Claudia has been a musician of many hats throughout her life. Classically trained at a major university, she went on to play in bands that specialized in Jazz fusion, rock, pop, smooth jazz and salsa. Overseas tours courtesy of the Department of Defense, hotel gigs, and a short stint on a cruise ship cured the travel bug and were followed up by a permanent home in the Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently the pianist/organist at Desert Palm United Church of Christ, whose members embrace her modern arrangements and re-harmonizations of hymns, spirituals, and pop and jazz standards.

Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising

with Saxophonist Mary Petrich at The Nash

Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising is designed to teach young female musicians the basics of jazz, improvisation, and how to express their individuality through music. Students will study well known jazz tunes as well as song form and other basic musical concepts. ALL skill levels are welcome! PJGR is partnered with The Nash jazz club in downtown Phoenix. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising will begin the year online and move to an in-person model as the situation in Arizona becomes safe for students and teachers.