Bio

Residing in New York City since 2004, Greg Ruggiero’s love for the jazz tradition has led him to perform and learn from some of the great jazz masters from the 1950’s, 60’s ,and 70’s still playing in New York. Ruggiero has stylistically run the gambit in the idiom of jazz music, from complex original compositions to the American songbook and Swing. Currently Ruggiero performs regularly in The Michael Kanan Trio and with his own trio featuring the legendary rhythm section of Steve Little on drums and Murray Wall on bass.
Greg can be seen nearly every night performing as a sideman or leader around the city. He has performed at many of the top clubs including Carnegie Hall, Mezzrow, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Room, the Jazz Standard, Smalls, and the Jazz Gallery. He has performed with such artists as Bill Crow, Frank Morgan, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Jane Monhiet, and Luisa Sobral. His music has allowed him to perform in Japan, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland.  As a leader, Ruggiero is about to release his third album, this being a Standards Guitar Trio album for the Fresh Sound 5000 label. His first two records are available on the Fresh Sound/ New Talent label. As side man, he has recorded on over twenty albums. Greg has recorded on vocalist Luisa Sobral’s debut record, on Universal Records, saxophonist Logan Richardson’s “Ethos” for Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Records and a multitude of independent releases by numerous artists.
Ruggiero teaches on The New School University applied music roster. As a guest artist and clinician, he was the featured artist at the Canjazz Festival in Galicia, Spain. He was also clinician at the Academy of Creative Education in Los Angeles, California, the Crossties Jazz Festival at Delta State University in  Mississippi, and the University of New Mexico.
  • New Album Coming Soon

    My new Standards trio recording, “It’s About Time”, will be coming out in May on the Fresh Sound 5000 label. The album features the legendary rhythm section of Murray Wall on bass and Steve Little on drums. I’m excited to release my first Standards record as a leader in a classic guitar trio format. Stay tuned.