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Dr. Brian Pardo joins the faculty to teach jazz guitar as a Lecturer in Music. He has performing/recording credits that include Jack McDuff, Chuck Israels, John Clayton, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Charles McPherson, Arthur Blythe, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Hanson, Mark Levine, Claudia Gomez, Tony Monaco, Paul McCandless, Bonnie Raitt, Audra McDonald, The Shirelles, Coco Lee, Tom Waits, Train, and many others. He has performed at the Monterey, San Francisco, Russian River, Clearwater, San Jose, Stanford, and JVC jazz festivals. His recent album, It’ll Always Be Home, features members of the Yellowjackets, Santana, Tower of Power, the Roy Hargrove Group, and Kitaro.

Dr. Pardo has also composed and produced music for film and television, including work for Paramount Pictures, PBS, Comedy Central, Apple Computers, Wells Fargo, The Ford Motor Company, Century 21, and Levi’s Apparel.

Dr. Pardo has held faculty appointments at the University of California Berkeley, California State University East Bay, the California Jazz Conservatory, Mills College, Temple College, Central Texas College, and Diablo Valley College. For 11 years, he was Director of Jazz Studies at the Bentley Upper School in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a clinician for Sibelius, Yamaha, Brian Moore Guitars, and the Jazz Masters Series, and is on the faculties of Jazz Camp West and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop.

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Education: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies Honors: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Mills College, Oakland, CA Master of Arts in Music Composition Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition Major: Music Theory and Composition Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in Music Composition State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York Additional undergraduate year to obtain teaching certification. Teaching Certification in Secondary School Music Studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Fred Frith, Bruce Saunders, Tuck Andress, and Sonny Troy Additional private studies with Mark Levine, John Mills, Alvin Curran, David Bernstein, Annie Gosfield Current Teaching: Texas State University, Lecturer in Jazz Studies Previous Teaching: Central Texas College-Applied Performance Faculty Temple College-Applied Performance Faculty California State University East Bay, Applied Performance Faculty University of California Berkeley-Applied Performance Faculty California Jazz Conservatory/Jazzschool-Faculty Bentley Upper School-Director of Jazz Studies Mills College, Oakland, CA - private instruction for credit Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA - private instruction for credit Private instruction by appointment.

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