Billy Johnson was born in Philadelphia, and was the beneficiary of the mentoring of fine players like Gerry Brown and Cornell Rochester on the local scene. He spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Philly and New York, playing at one time in a band with guitarist Kevin Eubanks and his brother, trombonist Robin Eubanks.
The Bay Area is a place well known for its great soul music as well as being the home of countless musical legends. Through the years Simon has developed a musical style that embraces the soulful traditions of the Bay Area with his Jazz/Blues/Gospel/Funk inspired vocals and piano style.
Dave has been a teacher in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He studied classical guitar with Jim Bertram at CSU Hayward, where he studied for his music degree. He has co-led his rock band, Attila & Dave Project (ADP), for many years, recording three albums with the group, and touring through the U.S.
Joey began his music career in Atlanta playing and recording with several prominent bands, including members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level, and the Glenn Phillips Bands. Since arriving in the Bay Area in 1991, he has performed almost every concievable genre of music from Soukous to Samba-Reggae, Blues to Bluegrass.
Harlem-born singer Clif Payne bridges the genres of pop, rock, R&B, gospel and jazz. He's a 3-time Star Search winner who has opened for Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Lakeside. Clif hails from a family of musicians and singers. His father was a reedsman who gigged with Lionel Hampton. His mother was a talented vocalist who once backed Nat "King" Cole in a vocal ensemble.
Latin music & jazz are his passion: A West Coast native studied with jazz master John Handy performed at Mount Hood & Monterey Jazz Festivals jazz pianist at San Francisco landmarks "Top of the Mark" and Fairmont Hotel recorded with Carlos Santana performed with Phil Woods and accompanied Barbra Streisand. Played on cruise ships worldwide & resorts from Grossingers to Yosemite.
With over 40 years of teaching experience, Doug has performed with many world famous artists, including Iron Butterfly, Eddie Money, The Coasters, Dizzy Gillespie, Vital Signs, and more. He is currently in 5 bands, including the Linda Imperial Band featuring David Freiberg of Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Offering a versatile repertoire in English, Portuguese and Spanish; jazz vocalist Lisa Andrea Torres a San Francisco Bay Area native, has been performing in the Bay Area, Miami, Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Mexico for the past 25 years, five of which were spent in Rio and São Paulo, Brazil.
Brian Bosley is a recent transplant to the San Francisco Bay area and is currently a K-6th grade music teacher at BASIS Independent Fremont. He is the former saxophone studio graduate assistant at Ball State University where he is currently completing a Doctor of Arts in saxophone performance.
Jenna has a BA in Music from St. Mary's College. She plays trombone in the Community Women's Orchestra and The Walnut Creek Concert Band. She has subbed in The Lafayette Big Band, played with Dirty Cello and The Klezmer Kats. Her main instrument is bass trombone. She also plays tenor trombone, trumpet, baritone and tuba. She teaches after school band for MUSE, grades 4 through 8, and is a band coach at Moreau High School. Jenna has taught Recorder at Kensington Elementary School. She has been teaching privately for 10 years.
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and I have been a resident of the East Bay since 2000. I studied piano pedagogy at a local college, where I earned certificates in teaching Beginning and Intermediate Piano.
Every lesson, I love seeing the smiles on my students’ faces.
I believe that learning music should be fun and exciting, so I like to provide well-rounded piano lessons with many hands-on activities. My lessons use a lesson book as a guide, but also cover rhythm exercises, ear training and improvisation as well as music theory.
For group lessons, I introduce classical composers along with live performances of their piano music. I believe that listening to a variety of music is also important to developing musicianship.
Sonia Gill was born and raised in Berkeley, California and moved to Walnut Creek in 2010. She first started playing the flute at the age of nine. After graduating 8th grade from School of the Madeleine in Berkeley, she attended Holy Names High School, where she was principal chair of the school's orchestra as well as the high school musicals' live orchestra.
Jason Bolich is a musician and teacher working and performing all throughout the Bay Area. He has been teaching improv theater in Castro Valley for ten years, six of which have been through CVDAA. Recently he has taken the role of Technical Director for CVDAA, and he is very excited about being more involved in this company. When he is not running tech or teaching improv, he splits his time between teaching drums and guitar for the Castro Valley School of music, and performing with his bands Septacy and Sin Silver and the Avenue.
Originally from Poland, cellist Pawel Walerowski was formally trained in his native country and graduated from the Conservatory in Poznan in Cello Performance. During his formative training, he played in various ensembles and recorded for radio and television. Pawel received honors from competitions like J.S. Bach Competition in Zielona Gora and International Cello Competition in Liezen Austria.