Featuring artists-in-residence
Nick Finzer, Matthew Golombisky,
Jake Herzog, Lauren Lee, Matt Nelson, Alisha Patillo
Garrett Schmidt, Doug Stone, & Chris Teal


April 24-25, 2020

The Second Annual Fayetteville Jazz Festival 

a Virtual Event

Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2020

The second annual Fayetteville Jazz Festival will be held on April 24 and 25 through a series of virtual performances and workshops. Featured guest artists include trumpet player Garrett Schmidt (Maria Schneider Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Who) and saxophonist Alisha Pattillo (Alisha’s Quartet, H-Town Collective, Joe Sample). All festival events are free and will be streamed from the Institute for Creative Music’s YouTube channel as a replacement for originally planned live events at the Fayetteville Public Library and University of Arkansas prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.

On April 24, festival director Chris Teal will interview Garrett Schmidt as part of a listening party for Garrett’s latest album release, “Prairie Tales” followed by a performance masterclass with trumpet and jazz students from the University of Arkansas. The following day brings world premier performance workshops from Northwest Arkansas musicians including saxophonist Alisha Pattillo, pianist Matt Nelson, and University of Arkansas senior guitar instructor Jake Hertzog as well as national and international musicians Lauren Lee, Matthew Golombisky, Nick Finzer, and Doug Stone. Each musician will premier a combination performance and educational workshop recorded in the intimate environment of their home studio.

April 24: Garrett Schmidt Live Stream from Institute for Creative Music YouTube Channel:

2:00 – 3:00 pm Garrett Schmidt listening party and interview, “Prairie Tales”

3:15 – 4:30 pm Garrett Schmidt trumpet masterclass including UA trumpet student performances

April 25: Fayetteville Jazz Festival Live Stream from Institute for Creative Music YouTube Channel:

9:00 – 9:50am Festival kickoff and performance workshop by Chris Teal (drum set, Fayetteville, AR)

10:00 – 10:50am Performance workshop by Matt Nelson (piano, Bentonville, AR)

11:00 – 11:50am Performance workshop by Jake Hertzog (guitar, Fayetteville, AR)

12:00 – 12:50pm Performance workshop with Alisha Pattillo (saxophone, Prairie Grove, AR)

1:00 – 1:50pm Performance workshop by Lauren Lee (piano/voice, New York, NY)

2:00 – 2:50pm Performance workshop by Matthew Golombisky (bass/composition, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

3:00 – 3:50pm Performance workshop by Nick Finzer (trombone, Denton, TX)

4:00 – 4:50pm Performance workshop by Doug Stone (saxophone, Baton Rouge, LA)


Garrett Schmidt


Garrett Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Jazz, teaches jazz trumpet, jazz arranging, jazz combo, jazz improvisation, and directs the Concert Jazz Band at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Before moving back to Illinois, Garrett was an active musician in New York City.

Garrett is an active clinician and performer. He has performed world-wide with the Maria Schneider Orchestra(Tokyo Blue Note, Jazz Standard, University of Maryland, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Barcelona, Luxembourg, Vienna, Zürich, Geneva, Basel). He has also performed/toured with the Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, John LaBarbera Big Band, Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Who, Weird Al Yankovic, Boyz II Men, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. His debut small group release, Prairie Tales, can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes and is available on most streaming platforms.

Alisha Pattillo


Alisha Pattillo, is a half-Australian half-English raised in Singapore saxophonist now residing in Fayetteville AR.  She has traveled the world performing at Music Festivals and clubs in major cities such as Singapore, Orvieto, Umbria (Italy),  Brisbane (Australia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Austin (TX), Houston (TX), Dallas (TX), Lafayette (LA), Memphis (TN). Current projects include leading her own Jazz group, “Alisha’s Quartet” ,  her own Funk & Blues Project “H-Town Collective” in addition to being a member of various corporate Top 40 / Cover bands in the Houston & Dallas area.  In 2013 Alisha was offered artist endorsements with Antigua Winds (saxophone manufacturer) and Theo wanne mouthpieces (mouthpiece manufacturer).   Alisha Pattillo started playing the saxophone at the age of 11 at the United World College of S.E Asia. Five years later; she could be spotted playing in professional working bands around Singapore’s Night Clubs & Bars.   At the end of 2006 Alisha received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone and Education Preparation from Australia’s prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music, in Brisbane. As of 2007 Alisha relocated to the USA (Houston, Texas) to further pursue her musical career.   In 2010 she was approached by “King of The Texas Blue Piano” Ezra Charles to join his band to tour around the US and internationally. In January 2012 Alisha started a side project and formed her jazz group “Alisha’s Quartet” and released “Along for the Ride” in September of that year.  Alisha’s Quartet was nominated three years in a row by the Houston Press for “Best Jazz”   In 2015 she released a collaborative studio project “Billabong Island Sound”.    In December 2016 Alisha became a full time member of The Walton Stout Band, based in Dallas TX.     Alisha has performed with a variety of world renown artists such as: Joe Sample (Jazz Crusaders), Portugal The Man, Archie Bell, Ezra Charles, Milton Hopkins, and Trudy Lynn.  Aside from performing, Alisha shares her passion for music in the form of teaching private lessons, arranging and recording for various studio projects.

Nick Finzer



is one of the most dynamic musicians of the millennial generation. An award-winning composer, arranger, producer, educator and trombonist, Finzer is bringing the joy and power of Jazz to traditional fans and the most modern 21st century audiences. He’s on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of Jazz in this age while also bringing street cred to the trombone with a bold, tight sound. 

Born into the musical world (Mom Sherry Finzer is an international flutist), Finzer developed a fascination for the music of Duke Ellington and found himself, in high school, performing at the annual Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was then that he decided to pursue a life in music himself. His budding talent was recognized by Wycliffe Gordon who began a mentorship by writing four pieces for the young Finzer while he attended the Eastman School of Music. Nick went on to get his masters at Juilliard’s prestigious Jazz program where he was mentored by trombone legend Steve Turre

In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition

Two tracks appearing on Nick’s debut album “Exposition” (Outside in Music) garnered Finzer a pair of accolades: The prestigious American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)’s Herb Alpert Award for young composers (2013 & 2015)

Famed trombonist and mentor Wycliffe Gordon called Finzer “a new voice [in] the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making” and added “Nick’s CD is a glowing example of things to come.” 

When away from NYC, Finzer can be found touring the globe not only with his own projects, but as part of  Anat Cohen’s Tentet, teaching workshops and masterclasses, and appearing with YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox. Finzer has joined the group on television, in viral videos with millions of views, and on tours across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.  

Finzer has performed at top jazz clubs, festivals and concert halls with Wynton MarsalisJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Newport Jazz Festival with Anat Cohen, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, the Grammy Award Winning Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, Frank Wess, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, Slide Hampton, Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Steve Turre and many more. 

While not performing, Nick can be found on his YouTube channel sharing weekly videos on topics ranging from live performances, to new arrangements, and educational videos. Nick’s media company and jazz record label Outside in Music is poised to take the jazz recording industry firmly into the next century. Outside in Music produces audio and video content for some of jazz’s rising stars from around the globe; as well as connecting brands to the jazz artist’s passionate fan-bases. 

Nick also has a firm commitment to education and developing the next generation of musicians and music lovers. 2018 saw Nick’s appointment as the inaugural Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at the legendary University of North Texas (home of the very first degree in jazz studies).  Finzer serves as the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Institute for Creative Music; a non-profit dedicated to exploring improvisation and creativity for musicians and audiences of all levels. From 2014-2016, Nick served as the Visiting Professor of Jazz Trombone at Florida State University. Nick published his first book in 2013 Get Ahead (A Practical Guide for the Developing Jazz Trombonist) and relaunched that book as an interactive online course in June of 2017. Nick also curates an online Virtual Studio where students can engage with weekly video content to bring their playing to the next level. 



Lauren Lee


Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. A

native of the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan area, her foray into creative music began as a

teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, an experience that lead her on a wild goose chase

of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator. Likened to

female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu, Lee’s music has been

described as, “equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, and… something completely different”

(John Pietaro, Dissident Arts). Her work intentionally inhabits this place of “between”, and in

Lee’s case, the “between” is nestled between where jazz has been and where jazz is going. Her

work is praised for her virtuosic improvisational abilities on both piano and voice, as well as her

emotional and harmonic prowess as a composer. Check out her new album, “Windowsill”

(10/2019 on Ears and Eyes records, www.laurenleejazz.bandcamp.com ) She maintains a

private studio teaching jazz piano and voice and runs a clinic series called Sing Like a Horn, a

comprehensive approach to playing your voice like an instrument. She has previously been on

faculty at New York University.


“Lee- in her voice and at the keyboard- is, in a very balanced way, presenting a unique

approach, but one grounded enough to support the contrasting moods and musics, which really

is what makes ‘Windowsill’ so engrossing” – Anthony Dean- Harris, DOWNBEAT Mag



Matthew Golombisky


Matthew Golombisky is a USA-born, Buenos Aires-living acoustic & electric bassist, composer, improviser, conductor, and educator who also wears many hats like the director/founder of independent record label ears&eyes Records, (past) conductor & artistic director of youth orchestra, Orquesta Creer Es Crear, in Avellaneda, Argentina, curriculum developer, teaching artist and board member of 501(C)3 non-profit Institute for Creative Music and in the past has taught in schools such as SPACE, Mynah Music, Hilldale, Asheville Music schools, stage managed for Pitchfork Music Festival, Hideout Block Party, The Swell Season, Peter, Bjørn & John, DJ-ed/produced radio for WNUR 89.3FM, curated an annual ears&eyes Festivals, ideated for Clorox, and wrote, composed and directed musical theatre forBizzo!.

Matthew has lived and been active in music, festival, and film scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, New Orleans, Buenos Aires Argentina, upstate New York, and Asheville NC, as well as toured the USA and Europe with bands such as IfCM, NOMO, Zing!, Jhelisa, Golombisky-Kirchner duo, WATIV, QMRplus, & more.

AllAboutJazz and writer Jakob Baekgaard recently called Matthew a modern “renaissance man” (the article has more than 26,000 views/reads). He is a forward moving, fast acting, and busy artist. Between his acoustic/electric bass performing, commissioned compositions (including his work on Australian singer/songwriter Via Tania’s latest album, featuring his Tomorrow Music Orchestra, his film scoring contributions to Argentine director Alejo Domínguez’s feature film, La Soñada, or creating improvisation teaching supplements for the Institute for Creative Music), directing, filming and editing music videos and/or release trailers (ie. Cuentos, Chad Taylor, Nate Lepine, TMO, Quintopus, Matija Dedic, blink.), creating layout design work and/or photography for websites and albums (e&e.com, Matija Dedic, Hood Smoke, Pedway, Quintopus), conducting, directing and composing for at-risk youth orchestra, Orquesta Creer Es Crear in Argentina where they performed in the tango-famed Teatro Roma, founding/directing Chicago-based indie label, ears&eyes Records (2018 marks eleven years), and now releasing his newest double EP cassette, Cuentos Vol. 1 & 2, just maybe he can back AllAboutJazz’s forceful claim.

Matthew’s undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville led to a B.A. in Jazz Studies/Bass Performance with an emphasis on 20th Century Classical music & theory, while earning the Distinction in Music Award, and masters studies to a M.M. in (classical) Composition from the University of New Orleans after a brief stint at Northwestern University after Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans in August 2005.

Matthew’s discography includes over 50 recordings featuring his performance, compositions, conducting, film scoring, artwork/design, photography, recording/mixing, and/or production.

He has taught performance, improvisation, composition, theory, recording techniques, and music marketing to children and adults for 20 years in schools and colleges across the nation. He joined the IfCM Collective to travel the USA, teaching clinics to high school and college students his methods of composing, improvising and conducting. In 2013, he teamed up with like-minded musicians/educators John Nash, Patrick Liddell and Elisabeth Johnson and founded a not-your-typical music-school school in Oakland CA to promote experiencing/learning music as a whole art form, as something relevant and exciting, called Mynah Music. Most recently, he became the Music Director and conductor of a youth orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina in a government funded program inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema.

His composition style is wide ranging, steeped in modern classical, experimental, experiential, thoughtful, jazz, rock and pop genres, but never limits himself to anything and absorbs all music listened to. He creates moods and aural images that captivate, intrigue, invigorate, confuse and/or excite his audience.



Chris Teal


Chris Teal teaches drum set, beginning jazz combo, and jazz improvisation at the University of Arkansas and the Jazz Workshops for the U of A Community Music School. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Whitworth University, Teal is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music. Before relocating to Fayetteville, where he plays with the U of A Faculty Jazz Quintet, the Jake Hertzog Trio, the Matt Smith Group, and TheatreSquared, he was one of the most in-demand drummers in western New York, performing with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, John Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band. Chris has released four albums with his band Quintopus on ears&eyes Records (Voyage to Ornoc, April Showers, Prehistoric Beach, and a yet untitled 2020 release) and four albums with the Institute for Creative Music Collective on Outside in Music Records (Volume 1, A Tribute to Prince, A Tribute to Bjork, and the forthcoming A Tribute to St. Vincent.)

In addition to his active career as a performer, Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts by teaching improvisation, aural learning, and composition through the Institute for Creative Music.  The IfCM recently launched “Creative Jazz Fundamentals,” an online school for learning jazz. Along with other Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music, Teal has presented workshops and performances at schools throughout the United States and spoken at the 2017 NYU Impact Conference and 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference.



Jake Hertzog


Jake Hertzog is a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator whose career to-date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles. He has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a diverse cadre of artists including Randy Brecker, Ivan Neville, Mike Clarke, Blondie Chaplin, Anton Fig, Corey Glover, Barry Altschul, Dave Leibman, Ingrid Jensen and many others.


Hertzog’s many projects have included the Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones — a jazz/rock group that has released five albums to wide acclaim and radio success and headlined venues such as The Blue Note in New York and Salo Jazz Festival in Finland.


An active music educator, in 2016 Jake joined the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In 2018 Jake authored his first book, Guitar Sound Effects published by Hal Leonard, a deep dive into the world of contemporary guitar sounds and techniques. Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake has contributed over 30 articles to Guitar Player magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. Guitar Player has coined him the “Jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world”. Readers can visit the Official Hey Jazz Guy website for articles and tutorial videos. Past master classes and clinics include Jazz at Lincoln Center, CUNY, Jazztravaganza at the Clarion Performing Arts Center in Lake Jackson, Texas, Turku Conservatory in Finland, EMU Conservatory in Argentina, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA., Women In Jazz in Halle, Germany and a faculty position at the Swarnhaboomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India. 


Hertzog’s classical recordings include “Well Lit Shadow” (2016) a suite for solo electric guitar celebrating themes and images in particle physics. His latest project, a guitar duo with classical virtuoso Yishai Fisher called  “Stringscapes: A Portrait of the World in Nylon and Steel” (2018, Fretmonkey) is a unique combination of nylon string and steel string guitars and is inspired by the landscapes of planet earth. He was awarded a fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council in 2018 for music composition for this project.


Jake was co-leader and co-songwriter of the rock band The Young Presidents with bassist Mitch Kaneff from 2009-2016. In 2016 their third album, Firehorse, debuted to wide radio success. In 2014 The Young Presidents collaborated with brilliant Grammy winning producer Rob Fraboni on a guest vocalist album called Coalition. The record featured such legendary talent as Ivan Neville, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys), and Anton Fig (Drummer for the Letterman Show) and members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Orchestras. The Young Presidents also produced a short documentary on the making of the project entitled “Building The Coalition” that premiered at New York’s VisionFest Film Festival in June 2013. 


For three years, Jake stood as musical director and lead guitarist for Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band stars, Nat and Alex Wolff. They concluded two national tours and have performed on national television shows including Good Morning America, The View, Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards and The Today Show.


Hertzog is a grand prize winner of the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, holds a performance degree from Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree from The Manhattan School of Music in New York.


“An unapologetic brand of jazz-rock guitar that does not look back…”

— Mark Redlefsen, All About Jazz



Doug Stone


“The first half of the concert closed with my “Nasty Dance”, a Joe Lovano feature from Mel Lewis days. I am starting there because of the tenor playing of Doug Stone. To even play this piece is hard enough but Doug took it to places I had not imagined—it was virtuoso playing on the highest plane and I frankly don’t know how he managed it. When you “show your ass” to the world, it better be blemish- free—his shone like a baby. His other solo offerings were good too, but this was a performance I won’t forget. I wouldn’t hire him, I’d kidnap him.”

  • Bob Brookmeyer 12/9/2009


Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, Illinois. His time on the road has taken him to virtually every corner of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada. As a member of groups at Northern Illinois University, Stone had the opportunity to perform with Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Carl Allen. As a member of the Birch Creek Academy Band he has performed with jazz luminaries Dennis Mackrel, Harold Jones, Derrick Gardner, Tanya Darby, Reggie Thomas, and Clay Jenkins. He spent six years working full-time as a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player, teacher, composer, and arranger in the rich musical environment of Chicago.

Mr. Stone can be heard on recordings from the Sam Craine Quartet, the Dave Hoffman Sextet, the NIU Jazz Ensemble and Jazztet, the Jazz Arranging Syndicate, Birch Creek Academy Big Band, the Ed Breazeale Group, the Ji Young Lee Quartet, the Stuart Mindeman Group, the Ian Torres Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, Panoramic, Quintopus, the Rick Holland Little Big Band, the Rich Thompson Quartet and Trio, the Westview Project, the John Nyerges Quintet, the Bob DiBaudo ensemble, the Eric Schmitz Sextet, and the Tom Marko ensemble. Stone has four recordings to his credit as a co-bandleader: Doug Stone/Josiah Williams “The Early Riser”, Stone/Ziemba Duo “In the Zone”, Nick Fryer/Doug Stone “Quartet”, and The Stone/Bratt Big Band “SBBB”. Stone is also a published arranger and composer (Kendor Music). His compositions and arrangements have been performed by professional, university, and high school level jazz ensembles throughout the United States.


In 2009 Mr. Stone moved to Rochester, New York to pursue a double master’s degree in jazz performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed in Rochester with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Westview Project, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Quintopus, the John Nyerges Duo and Quartet, Jeff Campbell, Rich Thompson, and other talented local jazz artists. While in western New York, Stone has worked with several noteworthy musicians including George Caldwell, Bobby Militello, Harold Danko, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Dobbins, Mark Ferber, Ike Sturm, Charles Pillow, Allen Vizzutti, and the Mambo Kings.


Since 2009 Mr. Stone has taught private lessons, ensembles, and classes at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS). He has also served as chair of the ECMS jazz department and has directed the prestigious Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2012 Mr. Stone accepted a position as the director of jazz ensembles at the Rochester School of the Arts (SOTA) in Rochester, New York. He taught several ensembles, classes, and lessons at SOTA. In the summers Mr. Stone teaches at the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies Program, the Tri-Tone Jazz Camp, has previously served as co-director of the Eastman at Keuka College Jazz Camp, and served as assistant to the director at the Birch Creek Jazz Camp.

Mr. Stone has held teaching positions at The State University of New York at Brockport, the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts in DeKalb, IL, and he worked as private saxophone, jazz, and small group instructor at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, IL. Mr. Stone has been Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University since August, 2018.



Matt Nelson


Prior to moving to Bentonville in 2017, Matt Nelson had established himself as one of Chicago’s most in-demand and versatile keyboardists. Matt has performed and toured in blues, jazz, and R&B bands, original rock bands, and high-end wedding and corporate bands and has accompanied, produced, and arranged for comedians, choirs, big bands, string groups, singers, and hip-hop artists, both live and in the studio. For a decade, Matt lead his own jazz trio, the Matt Nelson Trio, and their album, “Nostalgiamaniac” was critically acclaimed and received a notable four-star rating in Downbeat magazine. Matt also spent several years collaborating and touring with grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Matthew Santos and hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco, and has made appearances on many national TV shows, including Late Night with David Letterman, the Colbert Report, and the Ellen Degeneres Show. Matt has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of John Legend, Erykah Badu, Journey’s Steve Augeri, and comedian Sandra Bernhard, among many others.

Currently, Matt performs primarily in Northwest Arkansas. He recently completed a successful run with the Trike Theatre production, A Year With Frog and Toad. Matt can also be found performing with jazz powerhouse, the Forte Quintet; rocking private parties and weddings with funk/top 40 band, Jukeboxx; arranging and playing keys for charitable giving singalong, Beer & Hymns; performing at various events sponsored by the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra; and as an in-demand session keyboardist at Bentonville’s Haxton Road recording studio.

For More Information About the Event    Chris Teal, uofacmsjazz@gmail.com

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