Steve Wiest and Art Bouton:
Co-Chairs, Lamont Jazz Studies

Lamont Jazz Faculty, Alpha Listing:

Lamont Jazz Faculty, Specialty Listing:


Art Bouton


Al Hood

Jazz Trombone:

Steve Wiest


Eric Gunnison

Mike Abbott


Dave Hanson

Steve Wiest

Jazz Voice:

Donna Wickham


Eric Gunnison


Mike Abbott


Mike Marlier


Ken Walker

Bijoux Barbosa

Jazz Musicology:

Lynn Baker

Jazz Faculty Group "Phröntrange"
Steve Wiest: Co-Chair Jazz Studies, Lamont Jazz Orchestra, Small Group I
Composition and Arranging, Jazz Trombone.  steve.wiest@du.edu

Multiple Grammy-nominated trombonist, composer, author, cartoonist and educator Steve Wiest first came to the attention of the music world with his work as soloist and writer for Maynard Ferguson. From 1981-1985 Wiest performed with, wrote for and recorded on a number of Ferguson’s CDs. At the end of Maynard’s career, Steve reunited with him and an all-star band and recorded on his final album: “The One and Only.” Wiest’s arrangement of Besame Mucho on "The One and Only"was nominated for a Grammy that year as “Best Instrumental Arrangement.”


After leaving the Ferguson organization, Wiest continued a prolific career as a performer working with numerous bands such as the Doc Serverinsen Big Band. Beginning a long and successful career as an educator, Wiest also taught at The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, The University of North Texas (where he was Director of the 7-time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band) and currently at The University of Denver where he is Co-Chair of Jazz Studies.


Steve garnered two more Grammy nominations for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble” (Lab 2009) and “Best Instrumental Composition” (for his work “Ice-Nine”) In 2014, Steve released a new project titled Concerto for Folded Space, featuring himself as trombonist and composer along with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Jimmy Pankow from the super group Chicago. Concerto was programmatically informed by Wiest’s first science fiction novel titled The Dover Stone, which is available on Amazon. A jazz-fusion project called Phröntrange (made up of DU faculty Art Bouton on EWI, Eric Gunnison on keyboards, Mike Marlier on drums, Bijoux Barbosa on bass and Mike Abbott on guitar) followed Concerto with much critical praise. Steve’s newest endeavor is an all-star rock and pop horn band called Vinyl Hampdin. The group has already released six videos filmed by Andy LaViolette (of Snarky Puppy fame) and will release a full album in October, 2017.

Whether it is via trombone, composition, education, drawing and illustrating or science fiction, Wiest is an in-demand and excitingly creative artist and makes his home in Denver, Colorado.

To learn more about Steve, go to his artist website at steve-wiest.com

Steve Wiest plays the Edwards T302 custom "Excalibur" trombone and Griego-Wiest SW Model mouthpieces and Facet Mutes exclusively.

Art Bouton: Co-Chair Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone
Art Bouton: Co-Chair Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone

Art Bouton is first call saxophonist and woodwind performer throughout the Western US. He has extensive performance experience on all saxophones, flutes, clarinets and bassoon, as well as the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI). Art is a founding member of the Lamont jazz faculty group the DU Jazz Faculty Combo and is featured on many of their recordings.


He is founder and Director of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, an ensemble devoted to performing the finest in classic big band jazz and contemporary large ensemble jazz. He plays lead alto in the H2 Big Band, tenor sax in the Adam Bartczak Republic, flutes the Wil Swindler Elevenet, and EWI in Steve Wiest’s group, Phröntrange, all contemporary ensembles specializing in new music for jazz ensembles.Mr. Bouton regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and is a member of the orchestra at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Art was also a featured performer at the 2010 TEDx DU Conference and performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra that same year.


Art performs as guest soloist and clinician at high schools and colleges throughout the US and has served on the faculty of the Yellowstone Jazz Camp, Mile High Jazz Camp, the Telluride Jazz Camp and Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp. Recordings and videos can be found at coloradojazz.org and ArtBouton.com.

Eric Gunnison: Jazz Piano, Theory and Composition (Improvisation)
Small Group I   eric.gunnison@du.edu

 Eric Gunnison is Instructor of Jazz Piano at the Lamont School of Music. He was raised in a musical family in Buffalo, NY and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a BA in music composition in 1979. He lives in Denver where he has been a mainstay in the music scene for 19 years. Eric has toured and recorded with vocal jazz group Rare Silk, jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, saxophonist Nelson Rangell and trumpeter Ron Miles. In addition, he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Phil Woods, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil and Eddie Gomez.


As a part of the Denver scene, Eric has appeared in concert with both the Colorado and Colorado Springs Symphonies. He also works with his own band, Wake Up Call, performing his original music. As an educator, Eric has worked at the Denver and Cherry Creek schools,  CU Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver as a performer and clinician. Eric is also active in the local studio scene having created music for commercials by clients such as TCI, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Primestar and McDonalds.

Mike Marlier: Drumset Director, Drumset Studies, Lamont Jazz Ensemble
Mike Marlier: Drumset Director, Drumset Studies, Lamont Jazz Ensemble   Mike.Marlier@du.edu

Mike Marlier is in his 22nd year as the Director of Drum Set Studies at Lamont. He started playing drums at the age of five, and hasn't stopped. A lifetime in music was established from the day he was born, as he was immersed in the jazz records his father played both at home and on the radio station where he worked. Growing up in Sandusky, Ohio, he started playing in the school band program in the fourth grade and also began studying the string bass with Lawrence Angel from the Cleveland Symphony.


He won the Louis Armstrong Excellence in Jazz award his senior year in high school, and attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in 1975, where he played with Bob Hope, Maynard Ferguson and Benny Goodman. He was offered scholarships to the University of Tennessee in both percussion and string bass. After completing his studies at Bowling Green State University, he moved to Denver in 1981.

Mike Abbott: Jazz Guitar, Theory and Composition (Improvisation) and Jazz Guitar Ensembles.  Littletrini@comcast.net

Mike Abbott has performed and/or recorded with The Rolling Stones' horn section, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Chie Imaizumi, Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Bacharach, Paul Shaffer, Joey Calderazzo, and Marc Copland.  After earning his Music Degree in 1988 at the University of Miami in Florida, he moved to New York City and started playing clubs, touring the US and Europe, and recording.

In 2012, Mike’s book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, was published by Harper Collins Publishers.  This 450-page tome provides an insider’s look into the who, what, where, when, and how of guitar and amplifier development from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day.  He has also transcribed rock and blues guitar songs and solos for Guitar World magazine, Warner Brothers Publications and Hal Leonard Publications.


 Accessrock.com is an interactive instructional website for guitar that Mike has owned and run since 2001.  In 2003, Mike and his family moved from New Jersey to Denver.  He has mentored many guitar students on to study at prestigious music colleges. He teaches at the University of Denver, Colorado Conservatory for The Jazz Arts and privately in Denver.  Mike currently performs with The Mike Abbott Trio as well as many of Denver’s finest musicians.

Alan Hood, Professor of Trumpet, Small Groups.   Alan.Hood@du.edu

Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for more than 35 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording A Hot Night in Paris, on the Atlantic jazz label and appears on well over fifty other jazz, commercial and classical recordings. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Harry James and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, the Summit Brass, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry, Curtis Fuller and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.


Dividing his career between performing and teaching full time (since 1999) at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music as Professor of Trumpet, Al coaches Lamont Jazz Combos, teaches Applied Trumpet & Pedagogy and a course on jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. He proudly hosted the highly acclaimed 2004 International Trumpet Guild conference at the Lamont School of Music and is currently a faculty member (since 2007) of the annual esteemed Rafael Méndez Brass Institute (and a former 5-year host!), featuring the world-renown Summit Brass. As a freelance trumpeter he continuously performs and records in and beyond the Colorado region with the Denver Brass, the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Denver Brass 5 Quintet, the Peter Sommer Septet and the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra. In 2008, he released his first solo CD Just A Little Taste which features the arranging talents of Dave Hanson in various settings for trumpet, rhythm section, strings, sax, flute, oboe and French horn. In 2011, Al released a big band CD with Hanson and the H2 Big Band on the Jazzed Media label entitled You're It!, featuring the exciting trumpet playing of guest Bobby Shew, among others. The CD peaked at #10 on the national Jazz Week radio chart and was #1 on Bob Parlocha's Top 40 list for several weeks. They followed that up in 2015 with It Could Happen, featuring vocalist Rene Marie along with some of LA's finest studio musicians making up the H2 Big Band. This Origin Records release remained in the top 20 on Jazz Week radio play for the entire summer of 2015. Al's playing can also be heard on the 2010 Capri label double-CD release by legendary jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller entitled I Will Tell Her, which reached #1 on Jazz Week, and Fuller's 2012 Capri release Down Home, also reaching #1 on the Jazz Week charts and finishing the year at #5 all around.


Prior to his 1999 appointment with the University of Denver, Alan taught jazz trumpet and musicology at the University of Miami while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz performance. Mr. Hood holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University and has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Richmond in Virginia. His main trumpet mentors include Vince DiMartino, Ron Modell, the late Ray Crisara, the late Gil Johnson and Howard Rowe. As a clinician, Al continuously enjoys working with and performing with students from such places as the University of Minnesota, Western Michigan University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, Pittsburg (KS) State University, East Tennessee State University, Wichita State University, Centre College, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, Southern Methodist University and Nagoya University of the Arts in Japan, to name a few. He has performed and has made presentations at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the Colorado Music Educators Association conference, the Texas Music Educators Association conference and at the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors conference. He has also served as a judge for the National Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Competition and at many Colorado and national jazz festivals.

A leading authority on the life and work of jazz trumpet legend, Clifford Brown, his doctoral research topic, Al has to his credit, several published articles on Brown and has been invited to present his findings at international conferences. Dr. Nick Catalano's 1999 biography of Clifford Brown, published by Oxford University Press, showcases Hood's major contributions as chief research consultant and primary interviewer. His research (and trumpet playing) is also utilized in the acclaimed 2014 DVD documentary on Brown by Don Glanden entitled Brownie Speaks, and he has been consulted by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Education Department for assistance with their Brown exhibit that was a part of the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

Ken Walker, Jazz Acoustic Bass and Small Groups.  kenneth.walker@du.edu

Walker received a BA in music education from Arkansas Tech University in 1979 and through 1985 worked as a free-lance bassist in the Little Rock area with both local bands and visiting artists from around the US. He moved to Denver in late 1985 and in 1987 began a 12-year tenure as the house bassist at Denver's legendary jazz club El Chapultepec that ended in 1998.


From 1987-1990 Walker participated in the Young Audience Program through the Denver Public Schools and was on the faculty of the Mile High Jazz Camp at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991 and from 1997-2001.


Walker has been on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music since 1991 where he teaches jazz bass to all jazz bass majors, and coaches Small Groups in addition to his studio. Ken has also been the bassist for The DU Jazz Faculty Combo, formerly known as The Climb, which was chosen to perform at the 1995 IAJE Convention in Anaheim, California.

Donna Wickham, Jazz Voice, Vocal Ensembles  Donna.Wickham@du.edu

Donna Wickham holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in conducting from the University of Denver. She is the head of the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music and teaches music history courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online. Her diverse professional activities include work as a jazz composer, arranger and performer, conductor, and keyboardist in genres that range from early music to rock, jazz and avant-garde. She's an emerging voice in chamber jazz, with compositions that meld elements of art song with jazz rhythms and harmonies. 


Donna has appeared at venues ranging from Red Rocks to Carnegie Hall, and in festivals like the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival. She has released three critically acclaimed albums, two with Firesign Vocal Quartet, one of which features her composition Veni Redemptor Gentium,as well as a jazz album titled Myth and Memory, which features her own compositions. To learn more about Donna, visit her website at www.donnawickham.com.

Eduardo "Bijoux" Barbosa, Electric Bass  bijouxmusic@aol.com

Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa is a bassist/composer/arranger and was born in Sao Paulo-Brazil where he studied music with Prof. Nadir Dos Santos. Bijoux also studied double bass with Carlos Verenzuela.In 1997, Bijoux moved to Denver. Since arriving in Denver, he has been very busy performing both on double bass and electric bass. Bijoux is one of the top studio musicians in Colorado.


Bijoux has been on over 500 recording sessions including many award winning recordings. He has performed with a wide array of stars: Herbie Mann, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Stanley Jordan, Bryan Lynch, Russell Ferrante, Chuck Loab, Gerald Albright and Lee Ritenour, Ron Blake, Paul McAndles, Jaleel Shaw, and Donald Harrison to name a few.


Currently, Bijoux performs with the Nelson Rangell Quartet, gogoLab, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra. He performs with just about every local jazz musician, as well as with many of the touring jazz soloists who make a stop to perform in Denver.

Dave Hanson, Composition and Arranging,
Jazz at the Keyboard    David.Hanson@du.edu

Dave Hanson is an arranger, composer, and pianist who has written for a diverse range of artists and ensembles, including the Boston Pops, National Repertory Orchestra, Pittsburg, St. Louis, Houston, New Jersey, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Utah, Colorado, Atlanta, Minnesota, Ukrainian State Symphony, Akron, and Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestras. He has done special arrangements for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and has completed three commissioned works for the USAF Falconaires, written for the Denver Brass, Boulder Brass, and artists including Paul Winter, Marvin Stamm, Nelson Rangell, and Al Hood.


He is co-leader, with Al Hood, of the H2 Big Band whose 2011 release “You’re It” climbed to #10 on the Jazz Week radio chart, and was #1 on Bob Parlocha’s syndicated jazz radio show playlist. That release was followed in 2015 by “It Could Happen” which was recorded in Los Angeles with an ‘A’ list studio ensemble and the vocalist Rene Marie.  That release went to #13 on the Jazz Week radio chart.  All of the arrangements on both CD’s are by Dave Hanson.


Hanson studied arranging for three summers with Rayburn Wright and Manny Albam at the Eastman Arrangers Labs, and was the co-recipient of the Duke Ellington Award at the 1983 Arrangers Lab. His music is published by Kendor Music, Really Good Music, and Denver Brass Publications.

Lynn Baker, Jazz Musicology, Small Groups   Lynn.Baker@du.edu

Lynn Baker is an active saxophone performer and clinician, performing with his own Lynn Baker Quartet, Miguel Espinoza’s Flamenco Jazz, and the beats-electronic-free improvisation trio Gemstone Debris.  He is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician and has made appearances at colleges, universities, high schools, and festivals, which have taken him across North America, Europe, and to Asia.  He is an Origin Records recording artist with Azure Intention released in 2010 and LectroCoustic in 2013.


Lynn is an award-winning composer, performer, and educator winning the 1995 COVisions Award for Jazz Composition, the 1987 Westside Composer Award (Minneapolis, MN), the 1980 Ruth Loraine Close award in performance from the University of Oregon, and the 2005 Downbeat Magazine award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Education – College Level.  Students and ensembles from Lamont are frequent Downbeat Student Music Award winners.  Lynn’s compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press and Malcor Music Publishing.  His unique and innovative texts on jazz improvisation; The Shape Method, and accompanying books Etude Supplements, Vols. 1 and 2 can be purchased at amazon.  He has also published a set of exercise books that combine jazz foundational materials with flamenco rhythmic concepts – Jazz Fundamentals in Flamenco can also be purchased at amazon.


Lynn is a Recording Academy/Grammy-nominated educator and the former Director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver.  Lynn holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University and has also studied at Mt Hood Community College with Larry McVeigh and at Indiana University with David Baker, Dominic Spera and Eugene Rousseau.  Before coming to Denver in 1993 Lynn taught at Indiana University, Carleton College, and universities in Oregon.