Jazz Guitarist Peter Douskalis performs in New York

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Peter Douskalis, a jazz guitarist from the Washington DC area living now in Astoria, will be performing with the NYU Music ED Jazz Ensemble at New York University on Friday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm.

The show will take place at the Frederick Loewe Theatre on NYU main Washington Square campus. Peter has released a solo jazz guitar album titled “The Dance of the Sea” on independent DC record label Shenandoah Records. He is a Gibson artist and holds corporate product sponsorships with GHS Strings, Rocktron, and Acoustic Image Amplifiers.

Douskalis began playing guitar at a young age and was influenced by his father. His father, who is a mathematician, is an amateur guitar player that would often rehearse with his work band in the basement of their Virginia home. Once Douskalis picked up the guitar he couldn’t put it down and was bound to become a professional musician.

Douskalis came to New York in August of 2009 to attend New York University for a Masters Degree in Music Education. He, however, was already familiar with the area because his parents used to live in Astoria where they met. Naturally, when Peter decided to come to New York he wanted to live within the Greek community in Astoria.

Douskalis also has a BM in Jazz Studies from the Conservatory of Shenandoah University. He has played with jazz legends Chuck Redd, Bob Cranshaw, Houston Person, Mickey Roker, and Tamir Hendelman, as well as trumpeter Jens Lindemann. He is also a composer and has written material for his own performance as well as being commissioned by various high schools and the George Washington University for theatrical music. His style is very influenced by his Greek heritage where he often tries to imitate the sound of the bouzouki on his guitar. He also tends to impose complex Greek harmonies over traditional jazz songs when creating new arrangements of famous pieces. His original compositions and arrangements are unique and capture the spirit of jazz as well as his cultural background.

Peter Douskalis is a host of the JazzCity radio program with Stefanie Sintakis on Radio NEO. The program airs live every Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and features jazz music of all styles. “Jazz with no limitations” is the motto of the show and features music from the big band era, bebop, cool, funk, jazz influenced house music, world, and much more.

Tickets for his December 3 show are $10 to the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. You can purchase tickets online at www.nyu.edu/ticketcentral/calendar, by phone 212.352.3101, or in person at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.

Douskalis’ solo jazz guitar CD “The Dance of the Sea” is available for purchase online at www.peterdouskalis.com or by digital download on iTunes.


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