Marco Chelo is a saxophonist and entrepreneur who has studied with, played, and collaborated in various projects with international Musicians such as Fela Kuti, Marc Mommaaas, Mike Longo, Emanuele Cisi, Clifford Jordan, Joe Solomon, Jim Ridl and many others. 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 8 years the New York Jazz Workshop has become a force in the New York Music scene offering 15 weekly workshop and 5 summer programs, providing work to many New York based musicians, booking live music events and traveling internationally to offer workshops 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, creating and managing the bands “denbaya” and “Il Collettivo” as well travelling to many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, The Caribbean and South America.