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DeNigris, Cary

DeNigris, Cary, guitar; b. Albany, NY, 28 July 1955. His parents are Edward and Aris DeNigris.

He started guitar at age 14 and attended Berklee School of Music in Boston 1973 to 74. he had private lessons w/ Harry Leahy, Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Moved to NYC in fall of 1981 and did a stint w/organist Jack McDuff. Toured Europe and recorded 3 albums w/drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society (1985 to 1988). He started a long and musically fruitful association w/drummer Chico Hamilton from 1988 to present day.

With Chico, he has toured Europe and Japan extensively and recorded 7 cd's, featuring many of his originals such as "Stop", "A Little after Twelve" and "Cheek's Groove". He has been featured in Guitar Player magazine (June 1991). He recorded "Between the Lines" in 1998, his first and only date as a leader, featuring 8 originals. His music has also been featured on daytime soaps "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light."

He is currently on the adjunct faculty of The New School in NYC and working on a new project w/ vocalist Brenna Bavis. His latest recording w/ Chico Hamilton "Thoughts Of" received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine.

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