Instructors

Bassist, composer, producer, vocalist, and educator Paul Beaudry is a San Francisco native now residing in New York. Since relocating to New York in early 2001, Beaudry has toured worldwide as a sideman with Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Allan Harris, Winard Harper and Eric Lewis and also performed in concerts or on recordings with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Grady Tate, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Persip, Frank Wess, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Johnny O’Neal, Bruce Barth and Dave Valentine. He has toured in over 25 countries and is the leader of the quartet Paul Beaudry & Pathways which in 2010 released its self-titled debut on Dancing Spirit Records and its follow up release Americas on Soundkeeper Recordings. The group was chosen for a 2010 Latin America tour and a 2011 Central Asia tour for The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program co-sponsored by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. On tour they travel as U.S. cultural jazz ambassadors giving concerts and workshops to diverse audiences of all ages. Beaudry is also currently on faculty at the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Tony Jefferson, a New York native, attended the Berklee College of Music on scholarship in 1984 and placed third in the Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition in 1992. Tony has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including: Kenny Drew Jr., Lonnie Smith, John Abercrombie, Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eddie Harris, Don Friedman, Cyrus Chestnut, Mark Whitfield, Jerry Bergonzi, Joey Calderazzo, Freddy Cole, Hank Jones, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Nancy King, Ernestine Anderson, Annie Ross and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Cameron Brown (Danny’s Calypso and The Here & Now), Paul Beaudry and Pathways (Jazz Ambassadors Tours for Jazz at Lincoln Center). After many years as a world class drummer, Tony Jefferson has segued into the world of singing. His diverse experience as a drummer and his passion for woodwinds led him to explore musical realms that inform his approach to singing.

Some of  Tony’s recent vocal performances have been:  The Kitano Hotel in New York City,  The Princeton Jazz Festival in New Jersey, Storm King Art Center, NY,  The Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Festival, NY and the Hopper House in Nyack, NY and two tours for Jazz @ Lincoln Center/US State Dept with Paul Beaudry & Pathways. The tours included Central America, South America (2010) and Central Asia (2011). Tony has stepped out from behind the drums to sing as a guest vocalist at the Iridium, Smoke and the Blue Note in Manhattan. Tony has been featured as a guest singer with Cameron Brown’s Here & Now Band with Sheila Jordan and Don Byron. The band toured Germany and Austria in 2010.

Alyson Williams is an immensely talented recording artist who can sing classic soul ballads, jazz standards as well as legitimate Broadway showtunes. Born and raised in Harlem, daughter of noted Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Bobby Booker, Alyson first demonstrated her stage talents at the age of four. She studied dance with Arthur Mitchell, of The Dance Theater of Harlem, with Alvin Ailey and numerous other dance companies which lead to a dance scholarship to Marymount College. She also attended City University of New York and studied under John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. While studying, Alyson sang with the world famous Commodores as well as singing background in the studio with well known artists as Melba Moore, Evelyn Champagne King and Kurtis Blow. She was also a featured member of the 80’s vocal group “High Fashion” on Capital Records.

Alyson was signed on Russell Simmons groundbreaking Def Jam label as his first female R&B artist. Her first album “Raw” spent 67 weeks on the Billboard charts going gold in the UK and included the popular hit, “Just Call My Name”. Her second album, self- titled, featured songs produced by Al B. Sure and Babyface and also boasted several chart topping singles. Alyson continued to explore her many other talents starring in more than a dozen musical stage plays that toured across the country including the “25th Anniversary Revival of the Wiz”.

Alyson left Def Jam and collaborated with award winning producer, Marcus Johnson, resulting in Alyson’s third solo album, “It’s About Time”. Alyson has appeared on Soul Train, The Jay Leno Show, BET on Jazz and most recently the Mo’nique Show. She does vocal coaching and artist development for up and coming artists and is often invited to share the stage with Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, Ashford and Simpson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Christian McBride, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway and Freddie Jackson.