Nick Russo - Music Lessons - Forest Hills, NY

Nick Russo

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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Lesson Types Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bass, Composition, Drums, Mandolin, Music Theory, Other, Ukulele, Voice

Styles / Genres Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Country, Ethnic/World, Folk/Traditional, Hip Hop/R&B, Latin, Musical Theater, New Age, Other, Reggae/Ska, Religious/Devotional, Rock/Pop

Instruction Levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ages Taught Ages 3-120
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M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music @ Queens College
(partial scholarship)

B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters

-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)

-Playing guitar/banjo on new cartoon "Peg and Cat"

-Current adjunct professor at Essex College

-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College

-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College

-Winning participant in I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.

-Winning participant & part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)

-Winning participant & full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)

-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) w/Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-

-Studied w/Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone

-Studying African Rhythms w/Harvey Wirht
Professor Nick Russo (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, bass, drums, composition)

-With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm & time.

-Currently, adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 14 years via Kupferberg Center(Queens College), Great Neck Music Conservatory

-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
-Time Out New York & Wall Street Journal (July 2013) write up

-Performs: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda & Sweden.

-Toured/worked as sideman w/Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant Jim Nolet & others.

-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"

-Movie Soundtrack: King George.

-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.

-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)

-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,v.1&2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).