Caelan Cardello Strikes A Chord

Caelan Cardello started playing piano at the age of 5 and within two years had begun parallel arcs of formal training in both classical and jazz piano, starting with jazz pianist/arranger Allen Farnham and Juilliard classical alum Steve Masi. Caelan’s consistent musical growth enabled him to secure mentorships with some of the most sought after luminaries in the jazz piano pantheon, most notably Fred Hersch, Frank Kimbrough and Dave Kikoski.


Caelan’s early involvement with several distinguished arts programs figure prominently in his musical development. First and foremost was the renowned jazz house kids in Montclair, NJ – a comprehensive and immersive community jazz arts program developed and run by jazz vocalist Melissa Walker and husband, bass icon Christian Mcbride. Caelan often held “featured artist” status when playing with the jhk ensembles and his 7 years with the program afforded him invaluable opportunities to play and study with some of the most prominent figures in jazz today including Jimmy Cobb, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jack Dejohnette, and pop songsmith Bruce Hornsby. As an alumnist of the program, Caelan’s affiliation has continually opened doors for him to perform with many other celebrated jazz greats in NYC’s legendary jazz haunts.


Over time, Caelan’s musical accomplishments and live performances have garnered him several prestigious awards including the New Jersey Governor’s award, the James Moody college scholarship award for “outstanding musicianship,” and the prestigious Herbie Hancock international piano competition. One honor of particular mention is the “outstanding soloist” award he received at the Charles Mingus HS competition & festival which resulted in Caelan being “tapped” for a “sub” slot with the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard in NYC.


Currently, Caelan plays both solo and with his Trio in NYC, around the tri-state area and tours throughout the us. Catch him at Club Room in SoHo on May 24th from 6:30PM-8PM. Reserve a table NOW.