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Bridgeport Academy of Piano Arts

     
 
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About the Bridgeport Academy of Piano Arts
About Doug Lalli



 
 

About the Bridgeport Academy of Piano Arts

The Bridgeport Academy of Piano Arts (BAPA) was founded in the summer of 2007 by award-winning pianist and composer Doug Lalli. Conveniently located within minutes of Chicago’s Loop, BAPA is easily accessible to city residents from the near west, near south, and near southwest sides. Lessons are also available in the near west suburbs.

Regardless of location, Doug’s 20-plus years of experience teaching students of all ages and temperaments make BAPA an ideal venue for beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians studying classical, popular, and jazz piano.

Doug is not only an exceptionally talented pianist who has performed in clubs around the country, but he has a special gift for using his own musicianship to teach others. For example, he often composes individualized practice exercises to help his students learn the pieces they’re working on. Thus, students at BAPA never hear the phrase, “Go home and learn it.” Instead, they’re given a concrete—and individualized—strategy to learn the piece in question.

We invite you to browse this site to find out more about Doug’s impressive career, the Bridgeport Academy, and the programs it offers. For more information about lessons, please email us now or call 708 228 7150.

 
 

  About Doug Lalli

"Animus"
composed and arranged
by Doug Lalli
and performed by
the Doug Lalli Septet

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Doug Lalli has been a professional jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer for over 20 years, performing in clubs and concert halls in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. A graduate of the University of Hartford, which features one of the most respected music schools in the country, he worked as a sideman in New York City with numerous jazz luminaries including ZOOT SIMS, ANITA O’DAY, and ROLF ERICSON. He also founded the TRIBECA JAZZ QUARTET and, later, the DOUG LALLI SEPTET in order to feature his own compositions at concerts, festivals and clubs throughout Greater New York.

In 1982 Lalli moved to Philadelphia and quickly became a respected member of the local jazz community, performing in virtually every important jazz room in Greater Philadelphia. His virtuosity was recognized by the Delaware State Arts Council in 1994 when he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Jazz Performance. Since moving to Chicago in 1997, he has performed at some of Chicagoland’s most important jazz rooms, such as Green Dolphin Street, Andy’s, Pete Miller’s Steak House, and Philander’s.



Doug Lalli performing
  But performing and composing has been only part of Doug’s musical life. The other part has been teaching music to students of all ages. Particularly effective with beginners, he believes firmly in giving everyone he teaches a solid musical foundation so that they can pursue their music studies to as high a level as their innate ability and work ethic will take them. In addition, he has evolved a method of teaching anyone—even those with no previous musical training—to play “by ear.” And for the more advanced student, Doug also offers instruction in composition, music theory, and songwriting


 

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