In addition to his recognition as a great vocalist in the classic jazz vocal tradition, Giacomo is a highly respected and gifted educator. His approach is to combine the teaching of technique hand in hand with the passing down of oral traditions and exposure to the profound creators in the jazz legacy; a methodology that has always been the cornerstone of the jazz tradition.

A teacher at Wesleyan University, Southern Connecticut State University and New Haven’s Neighborhood Music School for many years, Giacomo also offers a number of specific workshops and master classes that are available individually or in an extended residency. For more detailed information than what is contained below, contact Giacomo by e-mail (email hidden; JavaScript is required) for specific activity outlines.


“Mr. Gates is a truly authentic representative of the world of Jazz, and his presentation
and performance gave us a memorable and wonderful experience of that world. His
presentation was one of the highlights of the semester, for me as well as the class.”

Dr. Daniel Kean, Professor of Music, Norwalk Community College