Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

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Jonathan Zimny, Program Assistant
Start Date: 2018

JONATHAN ZIMNY,Program Assistant
Jonathan Zimny is a trombonist, vocalist, composer, and educator from Sacramento, California. He moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Northern Colorado where he received his BM in Jazz Studies. While there, Zimny studied with Dr. Nat Wickham and performed with UNC Jazz Lab Band 1 under the direction of Dana Landry. He also sang in UNC's top vocal jazz group, the Northern Colorado Voices under the direction of Kerry Marsh and played euphonium in UNC's Wind Ensemble. During his time with Lab 1, the band received the best graduate jazz ensemble award from Downbeat magazine. Zimny has performed with other Downbeat award-winning jazz ensembles as well, including the Folsom High School "A" Jazz Band, Folsom High School "A" Jazz Choir, and the Folsom Middle School Jazz Band.

Zimny recently finished his graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder with an MM in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy where he studied with Paul McKee, Dr. John Gunther, Brad Goode, and Jeff Jenkins. Zimny's fascination with CCJA began when he first arrived in Colorado and it has only grown as he learns more and more about the organization. He has become involved with the non-profit in a number of ways including Near Peer Mentoring, joining CCJA's professional vocal jazz group, The Sharp 5, and even writing his master's thesis about them in early 2018. Jonathan is excited and honored to be the newest member of the CCJA team.

Annie Booth, Program Assistant
Start Date: 2015

Annie Booth is a Denver-based jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Growing up in a musical family in Westminster, CO, she began the piano at a young age and started playing jazz in high school through the renowned non-profit organization, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. She went on to study music at the collegiate level, earning a BM in Jazz Studies from the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2011.

Annie Booth has established herself as an active force on the Denver jazz scene both as a bandleader of the Annie Booth Trio and as a busy sidewoman. She performs in legendary trumpeter Greg Gisbert's Quartet, mostly notably on a recent tour of Mexico through theNew York Jazz All-Stars" concert series. Annie is a recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award (2011 and 2017) and was recently awarded the 2017 ASCAP Phoebe Jacobs Prize, an award that recognizes one promising young female jazz composer. She has been named "Best In Denver" from Westword Magazine the jazz genre in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was featured as part of Jazz 89.3 KUVO's 2015 "30-Under-30" series.

The Denver pianist-composer released her debut album,
Wanderlust, in 2014 on the Dazzle Recordings label - an album that features an artistic program of nine original compositions in both trio and quartet settings. Additoinally, Booth has released Festive! (2016, Annie Booth Trio), an upbeat Christmas album Abundance (2017, Annie Booth Sextet), a live album recorded in December 2015 at Mighty Fine Productions.

In addition to performing, Annie is active in jazz education in Colorado - she is the Program Assistant and a faculty member for the Colorado Conservatory For the Jazz Arts (CCJA,

Christine Romaine, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1999

As the Executive Director for CCJA, Ms. Romaine provides executive leadership and manages its daily operations. She wears many hats in this position and relies on a passion for jazz and youth, a varied background, a love of learning, and resourcefulness to do so. Ms. Romaine participates with the Artistic Director, the Board, and the faculty in planning and establishing program policies, objectives, and priorities as well as directing the development of CCJA's strategic action and fundraising plans.

Ms. Romaine received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Denver, where she also minored in music at the Lamont School of Music. She later received her secondary teaching certification, and taught Social Studies (and some music) in Cherry Creek public schools for five years. Chris was then bit with the entrepreneurial bug she grew up with, and started a tea shop/restaurant/mail order/catering business which she ran with her mother and sister until its sale in 1999. As soon as it was sold, she and Paul decided to give their idea for a jazz education program a try, and CCJA (the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts) was born.

There seemed to be a need for CCJA in the community, and it continued to grow to the point that it made sense to change it to a non-profit organization, and bring in a board, volunteers, and more people from the community. As it turns out, Ms. Romaine finds that her personal experience of finding her voice through jazz as a teen and her teaching background, combined with the real-life lessons and experiences of owning a business, serve her well in her position as Executive Director.

Paul Romaine, Artistic Director
Start Date: 1999

Throughout his childhood, Paul felt magnetized to music from the depth of his being. He began playing drums professionally at age 14 and in 1976 performed with an all-star high school big band at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Paul has led, recorded, or performed with countless combinations of the Denver area's best players and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, James Moody, Larry Coryell, Gunther Schuller, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Gomez, Bobby Watson, Anita O'Day, Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, Dave Grusin, and Robin Eubanks. Paul is also a member of the sextet Convergence, where he writes originals for the group, has recorded four critically acclaimed CD's, and has performed at venues such as The Blue Note, The Knitting Factory, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the 2004 IAJE Conference in New York. He is featured on the Ken Walker Sextet CD Terra Firma, which landed at #56 on JazzWeek's Top 100 Jazz CDs of 2005. During his association with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Paul toured North America performing concerts and clinics. In between gigs, he studied jazz composition at the Lamont School of Music and, in 1991 received a degree in recording engineering from the University of Colorado. He has served as a mentor musician/clinician in several Denver area school districts, as well as in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Education Program. While mentoring, he saw the need for a jazz education program for students who are serious about the music, and he founded the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. As the Artistic Director, he has developed unique programs for middle school and high school students from all over the Denver area to play together and study with professional musicians. Paul also serves on the music faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the Spring of 2005, Paul was honored to travel to Washington D.C. to receive a Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education.


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