Robert “ROOK” Rucker

Robert RuckerRobert M. Rucker’ (born Chicago, Illinois, raised in Miami, Florida) is a jazz drummer, music teacher, and composer.

Rucker has recorded and performed with many notable artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Wes Anderson, Wycliff Gordon, Herb Harris, Scotty Barnhart, Phillip Harper, Eric Lewis, Stephon Harris, Eddie Henderson, Sam and Dave, Steve Marley and Dead Prez. He has also produced music for Sony Pictures and performs with a jazz band called SwingSet Quintet.

Scott Wilson

Scott WilsonScott Wilson is a Gerhard Baier Trumpet Artist, cofounder of On the One Records and currently heads the jazz studies program at the University of Florida. Wilson has served as Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan, principle staff composer for Grand Link World in Qingdao, China and has been a featured jazz trumpet soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea. Wilson has served as an Artistic Director for Caleb Chapman’s Super Band in Utah (multiple Downbeat winners) and now serves as Artistic Director for the LakeShore Music jazz series at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona. As a producer, in 2011 Wilson co-produced the “Earth Wind and Fire Tribute” album for the Sheldon Reynolds Project in Los Angeles. This release featured new interpretations of EWF’s timeless hits and showcased an all star cast of Hall of Fame song writers and Grammy Artists including Maurice White who co-wrote the album’s opening track “Feel Good.” In 2011 Warburton Mouthpieces released the Scott Wilson model trumpet mouthpiece that is aimed at achieving a more supportive and functional trumpet mouthpiece for young trumpet players.

Before arriving at the University of Florida, Wilson held the position of Director of Jazz Studies at Snow College in Utah where he hosted four Juilliard Jazz Summer Workshops. In 2010 Wilson was selected to host the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Camp at the University of Florida and this event culminated with a concert featuring the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. Wilson’s comprehensive jazz theory materials (the Ultimate Jazz Tool Kit, Ultimate Workbook and 4 sets of Jazz Flash cards) are available through Kendall Hunt Publishing and are accompanied by 35 instructional videos that cover topics ranging from jazz theory to song writing. Wilson’s online Jazz History platform is also available to colleges nationwide through Kendall Hunt Publishing and this popular online course has a net enrollment that exceeds 1,300 students a year at the University of Florida. Scott Wilson also developed the online Jazz Fundamentals 1 & 2 courses for Kendall Hunt Publishing and these courses will further help high school students and college students attain the foundation needed for participating in today’s commercial music industry.

James Snyder

Jim SnyderJames Snyder—“The Clarinet Guy”—has been one of the busiest jazz clarinetists of the last 35 years. His experience runs from sideman to soloist; from jazz festivals to recording studios; from Bourbon Street nightclubs to symphony halls; from theme parks to cruise ships. As a result of his extensive travel with trumpeter Al Hirt, and with New Orleans’ Dukes of Dixieland, Jim has performed with many of the country’s symphony orchestras. He has spent many years on the road with various jazz bands playing “one-nighters”, including a lengthy performance/educational tour of Alaska, funded in part by the NEA.

Jim has had performing residencies at both the 1982, and 1990 Worlds’ Fairs — in Knoxville, TN, and Osaka, Japan, respectively — and has been regularly featured at jazz festivals all over the U.S. and France. He’s an active soloist and clinician, and has been a Yamaha performing artist since 1982.


Blu-tetThe BLUTET, is a contemporary jazz ensemble built upon the groundbreaking work of legendary groups as Art Blakey’s Jazzmessengers and Benny Golson & Art Farmer’s Jazztet. The focus of the group is compose, produce and perform great, entertaining, energetic, danceable original music stepped in the jazz traditions of improvisation, swing, blues, and the lineage to back it up. They are part of the new movement in music, to relate multiple genres into one statement. They are “the place where jazz & hip-hop meet.”

The ensemble, The BLUTET, has been together since 2009 and have been a staple on the performing scene in and around central Florida. They have performed at venues such as; Jazz Tastings, The Social, Club 57 West, The Peacock Room and many others. They have been producing several monthly events since 2009; “The Digital Journey” “Bohemia After Dark” & “The Young Gunnz Jazz Showcase.”

The ensemble is led by Jarritt Sheel on trumpet, but is comprised of Bryan Mays – guitar, Derrick Harris – trombone, Abel Avalos – keys, Derek Engstrom – drums, John Toney – bass, & Gabe Carson – sax. They are “The BLUTET”