Jazz Institute Faculty
James Buckley (Jazz History)
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Jim Buckley has been part of the local and regional jazz scene for over 40 years. As both a leader and a sideman, he has had the distinction of performing and touring with Phil Woods, George Young, Lew Delgato, The Temptations, and many others. As an educator, he has been teaching music for over 25 years with the Scranton School District and he has also served as an adjunct professor of jazz history at the University of Scranton. From the early 1970s through the 1990s, he co-led the band “Lexington” at Pocono Gardens Resort.
Tom Hamilton (saxophone and woodwinds)
Saxophone virtuoso Tom Hamilton has performed and toured extensively with many jazz greats including Natalie Cole. Hamilton conducts workshops in high schools and colleges and has taught privately for close to 30 years. A graduate of William Patterson University and the University of Scranton, he currently teaches in Pocono Mountain schools. For over 10 years he has been a part of both the Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet and the Latin Jazz Quintet.
Marko Marcinko (drum set and jazz piano)
Marko Marcinko, founder of the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, is a driving force in the establishment of jazz culture in Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding regions. His work and love of music has made events such as The Scranton Jazz Festival possible, and has instilled an awareness and appreciation for jazz in people of all ages in our community. A University of Miami graduate, he has performed with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Red Rodney, and Paquito D’Rivera. Marcinko is currently an adjunct professor of music studies at Penn State University, State College, Pa. and tours with the Jazz NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman.
Tony Marino (acoustic and electric bass)
A native of South Scranton, Pa., Marino began his musical adventure by first playing guitar and listening to Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. As a teenager and young professional musician, he worked every musical job he could find. This led to his graduation from the school of “the street” and his eventual credits performing and touring with the likes of Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, George Young, Betty Buckley, and Dave Liebman to name a few. Marino has also served as an educator at the University of the Arts and as a freelance clinician worldwide.
Eddie Severn (jazz trumpet and brass)
Eddie Severn has performed in a wide variety of musical situations from jazz to classical to rock. His performing career spans over 20 years and he was lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He is now living in the U.S. and freelances as a solo performer and clinician. Severn has performed with many well-known musicians including Tommy Smith, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Lovano, Ingrid Jenson, John Dankworth, Dave Leibman and Bobby Watson. Eddie has also performed and recorded music for television, radio, and theatre as well as numerous pop sessions and shows.
Bill Washer (jazz guitar)
Jazz guitar sensation and Bethlehem, Pa., resident, Bill Washer has been part of the Northeastern PA jazz scene since his departure from New York City in the early 1980s. He has toured and recorded with such legends as Gato Barbieri, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minelli, Ashford and Simpson and Michael Brecker, to name few. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a professor at Moravian College and Muhlenberg University, Washer juggles his musical time between the road, music education, and playing local, regional and international gigs. For over 10 years he has been a part of both the Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet and the Latin Jazz Quintet.