Welcoming New Faculty

James Burton III has joined Jazz Studies on the theory faculty; he is also the conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. A summa cum laude graduate of the Hartt School, Burton received a master’s degree and an Artist Diploma, both in jazz studies, from Juilliard. A trombonist who was mentored by Jackie McLean and Curtis Fuller, Burton has performed and recorded with artists including Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, James Moody, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, and Christian McBride. Burton has also performed with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Roy Hargrove Big Band. At Juilliard, Burton received Morse and Gluck fellowships and was awarded the William Schuman Prize in 2009. He was previously the director of jazz studies at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.


Joe Magnarelli has joined the Jazz Studies trumpet faculty. A fixture on the New York City and international music scenes since 1986, Magnarelli has toured and recorded with  Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Toshiko Akioshi, Ray Barretto, Tom Harrell’s Big band, Harry Connick Jr., the Louis Hayes Quintet, the Marty Sheller Nonet, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Dado Maroni, Rosemary Clooney, Charles Davis Quintet, Planet Jazz, Harry Whitaker, Junior Mance, John Pizzarelli, Mark Sherman, Jane Monheit, Don Sebesky, and the Vanguard Orchestra. Magnarelli has recorded six CDs on the Criss Cross Jazz label, one on Reservoir, and, in 2010, released My Old Flame on Give@Go Records. Following early performance experience on trumpet and guitar in church, Magnarelli attended Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and was also the pianist and choir director at a local Baptist Church. He has led master classes and seminars in European conservatories and major U.S. music schools.

Benjamin Sosland has joined the graduate studies faculty; he is also the administrative director of Historical Performance and a member of the Evening Division faculty. Trained as a singer, Sosland has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Gotham Chamber Opera, and American Opera Projects. He has also performed at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Marlboro, Aspen, and Bowdoin festivals. Sosland completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard. He is also the research associate for the New York Festival of Song and a score consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series of satellite transmissions. He has given preconcert talks at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and written program notes for the Eloquentia label.

Steve Wilson, who has joined the Jazz Studies saxophone faculty, was born in Hampton, Va., and studied music at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has toured and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Dave Holland, Blue Note 7, Buster Williams, Dianne Reeves, Billy Childs, Charlie Byrd, and Gerald Wilson among many others. He also leads his own ensembles and has seven recordings under his own name: New York Summit, Blues for Marcus, Step Lively, Four for Time, Generations, Passages, and Soulful Song. Wilson has been a visiting artist at institutions including the Eastman School of Music, University of North Carolina, Florida State University, University of Maryland, and University of Oregon.

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