All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Brian Pardo

Brian Pardo

Guitarist and Composer blending original modern jazz, free improvisation with new and unique spins on roots, blues, gospel, funk and jazz.

Credits include tours, concert performances, and recordings with: Jack McDuff, Eddie Harris, Charles McPherson, Arthur Blythe, Stan Getz, Chuck Israels, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Hanson, Mark Levine, Claudia Gomez, Tony Manoco, Paul McCandless, Bonnie Raitt, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Coco Lee, and many others.

Commercial radio, television, and film scores for Paramount Pictures, PBS SOUNDSTAGE, PBS documentaries, Comedy Central, as well as, Apple Computers, Wells Fargo, The Ford Motor Company, Century 21, Levi's and The National Council On Drug Abuse,

Teaching: Currently on the faculty of The Jazz School in Berkeley, California; Mills College, Oakland, Ca; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, Ca; Bentley School, Lafayette, CA Private guitar and music theory instruction since 1976.

Clinician for: Sibelius software, Yamaha Musical Instruments, UC Berkeley gifted students, SUNY at Stony Brook. Instruments.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition, Haverford College Master of Arts in Music Composition, Mills College Music Teaching credential, State University of New York at Stony Brook Studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Fred Frith, and Tuck Andress. Studied composition with Fred Frith, Harold Boatrite, Annie Gosfield, Alvin Curran, John Davison

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Advanced only


Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors, May, 1979 Major: Music Theory and Composition State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York Additional undergraduate year to obtain teaching certification. Teaching license in Secondary School Music, May, 1980 Mills College, Oakland, CA Master of Arts in Composition, May, 2005 Studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Tuck Andress, and Sonny Troy. Currently on faculty at: Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA - classes in: sight reading for guitarists; ensemble playing, master clinics Mills College, Oakland, CA - private instruction for credit Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA - private instruction for credit Some private teaching on weekends - $100 for 90 min. lessons

Clinic/Workshop Information

Read more

Photos (3) Slideshow