Marco Chelo is a saxophonist and entrepreneur. In 2008 Marc Mommaas and Marco Chelo founded the New York Jazz Workshop, an organization dedicated to promoting affordable jazz education in New York City. In the last 10 years the New York Jazz Workshop has become a force in the New York Music scene offering 20 weekly workshop and 15 summer programs, providing work to many New York based musicians, booking live music events for various hotels and organizations and traveling internationally to offer workshops, teambuilding and outreach music programs to various organizations and universities.
Marco has recorded 2 CD to date, the first one in 2009 a jazz album with the group “Il Collettivo” and the second in 2011 a collaboration with the Malian griot and songwriter Makane Kouyate. Born in Milan and raised in Rome, Marco moved to New York in 1995. Marco’s eclectic background includes owning and running a travel agency franchise, creating a web development agency, starting and operating the New York Jazz Workshop music school, creating and managing the bands “Denbaya” and “Il Collettivo” as well travelling to many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, The Caribbean and South America.