"Jeff Crimando started playing the guitar at a very young age, studying greats like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and other jazz and rock artists. At age 15, he became the guitarist and vocalist for the group Reminisce. Jeff later attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and was a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He continued to study with jazz greats Eddie Berg and Harry Leahey as well as progressive guitar master Jeff Becker. Jeff has previously been a member of local bands Tapestry, Premonition, and Bob Annette’s KrackerJax band. Jeff also serves as Liturgy of The Word for Children music minister for Blessed Kateri RC church (Sparta). Jeff was a founding member of the “Captains of Leisure” an 8 piece group with a horn section and very challenging repertoire. Currently Jeff is a member of the Oasis Music Group and is busy gigging almost every weekend of the year. He also is a first call guitar and vocalist for Craig Scott Entertainment and Skyline Drive Orchestra. Jeff likes to craft his lessons with each student’s specific goals and interests in mind. His focus includes music theory, command of the entire fret board, and advanced improvisational techniques in rock, blues and jazz. He likes his students to feel relaxed and ask questions so that no topic remains a mystery. Jeff encourages his students to strive to work outside the lesson room to share their skills and accomplishments with friends and family; more importantly to share their love of music with others. Jeff has been teaching at The Music Den for over 10 years. To meet Jeff, stop by The Music Den on Monday afternoons and Saturdays. "