Guitarist and musical artist DREW AZZINARO has been a staple of the WNY music scene for over a decade. He currently splits his time between being a full-time performer in WNY and NYC and being a musical educator.
He has been awarded “Best Jazz Guitarist” by the Buffalo Jazz Polls in 2019 and 2016, “3rd Best Guitarist in WNY” by the WNY Music Awards in 2014, and “Mention for Best Guitarist” in 2015 by Jazz Buffalo, along with many other awards for his bands and projects. His bands have been seen opening for many national and international acts, including Gregg Allman, Debbie Davies, Devon Allman, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and T-Pain.
While completing both his Associate’s Degree from Niagara County Community College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Studies at SUNY Fredonia, he was the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including Fredonia’s first ever Jazz Scholarship. He is currently the Music Director and an instructor at Planet Music School, and teaches guitar for in-school music while doing clinics and seminars at colleges and high schools for their jazz bands and guitar ensembles. When not teaching, you can see him performing almost any day in clubs and concerts halls around the WNY or NYC area.