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Justin Rothberg

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Born: July 1, 1980    Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Justin Rothberg

Justin currently lives in Manhattan, and is an active member of The Jammyland All Stars, The King Django Band, Eastern Standard Time, Raw Deal, Sdoun, The Rocksteady 7, and his own group The Justin Rothberg Trio. As an educator, Justin teaches guitar privately in Manhattan, at the Bronx Lab School and at the Bergen Music Academy in Ordale NJ.

Justin has performed with many acts, including Sister Nancy, Adam Rogers

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The Justin Rothberg trio plays original jazz/funk music. Taking inspiration from a variety of different styles, the trio's focus is always on improvisation. "We try to explore a variety of different styles of music. While the trio is firmly dedicated to jazz, we try to stay as open minded as possible. Songs are influenced by hiphop, funk, dub reggae, Latin, world music, and anything else the band has been listening to. To keep the music from sounding stiff, everyone tries to trust each other's musical taste. Even though I write all of the tunes, it's still a very open vibe on stage. No matter what song the band is playing, we're always open to experimentation. Featuring: Justin Rothberg-Guitar Gil Smuskowitz-Double Bass Hiroyuki Matsuura-Drums Jeff Pedraz-E-Bass on 508, G'd Out, and Pumpkin Seeds.

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar, electric

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
Education Justin started playing guitar at the age of eight, taking lessons at a local music studio in Princeton, NJ. Shortly after entering high school, he began studying jazz with internationally renowned guitarist Joe Federico, whom he apprenticed under for four years. After graduating, he spent three years studying with Tom Giacabetti at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since relocating to New York in 2001, he has studied under Vic Juris and John Patitucci at The City College of New York, from which he received a Bachelors of Music in May 2005. Teaching Strengths Justin is an experienced teacher with a clear understanding of how to teach guitar technique, improvisational skills, and music theory. Justin recognizes that every student is unique. Students learn in different ways, require individually-tailored curriculums, and have different goals. He is sensitive to a student's needs and adjusts his teaching methods to best serve each of his students. With years of teaching and playing experience, Justin can teach all levels and styles of guitar, from beginner to advanced. Lessons focus on ear training, music theory, guitar technique, music reading skills, repertoire, and improvisation skills. Justin strives to help his students develop a sensitivity to the nuances of playing guitar in different musical styles — crucial for a true understanding of your instrument. justin@inthepocketnyc.com www.justinrothberg.com myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomthejustinrothbergtrio

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