Instructor
Joined in
2018

Christopher

Instructor

Teaches Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation

"It is never too late to be what you might have been" - George Eliot. 

"Music is my mistress" - Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. 

Interested in taking lessons with Christopher

Teaches at:
Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Specialties / Genres Taught

jazz, classical

Musical Interests

Jazz and Improvisation, Music Composition, Jazz Compos, Jazz Arranging, Music Theory and Appications

Areas of Instruction

Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation

Favorite Bands

Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Paquito D'Rivera, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Michael Brecker, Ernie Watts, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai, Anita Baker, Jane Mon, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Branford Marsalis, Stan Getz, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Eric Marinthal, Dexter Gordon, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, GRP All-Star Big Band

Education

Berklee College of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, Aaron Copeland School of Music, Suffolk Community College

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Don't Feed Them Cats, Daddy Green Jeans

Teaching Experience

24 Years

About Christopher

Born March 31st, 1976 in Huntington, New York, Christopher Tuccillo was immersed in jazz from birth.  His father and grandfathers were the first to introduce him to the music of the great big bands of the 1930's and 1940's

Christopher started piano lessons at age six and clarinet lessons at age nine. A few years later he started saxophone.  At twelve, Christopher began to show his interests in jazz composition and arranging by transcribing the orchestrations from his father's big band records.  An introduction and jam session with jazz clarninet legend Sol Yaged further fueled his interest in jazz.

Christopher began to study classical clarinet under solo clarinetist Lawrence P. Sobol when he entered high school. For fifteen years, Mr. Sobol provided a rigorous and thorough education in the works of Mozart, Weber, Brahms, and many other great classical, romantic, and contemporary composers.

Time away from Christopher's classical studies were dedicated to listening to various jazz forms.  He absorbed everything from swing, bebop, hard bop through to fusion.  However, his real interest and influence was the music and orchestrations of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Frank Foster, Sammy Nestico, and Neal Hefti - to name a few.

At eighteen, Christopher added serious and formal studies in the art of jazz improvisation, jazz theory, compostion, and arranging to his classical studies.  He was trained by guitarist Craig E. Boyd.  Christopher credits Mr. Boyd with "opening my eyes to the world of harmony."

While studying with Mr. Boyd and Mr. Sobol, Christopher was exposed to some of the best musicians, composers, and arrangers in the business at Suffolk Community College, Aaron Copeland School of Music, Stony Brook University, and Berklee College of Music.

Currently, Christopher resides in New Jersey where he active as a freelance musician, composer, arranger and woodwind instructor.

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