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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 9, 1960    

Creative pianist, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, composer/arranger, collaborator, author and educator, Bradley Sowash has performed with such luminaries as The Cab Calloway Orchestra and The Mills Brothers. As a soloist and bandleader, he has delighted listeners of all ages in concert halls and churches throughout the United States and Europe for over two decades garnering enthusiastic reviews in national publications including The Village Voice and Billboard Magazine. His broadcast credits include National Public Radio and he has been a frequent guest on the PBS-TV series, The Piano Guy for seven seasons...
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Awards

In 1999, he was the featured artist at the Arts Midwest 15-state regional conference in Cleveland, Ohio. He is listed in John Schaefer's book, New Sounds: A Listener's Guide to New Music and in Katherine Teck's Movement to Music. Sowash has received numerous grants from the Ohio Arts Council as well as from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Hazelbaker Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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He can really move an audience along with zest and wit. - Billboard Magazine

Sowash's music powerfully conjures the moods. - Village Voice

Bradley Sowash is quite simply one of the best pianists on the contemporary scene. - Solo Piano Publications

Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationColumbus, OH

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundI mentor intermediate to advanced musicians wishing to expand their skills in jazz, improvisation, theory and composition. I prefer new students to be 12 or older and already know how to play at least the major scales (minor also is even better), be able to read moderately well and have a genuine interest in jazz and improvisation as opposed to turning to jazz only because they are bored with traditional lessons (jazz is harder). I seek to teach an equal balance between the eye and the ear so that all students become capable readers and improvisers. The repertoire is ¼ classical and ¾ jazz. I also assign technical exercises and music theory along the way. Students must understand that, ultimately, musicians teach themselves through consistent practice, listening, reading and investigation. With only two lessons per month, I see my job as providing inspiration and corrections as well as pointing the way toward improvement. I teach a one-hour lesson every other week scheduled between 1:00 and 5:30 Tuesday - Thursday. I don't teach weekends or evenings. The first lesson is an evaluation to see if the student is ready for jazz and, if they are, for me to find out what they know and don’t know so I won’t be redundant with their previous experience. It's also for the student to evaluate whether what I offer is consistent with their goals. A commitment is required for the academic year running from the beginning of September through the end of June consisting of 20 lessons of 55 minute duration scheduled every other week. However, single "master class" lessons are can be arranged on an "as available" basis for students or teachers seeking short term "tune-ups."

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