EUGENE SHAPIRO is a guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and the bandleader of the local Las Vegas jazz group called the Shapiro Project.
EUGENE SHAPIRO holds Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and currently teaches guitar at the College of Southern Nevada. He also has been performing music for more than 20 years. EUGENE is a member of ASCAP and is endorsed by the Thomastik - Infeld strings, by Martin Guitars, and also by Radial Engineering Ltd. He has received several awards from Nevada Arts Council, including two Nevada Artist Fellowships, numerous ASCAPLUS Jazz and Pop Awards, and honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting Contest.
EUGENE SHAPIRO has released 2 CD's with his own compositions recorded by his band the Shapiro Project on Las Vegas Record Label TNC Music Recordings. The Shapiro Project has participated in such renown Festivals as Spirit of Music Festival in San Francisco, California, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho, International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) in Los Angeles, California and Fremont Street Jazz Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
EUGENE SHAPIRO has shared the stages with many renown musicians, among them Michel Legrand, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Sandy Duncan, Walt Weiskopf, Buddy Greco, Giggs Whigham and Carl Fontana.
In Las Vegas EUGENE SHAPIRO and the Shapiro Project have played in all major Hotels and Casinos such as Venetian Hotel and Casino, Paris Hotel and Casino, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Mirage Hotel and Casino, Mandalay Bay, and Green Valley Ranch.
The usual instrumentation is Trio: Guitar, Keyboards, and Drums (or Guitar, Bass, and Drums), and Quartet: Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, and Saxophone (or Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Saxophone), but other instruments can be added, such as Trumpet. Shapiro Project also works with a female vocalist Lynae Michele, please see our second Video Demo. Other instruments can be added upon the request from the client. Shapiro Project can also be downsized to a Guitar / Bass Duo and even a Guitar Solo.
EUGENE SHAPIRO and the Shapiro Project is perfect for background music for Conventions, Conferences, Meetings, Parties, Weddings and other special events, and also for the main featured performance / entertainment. The group adopts easily to any room and is very sensitive to clients needs such as volume, breaks, repertoire, etc.
EUGENE SHAPIRO and the Shapiro Project plays Jazz ( traditional and contemporary, standards and originals ), Latin Jazz, Jazz-rock/Fusion/Funk, and also some Blues, R&B and other danceable music. EUGENE SHAPIRO and the band will also perform any song requested in advance by the client. We are responsible, reliable, easy to work with and the band grooves! We also developed a special program featuring Jazzy arrangements of Pop, R&B, and Rock songs (see our second Video Demo).