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John Magnante


John graduated from Oswego State with a minor in music performance. While at Oswego, he studied with guitarist Rick Balestra and was a featured soloist in the school's highly acclaimed "Solid State Jazz Ensemble." He also studied guitar at the musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles. Most recently he has studied with Johnathan Kriesberg and is an avid follower of the new school of modern jazz guitar playing. John is a co-founder of ESP as well as a major contributor of the groups original compositions. In addition to his responsibilities with ESP, he has performed with such bands as Atlas and Soft Spoken.


Ready or NOT

Label: Spider Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ready or Not, Cicada, Hot Mess, Everything and the Rest, Three Seven Blues. Somewhere Somehow, Waltz for Gail, Scrap Art

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E.S.P. is a high energy, contemporary jazz group featuring original music. Their recordings are part jazz, part funk and part world music. Its real jazz, you just won't need your GPS to follow it!.

This exciting jazz quartet's 2009 album Time’s Up! (SPIDER RECORDS) was featured in JAZZIZ magazine. In 2010, the record won a Syracuse Area Music Award (Sammy) for best jazz Recording and continues to receive airplay in more than 120 cities worldwide. In 2012, E.S.P. was voted “Best Jazz Group” in the Syracuse New Times annual reader’s poll.


Song of the Day

Stone Cold

Label: Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
Released: 2009
Duration: 06:49


Time's Up!

Label: Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
Released: 2009
Track listing: 01. Time's Up!; 02. La Hija; 03. Copper Room; 04. Post Bop Republic; 05. Meet Me in Paris; 06. Merge; 07. Be Bop Da Wap; 08. Make a Wish; 09. Stone Cold; 10. Jacky's Blues; 11. Twilight.

Article: Album Review

E.S.P.: Time's Up!

Read "Time's Up!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il quartetto E.S.P. si è dato come modello, dichiarato ed evidente, il jazz venato di fusion di gruppi come Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, Steps Ahead mantenendosi però in un territorio leggermente più jazzistico rispetto ai nomi citati. Questo album li vede alle prese con undici composizioni suddivise fra tre componenti del gruppo: il chitarrista John Magnante, il ...


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