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Craig Yaremko

Craig Yaremko is a dynamic performer on all saxophones, flutes and clarinets. “An artist who…has a powerful musical personality. (Whose) originals, which touch on the jazz tradition while also looking forward, are rife with musical adventures.” (Newark Star-Ledger) Craig’s diverse musical tastes have led to performances with world-class jazz, classical, rock and pop artists, establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile young artists on the New York-area music scene. Through this experience, he has developed an eclectic, yet distinctive approach as a composer, performer and educator, delivering inspired performances both onstage and in the classroom.

A native of Clifton, NJ, Craig received his M.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University and his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance from the New School University. During his years at the New School, Craig had the opportunity to study with many legends of jazz, including Jane Ira Bloom, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Chambers, Eddie Gomez, Barry Harris, Junior Mance, Cecil McBee, Ron McClure, Charles Tolliver, and Reggie Workman. He has also studied conducting with Dr. Thomas McCauley, Dr. Craig Kirchhoff and Dr. Mallory Thompson. During his formative years, his primary saxophone and woodwind teachers were Mark Friedman and Ken Hitchcock (who passed on the teachings of Joe Allard and Thomas Nyfenger).

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Willing to teach

Advanced only


Craig is available for clinics and private instruction. He has had a private teaching studio in NJ since 1995, and is currently the woodwind instructor at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ. He is on faculty of the Encore Music Studio in Ridgewood, NJ, and coaches saxophone sections at area schools, including Ridgewood HS and West Orange HS. Craig has given clinics throughout the area on saxophone, flute, clarinet, woodwind doubling, and jazz improvisation.



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