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Al’s School of Jazz is about…

…bringing jazz to life. Phat drummers, bass players who are ‘in the pocket’, piano players and guitarists who know how to ‘comp,’ and soloists who can play the changes and swing. Being strong in the fundementals so as to be free when improvising.

Jazz is a celebration of rhythm and harmony. Play it and you can play anything…and move people with your music.

Director of School of Jazz:

ALBERT SARKO – Jazz Pianist and Composer
(vocals, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, lyricist and teacher)


Graduate study Yale School of Music & Columbia University (M.A.)
New England Conservatory (B.A.)
Berkshire Music Center Fellowship in composition (Tanglewood)

Composition with Gunther Schuller, Jacob Druckman, W.T. McKinley, Mario Davidovsky, Betsey Jolais;
Piano with Jaki Byard


Working as a jazz pianist throughout the US and Canada, most of the countries in Europe and in Asia. In jazz clubs, hotels and in concert at numerous jazz festivals. Nine years in New York City working any and all gigs including House Pianist at The Village Corner, playing regularly at the Blue Note and other clubs.

Toured and recorded with his own group, and with: Archie Shepp, Benny Bailey, Steve Grossman, Candy Dulfer, Woody Shaw, Teddy Edwards, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, The Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra, Rashid Ali, John Handy, Bob Mover, Sal Nestico, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Azar Lawrence, Dennis Charles, Steve Coleman, Beaver Harris, Wallace Roney, Dale Barlow, Frank Grasso Big Band, Clifford Jarvis, Jeff Ballard, Wilbur Little, Donald Bailey, and many more.

Solo Recording Artist for Enja Records. Plus four Cds for other major jazz labels as a sideman (including Timeless Records).

Teaching privately and for the Amadeus Conservatory in New York before moving to Arizona and teaching guitar at Arizona Music Pro. Jazz Workshop for Buitenkunst (a music and art camp in the Netherlands).

Listen to posted recordings: On the Page called: Demo Tapes For A New Generation (These are mostly song demos. For more straight ahead jazz see “Blues and Views 92” with Jeff Ballard-dr)


  1. Im really excited to find the school of jazz.
    I am moving from the bay area(cal) to prescott in june and will be pursuing jazz teachers and mentors for my saxophone studies.

  2. Enjoyed listening to your Trio tunes with Dave Russell. Think I would like to plug in with what you are doing sometime this summer. Missing the jazz over here in the Verde Valley side of things…Thx for your input on the subject. Sky drive is working great.

  3. Hi. Where to begin?

    I am a mostly self-taught jazz keyboardist. I was strongly influenced by Jarrett and specialize in free improvisation. Growing up during the ’70’s I also loved the progressive rock era of ELP, Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant.

    I haven’t performed in a long time but I feel I have a unique style. However, I have also felt stuck for a while now.

    I currently live in southern California but am seriously considering relocating to Arizona.

    I am curious if you think you could help me move forward?

  4. It’s pretty exciting finding some Jazz resources in Prescott. I am moving there soon and glad there is more than “hillbilly music” in this area 🙂

    • ELP, Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant. Wow! Exactly what I was brought up on! local bassist looking for other musicians.

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