Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Location: Jackson Heights, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
33-35 76th St. Apt. 1-D
Jackson Heights, New York 11372
phone: 718-565-6514 cell 412-414-7774
•B.A. Music Performance
•Twelve years experience teaching individuals to comprehend and appreciate music to
the highest level.
•Seventeen years professional experience performing in large and small ensembles
•Comitted to providing thorough education in the fundamentals of music;
-melody, harmony, rhythm.
•Experienced teacher of guitar, piano, bass guitar, acoustic bass.
•Successfully organized and taught various classes for students of all ages.
2008-Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program, along with the Kelley Johnson Quartet,
gave concerts, private instruction and clinics to music students in Central America, South
America and the Caribbean.
2004-Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ambassadors Program; along with the Kelley Johnson Quartet,
gave concerts, private instruction and clinics to music students in Russia, Azerbaijan,
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Slovenia.
2000-2002 Spratt Music Institute Pittsburgh PA ; Taught piano, guitar, bass guitar, theory
to students ages ten to twenty. Created “Rhythm Werks” a class designed to
help students gain experience playing with others in a rhythm section, with
emphasis on repertoire.
1997-2000 Center For Music and Art, Pittsburgh PA; Taught piano, guitar, bass
guitar, acoustic bass, drums to students ages six to thirty. Successfully organized
and taught and introduction to music/piano lab for children ages five to seven.
1986-1999 Private studies with Professor William Peklinsky, jazz pianist, composer,
arranger. Studied piano, music fundamentals, theory, jazz harmony,
composition, arranging, great american song repertoire, jazz repertoire.
1995 Graduated from Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling WV with a 3.8 GPA.
1999 Private instruction w/Abe Laboriel, world renowned bassist.
1995-'99 Duquesne University B.A. Music Performance.
2001-'02 Carnegie Mellon University -Private Instruction w/David Pellow, Director
of Jazz Studies, Carnegie Mellon University.
2001 Private instruction w/ Avishai Cohen, international musician.
2006 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program- Studied with Curtis Fuller, Dr. Billy
Taylor,Dr. Nathan Davis, Chip Jackson , Carmen Lundy, Winnard Harper
2008-Performed at Gtaranaki International Guitar Festival with Alex Skolnick Trio, Vernon Reed
and Uli Jon Roth.
2006-Gave Children's concert at the Kennedy’s Millennium Stage. Performed original
arrangement of “Pure Imagination”
2005-Concerts in Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, U.S.A. with Shahin Novrasli of Azerbaijan
2004-Jazz Ambassadors Program: Concerts and lectures in Russia, Azerbaijan,
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Slovenia.
2003- Guitar Evolution Tour w/Alex Skolnick Trio
2002- Southern American Music Conference @ Louisiana State University w/ Melton
2002- Guest Entertainer, Royal Caribbean International, Enchantment Of The Seas.
2001- JazzMutazz festival @ Marshall University(Huntington W.V.)w/Peck Family Jazz
2000- Three Rivers Arts Festival & Melon Jazz Festival (PA PA) w/ various artists
1999--Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau /Brass Attitude Tour. Performed at the
Thai Cultural Arts Center,(Bangkok Thailand)
1997- Kansas City Jazz Workshop, Topeka Jazz Festival. w/Peck Family Jazz Group
1996- Bop Stop, Cleveland w/Peck Family Jazz Group
1995- Bassist for the Billy Strayhorn Youth Orchestra at the 13th Annual International
Duke Ellington Conference under the direction of Mercedes Ellington..
1994- Tribute to W.V. Senator Robert Byrd w/guest speaker President Bill Clinton
Yamaha Electric basses
Acoustic Image Amplifiers
1995-Honorable Mention for jazz performance fro The N.E.A.
1995-Winner of the Louis Armstrong fro Jazz Performance Wheeling Park H.S..
1993-Winner of the Milt Hinton Scholarship for students of the acoustic bass.
1993, 1994, 1995-Outstanding soloist awards, Honors Jazz Band, Wheeling Park H.S..
1998- Nick @ Night’s “T.V. Land Theme”(vocals/bass guitar)
1997- Old Navy’s “Performance Fleece”(vocals)
2003- Adjudications, New York University
2002- Jazz clinics, West Liberty State College; West Liberty WV
2008- "Home" aritst: Kelley Johnson
2007- "Last Day In Paradise" artist: Alex Skolnick Trio
2006- "Ro" artist: Nick Russo + 11
2005- “Live In Moscow” artist: Shahin Novrasli Trio
2004- “Trance Formation” artist: Alex Skolnick Trio (Magna-Carta)
2003- “A-List” artist: Reggie Watkins
2003- “New Fire” artist: The Neil Podgurski Trio
2002- “Lost in a Summer Night” artist: Lisa Hindmarsh
“Sketch Stretch” artist: Andy Bianco
2001- “Life Just Goes On” artist: Margalit & the Liquitones
“Moon Shine” artist: Brothers Peck Jazz Satellite
“American Son” artist: Tom Breiding
2000- “Jesus On Smallman St.” artist: W.I.N.D.
“Pain Killing Mystery Salve” artist: Coal Train
“Mirage” artist: Peck Family Jazz
1999- “Spring Lies Waiting” artist: Bill Deasy
1998- “Discovering You” artist: Peck Family Jazz
“Run And Tell Yer Ma” artist: Coal Train
1997- “My Secret Weapon” artist: Peck Family Jazz
Yamaha Electric basses
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