Philip DeStefano guitarist

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NY, IL, VA: I have lived in Illinois & Virginia since moving from Long Island, NY in 2001.  While on LI, I was half of the duo DeStefano & McLeod.  The duo recorded an independent CD and performed at book stores, cafes, Long Island festivals, NY City clubs, and on cable TV.  Kevin McLeod was my music partner for seven years.  When I left New York, I moved to Illinois and played solo in the Chicago area.  Among those gigs was a regular stop at Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago where I organized and hosted "Two by Four" (2 hours/4 performers). Around that time I started recording my solo CD , which I finished in Virginia, and mastered back on Long Island.  In Virginia, I played guitar for songwriters Jasmine and Matt Commerce in The Sugarwater Babies. My music continues to have a songwriter influence, but has been evolving toward improvisation and jazz.

These days, I live in South Riding,VA - learning, teaching, jamming, and searching.

~ the mini-blog
  Last week: played with bassist Ron Skinner's band at a benefit for Mosaic Harmony, a multicultural community choir based in Northern VA.
10.23.17   Since spring: had some sub-calls come my way: a benefit with R&B band, Tango Blue(April), and two jazz trio gigs(Aug). Rewarding gigs. ~ Took some master-class lessons from Dan Leonard. ~ In October, back to Cox Farm Fall Festival for the 6th year with the band Big Thanks.