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C.J. Glass
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C.J. Glass

What I teach

ear training
music theory
jazz improvisation
jazz guitar
electric guitar
classical guitar
bass guitar
fingerstyle acoustic guitar
acoustic guitar
double bass


$30 for one half-hour, $45 for 45 minutes, $60 for one hour

My bio

Born and raised in Ithaca, NY, C.J. Glass graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies on guitar from Ithaca College in May 2005. Beginning guitar lessons with Jan Nigro at the age of seven, Glass has since gone on to study with Dr. Robert Keefe, Professors Pablo Cohen and Steve Brown, Benny Goodman’s last guitarist, James Chirillo, and Joey DeFrancesco’s guitarist, Paul Bollenback. He also studies drums with Michael Carvin and bass guitar with Patrick Pfeiffer. While still attending Ithaca High School, Glass was published as co-author of the textbook Torah Toons I and independently released his first album, Are You Ready to Get Deep Fried?, at the 2001 Ithaca Festival with “Battle of the Bands��? winners, Los Mariscos. Glass is an accomplished entertainer in the Ithaca and New York City areas, having shared the stage with artists that span genres from jazz to reggae to Jewish music, such as: Johnny Russo, members of John Brown’s Body, Djug Django, Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat, and Tears), Walter White (The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Paul Hanson (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Neal Miner (Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross), Spike Wilner (Planet Jazz), Reggie Washington (Roy Hargrove), the KMA All-Stars, Dr. Joel Rubin (Brave Old World), Safam, The Klezmatics, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Shlomo Katz, and Pey Dalid. During the summer of 2004, C.J. began his association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, which has put him in contact with such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and Clark Terry. His senior recital at Ithaca College drew approximately 500 people, from whom Glass received a standing ovation. In the spring of 2008, C.J. performed as a guest artist with the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble. In 2009, he served as a cantor alongside his father, Rabbi Scott L. Glass, during the Jewish High Holiday season at Temple Beth - El, Ithaca. Collectors can search for C.J. in the “Siren Call��? episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, read his past JazzImprov Magazine reviews, and listen to him on the Ithaca College Klezmorim album, Music For Hawaiian Gardens. He has also recorded with Pey Dalid for their Open Eyes CD after having toured with the group in Israel and the U.S. His bass voice appears on the Tizmoret album, Sounds in My Head, which was released in early 2009.

Currently C.J. is co-leading The Adam Ramsay - C.J. Glass Quintet, which performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area. He is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies degree from Queens College.

Critical Acclaim for C.J. Glass

“Born and bred in Ithaca, Glass is a jazz studies major. His main instrument is guitar, but he also plays bass and sings with a sexy, bluesy growl ... the band was grooving together and presenting a much more cohesive front than less-showy jazz bands.��?

-Miranda Pennington, The Ithacan

“If Glass is nothing else, he’s a jazz musician; in love with music and the freedom of expression it allows him. Born, bred, and educated right here in Ithaca, Glass has blossomed as a musician under the guidance of his many mentors and friends in the community.��?

-Genevieve Salamone, The Ithaca Times

“Not only [was] the music great but the performance itself was rehearsed to perfection ... The recital was a great mix of good music and a good show that had the audience swingin’ along.��?

-The Cayugan


1) The first lesson is always free.

2) Musicianship is a must! I work on sight singing (singing music directly from the page) and ear-training with my students.

3) While I teach primarily guitar and bass guitar, I have studied those instruments in addition to piano, drum set, trombone, and a small number of other instruments. I bring my knowledge of musical ensembles to my teaching.

4) Lessons are taught on a weekly basis. If a lesson is cancelled by the student or the student's parent/guardian within 48 hours of the lesson time, payment will still be due to the teacher. If the teacher cancels a lesson within the same 48 hours, the next lesson will be free.

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