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Greg Ruggiero

Greg Ruggiero has resided in Brooklyn, New York since 2004. In May 2007, Greg’s debut record as a leader “Balance” was released on the jazz record label Fresh Sound New Talent. As a side man, Greg has recorded on vocalist, Luisa Sobral’s debut record, on Universal/Portugal records, saxophonist Logan Richardson’s “ Ethos” for Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Records, two upcoming releases on Free Code Jazz Records, Drummer Nick Halley’s “Barnum Hill”, Kokyu’s self titled release, bassist Gavin Fallow’s self titled debut, and several recently recorded albums still in production.

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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

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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