Faculty

Joey De Leon
Jazz: Latin Percussion
jdeleon@calarts.edu
661.253.7816
B322

Joey De Leon, Jr. was born sometime in the 1960’s in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City but was primarily raised in the Bronx and North Bergen, New Jersey, the oldest of 2 children. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was... Continue reading »

Ryan Dragon
Jazz Trombone
661-253-7816
B322

Ryan Dragon is a trombonist and a fixture on the LA jazz and studio scenes and avant-garde community.  After spending a number of years performing on the east coast where he attended the Berklee school of music and performed with Cirque du Soleil, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he quickly... Continue reading »

John Fumo
Jazz: Trumpet
jfumo@calarts.edu
661.253.7816
B322

John Fumo is one of the major players in the Los Angeles-based avant-garde scene. His ability to improvise under any setting (from bop to free jazz) has long been a valuable asset”. Scott Yanow from Trumpet Kings (The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet)..©2001 John’s... Continue reading »

Alphonso Johnson
Jazz: Electric Bass
ajohnson@calarts.edu
661.253.7816
B322

Internationally acclaimed Bassist and Chapman Stick artist Alphonso Johnson has accumulated numerous performing, recording, teaching, producing, composing and publishing credits during his illustrious career. His touring and recording credits read like a “Who’s Who” of jazz and... Continue reading »

Larry Koonse
Jazz: Guitar
lkoonse@calarts.edu
661.255.1050 x2055
B212

Born into a musical family, Larry has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. At the age of fifteen he recorded an album with his father, guitarist Dave Koonse, entitled Dave and Larry Koonse; father and son jazz guitars. In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a BM in Jazz... Continue reading »

Joe LaBarbera
Jazz: Drumset
jlabarbe@calarts.edu
661.255.1050 x2548
B205

Joe LaBarbera has enjoyed a long and varied career in music, a career that has taken him all over the world with some of the finest names in jazz. He is regarded by his peers as a musical drummer and a supportive accompanist. Jazz great Bill Evans summed it up best when he said that “Joe... Continue reading »

Stephen Lehman
Performer-Composer, Jazz
slehman@calarts.edu
661.253.7816
B317

Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and a "dazzling saxophonist,” by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. Lehman’s pieces... Continue reading »

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