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Barb Catlin

Barb Catlin

Barb Catlin

Director, Pomona College Jazz Ensemble
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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Barb has become one of the leading jazz educators in the Southwest. After eighteen successful years in Arizona, she recently returned to her home state where she is currently teaching at California State University Northridge and Pomona College. Barb has many accolades as a jazz pianist, but is well-known for her tenure as musical director of the highly acclaimed youth honor jazz program, The Young Sounds of Arizona, as well as her years as director of jazz studies at Mesa Community College.  Her enthusiasm for playing, "real-life" approach to education, and expertise in the rhythm section has made Barb a popular clinician and adjudicator at the high school and college levels.

Barb directed the Arizona All-State Clinic Band in 2009, was a featured clinician/guest artist at Fred Sturm's acclaimed Lawrence Jazz Festival in 2010, and will be a featured clinician at Kris Berg's 2012 Jazz Festival and the CMEA Fresno Honor Jazz Band this spring. In April 2011, Jazz in Arizona awarded Barb their "Lifetime Achievement Award" for her outstanding contribution to jazz education in the state of Arizona.