Mr. Jaffe began playing clarinet in the fourth grade and saxophone in junior high. He holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet from Cal State University, Hayward. While a student at Indiana University, he studied clarinet with noted player James Campbell and played with Lionel Hampton, Donald O’Connor, and Natalie Cole, among others.
Joel started teaching clarinet and saxophone at Allegro Music in 1998, and he can teach styles from classical chamber music to jazz and Klezmer. In addition to teaching at Allegro, Joel is a freelance musician performing around the Bay Area and is a frequent soloist with Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
Jeff Prinz has been teaching at Allegro Music for over 10 years. An accomplished saxophone and clarinet player, Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Cal State University, East Bay. He plays a variety of styles, ranging from classical to jazz and rock. In addition to his teaching duties, Jeff is a freelance musician. Some of his notable recordings are two Grammy-nominated CDs with late jazz vocalist Rosemary Clooney, as a member of Big Kahuna.