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Oscar Stagnaro

  • Jazz Studies
  • Coach, Latin Ensemble

Jazz bassist Oscar Stagnaro taught at New England Conservatory from 2000 to 2013.

Since moving to the USA in 1979 from his native Peru, Stagnaro has been a very active performer and one of the most versatile bass players on the East Coast. His mastery of playing different music styles; including jazz, fusion, Latin jazz, Brazilian jazz, and South American music; has helped him travel the world performing and recording with the very best of Latin jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Valentin, Dave Liebman, Danilo Pérez, Chucho Valdez, The Caribbean Jazz Project, New York Voices, and the Boston Pops. He has also led clinics in Costa Rica, Spain, and Germany. Recordings include: Live at Manchester Craftsman Guild with the United Nation Orchestra, 100 Years of Latin Love Songs with Paquito D’Rivera, and Musical Portraits with Dave Valentin. His first CD, Mariella’s Dreams, featured Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Ed Simon, Alex Acuña, and Ramon Stagnaro, was released in March 2003.

Stagnaro is a three-time Grammy winner: in 2001 for performing with the Paquito Rivera Quintet on Live at the Blue Note, and again in 2003, for again performing with the Rivera Quintet and also the New York Voices on Live at Manchester Craftsman Guild, and most recently, in 2007, with the Rivera Quintet. He is coauthor of The Latin Bass Book, published by Sher Music, and author of Latin Slap Book, to be published by Hal Leonard in June 2004.

Recents CDs include performances with the WDR Big Band from Cologne, the NDR Big Band from Hamburg, and with Dianne Schuur and Phil Wilson. Stagnaro has performed with Bebo Valdez, Rosa Passos, Joe Gallardo, Michael Camilo, and Claudio Roditi. He has done clinics for Umbra/Italy, the Kosa Percussion Camp, and the AIJE Jazz Convention. He is endorsed by Warwick Basses and Strings, and by Epifany Speakers.

Stagnaro is currently at work at a book entitled South American Rhythms for the Latin Jazz Rhythm Section.

Baccalauréat in math, Parisian lycée; certificate of proficiency in English, British Institute Paris; Licence in English, Université de Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle; Certificate for foreign graduate students, Mount Holyoke College; M.M. in violin, NEC. Current faculty of the Rivers Music School, Weston. Former faculty of Boston School of Modern Languages.

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