Jazz Performance and Guitar Lessons

Darla Rich Jazz

jazz performance and guitar instruction


We are honored to have been able to work with the following musicians. 

Photo courtesy of JACLYN DUNCAN MUSIC



David Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles. He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, CA where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius. David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey and well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons. David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks. He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands. David currently resides in Carversville, Pennsylvania.

Cliff HOchberg, drums, congas & percussion

As a child Cliff Hochberg started banging on pots, pans and anything he could get his hands on. Despite his parents attempt to give him accordion and piano lessons Cliff’s drumming journey took off after being smitten with Beatlemania. He has enjoyed playing drums ever since. Originally self taught, Cliff studied with Brooklyn drummer, Normie Wayne and also, jazz drummer, Sonny Igoe who played with the CBS Orchestra and held the drum chair with Woody Herman and Benny Goodman’s big bands. Cliff was also taught and mentored on congas and Brazilian percussion by the legendary Joe “Papo” Daggiego.  Cliff worked as a professional musician in the New York City area while attending chiropractic school. He played jazz and Brazilian styles as well as blues, rock and everything in between. While building a successful practice in New Jersey, he continued to play local gigs. And over the years, he has performed at various local venues and private events with many area musicians. Cliff currently resides in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.


Joe Falcey, a New Jersey native, has been performing music in the U.S. and internationally for the last 20 years.  He holds a degree in Music from Kean University where he studied performance, composition, and music education.  He has also studied privately under master drummers Dave McGraw, Tony DeNicola, Joe Morello and Ari Hoenig.  Joe currently resides in Ewing, New Jersey.

Paul Enuco, Drums

Paul Enuco is an artist/educator, musician, drummer and percussionist. He has been performing and teaching public school music in the South Jersey/ Philadelphia area for over 35 years. He holds a BA and Teaching Certificate in Music Education from Glassboro State College aka Rowan University where he was a student of Dean Witten. Paul performs freelance throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philadelphia Singers, The Haddonfield Symphony, The Bridgeton Symphony, The Hollybush Festival Orchestra, the Glassboro Summer Theater, Main Stage Productions, The Atlantic Brass Band, The Composer’s Forum of New York & New Jersey, New Jersey Public Television as well as many other high school, college and local community theater productions.  Paul currently resides in Berlin, New Jersey.


George Argila is a a graduate of the Julliard School of Music and a percussionist who has been working in the New York-New Jersey area for over 40 years. Before moving to the Princeton area, he was the owner of the Olde Post Inn Jazz Club in Cold Spring, New York. He has worked with such jazz greats as Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Ray Bryant, Junior Mance, Gene Bertoncini, Gerry Niewood, Major Holley, Brian Torff and Chip Jackson. His broad musical interests have led to positions as principal percussionist for both the Princeton based Westminster Community Orchestra and the Blawenburg Band. He is the co-founder of the Hopewell Valley Vineyard Jazz Ensemble and has worked with Darla and Rich Tarpinian and many other jazz groups in the Princeton, NJ area. George currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.


Tom Verdi is a saxophonist, flutist, arranger, composer and Instructor in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. He started performing at the age of 14. He is a graduate of the Navy School of Music and spent 3 years in the 19th Army Band.He spent 8 years as house musician for Club Med performing at different locations worldwide, after which he spent 4 years as a freelance musician in Paris France. Since returning to the US, Tom has been working in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area with many fine musicians such as Bill Lacy, Richie Cole and the Legends of Jazz just to name a few. Tom continues to teach at various locations such as Trenton Community Music School, Jazz Band Director at The Hun School of Princeton and the Blue Mountain Festival Day Camp among others. Tom currently resides in Trenton, New Jersey.


Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Thomas Razler studied music at Bucks County Community College and then Berklee College of Music, earning a degree in jazz performance.  After a few years on the Boston music scene and a national tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra he returned to Philadelphia to run the Sedgwick Theater's teen jazz workshop. He now works as a freelance musician in the greater Philadelphia area, is on faculty at Germantown Academy, directs the Upper Moreland MIddle School lab band, and is the director of the Airport Music Studio in Doylestown, PA.  Thomas plays regularly with the Thomas B. Razler Quartet (TBRQ), Justin Guarini & The Payback, The Tom Wolfe Ensemble, Polkadelphia and The Delaware Valley Wind Symphony.  Former teachers include Ben Schachter, George Garzone, Andy McGhee, Billy Pierce, Dino Govoni and Jerry Nowak. Thomas currently resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Dave Homan, Tenor Saxophone

Dave Homan is a versatile saxophonist, flutist, composer, arranger, and recording artist.  He has performed jazz with Richie Cole, Elaine Monk, and the Midnight Sun Orchestra; blues with Johnny Copeland and Pine Top Perkins; Ska with Bigger Thomas and Skali Baba, Funk with Bernie Worrell, and Gospel with Yolanda Briggs.  He has toured nationally and internationally and has recorded with Sonny Rhodes, Supreme Court, J.B. Kline, Jim Roland, Danny Ladd, and many others.  Dave has also written, arranged, and produced his own musical projects. Dave currently resides in Lambertville, New Jersey.


Lars Wendt has been working professionally in the tri-state area for over 25 years. His broad musical interests have led to positions as tenured trombonist for both the Princeton Symphony and Riverside Symphonia to many small ensembles on the classical side, as well as forays into jazz and commercial music. Lars has performed with various artists that include Darla and Rich Tarpinian and Richie Cole of Alto Madness, as well as many others.  Lars currently resides in Titusville, New Jersey.

Jim StagnitTo, Trumpet

Jim Stagnitto is a trumpeter and composer and has worked in the commercial music world in various capacities for a long time – jingles, jazz, rock, funk, R&B, experimental and Latin/Salsa bands.  His true love has always been in composition for contemporary dance - having collaborated with the Princeton Ballet, Beyondance, Terpsichore Sans and the Avilla/Weeks dance companies. As a trumpeter, Jim has recorded with New Hope Collective Jazz Band, Monkeyworks and Peter Biedermann and the White Light Ensemble.   He also performs with vocalist Lee Rott and the All Terrain Band.  He is a founding member of the New Hope Collective - a consort of music and visual artists in Bucks Country, PA.  Jim resides in Lambertville, New Jersey.


Joe Bezek is an alto saxophonist with over 25 years experience. Along with his passion for jazz, he has performed with groups ranging in diversity from dixieland to blues and rock. Joe has played professionally in Central New Jersey for over 12 years, frequently joining Darla and Rich Tarpinian. One of Joe's projects has been composing music for short documentaries. In 2007, he collaborated with videographer Tom Florek receiving an award for "Best Music In A Short Documentary" from The Garden State Arts Festival. Joe was born in Trenton, NJ and currently resides in Pennington, New Jersey.

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