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October 27, 28, & 29, 2017
Bearsville Theater / Utopia Soundstage
Woodstock, NY
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Pasquale Grasso

One of the most strikingly unique artists of his generation, Pasquale Grasso has undoubtedly changed the way the world views jazz guitar. Born in Ariano Irpino, Italy, Pasquale began playing guitar at a very young age. Barry Harris, the world-renowned jazz educator and bebop piano master, became an extraordinary influence when Pasquale attended his jazz workshop in Switzerland during the summer of 1998. Pasquale was named Harris' guitar teaching assistant and for the last ten years, he has conducted workshops in Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Holland, and Slovenia. In 2008, Pasquale pursued classical guitar studies in the Music Conservatory of Bologna under Professor Walter Zanetti, where Grasso developed a new approach to the guitar, combining classical tradition with Chuck Wayne's modern technique. In 2012, he moved to New York City and quickly made a name for himself in the city's vibrant jazz scene, performing in clubs, music festivals, and recording in the studio regularly. Later that year, Pasquale was named a Jazz Ambassador with the US Embassy, going on to tour extensively across Europe, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Lithuania, and Ukraine. Despite his young age, Grasso has performed with many leading musicians of the international jazz scene, and has won many awards in international Jazz competitions. After numerous recordings with his brother Luigi Grasso and others, Pasquale's debut solo record "Reflections of Me" was released in 2015.

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