Vincent Loccisano

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Vincent Loccisano is originally from Long Island NY. He began playing piano at the tender age of five, and began composing shortly there after. Encouraged by his jazz mentor and teacher Ranny Reeve, Vincent began to write compositions for solo piano, slowly branching out into arranging for big bands. Vincent attended New York University and studied piano with Michael Cochrane, and Johannes Wallman. He then attended the University of Buffalo where he studied classical piano under Dr. Jacob Greenberg, and jazz piano under Don Rebic. It was at the University of Buffalo where Vincent became influenced by modern classical, progressive rock, and avant-garde jazz. During this time he also studied composition and arranging under Professor Jon Nelson of Meridian Arts Ensemble. This experience led to learning how to conduct a band. Under Professor Nelson’s guidance Vincent began writing for jazz trios, jazz septets, jazz nonets, and a ten piece electro-acoustic ensemble with mixtures of rock, jazz, and classical music. It was also at the University of Buffalo that Vincent was privileged to perform with Bobby Previte, and Elliot Sharp. Vincent was honored with the 2004 Buffalo Music Award for Best Original Alternative Rock Band . After completing his work at the University of Buffalo, Vincent was accepted to the Masters of Arts Program in music at New York University. This extraordinary experience led to opportunities to work one on one with some of the greatest jazz artists of our time. Vincent studied piano with Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Vijay Iyer and jazz improvisation, in small group settings, with George Garzone, Tony Moreno, Billy Drewes, Don Friedman, and Wayne Krantz. This was in addition to studying composition and arranging with Rich Shemaria and Vijay Iyer. Vincent also performed with Grammy winner Brian Lynch, and world-renowned saxophonists Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. While completing his graduate degree, Vincent was appointed to the NYU faculty for a year. He had the opportunity to instruct and influence the musical talents of undergraduate students. Vincent has since graduated from NYU and continues his passion and exploration in music through playing, teaching, and composing. He is continuously striving to create innovative and exiting music to play and for others to enjoy.

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