professional musician, guitar teacher, music educator
Professional jazz guitarist averaging more than
100 public performances annually
Skilled jazz educator producing award winning guitarists
Author of the guitar method book “Keys to Unlocking the Fretboard”
· Video Presenter for Musician's Friend Private Reserve
Brian Baggett's education includes
both Washburn University
and University of
Kansas with concentration
in jazz improvisation and guitar. He has
studied with some of the best in the field, including extensive private lessons
with Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman and Regi Wooten, among others. His critically acclaimed guitar playing has
been praised by Mike Varney in Guitar Player magazine and by many other jazz and
guitar based publications.
Brian’s guitar instruction spans
many areas. He has been a private guitar
instructor, faculty for the University
of Kansas Jazz Workshop, guitar
instructor at Ottawa University, and most recently Brian took on a new
role in early childhood music, working with students at the Lawrence Montessori
book, “Keys to Unlocking the Fretboard,” came into fruition in 2011. After many years of successful teaching with
the method he created, Brian decided to
outline and explain the method to better support his students as well as players
interested in learning on their own. The
book is currently in it's third edition and is available with a DVD as well. Please visit www.brianbaggett.net.
2000 and far into the future, Brian is a professional musician. Even before 2000, Brian led a innovative and
skillful band called Einstein Electric.
Live performances of this group are only now slowly becoming available
online. Although Brian is known mostly
as a jazz player, he also leads the fusion group DOJO. It's actually Brian's playing in this band
that has gained him the most national exposure.
Some gigs these days require suit
and tie, while many others are outdoor jazz festivals with larger audiences. Brian has been a sought after jazz player in
the Kansas City
area for many years and there is really no wonder why. Brian's magical guitar
playing has gained him a solid reputation that continues to grow. He has been very blessed to share his music
with some amazing people. In 2012, Brian
swapped solos on stage with Steve Vai at the Stiefel Theatre, he played the opening gala for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and
entertained a private dinner for Newt Gingrich at the Dole Institute. This was in
addition to many exciting club dates.
Another project of Brian’s is a new
field for him– history. In 2013, Brian
Baggett played music that was composed by Henry Worrall, a 19th
century guitar player and composer. He recorded
the songs Sebastopol and Carmencita and
donated the work to be part of the permanent collection at the Kansas
Museum of History.
Brian has been giving energetic
and engaging presentations since 2004.
He has presented about music and guitars to many different audiences, including
university jazz festivals, master workshops, preschool, middle and high school
classes as well as in-store demonstrations.
If you’d like to hear about a presentation that Brian could do for your organization,
feel free to shoot an email through the website.
Since 2014, Brian Baggett has been the video presenter for Musician's Friend Private Reserve part of the Guitar Center family of brands. He has made over 900 guitar demos to date and has visited most guitar factories in the USA. He also writes a column for Musician's Friend called Guitar Notes.
Lastly, if you find yourself in the Kansas City area you will
not have a hard time finding Brian out gigging.
He has steady gigs, and has for many years. He holds a residency at the Green Lady Lounge with Ken Lovern and Kevin Frazee every Wednesday and Saturday night in the group OJT and recently joined the band Guitar Elation alongside legendary KC guitarist Danny Embrey. Just check out the calendar on his website
and we’ll see you at the show!