history

 
 

Education

University of Southern California, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, voice. 2003

Douglas Gardens elementary, Springfield Middle School, Springfield High School, Springfield, Oregon.

Oregon Childrens choirs 2nd-6th grade

University of Southern California, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, voice. 2003

 

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, fall semester 2005, Studying under Terri Lyn Carrington, Herbie

Hancock, Carmen Lundy, Wayne Shorter, Stefon Harris, Wallace Roney, Hal Crook, and Ron Carter.

 

Private Vocal Studies with Carmen Lundy, Tierney Sutton, Carmen Bradford, Ariel, Nnenna Freelon, Glenn

Carlos and Jennifer Barnes-Shelton.

Private jazz piano with Alan Pasqua, Anne Farnsworth, and David Arnay.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Jazz Academy, Aspen, Colorado. 2003

Conducting lessons with Stacie Swartout

 

Awards

Best Jazz in Orange County nominee, Orange County Music Awards, 2014

Best Jazz in Orange County nominee, Orange County Music Awards, 2013

First Place, Big Stage Vocal Competition, 2009

Best Jazz in Orange County, winner for singing in THSB, Orange County Music Awards, 2009

National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, jazz vocal awardee 1999

Western regional honor choir 1999

Bach festival youth academy choir 1999

All State honor CHoir, Oregon 1998

Hult Center for the performing arts- Shocase award 1998

All State honor CHoir, Oregon 1998

Bach festival youth academy choir 1998

 

Gina has given clinics, lessons, interviews, and performances regularly across the US. and

internationally including headlining performances in Washington D.C., Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Florida,

California, Japan, Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Viet nam.

 

 

Teaching

Musicians Institute Hollywood, Hollywood, CA. 2014-present

Gina Saputo Vocal Studio, Long Beach, CA. 2012-2015

Student homes and personal home studio in West Los Angeles, CA. 2002-2011

Rockstars Music Studios, Huntington Beach, CA. 2009-present

Encore School of Music- La Mirada, CA. 2008- present

Bethesda Christian University- Santa Ana, CA. Professor 2009

Gwangju University- Gwangju, South Korea. Guest Professor 2008

McKinley Elementary, Music education and Conducting- Santa Monica, CA 2006-2007

Vietnam Tour- Elementary and College Level Clinics, Ho Chi Minh, Viet nam. 2005

Vietnam Tour- Elementary and College Level Clinics, Hanoi, Viet nam. 2005

Washington Prep High School, Monk Institute- South Los Angeles, CA. 2005

Choral Conducting

Rockstars Choirs, Rockstars Music Studio, Huntington Beach, CA. 2009-2013

Trinity Baptist Choir, Adult (sub), Trinity Baptist Church- Santa Monica 2008- 2014

Agape Choir, High School level, Rivers Community Church- Agoura, CA. 2008

McKinley Elementary, Music education and Conducting- Santa Monica, CA 2006-2007

Springfield High School, Student Conductor, 1997-1999

 

Full Bio

 

Gina Saputo, A native of Springfield, Oregon, Gina began training classically at the age of 8, singing with the Oregon Children’s Choir. By the age of 16 she was putting together her own groups and singing in jazz clubs, often waiting outside during breaks because she was underage.

From there, Gina attended USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, and was awarded the Barry Manilow Scholarship for all four years of her education. Gina studied at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado under Christian McBride, and Russell Malone. She was interviewed by Dee Dee Bridgewater for her show JazzSet on National Public Radio.

Gina was among seven musicians chosen by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Thelonious Monk Jr. and Wayne Shorter to study at the Thelonius Monk Institute. During her time with the institute, she performed for the State Department in Washington, D.C., and toured Viet Nam with Herbie Hancock and Nnenna Freelon.

Her first CD, “Gina Saputo” was recorded with vocal sessions produced by Grammy award nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, who said, “Gina has the talent as well as the passion to stretch and think outside the box.”

After two successful tours of Japan, her CD has climbed to #3 on the prestigious Swing Journal charts, and has received rave reviews.

She was a guest professor at Gwangju University in South Korea, 2008 and toured Japan a second time with Grammy nominated pianist Bill Cunliffe.

In 2009, she appeared at the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival. She won First Place at the Big Stage Vocal Competition, and was the vocalist for the Orange County Music Awards winning band for Best Jazz in Orange County, and nominated in 2013 and 2014 for her own group. She has recorded two ringtones which will be default rings on upcoming Samsung phones, and headlined Club Nokia at LA Live.

Recently she has graced the cover of LA JAZZ SCENE Magazine Nov. 2012. and was featured with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (Winner of America's Got Talent) and No Vacancy Orchestra at Catalina Jazz Club. Her second record “Live at the Omni”, 2013 featuring Plas Johnson, Nolan Shaheed, Matt Politano, Bruce Forman and friends.

She currently performs with her own group, and is also a regular performer with George Kahn's Jazz and Blues Revue, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Western Standard Time- tribute to the Skatalites, No Vacancy Orchestra, Slide FX Trombone Tentet, Eddie Reed Quintet, Yoon Seung Cho, and Paul Young Quintet.