Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media
Meet our Trombone players
Andrew Watkins Alcocer is currently a first year’s master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, studying jazz trombone performance. He completed his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fresno, where he studied both jazz trombone and bass. At Fresno State, Andrew had the opportunity to perform and arrange pieces for guest artists such as Ben Wendel and Andy Martin, as well as design and write for the program’s newest album. Additionally, Andrew was named “Outstanding College Trombonist” in both 2017 and 2018 by the Reno Jazz Festival, as well as earning a silver medal from the Global Music Awards for his large ensemble piece “Soliloquy”. While in Fresno, Andrew had to opportunity to perform with a variety of different groups, such as the Fresno Philharmonic, Oscar Hernández, Daniel Rosenboom, and The Latin Jazz Ambassadors. Outside of music Andrew is a freelance graphic designer and enjoys anime, disc golf, and philosophy.
Originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Abe Nouri started playing the trombone in 8th grade after studying voice, piano, clarinet, oboe, and guitar. After participating in the District V Jazz Band his sophomore year of high school, Abe knew he wanted to study jazz in college. In 2013, he was involved in the summer jazz camp at Eastman, and fell in love with the school. Before attending Eastman in the fall of 2014, Abe participated in Harrisonburg High School’s marching band (Brass Captain and Executive Board Member) and musical theater (Les Mis- Marius, Thoroughly Modern Millie- Jimmy, and Oklahoma!- Curly) programs. He also participated in the jazz small group class at James Madison University his senior year. He has played with Mark Mullins and Craig Klein with the band “Bonerama” at multiple music festivals and venues. Abe plans to finish his performance degree at Eastman and to continue to do graduate work in New York City.
Trombonist Adrian Eldridge is a current freshman at the Eastman School of Music, studying jazz and contemporary media in addition to pursuing a BS in engineering at the University of Rochester. Adrian is from Seattle, Washington, and studied classical and jazz trombone with Jeff Hay for eight years before coming to Eastman. During his senior year in high school, Adrian had the opportunity to play lead trombone in the Shoreline Community College Big Band and the Bellevue College Jazz Ensemble. While playing with these groups, Adrian won awards at the Reno Jazz Festival and the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. At Eastman, Adrian studies trombone with Mark Kellogg and plays with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble.
Currently pursuing a master’s degree in jazz trombone, Josh Gagnon is a native resident of Seacoast Maine and New Hampshire. Encouraged by his musically supportive family, Josh began playing trombone at the age of nine. Josh developed a passion for jazz while surrounded by the rich improvised music scene in New England. His interests were given direction and focus by acclaimed teachers such as Chris Oberholtzer, Kendall Moore, Mark Shilansky, and Mike Annicchiarico. An avid proponent of both jazz and classical trombone playing, Josh has had the opportunity to play professionally with many New Hampshire ensembles, including the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Seacoast Big Band, OURBIGBAND, and Sojoy. Please visit www.jgagnonmusic.com for inquiries about booking and private lessons.
Jonathan Bumpus is a first-year master’s student in jazz trombone performance. Originally from Pullman, WA, Jonathan studied jazz performance at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and he was the university’s 2016-17 Presser Scholar. As a member of the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, Jonathan performed with several internationally-known guest artists including Branford Marsalis and Pat Metheny, and was a featured soloist on several recordings of the group. Jonathan is also a member of the Bob Curnow Big Band and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and was named an outstanding soloist at the 2017 Elmhurst Jazz Festival. Additionally, Jonathan has performed with the Spokane Symphony and the Couer d’Alene Symphony, and he won the Musicfest Northwest Young Artist Brass Division in 2016 and Whitworth’s Concerto Competition in 2017. Jonathan currently studies with Mark Kellogg and plays lead trombone in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and he is also a member of the Eastman Trombone Choir and the Upstate Brass Band.
November 29th at 7:30 PM
Eastman Jazz Ensemble, KH
Guest artist: Danilo Pérez
December 4th at 7:30 PM
Eastman Jazz Lab Band, KH
Visiting Bass Artist: Linda Oh
December 10th at 7:30 PM
Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, KH@ET