Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising Instructors
Claudia Bloom is a performer and educator and holds a classical piano degree from a major university but has been studying jazz since she was in her twenties with teachers in Denver and New York. She has traveled the world playing jazz, rock, and pop and since re-locating to the Phoenix area has played long stints with smooth jazz singers and salsa bands.
Mary Petrich is a composer, active performer and educator, holding an adjunct faculty position at Phoenix College teaching small jazz groups. She has a very versatile background in jazz and music education, which includes teaching jazz in the valley, Tucson, AZ, and Chengdu China, as well as a number of educational outreach programs at places such as the Nash, The Musical Instrument Museum and various middle and high schools in the valley.
Both Mary and Claudia are involved in the AZ Commission on the Arts grant application, which focus is building the women’s jazz community by performing the works of female jazz composers and engaging aspiring female instrumentalists to learn and play jazz. In this initiative, they performed two ‘MeToo’ themed concerts, one of which featured female students. Mary and Claudia are both working jazz musicians dedicated to building the community of female artists by creating learning environments which support and empower young players.