Live at the Rochester International Jazz Festival


Colin Cannon is a renowned guitarist, composer and educator with over 10 years of teaching experience. Based in New York City, Colin is a regular performer in some of the world's most famous jazz venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club and the 55 Bar; and as of 2017 he has released three critically acclaimed albums sold worldwide. In addition to his original music career, Colin is a highly sought after private guitar, theory and composition teacher in the New York City area. 


While originally self taught from an early age, Colin went on to many years of intensive training. During those years he was a student at 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, he studied guitar and composition with instructors such as Tim Miller and the legendary Mick Goodrick (teacher of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Bill Frisell and more). Colin holds a degree of guitar performance from the Berklee College of Music in addition to graduate studies of composition from the Hunter College Music Department.


Colin first began teaching guitar while still in high school as a part time job, a job he continued throughout his college years. Since graduating from Berklee in 2007, Colin has been teaching professionally full time and has helped hundreds of students reach their goals. From the advanced student preparing for auditions at some of the world's most prestigious music schools, to the beginner who just wants to play their favorite song, Colin welcomes students of all levels, styles and interests to his lessons. 

In addition to his private practice, Colin is also employed and certified by the national tutoring company "Take Lessons"
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Colin is a great teacher, and easy to work with. I came to him with the goal of getting into the Berklee College of Music and he helped me reach it!
— Peter Kendall (Berklee College of Music, Guitarist)