2017 Clinician Bios

Terell Stafford – trumpet

Terell Stafford 2Terell Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago, Illinois and Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in 1993. Since the mid-1990’s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford, with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra performed on Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated From this Moment On (2006). Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a GRAMMY in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard. Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums of which his latest recording has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius”, This Side of

Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.


Rodney Whitaker-bass

Rodney WhitakerInternationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker, currently holds the titles of Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University where he has built one of the leading jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the United States of America.  He is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States.  Whitaker has performed and toured with over 100+ legendary performing jazz artists over the past 25+ years.  Featured on more than 100+ recordings – from film to compact discs – Whitaker’s film scores, China, directed by Jeff Wray, was released on PBS Fall 2002 and Malaria and Malawi, released on PBS Fall 2010.  Also, Whitaker has a DVD release featuring Michigan State University’s Jazz Department entitled, “Inside Jazz” and three new compact discs entitled, “Get Ready” & “Work To Do”—both on Mack Avenue Records and “Better Than Alright” by Michigan State University College of Music.


Steve Fidyk-drums

2078048_origSteve Fidyk received his first set of drums at age four and was playing wedding gigs by the time he was eight. By eleven he had played his first professional job and become a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 140. For the next seven years he freelanced around the Pocono North East and earned degrees at Wilkes University and the University of North Texas. He then joined the U.S. Army Field Band and for the next five years gained experience by performing throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. Eventually, notified of the drum chair opening with the U.S. Army Blues, Fidyk auditioned and won the job. He has performed and/or recorded with Michael Abene, Mark Taylor, New York Voices, Arturo Sandoval, Dennis DiBlasio, Steve Turre, The Capitol Bones, Phil Wilson, Mike Tomaro, and Chris Vadala. A long time student of jazz drumming legend Joe Morello, Fidyk is dedicated and committed to education. Fidyk currently serves on the jazz studies faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program.


Andre Hayward-trombone
Andre HaywardBorn in Houston, Texas in 1973, Hayward’s first exposure to the world of music was through his parents, Melvin and Barbara Hayward where musical talent exists on both sides. Hayward began playing trombone and tuba at the age of 11 and continued playing through high school, where he attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts under the direction of notable jazz educator Robert “Doc” Morgan. He continued to hone his skills with Houston’s legendary educator,Conrad O. Johnson. It was Conrad’s instruction, and the opportunity to work in his big band,”The Big Blue Sound”, where he really started to gain experience working in an ensemble.He landed his first engagement with trumpeter Roy Hargrove for a European tour after being heard at a jam session during a festival while playing with the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble. After Hargrove, Hayward performed and recorded with singer/bandleader Betty Carter for five years. Other acclaimed performers include Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum,Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band. His most recent performance credits are The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The SFJAZZ Collective, and The Clayton – Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.In 2003, he received first place and a $20,000 scholarship at the International Thelonious Monk Trombone Competition in Washington,DC. Hayward is also an educator who has conducted numerous clinics and workshops in various parts of the US and overseas. Hayward currently serves as Jazz Trombone Specialist at University of Texas – Butler School of Music.


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