Born: February 12, 1976 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Brian Baggett is a professional jazz guitarist, guitar teacher and active jazz educator based in Lawrence, KS. He studied jazz composition and improvisation with Dr. Chuck Tumlinson and guitar masters Reggie Wooten and Danny Embrey. Brian has appeared in Guitar Player Magazine, was featured in Jazz Ambassadors Guitars Galore cover story and appeared in the 2011 PBS special “Kansas City Jazz & Blues - Past, Present and Future”. Brian appears regularly on Kansas Public Radio and KCUR’s 12th Street Jump.
For over a decade Brian has been a regular on the Kansas City jazz scene working as a freelance guitarist and as a member of Ken Lovern’s OJT. Brian plays over 100 gigs annually. Brian also leads the band DOJO which has worked with members of Steve Vai’s band and is given international support thru Abstract Logix. In 2010, Brian became the jazz guitar professor at Ottawa University. In addition to teaching applied guitar, Brian hosts workshops and lectures at the university and along with the faculty septet he makes several annual visits to Kansas high schools. Brian is also on faculty for the KU Jazz Workshop since 2006 performing, teaching guitar and small ensembles. Brian is the author of the jazz guitar method book “The Keys to Unlocking the Fretboard”.
Awards:Topeka Jazz Workshop Scholarship (1994) Payless Shoe Source Jazz Scholarship Washburn University (1997-1999)
One of the most gifted and lyrical guitarists to claim a KC connection in recent years.” - Jazz Ambassador Magazine
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Guitar Instructor at Ottawa university since 2010 KU Jazz Workshop faculty member since 2006 Music teacher at Lawrence Montessori School Private guitar instruction at Supersonic music $40 per hour
University Clinician, guest artist and judge. I have also done electric guitar clinics with backing tracks, Improvisation clinics and history of electric guitar lectures.