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Eugene Shapiro holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is a guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader of the jazz quartet Shapiro Project, and an educator.
Eugene has been playing and teaching music for more than 20 years. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and is twice the recipient of the Nevada Arts Council’s (NAC) Artist Fellowship in the field of jazz composition (2004 and 2010). He has also received several other awards and honorable mentions from Nevada Arts Council, ASCAPLUS Pop and Jazz Awards, and Billboard Songwriting Contest.
Eugene leads a jazz quartet called the Shapiro Project that also features his younger brother Boris Shapiro on drums (and a CSN instructor as well). Shapiro Project recorded two CD’s of Eugene’s original music, “True Colors,” (TNC Jazz Recordings) and “Open Road” (Shapiro Project Records, C&P). The Shapiro Project has participated in such renowned festivals as Spirit of Music Festival in San Francisco, CA, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID, IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) in Los Angeles, CA, and Fremont Street Jazz Festival in Las Vegas, NV.
Eugene has shared the stage with many renowned jazz and pop musicians, among them Michel Legrand, Walt Weiskopf, Carl Fontana, Art Van Damme, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jiggs Whigham, Sandy Duncan, Ed Soph, Marlena Shaw, Stefan Karlsson and Tom Warrington.
Eugene resides in Las Vegas, NV where he freelances on the local music scene and has been teaching for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) since 2000. He is a published author of the “Beginning Guitar” book (Kendall Hunt Publishing).