Teaches guitar, bass guitar and ukulele
Jacob is a master of the Jazz idiom. Having graduated from Berklee college of music, he keeps very busy playing jazz all over the central coast. His approach to teaching is simple: “Allow students to learn the music that they enjoy listening to.” His philosophy (and ours) is that if learning music is FUN for the student, then practicing the instrument is easy and non-laborious. He will also supplement this with formal guitar techniques which encourage the student to reach their full musical potential. For videos of Jacobs work click here. www.JacobOdell.com
Tracy A. Morgan is skilled in both drums and percussion. He teaches drum set, cajon, d’jembe and other hand percussion. He is able to teach jazz, blues, reggae, rock and country genres. He also enjoys studying African, Afro Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic rhythms currently.
Bob is a former member of the Woody Hermand and Brian Setzer Orchestras and lead trumpet for the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He has a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from California State University Long Beach. Bob has also won Jazz Soloist awards from the Fullerton Jazz Festival and The International Trumpet Guild.
Teaches guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar and ukulele
He has been playing music for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 10 years. While attending the University of Maryland he took 4 years of music classes ranging from music theory, orchestration, pedagogy of guitar, and singing performance. He has toured nationally with his various bands, playing dates on Warped Tour as well as opening for notable musicians. Currently, he plays with GhostMonster a local alternative rock duo with Nataly Lola, performing at wineries, hotels and restaurants all along the central coast.
Raised in a family of teachers (his mom teaches math and his dad teaches history) Jason is a natural teacher, possessing patience and understanding while still maintaining a fun environment. From teaching countless students of all ages, he has always found a way to tap into their interests musically and is always surprised from what he can learn from his students. He has taught everything from old country, jazz theory, pop music and even Russian ska-punk..
Gary is a guitar player’s guitar player by all forms of the phrase. Having begun taking lessons at age five and teaching at age sixteen, he has spent his life learning and sharing the wonders of music with students of all ages.
Professionally, Gary has performed over 4,000 concerts, performing onstage with international artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert. Playing legendary venues such as The Grand Ole Opry, professional sports stadiums, and major music festivals.
Teaches Fiddle, mandolin and guitar
Jim Thurman has lived in San Luis Obispo for over 30 years and has been a professional musician for most of that time as a teacher, performer, and worship leader. He has played at the usual venues like coffeehouses, restaurants, pubs, and wineries. He was guitar accompanist and singer at Elizabeth Anne Seaton Catholic church in Los Osos for 8 years, and is thoroughly familiar with liturgical music and the Catholic repertoire of songs and hymns. He is currently a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Templeton, on staff as a singer and guitar player. He has held this position likewise for 8 years. Jim has considerable expertise in traditional and contemporary hymns, gospel music, and evangelical praise music.
Jim plays and teaches a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, and electric bass. He has taught at Blue Note Music of SLO, Grand Central Conservatory, and currently teaches at Lightning Joe’s Guitar Heaven, a position he has held for 9 years. Jim also is a tutor for Heartland Charter School, a position he has held for several years
Teaches flute, sax and vocals
TALIA ORTEGA is a multi-instrumentalist (flute, saxophone, vocals), dancer, and perpetual student. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and alongside great jazz musicians such as Dave Douglas, Wayne Bergeron, Donny McCaslin, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, and Grammy Award winner Louie Ortega. Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, her studies at Cuesta College, Cal Poly, and the Central Coast Jazz Institute have helped her become an active and versatile working professional in the local music and dance communities. During her Cal Poly career, Talia was a vocalist and featured improviser with the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble as well as first flute in the Cal Poly Symphony. Talia is a former winner of the SLO Jazz Federation’s Young Jazz Scholarship and a winner of the Cal Poly Symphony’s annual concerto competition. Talia realizes that both music and education are boundless and she is excited to continue to learn, grow, teach, and play!