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Romeo Velluto

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Romeo Velluto is a session guitarist and composer with experience in theatre performances and function bands. His education makes him able to manage rock, blues, funky, bossa, latin other than jazz. He graduated at the Music Conservatoire of Milan, Jazz department. He released 2 albums of original music, mainly jazz mixed with mediterranean sounds coming from klezmer, greek music, other than latin (bossa and tango). He worked as session guitarist for for many independent artists in London and Italy such as Marie Naffah and Ama Wilde, Glenn Miller (Buena Vista Social Club) Cosimo Keita Cadore (Shakira, Zucchero, Lionel Richie) Vittorio Bianco (Albano, Tullio De Piscopo, Gino Paoli, Rita Pavone), Thunderstrick (Iron Maiden former). Thanks to his versatility, he played in such prestigious venues in London as Bull’s Head, Blue Note of Milan, plus a number of festivals, Tuscia Jazz and Umbria Jazz among these.

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Pete Sklaroff

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Peter Sklaroff is a highly experienced guitarist and music educator with over 25 years experience of performing/touring and music education at Higher Education and Postgraduate level. He was most recently the Head of Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music in the UK and previously held the posts of Assistant Head of Music, Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Jazz course, HE (Music) Admissions Manager and Instrumental Coordinator of Guitar and Bass. For many years, Peter was also the Principal Jazz/Electric Guitar Tutor at LCM. His musical specialisms include Jazz Improvisation, Harmony and Performance Techniques, and he has taught Jazz Language and Vocabulary, Harmonic Techniques, Improvisation Strategies, and Jazz Performance Studies at Higher Education and Postgraduate level. He initially graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (Heriot Watt University) with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Humanities (1984) before pursuing and consolidating his musical studies full-time at the well-known City of Leeds College of Music in 1985

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Mark Edward Fitchett

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I am passionate about improvisation in all styles of music. This is my love, my joy, my high in life. I get the most satisfaction from this aspect of my live performances. The creativity experienced, especially when I’m “on,” is something I don’t experience in normal everyday life. I had been playing the guitar for a couple of years as kid and was just starting to listen to Santana, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers when one of my friends mentioned that the guitarists were making their solos up on the spot. That just floored me, I couldn’t believe it! I knew right then and there that I had to be able to do that too; thus starting my lifelong quest to perfect the art of improvisation on the guitar. Beginning with garage/basement bands, my friends and I got together and jammed for hours at a time on modal one chord jams, simple progressions and blues


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