Romantic Spanish Guitar with Bossa Nova, a little Jazz and Classical, too.
Maurice began his relationship with the guitar at the age
of seven. He was inspired by the sounds of Carlos Montaya
and other Flamenco greats, introduced to him by his mother,
Esther Azar Sedacca, who had been a well admired vocalist
herself. For the next few years he became involved with
various types of music, both traditional and popular, playing
solo and with local "pick-up" groups. As a teenager, Maurice
found jazz to be an encompassing mode of expression and
began study with the innovative jazz guitarist, Howard
Morgen. Other, more traditional training includes studies
with Rodrigo Riera, world-renowned classical guitarist, and
at the Hunter College music department under the direction
of Professor James Harrison of the Paris Conservatory.
Additionally, he has had the opportunity to study Arabic
music theory with Hakki Obadia which has influenced his
playing of the oud, the middle-eastern "grandfather" of
Since 1964, Maurice has played with such
mentionables as Bobby Timmons, the Platters, Andy
Narrell & the Steel Bandits, Ralphi Pagan, Ray Ramos y La
Sonora, Scott Wilson and the Serena Dance Studios, the
Frank Terris Orchestras, Eddie "The Sheik" Kochak,
Souren Baronian and Gwen Cleveland and the Something
Special Big Band. He also appeared on the "Emeril Live"
show on Food Network Television.
Maurice is currently performing in the New York City vicinity
and South Florida area in public venues and private parties.
He has been appearing regularly with his Jazz Quartet at the
Mardi Gras Restaurant in Forest Hills and at the Chimu in
Williamsburg where the evening is highlighted by a
Belly Dance floor show.
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