Jazz Ensemble Lessons

Richard Ardizzone

Richard Ardizzone graduated from Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Trombone Performance.  He holds a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from Tufts University.  Before transferring to BU, Rich attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a Music Education major and George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville as a Special Education major.  Rich and his family moved to Worcester in 1977, when he became Executive Director of Rainbow Child Development Center, a position he held for 16½ years.  Prior to moving to Worcester, Rich was a day care teacher and later the Preschool Co-ordinator for Cambridge/ Somerville Catholic Charities Day Care Program.  Ever an advocate for children, Rich served for many years as an active member of the Massachusetts Associated Day Care Administrators and the Worcester Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force. He has also served on the boards of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Grants Advisory Committee to the Worcester Arts Council.

While attending BU and Tufts, Rich worked nights and weekends in Boston, playing with a variety of jazz, Salsa and Latin bands, including the Paul Fontaine/Jimmy Mosher Big Band and the Brass Menagerie. He was also a member of Conjunto Azul, a Latin Jazz group that played as the house band at the legendary Paul’s Mall.  After moving to Worcester he became a member of the Rich Falco Quartet and the Sonic Explorers.  Rich left his position at Rainbow in 1994 to become Associate Director of the Joy of Music Program, where he was already volunteering and teaching trombone.

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Sean Farias

Sean Farias received his undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his Master's Degree from the Longy School of Music.  Originally from the New England area, he can be heard with an eclectic array of performers throughout the area ranging in styles from jazz, avant garde, celtic, folk, pop/rock, and electronic. 

Sean has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and South Korea.  He has also been fortunate enough to perform with many local and international artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music including the likes of George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Kohlhase, Bob Gullotti, Jeff Galindo, Brooke Sofferman, Laszlo Gardony, Steve Slagle and many more.   In 2009 Sean recorded on the PBS documentary "The Mosque In Morgantown," named Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.  He teaches at the Rivers School Conservatory and joined the JOMP Faculty in 2014.

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