2015 AFCDJS Adult Jazz Camp Faculty

CLINT BAKER (trumpet/cornet) has taught at our jazz camp since 1997. Clint was a world-class brass bassist while still a teenager. Since then he has also become proficient on cornet, trombone, reeds, banjo, guitar, bass and drums. He has performed with Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band, the Boilermaker Jazz Band, Roadrunners, High Sierra Jazz Band, Gremoli and Golden Eagles. Currently he leads the Café Borrone All-Stars and plays various instruments with the Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals, Climax Jazz Band, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Hot Club of San Francisco and the Yerba Buena Stompers. In addition to his instrumental prowess, Clint is also a lecturer on jazz and is the Archivist of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation.
HOWARD MIYATA (trombone) began playing jazz with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and the Monterey Bay Classic Jazz Band.   He joined the High Sierra Jazz Band in 1989 and travels all over the world playing festivals and jazz cruises throughout the year.   Howard has a BA in music from San Jose State University and is a retired music teacher. Also an accomplished tuba player, he can be heard performing with many of the top West coast bands.  Turk Murphy and Jim Snyder have been major influences to Howard’s playing style. The slight gruff sound and the tasty plunger solos can be heard throughout his band’s recordings. His fans love his on-stage enthusiasm.  Howard calls Gilroy, CA, home.
DAN LEVINSON (clarinet, sax) A specialist in traditional jazz and swing, Dan is indeed one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today, equally at home as both a leader and sideman.  During a twenty-year career, he has appeared alongside such prominent artists as Dick Hyman, Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Polcer, Howard Alden, Joe Ascione, Dan Barrett, Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Reinhart, Mark Shane, Kevin Dorn, Dick Sudhalter, Frank Vignola, Randy Sandke, and John Cocuzzi.  Though based in New York City, Dan's busy schedule often takes him across the country and around the world.  Dan has performed on over 75 CDs, including seven under his own name.  The Mississippi Rag calls Dan Levinson the "in-demand reedman."  
JOHN ROYEN (piano) studied with Don Ewell—one of the greatest of all traditional jazz pianists. John moved to New Orleans from Washington D.C. in 1976 and has continued to maintain a busy schedule as soloist and band pianist. He has performed, toured and recorded with such notables as Pete Fountain, The Dukes of Dixieland, The Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers, Tim Laughlin, Bobby Gordon and the Independence Hall Jazz Band. John has also performed for more than 20 years with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. His piano stylings have thrilled audiences from Metairie to Moscow. 2008 marks John’s sixth appearance at the AFCDJS jazz camp.
KATIE CAVERA (banjo, guitar) has gone from jazz camp student to international jazz star! Katie has worked with the Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band, Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Firehouse Stompers, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Gremoli, Golden Eagles and Brady McKay’s Left Coast All-Stars, among others. She has also played extensively in bands led by Clint Baker (New Orleans Jazz Band, Café Borrone All-Stars), Hal Smith (Hal’s Angels, Jazz Chihuahuas) and Alan Adams (New Orleans Wanderers). Currently she is with the Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals, CJ and Katie, the Lucky Winners, Cash Kings (Johnny Cash Tribute band) and the Hayriders (Rockabilly). Since 2006, Katie has done several overseas tours with the Paris-based musical revue “Looking For Josephine”
MARTY EGGERS (bass, tuba) helped to organize the Sacramento Ragtime Society while still a teenager. He started out as a pianist (and continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the best ragtimers in the U.S.). He took up bass in the 1980s and played with the Good Time Levee Stompers, Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band, Bo Grumpus, Rebecca Kilgore and the California Swing Cats, Leon Redbone and many others. At the present time he plays with the Butch Thompson Trio, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Yerba Buena Stompers, the Tichenor Family Five, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and the Black Diamond Jazz Band. In addition to his outstanding reputation as a pianist and bassist, Marty is an excellent ragtime and ‘20s-style brass bassist.
STEVE APPLE (drums) started playing drums at the age of five, on a toy drum set supplied by his very tolerant mother. In 1975, at age 14, he joined the Churchill Street Jazz Band, made up of students at Palo Alto High School under the guidance of veteran banjo player Bill Armstrong. In 1979, after graduating from high school, he joined the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. He has also played extensively with other Bay area Traditional Jazz bands such as Professor Plum, Magnolia Jazz Band, and the Jelly Roll Jazz Band, as well as recording with various studio groups for Stomp Off Records. He cites Davey Tough, Ray Baduc and early Gene Krupa, as well as Chicago"s Wayne Jones and Hal Smith as his major influences.
   

 

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