Johnny Smith is Internationally Renowned Jazz Guitarist, Author, and Educator.
An extremely diverse musician, Johnny Smith was equally at home playing in the famous Birdland jazz club or sight reading scores in the orchestral pit of the New York Philharmonic. From Schoenberg to Gershwin to originals, Smith was one of the most versatile guitarists of the 1950s.
Smith's playing is characterized by closed-position chord voicings and rapidly ascending lines (reminiscent of Django, but more diatonic than chromatically-based). From those famous 1952 sides and into the 1960s he recorded for the Roost label, on whose releases his reputation mainly rests. Mosaic Records has issued the majority of them in an 8CD set.
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STEPHEN SALERNO (guitarist, composer) is an active performer of both jazz and classical music. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Yale University, S.U.N.Y at Purchase, Dartmouth College, Real Arts Works (Hartford, CT), St. Bonaventure University, SUNY at Stony Brook, The French Institute, Greenwich House, La Mama, New Music Cafe, Knitting Factory Jazz Festival, The Roulette Center for New Music, The Ravinia Festival, Des Moines Arts Center, Bethlehem Musikfest, Blues Alley, Middle East Cafe (Boston), the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, the Silda Jazz Festival (Haugesund, Norway), a week long engagement at "The Jazz Club" in Hong Kong. In October 2000, he performed a weeklong engagement with the Ray Anderson Quintet at Sweet Basil's, NYC.
Guitarist/composer/ arranger, Shawn Salmon , is a 2000 graduate of Eastern Illinois University's Jazz Studies program. While at Eastern Shawn studied with guitarist John McLean and performed with the award winning Eastern Illinois Jazz Ensemble. In 2002 Shawn completed his Masters Degree in Jazz Composition at DePaul University. At DePaul Shawn studied guitar with Bob Palmieri and composition and arrangement with Tom Matta. Over the years Shawn has performed with such artists as Ed Shaughnessy, Hal Galper, Chris Potter, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jim Snidero.
|Sal Salvador Collection of Classic Solos for Pick-Style Guitar Edited by Mike Giordano and Frank DeMaio. For Guitar (Flatpicking). Solos. Classic. Level: Intermediate. Book. Size 8.75x11.75. 144 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (97744)
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Tom grew up on Long Island, where he lives currently. As a child, Tom listened to a wide variety of music - bebop, standards, blues, bassa nova, and a lot of rock. Tom began teaching himself guitar when he was 11 years old. He got his first guitar when he went to visit his aunt and uncle, and saw his cousin's old classical guitar out with the garbage (quite literally)! His mom had an old book from her mother called The Joy of Guitar.
Philly sage. Some of the very best studied with him, John Coltrane, Chuck Anderson, Dale Bruning, Joe Dorio, Jim Hall, Joe Federico
Lakeview Studio is a 16 track Recording studio facility for pre, post audio production work, and musical instruction. Located in Marsh Creek PA.(near Dowingtown) with easy access from the turnpike.
|Melodic Improvising For Guitar Developing Motivic Ideas Through Chord Changes. By Bruce Saunders. For Guitar (All). Theory & harmony. Jazz. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 88 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (20216BCD)
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|Jazz Pentatonics Advanced Improvising Concepts for Guitar. Taught by Bruce Saunders. For Guitar (All). Improvisation. Private Lessons Series. Jazz. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (20416BCD)
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|Modern Blues Advanced Blues Reharmonizations & Melodic Ideas for Guitar. Taught by Bruce Saunders. For Guitar (All). Technic. Private Lessons Series. Jazz. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (20415BCD)
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|Bruce Saunders Album, 8X5 By, Bruce Saunders. For Guitar (Electric). Recordings. Mel Bay Records. Jazz. CD. Size 5x5.5. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (09802CD)
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Stylistically, Savitt’s musical influences stem from both traditional and contemporary jazz, with a touch of acid/groove & world music sounds.
He plays electric, acoustic & MIDI guitar synthesizer, applying his melodic styling equally to all of these instruments. Jim is also a skilled producer, recording engineer and MIDI programmer. His improvisation and compositions have been described as "both fluid & melodic," combining lyrical phrasing and urban grooves.
American jazz guitarist living in Berlin, Germany.
Created the RMMGJ wiki page.
David Sebring came to Nashville in 1970 to study music. Although not a country music specialist, David became enamored of the high degree of musicianship in and around Nashville. He first appeared on the PBS documentary "Showdown at the Hoedown" in the mid 70's backing up "Woody Paul" Chrisman in the final musical dual at the Smithville Jamboree. His first Rounder Record appearance was on Butch Robbins now historic record, "40 years late". "I have had the good fortune of studying with real string masters over the years, including Chet Atkins, Jerry Byrd, Harold Bradley, Lenny Breau, Billy Grammar and Norman Blake," says David. David traveled with Norman Blake and developed his style around the acoustic guitar sound.
A professional musician for over thirty years, Mitch Seidman began performing in his early teens around Albany, New York, and continued in Boston in 1973 after relocating to continue his education. A Kenny Burrell record first inspired him to pursue jazz guitar, and soon after became inspired by the late Attila Zoller through study and a friendship that began in 1974. In 1979 he moved to New York City where he freelanced in styles of jazz from traditional and swing to progressive, then returned to Boston in 1985 and became one of New England’s busiest jazz guitarists.
(from artist's site) - A touring veteran of multiple jazz festivals, Dave has drawn the admiration of many of his most seasoned and well-respected peers, several of whom have joined him on his forthcoming album. The album both original material and covers showcases Dave’s guitar talents with friends like superstar bassist Wayman Tisdale, piano legend Bob James, N’Dea Davenport, Ladybug, sax man Warren Hill and Stevie Wonder-sideman Nathan Watts.
Brian Robert Setzer (born April 10, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He first found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly revival group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the late 1990s with his Swing revival band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
I play a Ko'olau Ukulele CS Contemporary Series 'Ukulele created by John Kitakis & family. The model I use exclusively for performance is a cedar top, rosewood back and side with a passive pickup. Currently using the 'Alohi Series strings with a low G and plain string three.
(From artist's web site) As an author and publisher I created Curt Sheller Publications in 1998 as a small pubishing company catering to the needs of musicians, guitar players and ukulele players worldwide. Curt Sheller Publications provides for the resources and information to develop as a musician. Curt Sheller has over 40 years of playing experience, 20 plus years of teaching experience and publishing for over 10 years.
(from artist's site) - Scott Sherwood, born in Milwaukee, WI, was introduced to jazz through his father's record collection. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 in San Antonio, TX and quickly captured attention for his performances. While in high school Scott received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for three consecutive years. During this period he was also voted IAJE Overall Outstanding Musician at the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Festival, Kingsville Jazz Festival and Fiesta Stage Band Festival Senior Division. Scott attended the University of Texas at Arlington after winning the Michael Lorimer Guitar and Jazz Studies Scholarship. Later he left UTA to begin his professional career in Milwaukee, WI. There he performed his original music with the band "Kinetic Shower", which was nominated by the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) for jazz artists of the year. In 1990, he returned to Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin. During that year, Scott earned a Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance at the college level. Scott has performed concerts and clinics across the United States as well as in Costa Rica and Scotland.
(from artist's site) - Founded in 1996, Silver Music is dedicated to providing high-quality, individualized music instruction to musicians of all levels. We currently offer guitar, bass, piano, voice and banjo lessons.
(from artist's site) - Doug Simon began playing guitar at the age of sixteen and is entirely self-taught. He came up being influenced by early recordings of Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and George Benson as well as the funk hierarchy in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He quickly became part of the jazz and funk scene and was asked to play and record with most of the hot groups and players including Satch of the Ohio Players. During a stint with fellow guitarist Wilbert Longmire, Doug was offered and accepted the position of guitarist for legendary jazz organist Brother Jack McDuff, a job once held by his idol George Benson. Doug recorded for Capitol Records with the funk group Dayton. He is the former guitarist for A&M recording star Vesta Williams. His playing has been heard on nationally aired commercials and jingles. His guitar work (featured solos and background parts) has been showcased on the international CBS hit soap opera The Young And The Restless.
(from artist's site) - A professional musician since the age of seventeen, Ottawa’s Shane Simpson is a relative newcomer to the roots music arena, having spent 15 years pursuing his craft as a fingerstyle jazz guitarist. The impulsive purchase of a steel string guitar drew Shane back to his songwriting roots where he incorporates elements of blues, jazz, flamenco and bluegrass to his music.
(from artist's site) - Greg Skaff is a NYC-based musician and composer whose skills and reputation place him among the premier guitarists in jazz. Fresh to the Big Apple in the ‘80s, Skaff had his first professional gig with none other than Stanley Turrentine—which went so well the sax master kept him gainfully employed for the next five years. In subsequent years Greg has flourished as both a sideman and bandleader and played and recorded with, among others, Bobby Watson, Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Gloria Lynne, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, Bruce Barth, Mike LeDonne, Joe Farnsworth, Matt Wilson, Ben Allison, Orrin Evans, and Victor Lewis.
(from artist's site) - Alex Skolnick, born in 1968, grew up in Berkeley, California. At age nine, a fascination with the rock group Kiss led to a desire to learn guitar.
At age sixteen, Alex tried out for a local band called Legacy. Shortly after graduating from high school, he found himself recording his first album with the group, who by this time had changed their name to Testament. What followed were five albums and countless tours with, among others, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, and White Zombie. Alex received critical acclaim for his lead guitar work, which had been inspired by heroes such as Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, ranking high in many guitar magazine polls, often as 'Best Thrash Guitarist' and 'Most Underrated Guitarist.'
In addition to his metal accomplishments, Alex has made a mark that no one would have predicted: as a jazz guitarist. In 1988, while working on the second Testament album, nineteen year old Alex happened to capture one of Miles Davis’ guitar driven electric bands on television. This inspired an intense study of jazz, leading to, his eventual relocating to New York City, where he earned a BfA from New School University's jazz program (class of 2001).
(from artist's site) - You could say Adam grew up inside of a cornfield—on 3 acres of property his parents bought in an existing cornfield of which 3 sides was surrounded by rows, and rows of corn. Bar River (35min east of Sault Ste. Marie), a very small working-class community in Northern Ontario, Canada, is the place that provided the young guitarist with his deep roots in Country and Bluegrass music. Initially, at 7 years old, he had wanted to the play 5-string banjo, but when told by a local teacher he was too small to play it, he then tried his hand at the guitar. His bond with the instrument was immediate. By the tender age of 12 he became a member of the musician's union and burst onto the local music scene performing at various community events. By 14, was on the road gaining valuable experience such as playing night clubs and weddings around Northern Ontario.
(from artist's site) - Pete Smyser is a virtuoso guitarist proficient in many musical genres including jazz, classical, blues, contemporary, folk and more. He has over 20 years of professional performing experience (and over 30 years of playing experience.) Pete pursued formal studies in both classical and jazz music and received a full scholarship to attend Temple University in 1985. He has performed alongside many notable jazz artists including; Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Larry McKenna, John Swana, Richie Cole, Grant Stewart, Byron Landham, Tom Lawton, Steve Gilmore and Robert "Bootsie" Barnes (to name a few).
(from artist's site) - Guitarist/Composer Donato Soviero has been playing music since the age of twelve. Inspired by the genius of John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, he began jazz studies at the University of Miami, and later earned a Bachelor's degree at George Mason University. He has studied with Joe Pass, Howard Roberts and Emily Remler. A resident of the D.C. area since 1982, Donato has appeared with local artists Dick Morgan, Keter Betts, Ron Holloway, and many others.
(from artist's site) - Born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 11, 1955, Peter Sprague was raised in Colorado until 1963, when his family moved to Del Mar, California. Inspired by his father's love of jazz, he took up the guitar when he was twelve. By the age of fifteen he was devoting all his time and energy to learning music. He studied with San Diego jazz guitarist Bill Coleman, played in his high school stage band, and formed his first group, the Minor Jazz Quartet.
(from artist's site) - Internationally renowned jazz guitarist John Stein was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri USA where he took up his instrument at an early age. His talent for and love of music ultimately brought him to a position on the faculty at Berklee College of Music. There he continues to inspire new musicians and to perfect his own style.
John contributes a regular column to Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, today's most prominent periodical dedicated to jazz guitar. His columns provide compositional and arranging tips for guitarists. John plans to publish these columns as a book entitled John Stein Guitar Style, Composing and Arranging for the Jazz Guitar.
(from artist's site) - Born in Munich, Germany, Leni started playing piano at the age of six and guitar at eleven. At seventeen, she formed her own acting company, and her radical productions sold out houses across Europe. In 1977, she turned her attention to music and left for the United States to study film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scoring gave way to her love for guitar and in 1981, Leni moved to New York to play in a variety of rock and jazz bands. In 1983, she formed a group of her own with Paul Motion on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar. As a recording artist, she originally made a name for herself in jazz circles (her first nine albums were instrumental,) then crossed her talents over into the singer-songwriter realm, garnering consistent praise in the process. Critics have said her music incorporates “intelligent lyrics and beautifully drawn vignettes” (Washington Post), “crystalline, jazz-meets-blues guitar lines” (Guitar Player), and “thoughtful structure, evocative moods, attention to groove” (San Francisco Bay Guardian). A “Fleet and Lyrical guitarist”, (The New Yorker). “A Gifted Singer-Songwriter with a Wide-Ranging Sensibility and Sophisticated Guitar and Harmonic Chops” (The Boston Globe). Leni runs her own label, LSR/RED.
(from artist's site) - In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, four time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.
Born in Boston in January 1953, Stern grew up in Washington, DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. After college, he got his start as a guitar player with Blood, Sweat & Tears at age 22. Following a brief stint with Billy Cobham's powerhouse fusion band from 1979 to 1980, he moved to New York City, where he was recruited by Miles Davis to play a key role in Miles' celebrated comeback band of 1981 (which also included bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster, percussionist Mino Cinelu and saxophonist Bill Evans). During his three-year period with Miles, Stern appeared on three recordings with the jazz maestro - Man with the Horn, Star People and the live We Want Miles. He toured with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 and returned to Miles' lineup for a second tour of duty that lasted close to a year.
(from artist's site) - Jimmy Stewart has worked with the foremost musicians and entertainers in the world, having played on over 1,200 recordings as well as working as a Musical Director, Producer, Orchestrator and Arranger. In 1991, Jimmy was inducted into the JAZZ HALL OF FAME .
Stewart is the consummate musician. He can, and does, play and compose any style from Classical to Rock. His most recent CD, MEMORABILIA, on J-Bird Records, is a collection of recordings featuring some of the exceptional musicians of our time. Jimmy taught thousands of guitarists through his decade-long - career as a GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE columnist and with many of his 27 guitar and music books. Hollywood means movies and Stewart has done tons of them. His credentials read like a who's who. He's been called the "The Complete Musician".
(from artist's site) - From fresh interpretations of jazz standards, to lyrically evocative originals, New York City based guitarist Rick Stone is an artist with a clear musical vision. His fluid, full-bodied sound pays homage to the great jazz guitar masters of the past while maintaining a personal style with a contemporary edge.
"Rick Stone is one of the most outstanding young guitarists I've heard in recent years" - Jimmy Heath
(from artist's site) - John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970’s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States,Canada, Europe and Australia. The duo continues to perform thirty years after their first meeting.
(from artist's site) - Bart Stringham, residing just outside of Washington DC in Bethesda, Maryland, is available to play jazz guitar for your reception, party or other event. Mr. Stringham plays solo jazz guitar, but is also available for duo, trio and quartet settings as well. He is also a contributing writer for the magazine Just Jazz Guitar.
|Dave Stryker's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method By Dave Stryker. For Guitar (All). Improvisation. Jazz. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 56 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (21114BCD)
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|Dave Stryker Big City CD By Dave Stryker. For Guitar (Electric). Recordings. Mel Bay Records. Jazz. Compact Disc. Size 5.5x5. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (06562CD)
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|Dave Stryker, The Chaser By Dave Stryker. For Guitar (Electric). Recordings. Mel Bay Records. Jazz. Compact Disc. Size 5.5x5. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (10212CD)
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( from artist's site ) - Monnette Sudler's earlier recordings on the Danish based jazz record company, Steeplechase Records, showcases Monnette as a dynamite guitarist, writer, composer, and arranger accompanied by bassist Tyrone Brown and vibraphonist Kahn Jamal on "Brighter Days for You". One of Monnette Sudler's more recent recordings "Other Side of the Gemini" is an eclectic blend of jazz funk and blues, joined by Grover Washington, Jr. Reggie Workman and Steve Turre.
|The Police: The Police (A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of Andy Summers) Performed by The Police, written by Wolf Marshall. Instructional book and examples CD for guitar and voice. With introductory text, instructional text, standard guitar notation, guitar tablature, vocal melody, lyrics and chord names. Series: Hal Leonard Guitar Signature Licks. 71 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.695724)
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|Andy Summers: Guitar Composed 1-31-2006. 44 pages. Published by Hot Licks. (HOT201)
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(from artist's site) - Salsamba is a latin jazz quintet with a recipe for musical excitement which blends the traditions of American jazz with the spicy rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. the result is tasty music which delights the listener with its originality. Much of their music is written and arranged by their guitarist and leader, Eric Susoeff.
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