Saxophone Lessons

Carlos Averhoff Jr

Carlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban saxophonist, composer, band leader, recording artist of Inner Circle Music Jazz label, and Berklee College, New England Conservatory and Concord Conservatory faculty. All About Jazz named Carlos a “dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful.” 

His project iRESI was released in April 2015 under Greg Osby’s boutique recording label Inner Circle Music. iRESI has been applauded by international critics and major jazz blogs. Acclamations include Four Stars from All About Jazz and descriptions such as “remarkable recording;” “striking music;” “bewitching;” and as portrayed by Latin Jazz Network, “one of the most visceral and heartfelt that Carlos may have made” […] 

His performance resonates with equal parts fire and smart intellect, showing a player that has done his homework, ready to explore new musical territories.”

Carlos has also collaborated with well known Jazz artists such as Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Moses; Cuban drummer Horacio El Negro Hernandez; pianists Jason Moran, Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca. Saxophonists Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, and Bill Pierce. He was nominated to the Latin Grammy with the album Buena Vista Social Club Presenta a Omara Portuondo. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos first encounter with music was through the hands of his father, legendary saxophonist and member of Chucho Valdes’s Irakere, Carlos Averhoff. He was classically trained in Cuba’s top music schools, Manuel Saumel Conservatory of Music, Amadeo Roldan School of Music and Havana’s Superior Institue of Art. Carlos continued his education in the United States earning Suma Cum Laude Honors at Berklee College of Music and a Master’s Degree with Honors from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.  He is joining the JOMP Faculty in the fall of 2016.

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Vlad Vaskevich

Vladimir Vaskevich received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Stolyarsky School of Music and his Master of Music degree from Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine).  He was a member of the Odessa Opera Orchestra and the Odessa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (clarinet and saxophone) as well as leader and arranger of ensembles for the Odessa City Music Entertainment Company.  In addition to his classical performing, he participated in Jazz Festivals through Russia and the Ukraine, including performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Vladimir also served on the faculty at the Odessa State Musical College for sixteen years before emigrating to the United States.  

Vladimir and his wife, violinist Svitlana Kovalenko, have been performing together for many years as the “Romantic Duo”, sharing their music at many organizational events, family celebrations, retirement communities and nursing homes throughout the region.  Vladimir teaches clarinet and saxophone for Clark University’s Neighborhood Music Program, the Wachusett Regional School District’s after school music program and has been on Joy of Music’s faculty since 2006.

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Mark Weissman

Mark Weissman has been a professional musician in the New England area for the past 25 years. In addition to receiving a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, he holds Music degrees from Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst. Mark has studied Saxophone/improvisation, and composition with Yuseff Lateef, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Jeff Holmes, Ken Radnofsky, Ted Levine, and Lynn Klock.

From 2002-2016 Mark was enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Saxophonist. During his enlistment he had the opportunity to perform and record with numerous Jazz luminaries such as Marvin Stamm, Greg Hopkins, Gary Smulyan, Jane Monheit, Billy Pierce, and Phil Wilson. In addition to his performance responsibilities, Mark was chosen to musically direct the top Jazz ensemble at the world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival.

Currently, Mark is teaching band full time in the Tantasqua District, and performing in numerous ensembles around the New England area.   He taught at Joy of Music from 2000 and 2002, before joining the Air Force band and rejoined JOMP’s faculty in 2017.

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