Guitarist Bill Frisell’s playing is akin to a master painter who can take a blank canvas and with a few twists, turns and flicks of the brush, come up with a unique and extraordinary piece of art that can stand the test of time. With his appearance at the 33rd annual Montreal International Jazz Festival, [...]
It’s always a treat to get to meet and see your guitar hero’s in an informal and intimate setting like a workshop, where the atmosphere is casual and fun. It was this type of setting that found me rekindling a musical love for Larry Coryell not only as a player, but as a person.
On this [...]
Having spent time watching Larry Coryell perform in the afternoon at his workshop, I was pleasantly hyped to see him play a longer set of uninterrupted material at his solo performance that evening.
I had originally seen Coryell perform back in the early eighties in an acoustic duo setting with the wonderfully talented Emily Remler, who [...]
The following gig review was written by Jazz Guitar Life contributor Jamie Holroyd. Visit Jamie at his website by clicking here.
It’s no surprise to walk into a jazz gig and hear a noisy, disrespectful audience chatter over musicians performing. Tonight, however, was different.
In a small old-fashioned real ale pub in Huddersfield, a [...]
George Wein and the Newport All-Stars At The Montreal International Jazz Festival – Jazz Guitar Life Gig Review
I have a confession to make: I originally went to see the George Wein 85th Anniversary Celebration with the Newport All Stars because of one man, Jazz Guitarist extraordinaire Howard Alden. Now, I of course knew about the enormous contributions made by George Wein to the Jazz World and while I greatly appreciated his role [...]
The Stryker/Slagle Band with Joe Lovano Dazzles Dizzy’s
Earlier this winter, New York jazz fans were treated to a week of top-notch bluesy neo-bop at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (www.jalc.org/dccc). For six cold February nights, The Stryker/Slagle Band, www.myspace.com/thestrykerslagleband
with stringsmith Dave Stryker www.davestryker.com and alto and soprano hornman extraordinaire Steve [...]
The Michael Gauthier Trio Organ-ization – June 18, 2009
In nearly every city there’s usually a local Jazz Guitarist or two that everyone has “grown up” listening to. In my case it is Montreal Jazz Guitarist Michael Gauthier. I first came across Michael when I was just getting into Jazz Guitar back in the very [...]
Greg Clayton – Montreal International Jazz Festival 2009 – Gig Review
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is famous for bringing popular acts and artists from around the globe to perform for the people and tourists of Montreal. And as wonderful as that is, it’s great to see local guys and gals get a shot at [...]
Pat Martino at The Iridium, New York, NY (July 26, 2009) – Reviewed by Rick Stone*
I’ve seen Pat Martino play live many times over the past 25 years, from his comeback performances at the Bottom-Line and Fat Tuesdays in the early-mid 80s to the more recent annual gigs at Iridium and Birdland. I also spent [...]
Greg Skaff CD Release Party at the Iridium, New York, NY (July 22, 2009) – Jazz Guitar Life Gig Review
Greg Skaff CD Release Party at the Iridium, New York, NY (July 22, 2009) – Reviewed by: Rick Stone*
Okay, so up front I’ll tell you that I’m primarily a musician, but I got a call on the morning of Greg Skaff’s CD release party at Iridium that a reviewer was needed and asking if [...]