Ariela Dea is a local jazz vocalist who has been playing music since the age of 3. Starting on piano, she moved on to more instruments such as trumpet, French horn, and ukulele. From a young age, Ariela was always involved in choirs and was classically trained vocally until college. Graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in music, Ariela also played in the SFSU Jazz Band, singing and playing trumpet. She was section leader of the French horn section in the SFSU Wind Ensemble and was involved in many other music ensembles. Ariela enjoys arranging music and put together a 2 hour senior recital with multiple peers and showcased her vocals, ukulele, trumpet, and French horn. She continues her passion for music playing with combos and bands and is a part time music teacher for SFUSD.
Instruments - Clarinet, Saxophone
Elaine Paul Alt is a composer, instrumentalist, teacher, and multi-dimensional artist who has been active as a bandleader and producer for three decades, and is an ongoing student of musical approaches, including Jazz, western Classical, diasporic Afro-Cuban, and Indian Hindustani and Nautanki musical theatre.
Elaine studied clarinet performance, composition, and conducting with Herbert Tischman and Chris Vassiliades at the Manhattan School of Music, Michael Webster at the New England Conservatory, Charles Bruch at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians, and with Evan Ziporyn, John Harbison and Ian Greitzer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a degree in Mathematics and Physics.
She runs the Flaming Hakama studio at the 1890 Bryant St. studios, and participates there as part of Artspan Open Studios. From Flaming Hakama, Elaine produces the Jazz Combustion Uprising Jazz quintet, and the Alt Jazz chamber orchestra, as well as audio engineering for albums, and cues for for Film & TV placements.
Alt's Album releases include Self-Immolation by Jazz Combustion Uprising, Open the Gates! by the modern Jazz trio Alt Tal, and Laundry for the Nineties by the composers' quartet Lydian People's Front.
Elaine plays cornet in the Brass Liberation Orchestra political brass band, and has been part of Funk Rock Fusion bands Raw Deluxe, Little Effie's Head, Naughty Fingers, and Action Jackson. She has performed with Devendra Sharma in productions of "Mission Suhani" and other traditional Nauntanki, a form of folk musical theater from rural north India.
Ferdinand started teaching in 2019 and is excited to share his passion for music. As a teacher, he emphasizes good listening and using your instrument as your voice. He believes it’s important to understand that music is a language, and that it’s joyful to hear someone expressing themselves through their instrument. A student of jazz, he has played with and arranged music for various groups, including the City Jazz Ensemble, CCSF Big Band, and Anthony Blea’s Charanga Orchestra.
Joyce Lee is an active musician and educator currently residing in San Francisco, CA. She maintains a thriving teaching studio at the Myriad Academy of Music and Dance and the Northern California Center of Arts and Music. Regarded as a highly versatile flutist, Joyce has performed with ensembles of all musical styles, including Ensemble Mik Nawooj, a hip-hop chamber orchestra based out of Oakland, CA, The Oak Street Wind Quintet, the San Francisco Conservatory Faculty Quintet and Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. A passionate collaborator, Joyce has performed alongside musicians in the Bay Area and the greater Northwest. She regularly tours with Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and most recently played in a juried showcase at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV. Not restricted only to performing live music, Joyce can be heard on the Oakland-based indie folk band We Shore Is Dedicated’s latest album, No Ski Here Ogi Sap as well as the Seattle jazz-experimental group Heatwarmer’s Here Comes the Band. Joyce travels both nationally and internationally with her music. In 2017, she was the 3rd place winner of the Seattle Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition. She was also the 1st Place Winner of the Murray Panitz Young Artist Competition in 2016 at the Montana Flute Association's Annual Competition and Festival. While attending the University of Washington (UW), Joyce was invited to go on tour to Beijing and Shanghai with the UW Wind Ensemble as Principal Flute. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Washington studying with Professor Donna Shin and a Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Timothy Day, Principal Flute of the San Francisco Symphony.
Roxanne Winslow is a trumpet playing composer currently pursuing a Masters in Music in Composition degree at San Francisco Conservatory. She has played trumpet for fourteen years in jazz, concert, salsa, orchestral, chamber, and pop ensembles, including North State Symphony in California and Shinshu University Symphony Orchestra in Matsumoto, Japan. In high school she placed by audition into Northern California Honor Band for four years (two years as section-leader), All Northern California Honor Band for four years, first chair for the second-highest band in All State California Honor Band one year, and into the top wind symphony for All State Honor Band for two years. She graduated in Fall 2017 from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts in music, a second Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, and a minor in Japanese. Throughout her time in university she had several pieces performed, received multiple scholarships every year, and conducted trumpet sectionals for California State University, Chico. Her private teachers include Rick Winslow, Ayako Nakamura, Chris Navarrette, and soon will also include San Francisco Conservatory’s Chair of Brass, Adam Luftman. Aside from formal lessons, she has absorbed information from her trumpet playing father Rocky Winslow for many years. Rocky Winslow has strong roots in Bobby Shew's trumpet studio and is the Professor of Jazz Studies at California State University, Chico. She began teaching private trumpet lessons herself in 2013, joined Apollo Music Academy in 2018, and then Vibo Music in 2018. She also plays and teaches piano.