Welcome to Hudson Jazzworks

We offer the Hudson Jazz Workshop, a weekend immersion in Jazz improvisation and composition in a supportive and focused atmosphere conducive to intensive study and mutual encouragement, through individual and group instruction, jam sessions and a faculty/student concert, with two of today's leading practitioners of duo playing, Armen Donelian and Marc Mommaas.

Armen Donelian

An experienced educator and artist of distinction. Sideman, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Mongo Santamaria et. al. Pianist/composer/producer, 13 recordings with world-class musicians including Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart and Dick Oatts featuring penetrating originals, enduring folk songs of Armenia and classic American standards. Performer/bandleader/lecturer in 23 countries. Author, Training the Ear Vol. 1 & 2 and Whole Notes: A Piano Masterclass. Awards, Fulbright Scholar (5 countries), NEA Jazz Fellow (6-times). Faculty, New School (since 1986) and Wm. Paterson University (since 1993). Graduate, Westchester Conservatory of Music, Columbia University. Private studies, Richie Beirach (Jazz piano), Harold Seletsky (Schoenberg harmony and counterpoint), Ludmila Ulehla (advanced harmonic analysis), Michael Pollon (Classical piano), and Carl Bamberger (conducting).

Marc Mommaas

A gifted communicator and strong presence in today’s global Jazz scene. Saxophonist, Cum Laude graduate Manhattan School of Music, William Borden Award recipient, international guest lecturer at MSM , NYU, William Paterson University, Rhythmic Music Conservatory/Denmark and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, co-director of the New York Jazz Workshop, bandleader of his celebrated formation Global Motion and composer of innovative works featured on Global Motion, Balance and Landmarc (Sunnyside Records). As a side-man he can be heard with the quintet and duo of Armen Donelian, the sextet of Amina Figarova, the quintet of Tony Moreno and the octet and quintet of Tim Horner/Ron Horton.

Hudson Jazz Workshop is in collaboration with:


Special guest Freddie Bryant

Freddie Bryant received a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and is in demand in the New York jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell and many others. He currently is a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and leads his own groups, Trio del Sol and Kaleidoscope.

Bryant has seven CDs as a leader: Dreamscape: Solo, Duo, Trio featuring Chris Potter and Scott Colley (GJKSounds), Live Grooves…Epic Tales with his band Kaleidoscope (HiPNOTIC records) Trio del Sol (Twinz Records); Brazilian Rosewood, Boogaloo Brasileiro, Live at Smoke (Fresh Sound Records); and Take Your Dance into Battle (Jazz City Spirit). He has toured 50 countries and collaborated with musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including Indian classical musicians, African singers, oud players, traditional Arab groups and klezmer bands. In 2006, Bryant spent a week in Cuba, performing and working with other musicians. As an impassioned educator, he has taught jazz to all ages around the world. Bryant is on the faculties of Berklee College of Music and Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.