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
rdragon@calarts.edu
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 »

Vinny Golia
Performer-Composer
vgolia@calarts.edu
661.253.7816 x2611
B201

Vinny Golia is a composer who fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. As a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in... 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 »

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... Continue reading »

Paul Novros
Jazz: Saxophone
pnovros@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Paul Novros has been active in all areas of jazz—performing, arranging, composing and teaching. He is currently completing a major text on jazz improvisation titled The Craft of Jazz Improvisation.

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Darek Oles
Jazz: Bass
doles@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B214

Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was born on February 20, 1963 in Wroclaw, Poland. At the age of five Darek began his music education at the State Music School in Wroclaw. Piano was his first instrument, but later he played guitar, electric bass and finally at eighteen years old, he switched... Continue reading »

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