Joe Pass (1929 - 1994) began playing the guitar when he was nine years old and by age fourteen he was playing in local bands in the Johnstown Pennsylvania area. Joe's extensive use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, and use of a chord-melody style of play opened up new possibilities for jazz guitar and had a profound influence on future guitarists.
Joe Pass recorded a series of albums which include: Catch Me, 12-String Guitar,For Django, Simplicity,Virtuoso,Unforgettable. Just to name a few. Joe Pass DVD's include: Solo Jazz Guitar, Joe Pass: The Blues Side Of Jazz, Genius of Joe Pass. To name a few.
Joe pass has captured my heart in his Chord Melody playing. The best way to capture Joe Pass is by listening to his music and watching his DVD's. Joe Pass is a master of this type of guitar playing. Even though Joe Pass is no longer with us. His music and Soul will always remain.
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1969 to join Tony Williams's group Lifetime. He subsequently played with Miles Davis on his landmark albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew
McLaughlin's 1970s electric band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra  included violinist Jerry Goodman (later Jean-Luc Ponty), keyboardist Jan Hammer (later Gayle Moran and Stu Goldberg), bassist Rick Laird (later Ralphe Armstrong), and drummer Billy Cobham (later Narada Michael Walden).
His reputation as a "first-call" session player grew, resulting in recordings as a sideman with Miroslav Vitous, Larry Coryell, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, The Rolling Stones and others.
In 1979, he teamed up with flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and jazz guitarist Larry Coryell (replaced by Al Di Meola in the early 1980s) as the Guitar Trio. For the fall tour of 1983, they were joined by Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse, who opened the show as a soloist and participated with The Trio in the closing numbers.
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Metheny's versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than twenty years - an association that has been compared to the Lennon/McCartney and Ellington/Strayhorn partnerships by critics and listeners alike. Metheny's body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
As well as being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator. At 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he also received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later (1996).
Pat Metheny has also won 17 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums.
Recent Projects Pat Metheny has done are: UPOJENIE: PAT METHENY & ANNA MARIA JOPEK; TOKYO DAY TRIP (EP); DAY TRIP,,,,,
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Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) Is considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Pat Martino, Jerry Garcia, and Pat Metheny.
Wes Montgomery started learning guitar at the age of 19, listening to and learning recordings of his idol, the guitarist Charlie Christian. He was known for his ability to play Christian solos note for note and was hired by Lionel Hampton for this ability.
Wes Montgomery often approached solos in a three-tiered manner: He would begin a repeating progression with single note lines, derived from scales or modes; after a fitting number of sequences, he would play octaves for a few more sequences, finally culminating with block chords. Instead of using a guitar pick, Montgomery plucked the strings with the fleshy part of his thumb, using downstrokes for single notes and a combination of upstrokes and downstrokes for chords and octaves.
Wes Montgomery generally played a Gibson L-5CES guitar. In his later years he played one of two guitars that Gibson custom made for him. Wes Montgomery often a Fender Twin tube amp. In Wes Montgomery's later years, he played a solid state Standel amp with a 15 inch speaker.
Some of the best Wes Montgomery recordings can be found on Riverside lable and Verse label. Some of my Favorite Wes Montgomery recordings are: Smokin' at the Half Note,The Wes Montgomery Trio, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery.
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New York based guitarist/composer,Jonathan Kriesberg started playing guitar at the age of 16 he was admitted to the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where his jazz studies took center stage. Intensely dedicated to the instrument, he was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, where he held the guitar chair in the acclaimed Concert Jazz Band, touring Brazil and performing with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney. In Miami he also performed with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas.
Jonathan has worked in the bands of many greats including Joe Locke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Roy Nathanson, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, Ari Hoenig, Yosvany Terry, and Lenny White. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt. He has recorded five CDs as a leader, including Unearth
Jonathan recently recorded The South of Everywhere. The CD features Will Vinson on alto saxophone, Gary Versace on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums. It is a dynamic album, combining Jonathan's exciting compositions in his quintet and his trio's unique takes on standards.
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Larry Coryell is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.
After developing the first incarnation of his virtuoso technique Larry played his "first big time job" with Killer Joe Piro. National recognition then came during his tenure with the Gary Burton Quartet in 1967. The late 60s thru early 70s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists in Rock, Jazz and all musical genres.
During that time Larry was part of Rock's experimentation, and toured with Jack Bruce, and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. In 1974 Larry formed The 11th House , the most popular and successful Fusion band of its time, which included his friend and colleague Randy Brecker. After The 11th House disbanded, Larry was signed by Clive Davis for Arista Records, where he made a series of solo albums, followed by a direct-to-disc recording with the Brecker Brothers.
The most recent recordings Larry has done are available on Chesky Records (â€śImpressionsâ€ť, â€śTrafficâ€ś & â€śElectricâ€ś), Rhombus Records (â€śLaid Back & Bluesâ€ť ), HighNote ("Cedars Of Avalon"), and Favored Nations("Tricycles") . For more about Larry, Clips of his CD's and Video's.
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Busy times working on second solo album. This album will have vibes of: James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix, Robin Leonard Trower, George Benson, John Leslie "Wes" ...
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By NY Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
"A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars."
— NY Times
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What can I say about Jay Graydon. He has done so much for me, Thanks aren't enough.
Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
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