Mitch Seidman was initially inspired by a Kenny Burrell record to pursue jazz guitar, and then by the late Attila Zoller through study and a close friendship that began in 1974. A professional musician and music educator for well over forty years, he has performed at festivals, nightclubs, adjudicated, and presented clinics throughout the U.S., as well in France, Germany, and Costa Rica, where he was also an artist-in-residence. Seidman has recorded with Harold Vick, Harvie S, Ted Brown, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, Tony Zano, and Charlie Kohlhase. Seidman has performed with John Pisano, Teddy Kotick, George Garzone, Herb Pomeroy, Hal Crook, Joe Beck, Michael Formanek, Holly Hofmann, Don Friedman, Vera Auer, Tyrone Brown, Eddie Jones, Steve LaSpina, Ray Drummond, Ron McClure, George Duke, Billy Harper, Elliott Zigmund, and numerous other renowned jazz musicians. He had led recordings on Jardis (Germany), Cadence, Kyran Music, and Brownstone Records. Seidman has earned a bachelors degree in Composition at Berklee College of Music, and a masters degree in Music Education at Boston University. He is a Professor of Ear Training at Berklee College of Music, was a contributing editor to 20th Century Guitar Magazine, and co-authored the book entitled Playing the Changes:Guitar on Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.
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