Marco Chelo

Marco Chelo was born in Milan and raised in Rome.He moved to New York in 1995, where he performs and teaches saxophone. In addition to studying with Joe Solomon ( Lenny Tristano student) and Mike Longo ( Dizzy Gillespies' Musical Director), Marco has been tutored in contemporary music by David Keberle, professor of composition and music theory at the American University in Washington, D.C., and in jazz improvisation by Dr. Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, and David Gross,and Marc Mommaas among others.

In addition to playing sax Marco studies African drums, counterpoint, and composition.

In 2009 Marc Mommaas and Marco Chelo founded the New York Jazz Workshop, an organization dedicated to promoting affordable jazz education in New York City.

Marco has recorded 2 CD to date, the first one in 2009 a jazz album with the group “Il Collettivo” and the second in 2011 a collaboration with the Malian griot and songwriter Makane Kouyate and the Band Denbaya.

Gear

Selmer Superaction 80 Series II limited edition with silver keys. Mouthpiece, Original Florida Link refaced by Adam Niewood. Reeds Rigotti gold #3 medium

Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

In addition to my studies with Joe Solomon ( Lenny Tristano student) and Mike Longo ( Dizzy Gillespies' Piano Player), I have been tutored in contemporary music by David Keberle, professor of composition and music theory at the American University in Washington, D.C., and in jazz improvisation by Dr. Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, and David Gross, among others. In addition to playing sax, I'm a student of African drums, counterpoint, and composition. I love teaching and I'm comfortable with people of all ages and skill levels.

Discography

Mali in New York

Mali in New York

Griot Garage Productions
2011

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