Honoring Danny Gatton / May 24th 2017 at Joe’s Pub in NYC
May 24th 2017 // Joe’s Pub NYC // $20 adv. $25 door
“Danny could hear something the other guy did and do it better, no matter who it was…he was the best.”
– Les Paul (from The Humbler trailer)
Danny Gatton (1945-1994) was a legendary Washington D.C.- based guitarist who was often called the greatest unknown player in the world. A guitarist’s guitarist, he was an encyclopedia of American styles, jazz, rockabilly, blues, country, and rock n’ roll, a virtuoso of the highest order who yet remained humble and true to his roots. Gatton counted as his admirers Vince Gill, James Burton, Mike Stern, Les Paul, and Russell Malone. These are the first NYC concerts to honor Gatton since the memorial shows that were held after his death in 1995 at Tramps. Summit founder Joel Harrison grew up listening to Gatton in DC clubs.
Six guitarists will perform the Danny Gatton repertoire. In keeping with the Guitar Summit’s mission to foster daring and inventive approaches, curator Joel Harrison has invited both the old and new to perform. A mixture of Gatton allies from the D.C. area will combine with cutting-edge New York mavericks. Of special note is the appearance of longtime Gatton band mates John Previti and Barry Hart. This occasion will mark the NYC debut of the Anacostia Delta band featuring a frontline of three Telecasters (Chappell, Pirog, Harrison) propelled by Previti and Hart.
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