Flamenco ~ Brazilian ~ Latin Jazz
Virtuosic Spanish guitar player Jean-Paul Buongiorno?s travels in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Cuba bring depth and authenticity to his superb performances. Born into an Italian-French family, Buongiorno?s musical training began with classical piano at an early age. He later taught himself electric guitar in high school by listening to the blues guitar playing of B.B King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Jimi Hendrix among others. Later, while attending Art School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he became influenced by great Jazz, Brazilian, and world musicians such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Paco de Lucia, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, Joao Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Bob Marley.
Jean-Paul?s passion for music has led him to study many genres: blues, funk, reggae, Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco, all of which have influenced his unique personal style of playing and compositions. He has lived and performed in Brazil, Spain and in the U.S. has studied with jazz guitarist Mimi fox, flamenco guitarists Jason McGuire and Juan Del Gastor, and Brazilian guitarist Paolo Bellinati. Jean-Paul currently lives in Berkeley, California where he continues to perform, compose and teach.