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. Pianist, producer of 12 recordings featuring dozens of penetrating originals with world-class musicians, author of Training the Ear Vol. 1 & 2 and Whole Notes: A Piano Masterclass, Fulbright Scholar in 5 countries, 6-time NEA Fellow, faculty of New School and Wm. Paterson University for over 2 decades. Performed or taught in 23 countries with Sonny Rollins and others. Graduate Westchester Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, private studies with Michael Pollon, Ludmila Ulehla, Carl Bamberger, Richie Beirach and Harold Seletsky.

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 and the octet and quintet of Tim Horner.

Hudson Jazz Workshop is in collaboration with:

Special guest Reggie Workman

The legendary Reggie Workman is highly regarded as a bass player’s bass player. Workman’s playing styles cover the range of modern music from Bop to Post-Bop, to Futuristic, incorporating a contemporary approach to jazz improvisation and composition. His uncanny ability to equally understand and share musical ideas with such diverse musicians as Art Blakey on one side and Cecil Taylor on the other is stunning. As a result, Workman has invented his own language of sound and expression as a performer and composer.

Workman has performed and recorded with giants of jazz including John Coltrane, Art Blakely, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Trio 3 and Great Friends as well as emerging jazz legends such Jason Moran. He established himself as a bandleader and composer in the 70's when he first presented his stellar group, Top Shelf. Since then, Workman has continued developing new music arts curriculums and workshops and presenting various Reggie Workman ensembles under the umbrella of his production company, Sculptured Sounds, in the United States and internationally.

An ardent advocate of arts education, Workman is a Professor and Coordinator of Curriculum at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Studies, an institution recognized around the world as one of the greatest schools for jazz education:

“With a faculty of accomplished professionals, it is safe to say that no program is a better example of students (new to the Jazz experience) being able to learn from the source.”

Reggie Workman has always been active in music outreach and education to the community. He co-founded the historic Collective Black Artists (CBA), and was Music Director of the famous New Muse Community Center (Brooklyn, NY). He is presently Co-Director of The Montclair Academy of Dance & Laboratory of Music Studio and Founder/Producer of the Sculptured Sounds Music Festival, an artist-driven festival of futuristic music and concepts.