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Guitarist

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Composer

 

 

 
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About

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 recentlyas 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. 


Recent Work

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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The truth is Colin Cannon’s latest work, Intermission (Farewell), is hard to describe...It is indeed a unique and creative masterpiece.
— Guitar Club Magazine (Italy)
Intermission (Farewell) doesn’t sound like any jazz album out there...it’s the greatest, most terrific hits of being and feeling human.
— AXS
Cannon is on to something here forward leaning tastes can easily embrace. Hard to describe, easy to enjoy-that’s the genre this falls into.
— Midwest Record
Intermission weaves in and out like audio dreams, while you feel like you’re being taken to various booths at the local sonic carnival.
— Jazz Weekly

Find more reviews of Intermission (Farewell) HERE

 

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. 


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Bio

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 his music career, 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.

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Intermission (Farewell)

by Colin Cannon
Call it jazz-fusion, classically-influenced jazz, or an impressionist piece for the 21st century, Cannon’s Intermission is ultimately up for grabs for anyone interested in going the path less chosen.
— AXS: Interview

There’s something about it, it’s hard to describe for me, something that gets to me in a pretty deep place, and I love listening to it.
— Louie B. Free

Louie B. Free Radio 

Listen To Full Interview Here


The music on Intermission (Farewell) deserves not to be categorized...The performances here are flawless...intoxicating combination of melody and surprising developments.
— All About Jazz

Intermission (Farewell) doesn’t sound like any jazz album out there...This is the album you want playing at your birth, your prom, your graduation, your wedding, the birth of your first child, and your own funeral — the greatest, most terrific hits of being and feeling human
— AXS

...more of a journey than a collection of songs...The pieces like “Everyday” and “Mofo” weave in and out like audio dreams, while you feel like you’re being taken to various booths at the local sonic carnival. Very personal in approach and delivery.
— Jazz Weekly

Cannon is on to something here forward leaning tastes can easily embrace...Hard to describe, easy to enjoy-that’s the genre this falls into.
— Midwest Record

infinitely melodic and elusively ambient.
— AXS: Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2016

AXS Magazine

Read Full Article Here


The truth is Colin Cannon’s latest work, Intermission (Farewell), is hard to describe...It is indeed a unique and creative masterpiece.
— Guitar Club Magazine (Italy)

Guitar Club Magazine (Italy)

Read Full Interview Here


Cannon weaves a dizzying variety of musical elements into an engaging and quite entertaining recording; one that practically begs for repeated listens.... Intermission (Farewell) is an incredibly powerful artistic statement that firmly cements Cannon and his band mates in the “musicians to watch” category. Bravo!
— All About Jazz

Radio broadcasts. Lectures. Telephone conversations. Sometimes, the voices are overwhelmed by the music, but at other times, they come through clearly. It’s an interesting element.
— Woodrow Wilkins/The Jazz Writer Magazine

sweeping, grand, majestic, and beautiful.
— Sea Of Tranquility

Cannon proves himself to be the heir to Jon McLaughlin’s throne as the Almighty of Fusion Guitar.
— Knocks From The Underground

Colin Cannon is a fine guitarist and composer... there’s an unmistakable musicality within his playing, and above all in the heart of the composition...there is a boldness about these compositions.
— All About Jazz

Ignited by an intense storm of notes…accurate, precise and dead on…it’s a breathtaking announcement that guitarist Cannon is bursting through the gates with a flash.
— FREETIME MAGAZINE

“Cannon’s guitar wizardry will appeal even to listeners who fancy themselves more rock aficionados than jazz...it’s an instant classic by a disciplined and energetic crop of young musicians who know their history.
— Knocks From The Underground

Colin Cannon has absorbed the best of contemporary jazz guitar (Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, etc.), so it’s not surprising to hear gorgeous tone and innovative runs when he solos.
— City Newspaper

In Summary is an album in the truest sense: ten snapshots that capture different moods, conversations, memories and speculations.
— FREETIME MAGAZINE

Colin Cannon has a beautiful, ringing tone to go along with his considerable facility on the guitar. But his appeal goes way beyond skill; Cannon is an innovative composer with tunes like “Dear Lydian” that investigate the music in imaginative ways.
— Ron Netsky (City Newspaper)