George Cotsirilos' meticulous and tasteful guitar work is marked by remarkably subtle shifts in accents, and minute changes in expression and dynamics. He displays an impeccable sense of timing especially in revealing the hidden rhythms of complex melodies. His approach to harmony is whimsical, but patently beautiful at all times.
Originally from Chicago, George Cotsirilos has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz community for decades, performing with a wide variety of artists, from San Francisco jazz fixtures like Eddie Marshall, Mel Martin, Pharaoh Sanders and Mark Levine to internationally recognized blues singer Etta James, Bill Evans, bassist Chuck Israels, and Soul/Jazz vocalists, The Whispers. In recent years, in addition to working as an accompanist, he was a member of the San Francisco Nighthawks which included drummer Eddie Marshall, Bobby McFerrin, pianist Paul Nagel, and former Cal Tjader bassist Robb Fisher. The group recorded for Monarch Records and was featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Cotsirilos graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and studied classical guitar privately through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.