Teaches in Denver, CO
From Lafayette, CO
Clarinet, and Saxophone
Jack Harrington grew up outside of Boulder, Colorado, and began playing saxophone in school bands at an early age. He earned a BM in Music Performance with a concentration in Jazz Studies from Colorado State University and studied under Peter Sommer and Wil Swindler. Jack is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with jazz legends Matt Wilson, Marshall Gilkes, and Terell Stafford as well as acclaimed pianist and composer Myra Melford. Jack plays as a bandleader and sideman for many shows all along with the front range in styles varying from wind ensemble classical music to straight-ahead jazz to experimental improvised music. He especially enjoys playing his own compositions and the compositions of his bandmates any time he gets the chance.
Jack has been teaching private lessons for longer than eight years. He teaches students of all experience levels and especially enjoys teaching saxophone technique and improvisation. Jack’s approach to teaching centers around developing strong fundamentals both on his students' instruments and as musicians. He believes that ear training is a crucial exercise for musicians of all levels. To make lessons more engaging for his students, Jack incorporates music his students enjoy into his lessons and arranges specific, unique parts for his students. Some of Jack’s previous students have gone on to win awards in their school bands, begin playing public shows, and even pursue music careers of their own in college.