Gary Cziko


Educational Psychology
College of Education
University of Illinois
210F Education Building
1310 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820


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Other Interests & Activities


I like to sing and play music, some folk, traditional and blues but mostly jazz. I play saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor), flute, clarinet, chromatic harmonica and guitar as well as some piano. I also enjoy listening to classical music, including opera.

I play jazz and Latin jazz as the Gary Cziko Jazz Ensemble in the Champaign-Urbana area at both private functions and public venues.

Here you can hear me play and sing jazz.


In my younger years I competed in cross-country and track and completed several marathons and triathlons in my 20s and 30s.  I also enjoyed and competed in cross-country skiing when I lived in Montréal between 1974 and 1979.

In my 40s, I was a USCF Masters and Category 3 bicycle racer on the road and have done NORBA sport category racing on the mountain bike.

Now in my 50s I still enjoy biking as well as running and in-line skating (especially in Urbana's wonderful Meadowbrook Park), swimming, and cross-country skiing when there's enough snow (especially in Allerton Park near Monticello, IL).

In 2004 I started  focusing on improving my swimming technique with the goal of participating in triathlons and long-distance open-water swims. I have  drawn on both Total Immersion and The Art of Swimming and also began dabbling inmy own method called Feedback-based Incremental Swimming Hydrodynamics (FISH).


I speak fluent French (having spent five years in Montréal as a graduate student and post-doc and several summers and a sabbatical year in France). I also do quite well in German and Spanish and am interested in improving (especially Spanish). Some day I hope to find the time to learn some Brazilian Portuguese so I can sing "Garota de Ipanema" instead of "Girl from Ipanema."

Amateur Radio

My call sign is N9MJZ (MRZ = MrJaZz). I can be contacted via local repeaters at Node 4280 of the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) and Index 4321 of Echolink.  I particularly enjoy low-power, pedestrial mobile and bicycle mobile operation and I am a member of HFpack.

Tropical Fish

I keep and have bred African cichlids from Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika in a modest 40-gallon (150-liter) aquarium (actually, they take care of the breeding part on their own). I currently have Labidochromis caeruleus ("lemon yellow" cichlids), Iodotropheus sprengerae ("rusty" cichlids), Pseudotropheus zebra ("cobalt blue" zebra cichclid), and Neolamprologus brichardi ("fairy" or "Princess of Burundy") cichlids.


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This page was last updated 2006.03.27