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Reno De Stefano is an active guitarist-composer on the Montreal jazz scene. His Quintet was nominated for the General Motors Grand Jazz Award and the Galaxie Rising Star Award of the CBC at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, 2008. The members of the Quintet are Kevin Dean (trpt), André White (pno), Alec Walkington (bs), Dave Laing (dr). He has shared the stage with American virtuoso guitarists Joe Diorio and Sid Jacobs and has performed with many Canadian musicians including James Gelfand, Michel Donato, Lorraine Desmarais, Norman Lachapelle, Ron Di Lauro, Jean-François Groulx, Luc Beaugrand, Muhammad Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Brian Hurley, Skip Bey and many others. In 2002 he performed at the prestigious Place des Arts in Montreal, in a concert featuring himself and the legendary Michel Donato on bass. During the last few years his work and development as a jazz guitarist and composer have culminated in a series of important concerts for the Montreal jazz association "Dialogue with the Artist" series at Upstairs, Salle Claude Champagne "Ce soir on jazze" and "Montreal Jazz", UQAM "Drum-Fest", Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Stewart Hall, Théâtre de Verdure, etc. His first recording as a leader entitled «De Stefano & Donato» Matters of The Spirit, features original compositions and standards with bassist, Michel Donato. His compositions and performances have been featured on many jazz radio programs including CBC Radio. His second CD «Reno De Stefano Quintet : Mimi's Dance» was released in 2009. Reno De Stefano is presently associate professor of jazz studies at the Université de Montréal. He holds a Ph.D. and a Masters degree in jazz musicology (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of music in jazz performance (McGill University). He has taught at the Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal and McGill University before accepting a full-time tenure-track position at the Université de Montréal. Dr. De Stefano has published over 30 articles on jazz improvisation, jazz history and composition in specialised periodicals for the International Association of Jazz Educators, for the award-winning International Dictionary of Black Composers, and is a regular contributor to the magazine Just Jazz Guitar.

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