,” an hour-long weekly radio show airing on Mondaynights at 7pm CT on Fisk University’s radio station, WFSK 88.1FM.
Mr. Larry Panella serves on the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi as an associate professor of music and director of the jazz studies program and is the founder and leader of the USM Jazz Quartet (JQ). He has performed with numerous artists and entertainers, including the Phil Collins Big Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Steve Allen, Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra, Jr. His recordings include his newly released jazz quartet compact disc Under the Influence, two albums with the Collection Jazz Orchestra, two with the Ashley Alexander Big Band, and the recent compact disc release by the Phil Collins Big Band—A Hot Night in Paris.
Bill Wolaver received his BM in piano performance from Oklahoma City University. He is a prolific and renowned composer and arranger in Nashville, TN, working with multiple publishing companies. He and his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers. Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for 'Song of the Year.' In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.' He is also the pianist/composer/arranger for the Annie Moses Band.
Camille DaSilva is a harpist, pianist, and B3 player living in Nashville, TN. She travels as a musician with the Annie Moses Band. The group has multiple successful PBS specials, the most recent being "The Art of the Love Song". Camille made her debut with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
Camille has won multiple awards and accolades for classical piano and harp. She has studied with master pedagogues such as, on harp, Emily Mitchell (Eastman School of Music), Licia Jaskunas (Indiana University, Eastman School of Music), and Marian Shaffer (Memphis State University) of Vanderbilt University and, on piano, Amy Dorfman (Indiana University School of Music), Dr Jerome Reed (Catholic University of America; Middle Tennessee State University); Viktoria Mushkatkol (Kiev Music School, St Petersburg Conservatory, University of Illinois) of the Juilliard School of Music in NYC.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Julian Kaplan and his family moved to North Carolina, where he began playing trumpet at age 12. He soon began studying with the principal trumpet of the Charlotte Symphony, Michael Miller, who now plays in the Cleveland Orchestra. While in high school, Julian was first chair in the wind ensemble, lead trumpet in the marching band, and featured soloist at several concerts. During that time, Julian participated in the All-County, All-District, and All-State Honor Bands, along with countless other honors bands across North Carolina. Julian was part of the first graduating class at the then-new North Lincoln High School, was an honor student, and graduated in the top 10 of his class.
Julian received a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he received his undergraduate degree in trumpet performance and studied with Mark Clodfelter. He was also a student of Vince DiMartino at Centre College.
While at the University of Kentucky, Julian played at several large venues, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has performed concerts in Greece and China. Julian served as the principal trumpet in the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has been a featured soloist.
Shortly before graduation, Julian was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Lexington Philharmonic, where he played for two seasons, before being appointed second trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Julian served two seasons as second trumpet, and in the 2012-2013 was appointed principal trumpet, the position he currently holds.
Julian has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, as lead trumpet for Manhattan Transfer, and as a featured soloist with several chamber music groups. Julian is also a recording artist, spending time in Nashville recording for various albums.
During his time off from the orchestra, Julian is often a featured soloist at Chamber Music Festivals in Florida. He also enjoys golf, racquetball, and tennis.
Javier Santiago is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy. His unique style is a fusion of the diverse influences of his musical background, encompassing the traditional Latin music of his native Puerto Rico, as well as a thorough knowledge of jazz, classical and pop music. In addition to his prowess as a drummer, Javier is an adept performer of the cajon, an instrument native to South America, applying traditional dance and flamenco rhythms in a modern day context. Though many know Javier as drummer for the Annie Moses Band, hismusical journey began in 1982 studying percussion and theory at the Escuela Libre de Musica, a performing arts school, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.As a young boy, Javier, along with his brother, were serious about music, as were Manuel and Pepita Santiago, their devoted parents and biggest fans. Soon he began performing with church groups and friends, and from 1987 to 1992 he set out on his first experiences as a touring musician, traveling across Central and South America, as well as Spain with the Latin Continental Singers and Orchestra.
Upon his high school graduation Javier continued his musical training at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, earning a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance in 1993 with honors. After graduation, he embarked on a year of heavy performing, producing, and teaching, but his desire for excellence brought him back to school, at the prestigious University of Miami, where he earned a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy. With a master’s degree under his belt, Javier returned to Puerto Rico where he was became an instructor of percussion and drum set at the Interamerican University.
In 1999 he moved to Nashville and took to the road, touring with the group TRUTH across the U.S. and Canada. Since then Javier has performed with: Ron Kenoly, 4HIM, Russ Taff, Wayne Watson, Nikki Leonti, LaRue, Marco Barrientos, Nestor Torres, Ronnie Freeman, Frank and Diane Marino, Edwin Cotto, OLEM and many others.
In the spring of 2003, Javier became the drummer for the Annie Moses Band. Since that time he has traveled all over the U.S. and beyond recording in both studio and live projects, including the band’s top ten Billboard classical crossover album, This Glorious Christmas, as well as two PBS specials: Christmas with the Annie Moses Band and Pilgrims and Prodigals, which have received over 1000 hours of air time. Since 2005 he has served as percussion director for the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy, as well as teaching drum and rhythm section clinics across the US.
In addition to his work with the Annie Moses Band, Javier continues to pursue other independent projects. In 2010 he launched the JJ Saint James Band, a contemporary jazz fusion ensemble. Their first album, Rhythm & Songs, was released in 2011.
Currently, Javier continues a busy touring, recording, and teaching schedule both in Nashville and Puerto Rico.
Javier Santiago is proud to endorse Innovative Percussion and Longo Custom Drums.