Archive for June 5th, 2020

Al DeGregoris – Time Sensitive

A major keyboard talent and Smooth Jazz musician/composer, Al DeGregoris can conjure up images of Joe Sample or Oscar Peterson with his cool, inventive playing, which merges traditional rhythmic patterns with a modern chromatic concept.

Al started playing piano at the age of 4, saxophone at the age of 6, wrote his first song and formed his first band at the age of 7, and did his first paying gig at the age of 13. While studying with notable local musicians Charlie Hoffman, Esq. and Gerard De Angelo, Al continued to perform at local functions honing his performance skills with the help of his cousins “The King’s Men”.  While continuing to perform professionally, Al earned a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Juris Doctor at Hofstra University and performed with the Hofstra Jazz Repertory Company, under the direction of Emeritus Professor Herbert A. Deutsch (co-creator of the Moog Synthesizer). During his college years, Al studied Classical Piano with Professor Valentino Marconi, and after college Jazz Piano with the late Professor Arthur Doolittle. During that time in various groups with his college peers, Al began to experiment with Contemporary Jazz composing and recorded several Contemporary Jazz compositions.

In 2001, with guitarist Joe “the Man” Bivona, Al formed the Smooth Jazz group “Deja Blue”. Al, an accomplished composer, is an American Song Festival Contest Winner; 2-time Billboard Magazine World Song Contest Top 500 winner; John Lennon World Song Contest Top 5 winner; and Norwegian Cruise Lines Star Seeker winner. His original compositions meld modern Urban/Hip-Hop/Latin/Brazilian/Afro-Cuban grooves with flowing, compelling melodies and lush background textures.

His newest album Time Sensitive will be released in June 2020.