Tucson Jazz Institute
Brice Winston, Scott Black, Doug Tidaback
photo credit: Jill Torrance AZ Daily Star
Founders, owners, and primary instructors at Tucson Jazz Institute:
Brice Winston, Scott Black, and Doug Tidaback.

Brice Winston Saxophonist and composer Brice Winston is a native of Tucson, AZ, but cut his teeth learning jazz in the city where the music began, New Orleans. For more than 16 years he lived in New Orleans performing with numerous world-class musicians including such notables as Brian Blade, Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. After touring with Nicholas Payton’s band for a year, his acquaintance with band leader and composer Terence Blanchard led to a close musical relationship that continues to this day. Brice has been touring with Blanchard for over ten years, affording him the opportunity to perform and record with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland, as well as record for movies scored by Blanchard for film director Spike Lee. October 2014 marks the release of his second CD as a leader. Child's Play on Criss Record Records, recorded in New York with guitarist Mike Moreno, David Virelles on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Brice currently finds himself back in his hometown of Tucson, running the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI), and continuing to record and perform in jazz clubs and music festivals all over the world.

Read more about Brice on his website bricewinston.com

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Doug Tidaback grew up in Mendota, a small farm town in Central Illinois. Doug attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship and received a Bachelors of Music in 1982. While at the University of Illinois, Doug studied with one of the pioneers of repertory jazz, Professor John Garvey.

Mr. Tidaback was the tenured Bass Trombonist of the Monterey Symphony from 1985 to 1994 and was a lead trombonist with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for ten years. Mr. Tidaback has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bradley University, the University of Illinois, Hartnell College, Heartland College, Lincoln College, The Birch Creek Music Center, the University of Arizona and the Catholic Schools of the Peoria Diocese. Ensembles directed by Mr. Tidaback have been featured and won 1st Place awards at The Notre Dame Jazz Festival, The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, The Witchita Jazz Festival, The Eastern Illinois Jazz Festival, The Western Illinois Jazz Festival, The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Fullerton College Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Reno International Jazz Festival, IAJE Western Regional Conference, The Prescott Jazz Festival, The Teluride Jazz Festival, and many others.

Doug received a Masters of Music from California State University in 1992, and has completed course work and recitals and passed his oral and written exams towards a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona.

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Scott Black graduated from Indiana University (IU) with a degree in jazz studies focusing primarily on playing the trumpet with bass as a second instrument. All of Scott's classes at that time were taught by one of jazz education's pioneers and innovators -- David Baker (who is still at IU.) Six years in New York City followed, during which time Scott (motivated by a sore throat and a desire for more small group jazz work) switched from being primarily a trumpet player to being primarily a bass player. Being a vital part of NYC's music scene and working with another of the world's foremost jazz educators, Barry Harris, provided Scott the best possible jazz education and experience.

Moving to the Midwest in 1983, Scott directed a jazz school, taught private lessons and played bass with the many great jazz musicians in Chicago. A vacation in Tucson led to his now permanent vacation home (as he frequently tells people) and a very busy career as a professional musician. Scott is the director of AZJazzArtists.com and books jazz music for all occasions. He conducts workshops, adjudicates at jazz festivals, and is author of Bebop Scales - How to Understand, Practice & Use. Scott is also a board member of the Tucson Jazz Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization providing scholarships, sponsorships and presentations for students in Southern Arizona.

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Tucson Jazz Institute, holding classes at Utterback Magnet Middle School, 3233 S Pinal Vista, Tucson AZ 85713
Mail: TJI, PO Box 87920, Tucson AZ 85754 Phone: (520) 514-0935