Dr. Jonathan Latta is currently Assistant Dean at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to UOP he was Director of Percussion Studies and Jazz for six years at Fort Lewis College teaching applied percussion, percussion ensemble, non-western music, orchestration, jazz ensemble, and jazz history. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance and Music Education from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and a Master’s of Music in Performance from East Carolina University. In 2009 Jonathan finished his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona School of Music.
Prior to returning school for his doctorate, Jonathan was a member of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. During his time with the band he performed in over 300 performances serving as percussion/timpani for the Concert Band, drumset for the Commanders Jazz Ensemble, marching percussion for the Ceremonial Band and drumset for the Golden West Dixie Ramblers. Performances included the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 2004 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the internment of former President Ronald W. Reagan. As a member of the percussion section and the jazz ensemble rhythm section he gave clinics to elementary through college-age students throughout the west coast.
In addition to directing the Fort Lewis College Jazz Ensemble, Jonathan helped develop the Music in the Mountains Jazz Series and is the drumset player for the pops concerts with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra.
Jonathan’s other performing experiences include percussion with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. San Juan Symphony, North State Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Tar River Symphony and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.
He has performed as a chamber musician in the Durango Chamber Music Festival and the Animas Music Festival. He is currently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Education Committee.
Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he directs UNC Jazz Lab Band I and teaches graduate courses and studio jazz piano. In addition to directing the Jazz Studies Program, he is the Artistic Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival and the Director of UNC Jazz Press.
Landry has performed with jazz artists including Milt Jackson, Bela Fleck, Dick Oatts, Ingrid Jensen, Ricky Woodard, Jeff Coffin, Eddie Daniels, Rufus Reid, Clay Jenkins, Bill Watrous, Billy Pierce, Lew Tabackin, Alan Dawson, Tony Reedus, Ricky Woodard, David Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Slide Hampton, and others. He has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Australia, and can be heard frequently in a trio with his UNC colleagues Erik Applegate (bass) and Jim White (drums). Dana also co-leads the Colorado Jazz Orchestra.
Landry has directed All-State, district, and honors jazz bands in Colorado, Wyoming, and Tennessee. He has presented workshops and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the country and has adjudicated high school and college jazz ensembles at festivals in Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Virginia, Alabama, and Tennessee. He served as the director of the Britt Institute Jazz Workshop in Oregon and on the faculties of the Yellowstone Jazz Camp in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp in Colorado. Landry currently is the director of the UNC Jazz Camp.
Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world. Although rooted in the great jazz tradition of his heroes Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, he continues to search for the mystery in music making and takes great joy in sharing the present moment with the listener.
Peter is a regular member of the Ken Walker Sextet, Ninth and Lincoln (modern big band under the direction of Tyler Gilmore), the Wil Swindler Elevenet, the Fred Hess Big Band, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, the New Third Stream Saxophone Quartet and is an honorary member of the Russian Dragon Band. He also performs often as a soloist, in duo with Art Lande, and as a leader of his own quartet.
Peter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music
Festival Orchestra, and has been a featured jazz soloist at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial
Conferences. He has also performed at IAJE International Conferences in Anaheim and Toronto, Canada, and has
performed at World Saxophone Congresses in Valencia, Spain, Bangkok, Thailand and St. Andrews, Scotland.
Peter Sommer is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. At CSU, Mr. Sommer directs Jazz Ensemble I and coordinates the Jazz Studies area.
Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.