John Carlini has been playing the guitar since 1955. The son of a NY Philharmonic violinist, he is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and the US Navy School of Music. He was a guitarist in the Navy Show Band, music director and guitarist with the David Grisman Quintet, orchestrator for the DeLaurentiis film, “King of the Gypsies”, replaced guitarist, Jerry Garcia, in the Great American Music Band. and was conductor of the Ice Capades for 8 touring seasons. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his orchestrations for the off-Braodway hit, “The Song of Singapore”. He is the leader of the John Carlini Quartet, an acoustic swing band featuring Chicago-based mandolinist, Don Stiernberg. John and Don record for Blue Night Records. His strong musical influences are classical, jazz, and bluegrass. hn column, “Taking It To The Next Level”, appears in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.