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Eugene Shapiro

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Eugene Shapiro is the bandleader and manager of the jazz group the Shapiro Project. The band has released two CDs and has played all over Las Vegas and beyond. Shapiro has won two NAC Artist Fellowships ad an honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting Contest. He is the published author of the Beginning Guitar Book used as the text book for guitar classes at College of Southern Nevada.

Shapiro is a jazz guitarist, composer, bandleader, and educator. He holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Neveda, and has been teaching music as CSN since 2000. He is passionate about promoting jazz, through teaching and presenting to audiences of all ages. His approach is based on fun and easily grasped explanations and demonstrations of how jazz works, what the instruments do and how to listen to and enjoy this original American art form.

His workshops include:

How Jazz Works, a demonstration of the rules of jazz including the instruments used, their roles, how they communicate with each other, and how combined they create the magic that is jazz.

Styles of Jazz, A musical journey through the main styles of jazz including Dixieland, Swing, Be-Bop, Cool, Hard Bop, Latin, Modal, Free, and Jazz0rock Fusion. The main characteristics of each style are explained and demonstrated, and the differences between the styles are revealed.

Jazz is Exciting, how to listen to and enjoy jazz. The basics from instruments to forms and styles, layouts, and basic jazz vocabulary are pr

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