Peter Mazza Interview With Jazz Guitar Life

New York based Jazz Guitarist Peter Mazza is no doubt one of the many players out there who truly deserves wider recognition. His harmonic and melodic sense is off the charts and his YouTube clips are legendary throughout the Jazz Guitar community. Oh…and he happens to be an extremely nice guy who just loves music, [...]

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Matt Hespelt is a seventeen year old Jazz Guitarist out of Sparta, New Jersey who has embraced the tradition of Jazz as both a player and composer.
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Ed Cherry Interview With Jazz Guitar Life

Jazz Guitarist Ed Cherry first came to my attention back in the late 80’s when I happened upon a Montreal Jazz Festival TV broadcast of Ed playing with the late, great Dizzy Gillespie. I immediately dug Ed’s funky rhythmic playing and  single line approach and I’ve been a fan ever since.
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Peter Leitch Interview With Jazz Guitar Life

New York based Jazz Guitarist Peter Leitch was one of the first mainstream Jazz Guitarists I had ever heard when I first starting to get into this music back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. For me, he was the quintessential Jazzer and while I have yet to see him perform live, it is my hope [...]

Clay Conner Interview With Jazz Guitar Life

Clay Conner is an extremely talented, and very likeable, luthier of fine, quality Jazz guitars out of Raleigh, North Carolina. I originally had the pleasure of meeting Clay back in 2009 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and was immediately impressed with his down home charm and of course, the instrument that he brought with [...]

Brandon Bernstein Interview With Jazz Guitar Life

I originally met Pasadena, California based Jazz Guitarist Brandon Bernstein at Concordia University in Montreal around 2000. Since then, I have had the pleasure of watching his career move forward, and whether it’s playing with Howard Alden, John Stowell, befriending the remarkable Jimmy Wyble (now deceased), or teaching in both the academic and private realms, [...]

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