Guitarist and composer Brian Pardo blends modern jazz and free improvisation with new and unique spins on roots, blues, gospel, and funk. Brian has performed and/or recorded with jazz, rock, smooth jazz and pop artists, such as Jack McDuff, Chuck Israels, John Clayton, Eddie Harris, Charles McPherson, Arthur Blythe, Stan Getz, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Hanson, Mark Levine, Claudia Gomez, Tony Manoco, Paul McCandless, Bonnie Raitt, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Coco Lee, Tom Waits, Train, and others. He has performed at jazz festivals throughout the country.
He has composed, recorded and produced music for radio, television, and film, including work for Paramount Pictures, PBS SOUNDSTAGE, PBS documentaries, Comedy Central, Apple Computers, Wells Fargo, The Ford Motor Company, Century 21, Levi’s and The National Council On Drug Abuse.
Brian taught at the JazzSchool in Berkeley, CA for 14 years, and was the Director of Jazz Studies at Bentley Upper School, Lafayette, CA for 12 years. He has also been on the performance faculties at UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, Mills College, and Diablo Valley College. He has been a clinician for Sibelius software and the non-profit Jazz Masters Series in Jazz Guitar Education as well as Jazz Camp West and LSMW.
He received a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Haverford College, an MA in Music Composition from Mills College Music, and a teaching credential from SUNY at Stony Brook. He is currently teaching and completing a doctorate in Jazz Studies at the University of Texas.
He studied guitar with Pat Martino, Allen Hanlon, Fred Frith, and Tuck Andress and composition with Fred Frith, Harold Boatrite, Annie Gosfield, Alvin Curran and John Davison.