Jean-Paul Buongiorno is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most soulful and eclectic guitarists. His passion for music spans many genres including Flamenco, Brazilian, Latin, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Reggae and Classical, all of which are reflected in his unique personal style as well as in his compositions.
Jean-Paul was raised in an Italian/French family in Madison, WI. His musical journey began at age seven with piano lessons (at his mother’s insistence!), but it was only upon picking up the guitar in high school that he found inspiration.
Although mostly self taught, Jean-Paul’s inexhaustible curiosity in the guitar has led him to study with such people as Jazz guitarists Mimi Fox and Randy Vincent, Flamenco guitarists Jason Mcguire, Antonio Rey and Juan Del Gastor, and Brazilian guitarists Paolo Bellinati and Guinga.
He has performed in countless venues, festivals and stages across the U.S., Spain and Brazil, and has played events for such names as Barack Obama, Larry Ellison, Bono, Willie Brown, Gavin Newson, Google, Apple, Oracle, Audi and Hyundai among others.
Jean-Paul currently lives in Berkeley, California where he continues to perform, compose, record and teach.
Home Base: San Francisco