The PA Jazz Institute at Marywood University is a one week summer program that offers an opportunity for students, educators, amateurs and professionals to study and perform with some of New York’s and Northeastern Pennsylvania’s finest touring and recording jazz artists.

James Buckley

Guest lecturer (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

Artistic Director, (drum set and jazz piano)
Marko Marcinko, founder of the Pa 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 toured and performed with jazz greats: Maynard Ferguson, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker, Kurt Elling and Paquito D’Rivera. Marcinko is the director of jazz studies at Penn State University, State College, Pa.

Tony Marino

Guest Lecturer, (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.

Bill Washer

Guest Lecturer, (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 15 years he has been a part of both the Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet and the Latin Jazz Quintet.