Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Carmen Staaf

Carmen Staaf

Carmen Staaf

Pianist Carmen Staaf is an active member of the NY jazz and world music scenes, playing in diverse settings as well as leading her own groups. She was the winner of the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition, and recently performed as a guest soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under Wynton Marsalis. She has also been featured on NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater and on The Jazz Session with Jason Crane. Ms Staaf has performed throughout the United States as well as at numerous festivals and other venues in Europe, Latin America and India. Last year she toured Europe with Mexican singer Lila Downs (with whom she also played at Carnegie Hall), and the United States with French vocalist Raphaelle Brochet. She has worked with leading figures in jazz including Henry Grimes (with whom she performed in duo), Eddie Gomez, Bob Brookmeyer, Rakalam Bob Moses, George Garzone, Matt Wilson, and Mat Maneri. She appears on numerous recordings in jazz and other genres, and has released two albums of her own: "Reflection" (2008) and "Eye to Eye" (2011). Her trio has performed at venues around the country, including the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival as well as NYC clubs. Ms. Staaf taught jazz at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India, and previously was on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music for four years beginning at age 24. She graduated from a five-year double degree program at Tufts University (Anthropology) and New England Conservatory, where she studied with Danilo Perez and Bob Brookmeyer. At an early age she studied and performed classical music for 12 years, and then took a year off before college to study music in Cuba.

Artist Website

www.carmenstaaf.com