Gilmore’s playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George Benson and Jimi Hendrix. Gilmore has been the recipient of numerous grants, including two Chamber Music of America, New Jazz Works Composer Grants, and nominated for the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award. Committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness, he conducts master classes around the world, and is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston."To me, jazz music is a way of life and a way of thinking," says Gilmore. "It's about exploration, trying something new, discovering more about yourself, about music, about life in general. So I hope that when I teach it opens people's minds up to exploring different alternatives, not just trying to sound like someone else. That's good to study at first, but you have to find your own individuality and not be afraid to express that."