Multi-faceted guitarist Colin Sapp has carved a distinct new sound among guitarists by fusing elements of jazz, rock, blues, funk, folk and electronic music into a unique and stylized approach. Equally at home in many genres, Sapp has shown his versatility as a musician by performing and recording with dozens of unique and contrasting artists over the past 20 years.
Originally from suburban Detroit, Sapp’s musical interest started young. He learned basic drum set skills from his step-father and later received an electric guitar, which over time became his primary focus. After years of self-instruction, he relocated to Boston for music school and absorbed the east coast energy and experimental perspective. Since then, he has toured the United States as a guitarist with James Wolpert from NBC’s The Voice, Liz Carlisle, Choose to Find, and has performed with Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling, Backstreet Boys, Ally Brooke (from Fifth Harmony), Rakesh Chaurasia, and former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky among hundreds of other artists. He has given masterclasses at Boston University, SUNY Oneonta, Lincoln Park Center For The Arts, and Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. Sapp is a published author with articles on performance, pedagogy, and peer mentoring.
Sapp is currently a member of Choose to Find, The Epic United, and TOMN. Not to be lost in the mix is Sapp’s undeniable writing. His original jazz/jungle group Infinite Out is comprised of guitar, electric piano, electric bass and drums and is what he considers his main creative outlet when not working with his other groups.
Sapp has over 150 recording credits to his name. He regularly produces, engineers, and plays on recordings in various genres. Click on the Store tab to listen and purchase his recordings.
In addition to performing, writing, and recording, Sapp is an Assistant Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and Lecturer at Boston University where he teaches contemporary jazz, rock, and country guitar styles, private guitar lessons, and directs ensembles. Sapp’s YouTube channel INSIDE OUT GUITAR contains concepts and drills that he has developed for aspiring guitarists. He also continues to teach privately outside of college, which he has done for over 28 years.