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Gregory Carroll
Gregory Carroll

Gregory Carroll

American Jazz Museum

Kansas City, MO USA

"A real job that is a successful job for someone is a job that's driven by their passion and their love."

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Gregory's work combines: Music, Non-Profit Organizations, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I manage operations of a museum dedicated to celebrating the experience of jazz as an original American art form.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Music Teacher Education

    University of Northern Colorado

  • Graduate Degree

    Music Teacher Education

    University of Colorado Boulder

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Growing up, his dad and friends were always listening to jazz out on the porch; Gregory was allowed to hang out with them one day.

  • 2.

    First artists he heard were Ella Fitzgerald and Lionel Hampton; thought, "I want to play that instrument Lionel Hampton is playing."

  • 3.

    Got a little keyboard and picked up the Lionel Hampton tune by ear; his parents realized he had to develop this talent.

  • 4.

    Took piano lessons for free through public school; teacher introduced him to the vibraphone, which he recognized as Lionel Hampton's instrument.

  • 5.

    Was working at a fast food restaurant in high school; quit, vowed it was the last time he'd ask, "Do you want fries with that?"

  • 6.

    When he was teaching music, he was disheartened by parents telling talented kids, "You have to get a real job," felt that belittled his career.

  • 7.

    Struggled with the idea that he wouldn't be a famous musician, eventually got over it, realized he'd be happy as an executive, a teacher, anything in music.

  • 8.

    Says that at some point, you may realize, "getting it all may never be achievable...and that's okay!"