George Cotsirilos

George Cotsirilos, originally from Chicago, has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area Jazz community for many years. He has performed with many artists including San Francisco jazz legends like Eddie Marshall, Mel Martin and Pharaoh Sanders, as well as internationally-recognized blues singer Etta Jam, Bill Evans bassist Chuck Israels and The Whispers jazz/soul vocal band. He was also an accompanist and co-leader of The San Francisco Nighthawks, which featured legendary drummer Eddie Marshall, Bobby McFerrin piano player Paul Nagel, Robb Fisher, and former Cal Tjader bassist. They recorded for Monarch Records, and performed at many venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival. The George Cotsirilos Quartet’s latest CD, “Variations”, received great reviews and reached the top 100 jazz radio charts. It was also chosen by Royal Stokes (ex-Jazztimes editor and Washington Post jazz critic) as one of the best jazz instrumental CD’s in 2013. “Variations”‘s predecessor, “Past Present,” was also released to rave reviews and reached the top 40 jazz albums in the country. Jazz School Records released “Seems to Be” by George Cotsirilos Quartet in May 2011. It was part of the Bay Area Jazz Archive Series. Cotsirilos’s highly-received solo CD “Silenciosa”, released on OA2/Origin Records is a collection of jazz tunes played on the solo classical guitar. Cotsirilos is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He studied jazz with Warren Nunes, an eminent musician/educator, and classical guitar privately at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His new quartet CD, “Mostly In Blue” is scheduled for release at the outset of 2018. from

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