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Bass Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Ukulele, Banjo
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, bass, drums, composition) Currently, adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 14 years via Kupferberg Center(Queens College), Great Neck Music Conservatory
-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
"Recently performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with him while he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel
-Toured/worked as sideman w/Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant Jim Nolet & others.
-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"
-Movie Soundtrack: King George.
-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.
-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)
-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,volume 1 & 2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).
M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters
-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)
-Playing guitar/banjo on new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"
Peg & Cat. Current adjunct professor at Essex College
-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College
-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College
-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.
-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)
-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)
-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current
-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser
-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a music-loving family, I began playing piano and guitar at a very young age. At age twelve, I began playing double bass, which has become my primary instrument. Throughout middle and high school, I received numerous awards for excellence in both jazz and classical music. After high school, I moved to the Oklahoma City area and had the opportunity to play with many of the great musicians who passed through, including Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Byron Stripling, and Anne Hampton Calloway.
Since moving to New York City, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with such groups as Pete Robbins and Centric, Ryan Blotnick's Secret Mainstream, and The Paislies. Aside from my freelance work with various groups, I also play bass guitar in Brooklyn based rock band, Hungry Hands, as well as double bass in Karavika, an improvising chamber ensemble based on Indian folk melodies. As a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and an active freelancer, I continue to search for new musical realms of expression within the context of improvisation.
Aside from a performing career, I enjoy sharing my diverse musical experiences with my students and helping them develop their creative abilities.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
A native of Seattle, Washington, Braden came to NYC a decade ago to get his BFA in Music from New School University, and to study with some of the greatest musicians in the world, then quickly became a regular on NYC’s many different music scenes, from jazz to rock and everything inbetween. Braden performs regularly with Double Down, Betty Reds, his own project, The Alternatives, and plays mandolin and guitar for the popular Off-Broadway musical Italian Bred. He’s worked with Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Steve Holley (Wings), Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue, Brian Setzer), Charlie Lagond (Buddy Rich, Jackson Five, Kid Creole and the Coconuts), and Harry Whitaker (Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers), just to name a few. He is also an in-demand freelance guitarist and singer, and doubles on mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and bass, and is a highly experienced private teacher.
About Guitar/Music Lessons with Braden (in his own words):
Whether you’re looking to start from scratch, want to enrich your child’s life through the study of music, or you’re already an experienced player with a desire to break on through to the next level, you’ve found the perfect guitar teacher right here.
I teach guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, songwriting, voice (particularly singing and playing at the same time), music theory, sight reading, ear training, and more. At children’s guitar lessons I stress fundamentals such as note reading, basic rhythms/chords, and simple melodies. With older and more advanced guitar students, my lessons are more flexible, tailored to the student’s musical interests.
For some, it’s just learning your favorite songs. Or learning to play/write original music. Others may want to learn how to improvise epic rock solos, improve their knowledge of chord voicings on the guitar, or swing with some of the jazz greats. All of this is within your grasp.
I’ve taken guitar lessons with some of greats of the jazz/rock/classical world, including Jack Wilkins (Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett), Vic Juris ( Don Patterson, Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, Mel Torme), Michael Nicolella (Seattle Symphony, Charanga Danzon, Ensemble Sospeso, Seattle Guitar Trio, Northwest Symphony Orchestra), Jonathan Kreisberg (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lenny White, Jane Monheit), Larry Coryell (The Eleventh House, Gary Burton, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia), just to name a few – and I’d be honored to pass down what I’ve learned from them.
Slots are filling up, so contact me now and let's get started!
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Ukulele, Accordion, Fiddle, Harmonica, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
I am a multi-instrumentalist who has taught for 41 years. I have had both Zakke Wilde and Dave Sabo of Skid Row in lessons, as well as countless music school scholarship students. Many of my students have embarked on performing careers as well as teaching at the school and college level. The lessons are laid back, friendly and above all- helpful. We will study and work on the music of your choice,but, with a slight twist from the traditional, that I incorporate not just playing the song, but to get you the student ready to be able to work out the songs harmony, theory, notation and phrasing on your own. I feel this must be done in order to get a student to be able to perform with others. Lessons should always be about instructing a student to know and utilize every musical concept so that they will be able to perform with others.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
John is a fresh young guitarist bringing an eclectic mix of jazz and acoustic roots styling to the music of today. Originally from New Zealand, John grew up playing blues and funk. John is from a musical family with strong influences from jazz to classical.
Initially self-taught, John was awarded multiple scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Professional Music (concentrations in jazz performance and composition) with honours. John has studied with Julian Lage, Mick Goodrick, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ed Tomassi, Taylor Eigsti, Ingrid Jensen, Lage Lund and Wayne Krantz.
As a professional performer, he has played with an array of people and artists in a variety of different genres. His performance schedule has included a variety of shows in the US, South Korea, Sweden and New Zealand, including performances with Ernie Isley, Robin McKelle, Jason Anick, Adam Rudolph's Go:Organic Orchestra and opening performances for Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson.
John's work as artist and educator helps keeping the tradition of American Roots music. Recently John was featured at Mark O'Connor String Camp in Boston as a staff accompanist and session leader. As a featured performer at the GreyFox Bluegrass Festival 2013 in NY, he played with premier Roots musicians Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh and Matt Munisteri.
John's fretboard stylings incorporate a plethora of acoustic and traditional musical streaming, including from traditional to contemporary jazz, American Roots, Celtic, Broadway and big band. His work with numerous artists catalogs can be heard internationally and his concert work is not to be missed.
"Most Spirited Player" - Alison Brown (Grammy Award Winner)
"A Rhythm Machine" - Matt Munisteri
John is endorsed by Xotic Effects, Mono Cases and Acoustic Image Amplifiers.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
I got my degree in music from the University of Vermont in 2009. I've played guitar, mandolin, bass and ukulele with in rock bands, bluegrass bands, country bands, and as a solo performer. As a member of Actors' Equity Association, I often play instruments in plays and musicals-and have done so all over the United States.
I have experience with kids and adults. I've worked in preschools and summer camps. I'm excited about all styles and genres.
My love of music is contagious.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."