Greg Ruggiero

Residing in New York City since 2004, Greg Ruggiero’s love for the jazz tradition has led him to perform and learn from some of the great jazz masters from the 1950’s, 60’s ,and 70’s still playing in New York. Ruggiero has stylistically run the gambit in the idiom of jazz music, from complex original compositions to the American songbook and Swing. Currently Ruggiero performs regularly in The Michael Kanan Trio and with his own trio featuring the legendary rhythm section of Steve Little on drums and Murray Wall on bass.

Greg can be seen nearly every night performing as a sideman or leader around the city. He has performed at many of the top clubs including Carnegie Hall, Mezzrow, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Room, the Jazz Standard, Smalls, and the Jazz Gallery. He has performed with such artists as Michael Kanan, Warren Vache, Bill Crow, Frank Morgan, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Logan Richardson, Jane Monhiet, and Luisa Sobral. His music has allowed him to perform in Japan, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland. As a leader, Ruggiero is about to release his third album, this being a Standards Guitar Trio album for the Fresh Sound/ Swing Alley label. His first two records are available on the Fresh Sound/ New Talent label. As side man, he has recorded on over twenty albums. Greg has recorded on Smalls Live Records with The Michael Kanan Trio, vocalist Luisa Sobral’s debut record on Universal Records, saxophonist Logan Richardson’s “Ethos” for Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Records and a multitude of independent releases by numerous artists.

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BALANCE (Fresh Sound New Talent)

The eight original compositions that make up guitarist's Greg Ruggiero's debut recording have a deeply introspective air, with gently rocking rhythms and simply stated melodies that often give the album an instrumental pop feeling. But there's plenty of emotional depth here, too, as Ruggiero quietly draws delicate, ethereal designs with electric and acoustic guitars, levitating on Frank LoCrasto's sympathetic piano and keyboard patterns. Rob Wilkerson's sweet alto saxophone brings the quartet back to earth, while Tommy Crane's drumming supports the melodies and eases them forward

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

$60 per hour SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS • Eleven years of professional jazz guitar performance • Fourteen years as guitar teacher including four years at private music studio • Previous students range all ages, from 4 to 70 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE JAZZ GUITARIST • 2007 International Jazz recording artist on the Fresh Sound/New Talent Jazz label • 2004 Guest artist and clinician at the Crossties Jazz Festival hosted by Delta State University in Greenville, Mississippi • 2000-2004 Guest clinician for the University of New Mexico Jazz History classes • 2003 Curator of Outpost Performance Space Summer Series coordinating three months of performances and hosting each weekly event GUITAR INSTRUCTOR • 2009 Jazz educator at the Academy of Creative Education in Los Angeles, California • In 2004 was added to New School University Applied Music Roster • At Sunny Music Studio, taught individual and group lessons • Fourteen years of self-employed guitar instruction

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Discography

My Little One

My Little One

Fresh Sound Records
2011

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Balance

Balance

Fresh Sound Records
2009

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Balance

Fresh Sound Records
2008

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