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.


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Special guest Jean Michel Pilc

Always a busy performer, Jean-Michel has been very active as a leader, performing mainly solo and trio, and touring many places including Japan, Taiwan, Europe, USA and Canada. He has also been in high demand as a co-leader and sideman, participating in numerous projects over the world and recording more than 10 CDs. Among these projects and recordings: duos with Kenny Werner, Sam Newsome, Sylvain Luc and the legendary Martial Solal, trio with Thomas Bramerie & André Ceccarelli Twenty, guitarist Teriver Cheung Hong Kong Episodes, Greek bass player Petros Klampanis Contextual, NYC drummer Tony Moreno Short Stories, Moutin Reunion Quintet Deep, Brazilian guitarist Fabio Gouvea, Dutch bassist Jasper Somsen, Danish bassist Mads Vinding, and many others.

Jean-Michel has also built a strong international reputation as a very unique educator. Between 2006 and 2015, he was a NYU Steinhardt faculty member, giving private lessons (piano and other instruments), ensemble classes and improvisation workshops. He was Co-Director of NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop in 2010. Jean-Michel also taught for the New School in NYC, as well as privately.