Greg Albright - Sax Teacher
Born and raised in East Contra Costa County, Greg had his professional debut at the age of 15. He also was a featured performer with the award winning LMC jazz ensemble in the 1970's. With strong influences in jazz and R&B, as well as in rock and classical music, Greg has written and recorded with original members of the Latin bands, Santana, Malo, and Sapo, as well as performing with members of The Starship, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, and Montrose. Greg currently serves as sax man/horn arranger/producer of the Steely Dan tribute band
Aja Vu which plays all over the United States.
Greg has that unusual combination of being an excellent player while also being a very encouraging teacher. And he has a passion for helping brand-new sax students who are just getting started on their instrument. In fact, it will amaze you how fast Greg can help a young student become successful on their new saxophone!
Zac Johnson - Sax Teacher
Zac was the recipient of several music awards, including the Concord Pavilion's Dave Brubeck Scholarship and the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival Best Music Scholarship for saxophone performance. Zac earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance on the clarinet from the California State University in Los Angeles in 1984. As a freelance musician residing in the San Francisco bay area for over 35 years, Zac has backed up numerous artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, and Billy Eckstein, as well as countless local performers. Zac has recorded with and currently performs regularly with the band 'Tumbledown House'. He has also recorded with artists such as Steve Erquiaga, Stevan Pasero, Canoneo, and Christopher Spheeris.
Zac has been an active private instructor for saxophone and clarinet in the Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill/Concord region since relocating to the bay area in 1984. He has taught students of all levels, from complete beginners to professional musicians. He is a regular faculty member at the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop.