George Lesiw has been playing guitar around New Haven - with occasional brushes with fame" ... "to places like New York City’s The Knitting Factory and the Long Beach and Temecula Valley (Calif.) jazz festivals — for more than two decades now. He’s also long been one of the more dynamic players on the Greater New Haven scene" ... "the release of Lesiw’s third CD, “Clarity,” is something to celebrate.”

Mark Zaretsky (New Haven Register)


Recognized as one of the most prolific and versatile jazz performers on the Connecticut music scene, guitarist George Lesiw has made his surge a topic of conversation and interest amongst the Northeast audience. Lesiw combines the true improvisational essence and language of jazz, the daring electricity of rock-fusion and the gritty fire of blues.

Known as a bandleader and sideman for some time now, Lesiw initiates a spark of rock-fusion with a combination of the emotional fire of the blues sprinkled with funk, soul and R& B, making him a desired performer in music venues across the state and beyond.

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Teaching Philosophy

I believe each student is on his or her own musical journey, whether they want to become professionals and make a living at it or just want music to enrich their life.

As a music educator, I bring a strong and refined ability to connect with students, inspire them, hone their specific needs and goals and work with them to expand their knowledge, polish their technique and progress as musicians. My own journey has brought me to this point via 25 years of intensive study and thorough practice, both in classrooms and practical experience – performing in many venues such as concert halls and festivals all over the Northeast and as far away as California, as well as producing, composing, arranging and orchestrating.

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Music Samples

Press Reviews

"Lesiw, a founding member of The CRKs, jumped off years ago into a broader range of music that fuses blues, jazz, funk and jam influences. He has been a fixture on the New Haven music scene for more than 20 years." - The New Haven Register 

“George Lesiw has been developing his particular brand of smooth yet angular guitar jazz for over a decade now. The title of his new album, Clarity, suggests that he’s reached a new level. It’s a warm and enveloping sound, yet not the background music so much modern jazz inevitably becomes.” - Christopher Arnott, The Daily Nutmeg, New Haven

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