Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation
Jazz and Improvisation, Music Composition, music theory and applications
from Berklee College of Music, Music Student at Suffolk County Community College and Stony Brook University
"It is never too late to be what you might have been" - George Eliot.
"Music is my mistress" - Edward Kennedy "The Duke" Ellington.
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 6 and clarinet lessons at the age of 9. A few years later he started saxophone. At age 12, Christopher began to show his interests in jazz composition and arranging by transcribing the orchestrations from his fathers 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 15 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 the age of 18, 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 composer, arranger and woodwind instructor.
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