Colin Cannon is a renowned guitarist, composer and educator widely embraced by fans of modern jazz, progressive rock and "new music." Colin 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 Colin Cannon's most recent album, "the music deserves not to be categorized."
Colin Cannon is based in New York City and is a 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, Colin Cannon is one of the most sought after private 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 Colin 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. Colin 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 Cannon was originally self taught from an early age. Colin Cannon’s formal training began in his early teens when he studied with local jazz guitarist Steve Greene with whom he still maintains a close relationship. In High School Colin Cannon attended the world-renowned Eastman School of Music where he was named the “Fred V. Alati Jazz Scholar" and at age 18 was selected by the Berklee College of Music's "World Scholarship Tour."
While at Berklee, Colin Cannon studied jazz guitar with instructors such as Tim Miller and Mick Goodrick (teacher of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Bill Frisell and more). He later on received his Master’s in classical composition studying with composers Suzanne Farrin and Shafer Mahoney.
After graduating from Berklee, Colin Cannon 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 Cannon’s touring has included the Rochester International Jazz Festival and other major festivals in the United States. 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 his critically acclaimed 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, Colin Cannon is a highly sought after private guitar, theory and composition instructor. Based in Brooklyn, NY he continues to perform, record and compose regularly.