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Forest Hills, NY

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Classical Guitar
Jazz Guitar
Blues Guitar (including slide guitar)
Rock Guitar
Singer/Song Writer
Funk/fusion and many other genres

Finger-style and plectrum (pick) techniques

About Nick
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 19 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.

-Down Beat magazine 2006 Ro review plus [Jan/Feb 2016] Hot Jazz Jumpers' "The Very Next Thing" DVD/CD review

-Jazz Insider magazine current issue [Dec 2015]
2.5 page interview

-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]

-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview

"Summer of 2013, Nick R. 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/recorded and/or worked as sideman with Antonique Smith, Jon Batiste (from the Colbert show), Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Bill Charlap, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant, Jim Nolet (former violinist for the Jazz Passengers), Dandy Wellington, Jon Weber, Aurora Nealand (from New Orleans), Anastasia Rene, Mona's Hot Four, Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra, with Jesse Gelber, Raphael McGregor, Emily Asher's Garden Party, and many other groups.

-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
(partial scholarship)

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 first episode of new PBS cartoon "Peg and 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

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With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time.
As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique, ear-training. We will also work out of method books and use other sources of information.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands, instrument stands, classical foot pedals, classical guitar pillows, guitar amps, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drum set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson. (free street parking right in front!)

*** Specialties ***
Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.

Nick teaches:

-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar)
-acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar
- jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres.
- tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music)
-5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country])
-tenor guitar
-ukulele
-mandolin
-resonator slide/Dobro.
-baritone resonator (slide)
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Matthew H. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He does a great job cater the lessons to your needs
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Bryan October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
At just my 1st lesson with Mr. Russo -- HE'S THE MAN!!! Very concerned with getting the most out teaching/reaching the student!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; thanks to Takelessons!!!
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Sara G. October 3, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Great musician, great instructor. Learned more than I ever thought I would be able to at this age. Very patient.
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Nick R.

Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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$42 / 30-min

About Tristan R.

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New York, NY

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Guitar is one of my strongest areas as a musician, and a teacher. I have been teaching guitar for almost 10 years, and have been playing since I was 10.

Most of my current private students are guitarists, and I have received positive reviews from almost all of them.

My goal for teaching guitar is to get the student excited about learning their favorite songs. This is the quickest and most enjoyable way to get inspired to improve on the instrument. Once that spark is lit, there is no stopping!

About Tristan
I am a professional orchestra conductor, cellist, guitarist, and educator. I conduct student orchestras in New York City, and throughout Fairfield County, CT.

I have taught many students over the past 5+ years, all of whom have improved, have developed confidence on their instrument, and improved immensely in every possible way.

I am highly organized and attentive, and strive to create a personalized curriculum for each one of my students. I am entirely student focused and do not teach from a template. Every single person requires a slightly different approach.

My main goal as a private teacher is to inspire. My job is not simply to make my students improve. It is to get them to develop the interest and the desire to practice and explore on their own motivation. That is my greatest focus as a teacher.
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Tristan R.

Tristan R.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Alicyn Y.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Teaches many styles including blues, jazz improve, pop, rock and more. Goes over concepts in a simple and organized way.

About Alicyn
A recent graduate of a Bachelors in Music From CSU Sacramento, Alicyn studied Jazz Guitar and Jazz Vocal. Alicyn began playing guitar at age 11 and by her Freshman year in high school, she gravitated toward jazz do to joining the Keleyville High School Jazz Band,

At Sacramento State, Alicyn was the guitarist in the 1:30 jazz ensemble, Jazz Combo 1 and the Latin Jazz ensemble and sang Soprano 1 in the nationally acclaimed, Downbeat Award winning vocal jazz ensemble Jazz Singers. Through these groups, Alicyn was able to perform with great Jazz artists Nancy King, Dave Pietro and the Gordon Goodwin band's bass player, Rick Shaw. Post college, Alicyn has performed with John Stowell, Jeff Alkire,Tim Metz,Joe Mazzaferro, Darius Dbaba, Joe Gilman, Ila Cantor and has opened for The Becca Stevens Band. In 2014, Alicyn attended the Banff Int
ernational Jazz and Creative Music Workshop directed by Vijay Iyer.
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Vivian R. July 1, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My daughter is very excited before every lesson! When my family asks about her school she doesn't have anything to say, but when they ask her about her lessons she loves talking about what she is learning and how much she enjoys them. She is really good with kids! I would recommend her to everyone!
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Alicyn Y.

Alicyn Y.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Brian C.

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New Rochelle, NY

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I teach Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical Guitar Styles. My teaching goal is to make you a better player. During lessons you can expect each subject to be explained so that you understand its musical relevance to your playing. I am a very patient teacher who has had great success with students of all levels.

About Brian
I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates.

I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock music. Currently,I am teaching full time, performing, and composing.

I enjoy working with new students to develop their playing. My experience and teaching skills have yielded great results.
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Michael (&Son) E. December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
patient, fun, flexible. everything we were looking for. highly recommended
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Stafford W. March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brian has been wonderful so far! He is great with our 6 year old and challenges him at an appropriate level while still making the lessons and learning very fun.
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Sahteen G. February 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter enjoyed the lesson and couldnt wait to play Mary Had a Little Lamb for me when I got home from work. Thanks Brian!
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Brian C.

New Rochelle, NY 10804
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About Billy D.

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New York, NY

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Whether you dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, or the lead guitarist in a rock band, I will provide you the tools you need to make those dreams come true. I have many years of experience playing many styles of music. If you want to learn to play your favorite songs, or even right your own music, I can help.

About Billy
I am a professional trombonist/guitarist living in New York City. I recently finished my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. I have a lot of performing, touring, and teaching experience, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, and many other venues around the city. I have several guitar and trombone students, but include music theory, composition techniques, and ear training into my lessons as well. I have experience in a variety of different styles of music. I really enjoy sharing my love for music with my students, and my main priority is making sure that my students' learning experiences are as efficient and enjoyable as possible.
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Corey August 31, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever and Billy was extremely patient, took the time to teach me music theory. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Karolina August 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Billy is a very good and patient teacher. He understands that it takes time to learn something completely new (which for me is music theory) especially when besides the lessons you also work full time. My previous teacher didn't have that patience which makes me value Billy's approach even more. He will do his best for you to understand whatever topic you're struggling with. Highly recommend
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Emma July 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
This past month I have been taking guitar lessons with Billy. I really love it! He makes guitar seem less intimadting then I thought it was. He is very patient and he seems to really care about teaching. I highly recommend.
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Billy D.

New York, NY 10009
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About Kayla F.

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Students will become familiar with reading tabulature (tab) notation and will learn the finger positions for chords which will enable them to strum along to almost any song! Students will also learn how to play solo lines and song structure if they are interested in song writing as well :)

About Kayla
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Thanks so much for visiting my profile :)
My name is Kayla, I'm an operatic mezzo-soprano. My musical studies span over a decade and I've participated in various choirs and performing ensembles as well as performed in operas and musicals in the city and internationally.
Outside of academia, I picked up the guitar and began songwriting.
I am an alumna of LaGuardia High School of the Arts and would be more than happy to help any student looking into auditioning there as well as audition prep in general. While opera is my specialism and I love teaching students to sing in new languages, I also sing and teach in a variety of styles including musical theatre, indie rock, and jazz. A student can bring any type of music into a lesson and we will have you singing it with ease in no time! Whether you're looking to learn to sing in a
ny style, get acquainted with the piano, strum along to your favorite songs, or improve your ear, I'm here to help! I want to give each student the same positive experience that I've had with music.
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Ian J. December 9, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
One of the most talented teachers and singers I've ever worked with! Kayla is so knowledgeable in every aspect of singing: technique, interpretation, or fiction! She's helped me prepare for roles and work on my repertoire multiple times, always making me feel so much better afterwards! You could not pick a better or nicer teacher!
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Lynn December 9, 2016
· Opera Voice · In home
Kayla is a warm, friendly, nurturing young lady. Her training and knowledge of opera is evident in her voice. Kayla makes an effort to enhance a students natural voice and build confidence.
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Kayla F.

Kayla F.

New York, NY 10001
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About Meghan L.

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Hawthorne, NJ

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Hi, I’m Meghan! I’ve been playing guitar for over ten years. I will walk you through the basics of any style of guitar playing! How to read music, how to play by ear, how to play chords and put them together to jam on all your favorite songs. I can explain things in a way that is fun and stress-free! I have had success with students of all ages. I have spare guitars to use in-studio for those who are not yet ready to purchase their own.

About Meghan
Hi I'm Meghan! I'm a professional singer and vocal coach who has performed and taught professionally all over the country. I received a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in Vocal Repertory. I will provide detailed and constructive feedback on your vocal technique. I will break down the mechanics of singing in a way that is both fun and easy to understand. I am experienced in multiple vocal styles, including Pop, Broadway, Jazz, Country, Classical and more! I will help you sound amazing on all of your favorite songs.

As I always say, if you can learn to speak, you can learn to sing!
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Emilie October 5, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Meghan makes you feel super comfortable even if you are not that experienced with singing & she doesn't waste any time. She hits you with a lot of exercises and techniques at once so I really feel like I got the most out of the session. Can't wait to continue with her!
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Jan September 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Meghan was great!
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EDWARD July 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
GREAT, FUN, AND VERY INFORMATIVE TEACHER.
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Meghan L.

Meghan L.

Hawthorne, NJ 07506
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Astoria, NY

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My goal is to encourage more people to develop a love of music. That means helping them play the music they want to play. It means learning how to make practicing fun. My lessons aren't just about how to play guitar, but also about learning how a guitar works. how they're built, so that as you get better and start being more discerning with what you play on, you know what you're looking at in a shop. My goal is to lay a solid foundation for you to build upon technically and artistically.

About Christopher
I've been playing guitar since I was 12 years old. I've been writing my own music since 2010. I'm a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the arts and have been living in NYC for the past 12 years after college. I am skilled in teaching new students and encouraging a love of music. I currently work with the Rockasorri program which places music teachers in school around nyc, so I can work with children and adults! My lessons are all about mixing the "boring" part of music (scales, exercises, etc.) with the fun part, playing songs you love and learning how you can express yourself with an instrument.
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Johnny June 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable and easy going. Knows his stuff and provides excellent materials to help you learn theory. Provides everything you need to help you learn and practice. Thanks Chris!
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Courtney April 23, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I was a total beginner when I started taking lessons with Chris. He made things really clear and simple and I was playing songs sooner than I thought I would! Great teacher, great person!
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Ken April 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Chris is a wonderful teacher. I had no prior guitar experience and minimal musical education from a few piano lessons many years ago. Chris was able combine practical, yet impactful techniques which had us playing songs together after the first lesson. His adding some basic musical theory to each lesson has allowed me to better understand the guitar and provided additional texture to the entire experience. I highly recommend Chris for any beginner or experienced student.
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Christopher N.

Astoria, NY 11105
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Union City, NJ

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Learn to play, write, improvise, arrange! Whether you want to learn a few songs for campfire singalongs, write mashups, compose your own original works, or get your feet wet with solos, I’m your guy!

About Ian
I'm Ian! I've been tutoring in a variety of subjects for over a decade now and I'm an expert at spotting what someone is trying to understand and helping them to really get it and be able to use it. I listen to a wide variety of styles from the softest pop to the hardest rock and I get a kick out of figuring out what makes different things tick. I can help you to pull apart the songs and styles you enjoy to understand what's happening and how you can apply it to your instrument.

I have experience and success teaching people from ages 10-80.
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Alex March 2, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
I was really happy with my lesson with Ian. In the short time I was with him he managed to break down all the theory I had “known” before and turn it into something I really understood and could actually apply. I found myself listening to music in a completely new way the moment I left my lesson and was able to visualize the music itself more fully. Thank you Ian.
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Antoinette December 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
I was really struggling with some music theory concepts and Ian broke it down for me and gave me some really great groundwork. He's also personable and friendly which make lessons a breeze. Thanks Ian!
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Jeff December 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
It was great he was my first guitar teacher and made it very simple for me to learn quickly. I was also taught on the correct gradient of difficulty giving me wins on each lesson. :)
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Ian M.

Union City, NJ 07087
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About Paolo C.

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Learn how to play guitar on different levels. Chords, comping, songs, transcriptions, improvisation, Stylistic approaches to jazz, blues, bossa nova, rock... .

About Paolo
Do you want to start playing guitar and have fun?
Do you want to learn how to comp yourself to play guitar and sing?
Do you want to improve your skills about chords, harmony, solo playing and improvisation?

No Problem!

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Paolo Colagrossi was born in Campobasso on May 23, 1989. At the beginning of his musical path he performed in several Music Festivals in Italy with the band La Stella Rossa del Kinotto (Bonefro Rock, Vinchiaturo Music Festival, Rockstock, Italia Wave).
In 2007 - 2008
is joining the Young Jazz Puzzle for Europe, a project that
brings together young talents from all over the world to
perform alongside musicians such as Pierre Vaiana (Django
d'or 2009) and Tuur Floorizone.
In 2009 - 2010
he moved to Rome where he pursued a scholarship to attend
the diploma course at St. Louis College of
Music. He is then
admitted to the Conservatory L. Refice of Frosinone where
he graduated in jazz guitar with the highest marks. During
these years he is a guitar teacher at the Suaviter music
school in Rome and collaborates with local musicians.
In 2011
he obtains an Erasmus scholarship to continue his studies at
Lemmens Institute in Leuven (BE). During this period he
performed with his quartet in different local clubs including
the Music Village in Brussels.
In 2012
he is admitted to attend the Master's program in Jazz Guitar
at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studies with J.
Van Ruller, M. Van Der Grinten and M. Van Ijterson.
In 2013
he collaborates with composer Johanna Groot Bluemink to
perform pieces for solo guitar and orchestra at the
Composers' Festival in Amsterdam.
In 2014
he joins the CVA Big Band directed by artists such as John
Clayton (Doublebassist of Count Basie's Orchestra) and
Justin Di Cioccio (Director of the Jazz Department at the
Manhattan School Of Music).
In 2015 - 2016
he performs at the Amsterdamse Theater School the music
for the opera "Eer Was Eens" by composer Luca Petracca.
During these years he also has the opportunity to deepen
the language of jazz and improvisation by taking private
lessons from Lee Konitz, Peter Bernstein and Lage Lund. He
performs with his band, the Paolo Colagrossi Quintet, and
records his first album as bandleader, "Melodie Dal
Mezzogiorno". ".... The album has a strong artistic unit and a
good balance between strength and stillness. ... 'Melodies
From the Mezzogiorno' is a successful project. "Jazzflits.
In 2017
he is a guitar assistant at Fara in Sabina's Jazz Clinics and
move to NYC with an O1-B visa (for individuals with
extraordinary ability in the arts).
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Denise October 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
For sure, the best guitar teacher !! Excellent lessons !! I'm really grateful for what you taught me !!
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Paolo C.

New York, NY 10032
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