All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Charles Colizza

Charles Colizza

Born and raised in Montreal, Québec, Charles Colizza is a New York based guitarist rooted in jazz. Established in the city since 2018, he has recorded alongside jazz saxophone legend Billy Drewes and has performed alongside Grammy winning arranger and trombonist Alan Ferber. He has performed in various world-renowned establishments and jazz venues across North America, notably at The Blue Note NYC, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, The Bitter End, Upstairs and the Williamsburg Music Center. He is also the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Scholarship Competition.

Charles draws his musical influences from all styles and genres, from Stravinsky to John Coltrane and from Milton Nascimento to Young Thug. His sound ranges from modern jazz to avant-garde/free-improvised music. He recorded his up and coming debut album Hug The Devil in December 2019 with his quintet featuring Billy Drewes, Jake D’Ambra, Nick Panoutsos and Lukas Akintaya, recorded by Tyler McDiarmid.

Charles’ passion for music started at an early age, once acquainted to punk music. He took piano lessons at age 6 and started playing guitar at 12 years old. At 17, he enrolled at Cégep de Saint-Laurent where he studied guitar, harmony and arranging with Montreal’s top musicians (Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Michel Héroux) before attending Concordia University. During the completion of his bachelor’s degree, he studied with Gary Schwartz and Charles Ellison and started to develop his original repertoire. Simultaneously, he created his jazz quartet which performed at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and also won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Scholarship Competition.

Read more

Tags

“Charles’ Vision Has Begun To Peek Out As Akin To The Sun Sharing It’s Fresh Morning Rays, Creating A Unique Sunrise”

- Billy Drewes

Wayne Shorter
saxophone
John Coltrane
saxophone
Jim Hall
guitar
Wayne Krantz
guitar, electric
Bob Dylan
voice / vocals
Crosby Stills & Nash
band/orchestra

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.