Colin Cannon is a renowned guitarist, composer and educator widely embraced by fans of modern jazz, the jam band scene and the "new music" world. Cannon's music has been described as seamlessly blending genres from jazz-rock to the avant-garde and, more recently, as blurring the lines between modern jazz and contemporary classical music. All About Jazz Magzine wrote of Cannon's most recent album, "the music deserves not to be categorized."
Cannon is based in New York City where he is a regular performer in some of the world's most famous jazz venues including the Blue Note and the 55 Bar, where he has shared bills with Ron Carter, Larry Carlton and Christian Scott to name a few. In addition to performing, writing and recording, Cannon is among the most sought after guitar, theory and composition instructors in New York City.
Ranked in the top 5 jazz albums of 2016 (AXS Magazine), Colin Cannon's latest work Intermission (Farewell) marks a goodbye to the 'Colin Cannon Quartet' and a hello to something new. With orchestral compositions and arrangements incorporating more than 20 musicians and vocalists, an array of soundscapes and a theme of audio samples from the 1950s, Intermission has been praised as "one of the most charismatic releases in recent years" (All About Jazz), expanding upon the audaciousness and reach that marked Cannon's previous work.
Intermission premiered at the Blue Note in March of 2016 and has since been met with critical acclaim world wide.
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Previous releases include Glenville (2012), In Summary (2009) and many other collaborations with various artists. Cannon's music can be found on all online music stores and streaming services, including iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Colin was originally self taught from an early age. Colin's formal training began in his early teens when he started studying privately with the notable instructor, Steve Green, before going on to conservatory training at the world-renowened Eastman School of Music. There he studied under Bob Sneider and was named the "Fred V. Alati Jazz Scholar."
At the age of 18, Cannon left Rochester for Boson, MA after being selected by the Berklee College of Music's "World Scholarship Tour." While at Berklee, he studied guitar and composition with instructors such as Tim Miller and the legendary Mick Goodrick, (teacher of Pat Methany, John Scofield, Bill Frisell and more).
After graduating from Berklee, Colin relocated to New York City where he began performing in some of the city's most famous venues such as The Blue Note Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, and Rockwood Music Hall. Beyond NYC, Colin's touring has included playing to sold out crowds at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Throughout his time in Boston and NYC Colin has collaborated extensively with Manami Morita (piano), Zak Croxall (bass), Thomas Hartman (drums) and Devin Collins (drums) with whom he recorded and released his critically aclaimed albums: In Summary in 2009, Glenville in 2012, and his most ambitious work yet, Intermission (Farewell) in 2016.
In addition to making his own music, Cannon is a highly sought after private guitar, theory and composition instructor in the New York City area. Based on the east coast, he continues to peform, record and compose regulalry.