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 Chris Washburne

Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently freelancing as a studio musician and performing trombone, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu and percussion with various classical, jazz, rock and Latin groups in New York City. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout the North America, Europe, Asian, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Chris received his Bachelors of Music in classical trombone performance from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with William Richardson, Richard Davis and Les Thimmeg. In 1988, he completed aMasters degree from the New England Conservatory in Third Stream Studies where he studied with John Swallow, Ran Blake and Bob Moses. He was the winner of the 1988 New England Conservatory GraduationConcerto Competition. He spent two months living in Zambia in 1985, studying the traditional music of that region, and in 1993, received a Mellon Fellowship to travel to and explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba.

In 1999 he completed his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Founding Director of the Louis Asmstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University in New York. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. He is author of the book "Sounding Salsa: Performing latin Music in New York" (2008) and editor of the book "Bad Music" (2004). He leads his own highly acclaimed groups SYOTOS and NYNDK and is a member of FFEAR.