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Detroit, MI

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I have played saxophone since I was in 5th grade. I have been in a variety of groups over the years; rock, funk, punk, jazz quartets and big-band jazz, and the experimental use of electronics. You will learn proper breath (dynamics) and embouchure control, tonguing techniques, standard and alternate fingerings, approaches to improvisation and assistance with a varied repertoire for performance. I own a 1967 Beuscher alto saxophone and an Elkhart C-tenor saxophone. My home studio has recording capability which I use to record lessons when they are needed for review. Ear training is a crucial part to music on any level, and I encourage playing by ear as an important element to improvisation and music appreciation. My lessons are fun, informative, and creative!

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.

I recently moved to Detroit. I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subje
cts not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

I have toured internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist. I am also a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs on that CD. So, if you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach! As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Bryan K. July 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very friendly, professional, timely, and all around nice person, worked with my 15yo son 10 lessons baritone sax !
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Kurt K. June 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very informative for my son.
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Don December 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really enjoyed my first lesson with Benjamin. He was very patient with me
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Detroit, MI 48217
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About Heather P.

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As a clarinetist, it made perfect sense to me to pick up the saxophone. It is a great instrument to play. I really enjoy it.

I teach beginning and intermediate levels of saxophone. I use the rubank books as well as a few other books for saxophone books.

About Heather
I love teaching, simply love teaching! I teach students of all ages. I teach piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. I have taught for over 25 years. My students have lots of opportunities for performance, if they choose to. We perform at Nursing Homes, Retirements, Festival of Trees, and Seasonal Recitals. There are at least 2 recitals a year, 1 at Christmas and 1 in the Spring, if enough participation, we often have one in summer with a party afterward. We also participate in the Michigan Music Association competition. I have also had students perform in Disney World in Florida!!! I have been in many musicals such as Annie, Gypsy, Rock Around the Clock. I have put on solo recitals. I am a member of my church choir. My students and I have fun while we are learning music! It is the best job ever.

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use a variety of curriculum, which includes classical, broadway, some pop, new age, and jazz. After 3 to 6 months you will have a basic understanding of your instrument and will be ready to take off! I do ask students to keep track of your practicing so you can see your progress.

For piano:
I use the Alfred Basic Books for beginners and then we move to the Keith Snell books along with other supplemental books. If a student already is using a book, generally we will finish that book up so they won't have to purchase another set of books.

For Saxophone and Clarinet:
I use the Rubank books along with other supplemental books

For Voice:
I use the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, The Young Singer, and various Broadway books. Any pop music must be purchased by student as there is just way too much to chose from for me to have a lot of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: in living room with 2 pianos at entrance of house. Seating is available as well toys and a table for siblings.

*** Specialties ***
Voice - Classical & Broadway
Piano - classical
Clarinet - classical and pop
Saxophone - classical, pop, and some jazz
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Taylor August 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice!!
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Ed Karpowicz February 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great Experieince
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Victoria O. January 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Heather is amazing! She is super nice and I love her instruction for singing.
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Utica, MI 48317
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About Michelle L.

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Lessons for beginners on basics, etc. Helping through the early years.

About Michelle
I'm studying music education at Wayne State University and I've been teaching students for a few years, but started as a paid teacher in June 2013. I teach basic piano and music reading to young children.
I am both a woodwind and brass player; I started as a clarinet/bass clarinet player, then I switched to horn in high school and have played flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. I started as a clarinet player back in September of 2006 and as a horn player in January of 2011. Horn is my primary instrument now, but I also play clarinet and saxophone in pit orchestras and other ensembles.
I am an active player in the Wayne State University Bands and Orchestra, while staying an active member of the Rochester Community Concert Band (formerly called the Rochester College Concert Band).
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William W. August 14, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Michelle has done a fantastic job getting our son up to speed to begin middle school band this year.
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Kathleen H. August 18, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Michelle is great. Always on time and even when running only a couple minutes late she will let us know right away. Very nice with my 12 year old son. We have been taking lesson with Michelle for almost a year now and we think she is the best! I would highly recommend her for younger kids no matter what playing level.
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Carnell P. July 20, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
My son enjoyed his first trumpet lesson with Michelle and is excited to continue learning more.
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Michelle L.

Rochester, MI 48309
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About Paul W.

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Extensive music theory application and rhythm concept.

About Paul
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.
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Tyra Anderson July 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Paul was wonderful . It was a little mixup on the location but everything turned out fine. Paul was able to identify the areas I need to work on and I’m looking forward to my next class.
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Eian Woodward December 8, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
An amazing teacher that has truly changed my life, and challenges me to be a better musician every week!
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Brian Ellis February 23, 2017
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Paul has been a tremendous instructor for me and my journey on learning acoustic guitar. During lessons he has also taught me music theory and explained it simply, and through that I feel like the guitar and music in general has been opened up to me and I now see music more clearly. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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About Max B.

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I love teaching woodwinds and sharing my passion for music with my students. I have been teaching students from five to fifty-two for almost six years. I hope we can work together soon!

As a performer I have toured all across North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and earned awards from organizations including Downbeat Jazz Magazine, the US Embassy and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund.

About Max
Max Bessesen is a performer, teacher and composer based in Chicago, IL. His skills as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler have taken him across North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and earned him awards from organizations including Downbeat Jazz Magazine, the US Embassy and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. The first jazz musician ever to receive a grant from the Beebe Fund, Max spent 2016 in Chennai, India researching the rigorous and systematic South Indian Classical system and applying this knowledge to the music of the African Diaspora.

Max has had the pleasure of preforming with such jazz icons as Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Billy Drewes, Abraham Laboriel, and Allison Miller among others. In addition to his jazz work Max has recorded and performed with musicians from the pop and
world music realms including The Fray, Simone Shaheen, and Gonzalo Grau. Max currently holds degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Law & Society from Oberlin where he studied with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart. He performs regularly with his working band Echoes.
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Pete December 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Highly recommended. Max has plenty of musical knowledge and knows how to pass it along in a way students can understand. He's an effective, enthusiastic, encouraging teacher, and an all-around good guy. He's serious about his craft, yet still calm, cool, and relaxed. Take your sax playing to the Max.
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Sofia November 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Max was a very positive and supportive teacher. I really appreciated that he took what I wanted to improve on and found things that would help me with that.
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Marius H. August 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Very patient instructor.
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I love working with brand new beginners all the way seasoned players who might be prepping for music college. I like to keep an fun atmosphere around the lesson and try to find out what drives my students.

We'll work through pieces from school and expand into topics such as improvisation, reading, music theory, and finding inspiration from great players. I have a jazz background, and love working with aspiring jazz musicians as well.

About Steve
I'm a saxophonist, pianist, arranger & songwriter. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Professional Music Degree, and currently run a sheet music startup called NiceChart. I have been a Music Director for Middle School and High School Bands and also have over 15 years experience teaching privately. Private lessons allow a better transfer of knowledge and I love watching students progress!

I have been in touring bands, jazz bands, wedding bands, funk bands, and pop bands. Fun Fact: I was even once in a bossa nova Guns n' Roses jazz trio called Guns n' Nova. You could say I've played a lot of different styles.

I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Clairemont, San Diego. I work with beginner and intermediate piano students and all levels for saxophone. I'm open to students of any age and music
al goals.

In my music career I've performed with Steffan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) and Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) and played in bands that have opened for Guster, Blues Traveler, and The Wailers.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Classical.
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Josh D. May 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I started taking saxophone lessons from Steve in Fall 2017 after not picking up the horn in 10 years. He is very knowledgeable in theory and technique and has been extremely beneficial in helping me get my chops back up par. In these lessons I did not have much direction for Steve on what I'd like to accomplish but that wasn't an issue for him as he was able to make each lesson worth while by shedding light on harmony theory and creating lines as well as different techniques to focus on to improve my playing.

I just bought an additional 10 lessons and had my first lesson of 2018 with Steve this May and am very happy with my decision. He is giving me great feedback on charts I am playing and really giving me a sounding board to ask questions and grow as a musician within this instrument (alto). I personally have a fairly solid foundation in music theory but if you are new to music theory Steve can break that down for you step by step.

I look forward to continuing my lessons with Steve and am already seeing the benefits of having a great teacher.
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About Kim B.

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Hi! I have a Bachelors in Music Education and have experience teaching many beginning students! I have 3 children and decided to give up regular teaching to be with them. I believe that tone production is the most important area of study. It doesn’t matter what you can play if it doesn’t sound good. I can’t wait to help more students love to “play” on their instruments!

About Kim
Hello! I started my love of music at a young age with my family playing and singing at family functions. That turned into a wanting to learn how to play the flute and I went up through high school with that instrument. After high school I branched out more into vocal performance. After that I joined a traveling performance group. No not the circus! I joined Drum and Bugle Corp. They taught be how to play the Baritone and I marched a straight Baritone. I then learned the Mellophone and marched that after. Since I had experience with Drum Corp Marching I taught over 10 different marching programs over many different years. I graduated from College with my Bachelors in Music Education and was a music director until I had my children and decided to give up regular teaching. After all of the years I spent honing my craft I decided t
o continue giving lessons. I have the most experience with Flute, but can teach many other instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, piano.
I have worked with many different age groups and levels of ability. I am happy to help you learn to have fun and "play" your instrument!
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Mike January 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Mrs. Bemus provides a calm nurturing approach to teaching. She saw potential in me, and helped inspire me to become a future educator myself.
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Mark January 11, 2018
· Euphonium · In studio
Kim completed her student teaching in Music Education at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte. During her teaching she worked with all instruments Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion. She also assisted with the award winning Wyandotte Marching Chiefs Marching Band Program.
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Brooke January 11, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Kim is a fantastic instructor! She is experienced, encouraging, and patient with students as they are learning. She helped me prepare for solo and ensemble, and supported me throughout the process. I highly recommend choosing Kim as your instructor.
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Southgate, MI 48195
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About Kyle G.

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A fun, fresh, unique approach to saxophone with an emphasis on discovery rather than study, from a university student who tours regularly and has appeared with names like Ellis and Branford Marsalis, and Rosario Giuliani with the Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble.

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Hello saxophonists! Looking for a unique addition to YOUR saxophon-ing?? You've come to the right place! I'm a college musician from Washington State here to bring a fresh approach to music. Our lessons will consist of "call and response" style learning by ear first, then by theory (sheet music). Lessons with me are great for beginners and intermediate players looking to continue their musicianship over the summer while school is not in session, so please sign up quick and get those lessons in to prepare for your fall school auditions and chair tests! Much peace, Kyle.
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About Stephanie D.

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I hold a bachelors degree in Music Education. I have just completed my Masters in Music Education degree and am eager to build up a woodwind studio again! Clarinet is my primary instrument and can teach beginning, intermediate and advanced students. I also can teach beginning and intermediate sax and flute. I strive to create experiences with my students where instant success is being achieved in each lesson. I love to incorporate fun and variation in my teaching, no two lessons are the same!! Its never to late to begin learning an instrument, all ages and abilities are welcome!

About Stephanie
Stephanie Kuborssy was born and raised in Mountain View, California. Stephanie graduated from Southern Oregon University in June of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Instruction and a Minor in Environmental Studies and Policy. While maintaining a 3.83/4.00 GPA, Stephanie participated in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars during her last three years at SOU, her last year holding the title of Vice President of Events. Since her time in Oregon, she played in the pit orchestra for the production of ​Little Shop of Horrors​ as well as the pit orchestra for 50 shows for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of ​Into The Woods​. She was hired as the clarinet coach for Ashland Middle School's Chamber Music Camp over the summer as well as the visual and woodwind tech at Grants Pass High School. Stephanie was a member of the
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Cascade Clarinet Consort, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Chamber Choir during her undergraduate career. She also taught two students privately throughout her undergrad. Stephanie auditioned for and received the Southern Oregon University Solo Concerto Competition in 2016. She has just finished her Masters in Music Education degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a 3.95/4.0 GPA. She will be teaching public school music in Des Moines, WA for the 2018-2019 school year. She has a sweet kitten named Addie too!
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Andrew June 20, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Teaching not only requires technical expertise, but it also requires kindness and thoughtfulness. Stephanie is a master at all these things, and learning from her is a genuinely awesome experience.
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Trevor June 19, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Ms. Kuborssy sure does know her stuff when it comes to music! She's not only professional and talented but also a great teacher. She's very patient with beginners but also knows how to push those that really have the potential to do something great. If you have a chance, definitely study with Ms. K!!!
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Raised in Southern California, jazz saxophonist Kenji Lee has made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, educator, and musician. A resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kenji currently performs frequently as a leader with "Sakura" - a creative music ensemble featuring string quartet, with "Juarez - Lee - Alvarez" - a chordless trio, and with PAUL JAMS - a hip/hop electronic duo. Kenji also works as a sideman in many groups including NY based Davy Lazar's Antigoat. He has also lent his talents to the pop/hip-hop realm, performing with the likes of Allen Stone, Vic Mensa, and Lil Dicky.

As an educator, Kenji holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan and is the former director of small ensembles at Laguna Beach High School as well as the current woodwind clinician at Michigan Center JR/SR High School.

Kenji has performed and worked with some of the most legendary names in jazz including Gary Burton, Carl Allen, Kendrick Scott, Ingrid Jensen, Michael ...

About Kenji
Raised in Southern California, jazz saxophonist Kenji Lee has already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and musician. He is the protege and former bandmate of late-great bassist Roger Shew. A resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kenji currently performs frequently as a leader with "Sakura" - a creative music ensemble featuring string quartet, with "Juarez - Lee - Alvarez" - a chordless trio, and with PAUL JAMS - a hip/hop electronic duo. Kenji also works as a sideman in many groups including NY based Davy Lazar's Antigoat. He has also lent his talents to the pop/hip-hop realm, performing with the likes of Allen Stone, Vic Mensa, and Lil Dicky.

Kenji began playing piano at age 4, clarinet at age 9, saxophone at 13, and contrabass at age 15. His love of improvised music blossomed out of his musical relationship with many
Southern California jazz heavyweights, including Roger Shew and Jeff Ellwood. On the advice of his mentor Roger Shew, Kenji attended the University of Michigan to study with some of his musical heroes including Benny Green, Robert Hurst, and Andrew Bishop.

Kenji has performed and worked with some of the most legendary names in jazz including Gary Burton, Carl Allen, Kendrick Scott, Ingrid Jensen, Michael Formanek, Jon Irabagon, Robert Hurst, and Benny Green. In April 2015, Kenji traveled to New York City to perform a series of original compositions for large ensemble at Carnegie Hall as a part of the historic Carnegie Hall Heritage Festival. Later that year, Kenji won the coveted title of "2015 Orange County Register Artist of the Year" (Instrumental Music).

Kenji has performed at various venues across the country including Carnegie Hall (New York City, NY), The Detroit Jazz Festival (Detroit, MI), Cliff Bell's (Detroit, MI), 2018 JEN Conference (Dallas, TX), Ziggy's (Ypsilanti), Jazz Central Studios (Minneapolis, MN), Bert's (Detroit, MI), Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI), Hill Auditorium(Ann Arbor, MI), Steamer's Jazz Cafe (Fullerton, CA), and Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa, CA).

His debut record with "Juarez - Lee - Alvarez" will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Kenji currently splits his time between, performing professionally, teaching, and working as the Canterbury House's Concert Series Coordinator.
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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