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"Derek has deftly explored both modern and traditional jazz concepts with a relaxed and congenial ease"

- Andy Brown, Jazz Guitarist

Derek Duleba is a highly acclaimed Jazz Guitarist and Educator, recognized for his exceptional talent and captivating performances. He has made a significant impact on the New York jazz scene and continues to inspire audiences worldwide.

Derek has performed at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the world, including the International Jazz Festival Bern, Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Symphony Center, Dizzy's Club (at Jazz at Lincoln Center),

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, The Green Mill, and The Jazz Showcase, among others. He has shared the stage with numerous jazz luminaries, including Jeremy Kahn, Dan Trudell, George Fludas, Chris Foreman, Art Davis, Russ Phillips, Eric Schneider, and Andy Schumm.

Derek's unwavering commitment to excellence has earned him a highly coveted spot in Juilliard's Artist Diploma program, which he began attending in the Fall of 2023 in New York City. This exclusive 2-year performance-based program is designed for highly gifted and experienced performers at the post-graduate level who seek to further hone their artistry and professionalism. Derek's enrollment in this program is a testament to his exceptional skills and knowledge. His evolving artistry is palpable, and he is emerging as an even more accomplished musician, poised to take his career to new heights.

At Juilliard, Derek has been taught and mentored by some of the greatest living jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Washington, Ed Cherry, Dan Block, and Ben Wolfe. Derek's credentials also include a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University, where he received training from virtuoso guitarists Fareed Haque and Bobby Broom. Derek Duleba's exceptional talent and dedication have led to him becoming a sought-after performer and educator, firmly establishing him as a rising star in the world of jazz who is set to make a significant impact in the years to come.

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