Drew Azzinaro & Jared Tinkham
Guitarist/ Musical Artist Drew Azzinaro has been a staple of the WNY music scene for over a decade. He currently splits his time between being a full-time performer in WNY and NYC and being a music educator. He has been awarded “Best Jazz Guitarist 2016” from the Buffalo Jazz Polls, the 3rd best guitarist in WNY from the WNY music awards in 2014, the “Jazz Buffalo Mention for Best Guitarist 2015” along with many awards for his bands and projects. His bands have been seen opening for many national and international acts such as Gregg Allman, Debbie Davies, Devon Allman, The BPO, T-Pain, etc…Recent performance includes NPR’s Tiny Desk tour NYC and some of Manhattan's most know clubs such Bitter End, Rockwood Hall, Drom, So Far NYC etc... While completing both his associates from NCCC and his Bachelors in Classical guitar studies at Fredonia he was the recipient of many awards and scholarships including Fredonia’s first ever Jazz Scholarship. He is currently the Music Director and an instructor at Planet Music School and teaches guitar for In School Music while doing clinics and seminars at colleges and high schools for their jazz bands and guitar ensembles. When not teaching you can see him performing almost any day in clubs and concerts halls around the WNY or NYC area.
Jared Tinkham is an upcoming Jazz/Classical/Rock Guitarist in the WNY area. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Jared moved to Buffalo in 2012 to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree at SUNY Buffalo State College, after having finished his Associate’s degree in Music Performance from Monroe Community College in Rochester. Upon graduating in 2015, he was hired as the new Guitar/Music teacher at Buffalo’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, replacing the recently retired local guitar legend, Rick Strauss. Jared has been playing the guitar for more than 10 years and has studied with some of WNY’s greatest pedagogues, including Bob Sneider, Steve Greene, Craig Snyder, Anton Machleder, Evan Drummond, Mark Filsinger and more. Jared’s spectrum of influences spans from a wide range of guitarists, saxophonists, and pianists, including Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson, Adam Rogers, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and several others. Jared is a die-hard fan of the Post-bop and Hard-bop genres of Jazz, and has performed and sat in with several of Buffalo’s masterful Jazz musicians, including Tim Clarke, Mark Filsinger, Kelly Bucheger, Russ Algera, George Caudwell, Bobby Jones, Greg Piontek, Danny Ziemann, Bobby Millitello, Greg Millar, Matt Michaud, Michael McNeill and more. Jared has performed in several jazz festivals in WNY including the Lewiston Jazz Festival, Queen City Jazz Festival, Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Nietzsche’s Jazz Festival. He recently received the 2015 Jazz Guitar award from the local magazine “Jazz Buffalo,” and also received his Master’s degree in Music Education in 2017. Jared currently resides in Buffalo, NY, where he gigs frequently and maintains a private guitar studio.”