"Derek has deftly explored both modern and traditional jazz concepts with a relaxed and congenial ease"
- Andy Brown, Chicago 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 Chicago jazz scene and continues to inspire audiences worldwide.
Derek's unwavering commitment to excellence has earned him a highly coveted spot in Juilliard's Artist Diploma program, which he will be attending in Fall 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, and upon graduation in 2025, he will emerge as an even more accomplished musician, poised to take his career to new heights.
Derek has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Chicago, including the Chicago Symphony 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, Chris Foreman, Art Davis, Russ Phillips, Eric Schneider, and Andy Schumm.
Derek's credentials include a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University, where he received mentorship 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.