Jazz guitarist, composer/arranger, and educator Terry Bartolotta has been teaching and performing in the Chicago area since 2006. Since starting guitar at the age of eleven, he has studied with a long list of guitarists and other musicians over the years including: Fareed Haque, Bobby Broom, Art Davis, Ron Perrillo, Don Tisch, Jim McPhedran, and Tom Matta. Bartolotta received his Bachelor's in Music from Northern Illinois Univ. in 2006, and his Master's in Music from DePaul Univ. in 2009. As a member of both the NIU Jazz Ensemble and the DePaul Jazz Ensemble, he has performed with masters like: Phil Woods, Jim McNeely, Charles McPherson, Claudio Roditi, and Rodney Whitaker.
Bartolotta has performed with acclaimed local musicians like: Rose Colella, Paul Marinaro, Elaine Dame, Abby Riccards, Art Davis, Chris White, Alex Beltran, Joe Policastro, and Chris Madsen. Also, he leads the Terry Bartolotta Group which has been performing original compositions and jazz standard songs at Andy's Jazz Club, the Green Mill Lounge, Uncommon Ground, and Jerry's in Chicago. In 2012, the group celebrated the release of their debut cd, Above the Clouds. Since then the album has been played on NPR's "All Things Considered" as well as many other regional stations such as: WDCB Glen Ellyn, Northwestern Univ. Radio, WHPK Univ of Chicago Radio. More recently, the group was featured at the 2014 Elkhart Indiana Jazz Festival.
In addition, Bartolotta freelances throughout the Chicago area as a teacher maintaining his own private guitar lesson studio in Chicago and the North Shore area. Also, he teaches private guitar lessons in Hinsdale as part of Learn to Make Music, and he is an adjunct music professor at Harold Washington College.