Jack has devoted his life to the study, playing, and teaching of the Classic and Jazz guitar. To be a master of both styles makes him singular; he is one of few who can perform both classical music and jazz. Cecchini is equally at home whether accompanying famous stars, performing with The Chicago Symphony, The Lyric Opera or performing a guitar concerto with The Grant Park Orchestra. Cecchini and his jazz quartet have played numerous concerts on college campuses nationwide. He has performed difficult show scores such as "Jacque Brel" and "Promises, Promises". He has performed solo guitar for former President Gerald Ford and has also done extensive studio work, master classes, and clinics.
At the age of 17 he was performing at Chicago's famous Chez Paree. His early career was spent in the recording studios of Chicago where he recorded radio and TV commercials and background music for movies and documentary films. He has performed in America's finest supper clubs accompanying such great stars as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, and Johnny Mathis. He toured extensively with his jazz quartet and also with Harry Belafonte Enterprises as an accompanist to Belafonte and Miriam Makeba. He performed at Carnegie Hall with Mr. Belafonte and Miriam Makeba.
As a classical guitarist Mr. Cecchini performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, and at Ravinia. His performance with the Grant Park Orchestra of Vivaldi's "Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra" received rave reviews. Peter Gorner, musical critic with The Chicago Tribune, wrote, "His playing is devoid of affectations and securely protected with a refined sense of musicianship."
His versatility and thorough knowledge of the guitar and its literature have garnered him respect and recognition throughout the world. As an educator and performer he is admired by the finest musicians in Chicago, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He shares his life with his wife Eva and their two dogs, Django and Joe.