Eugene Shapiro is the bandleader and manager of the jazz group the Shapiro Project. The band has released two CDs and has played all over Las Vegas and beyond. Shapiro has won two NAC Artist Fellowships and an honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting Contest. He is a published author of the "Beginning Guitar Book" (Kendall Hunt Publishing), used as the textbook for guitar classes at College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
Shapiro is a jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator. He holds a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been teaching music at CSN since 2000. His approach is based on fun and easily grasped explanations and demonstrations of how jazz works, what the instruments do, and hoe to listen to and enjoy this original American art form.
About the Shapiro Project:
Shapiro Project is a Las Vegas-based jazz quartet led by guitarist and composer Eugene Shapiro. It also features Eugene's brother Boris Shapiro on drums, Brian Triola on keyboards, and Phil Wigfall on saxophone.
Shapiro Project is a jazz group with a fresh approach to the jazz idiom mainly through new works written by Eugene Shapiro and the creative musicianship that gives their sound a sparkling vitality.
The band was organized in 2000 by four UNLV graduate students pursuing Jazz Studies degrees.
All the members of the Shapiro Project are very experienced Jazz musicians with more than 10 years of performing experience in playing jazz and commercial music all over the United States and the world - Japan, Israel, Germany, etc.
Shapiro Project has participated in many jazz festivals such as Spirit of Music Festival in San Francisco, CA, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID, Fremont Street Jazz Festival in Las Vegas, NV, and International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
Shapiro Project's first CD, "True Colors" featuring 11 original compositions written by Eugene Shapiro, was released on TNC Jazz Recordings in January 2002. The quartet's second CD, "Open Road" was released in November 2005 and features nine original compositions written by Eugene Shapiro. The music of the Shapiro Project ranges from straight-ahead to modal jazz, as well as Funk, Latin and contemporary Jazz.
The members of Shapiro Project have played with many world-known musicians such as Michel Legrand, Mulgrew Miller, Walt Weiskopf, The Temptations, The Mills Brothers, Dave Liebman and Cedar Walton.
In Las Vegas Shapiro Project and its members have performed at Venetian Hotel and Casino, Paris Hotel and Casino, Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Wynn Hotel and Casino, MGM Grand, etc. Shapiro Project has also played numerous concerts for the Las Vegas Jazz Society, Las Vegas Clark County Parks and Recreations, and for the City of Henderson Jazz and Cultural concert series.
"...listening to this ensemble…you will hear the musical spirit which will carry them to greater heights and the success they deserve."
Eugene Shapiro is endorsed by Thomastik-Infeld strings, Martin Guitars, Radial Engineering Ltd., and AMT Electronics. He is twice the recipient of Nevada Arts Council's Fellowship in Jazz Composition.