Nicole Russo
(Sax & Clarinet)

Nicole Russo has a Master's degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Education from the Crane School of Music, New York.  She also completed her multiple subject teaching credential at SF State University.  Nicole is an energetic person teaching students of all ages throughout the Bay Area.

Nicole Russo has a Master's degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Education from the Crane School of Music, New York.  She also completed her multiple subject teaching credential at SF State University.  Nicole is an energetic person teaching students of all ages throughout the Bay Area.

James Mitchell
(Trumpet, Trombone & Tuba)

James Mitchell has been a formidable contributor to the Bay Area Jazz community for nearly 20 years. Growling up in Napa, he began performing at wineries, restaurants, and night clubs at the age of 15 years old. With an eclectic background  in Latin, Afro-beat, Punk/Ska, Classical, and Bebop, Mitchell brings a colorful mix to Jazz standards and an incomparable high energy. He studied with legends like Pat Warren, John Simon, and Marilyn Thompson and earned his B.A in music from Sonoma State University in 2006. James has toured through both the U.K and the US. He is excellent with pupils of all ages.

James Mitchell has been a formidable contributor to the Bay Area Jazz community for nearly 20 years. Growling up in Napa, he began performing at wineries, restaurants, and night clubs at the age of 15 years old. With an eclectic background  in Latin, Afro-beat, Punk/Ska, Classical, and Bebop, Mitchell brings a colorful mix to Jazz standards and an incomparable high energy. He studied with legends like Pat Warren, John Simon, and Marilyn Thompson and earned his B.A in music from Sonoma State University in 2006. James has toured through both the U.K and the US. He is excellent with pupils of all ages.

Phil Surtees
(Sax & Clarinet)

'Phil studied Clarinet and Piano under the Royal School of Music in the UK, and played 1st Alto Sax with the prestigious Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He  then proceeded to study Music and Performing Arts at University in London. After university he played in two successful bands touring the UK and Europe before moving to San Francisco to become a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre.

'Phil studied Clarinet and Piano under the Royal School of Music in the UK, and played 1st Alto Sax with the prestigious Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He  then proceeded to study Music and Performing Arts at University in London. After university he played in two successful bands touring the UK and Europe before moving to San Francisco to become a composer, songwriter and sound designer for theatre.