Concerts in 2021

Honoring Pat Martino - 3/20/21 at 8 PM EST

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Every year we honor a living guitarist/ composer.

March 20th at 8 pm we’ll stream 12 guitarists as we honor one of the great living masters of the guitar, Pat Martino. Five sets of duos will play two of Pat’s compositions:

Adam Rogers and Peter Bernstein
Dave Stryker and Paul Bollenback
Rez Abbasi and Jeff Miles
Oz Noy and Nir Felder
Sheryl Bailey and Ed Cherry
Solo Set by Joel Harrison
And playing solo, special guests Kurt Rosenwinkel

and Howard Paul of Benedetto Guitars

Dezron Douglas and Allan Mednard will be the rhythm section. They will participate on approximately half the pieces, the other half will be all guitar. Chulo Gatewood, who played with Pat, will guest on bass.

We are offering these concerts free. But we ask you, if you can, to please help! There's a donation button when you sign up for the show. All contributions go towards production costs. In addition on 3/20 your contribution will go towards the Pat Martino Go Fund Me Campaign. 

Virtual Visionary Solos - 3/21/21, 2-5 PM EST

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March 21st, 2021 is an afternoon of (mostly) solo guitar sets from around the world. Our artists are Nguyen Le, Nels Cline, Michael Gregory Jackson, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Mary Halvorson with Tomas Fujiwara, Henry Kaiser, and Anthony Pirog.

We are offering these concerts free. But we ask you, if you can, to please help! There's a donation button when you sign up for the show. All contributions go towards production costs as well as our educational fund.

Guitarist Bios

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Adam Rogers has been the guitarist of choice for an array of the some of the greatest names and in jazz, pop and world music: Michael Brecker, Walter Becker, Chris Potter, John Zorn, The Gil Evans Orchestra, and The Mingus Orchestra, to name just a few. He is also a composer who has released numerous ground-breaking CDs under his own name.

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Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989.As a leader Peter has released nine albums and a DVD. He has appeared in groups led by Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, and Brad Mehldau.

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Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”

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Paul Bollenback has appeared on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. He has performed with Charlie Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Herb Ellis, Arturo Sandoval, and Stanley Turrentine.

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Rez Abbasi is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Kadri Gopalnath, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Vijay Iyer, Marilyn Crispell, Greg Osby, and a host of others.

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Jeff Miles is one of the foremost young jazz guitarists in New York. A student of Ben Monder, his staggering technique and powerful imagination make him one the players to look out for in 2021.

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Oz Noy, since his 1996 arrival in New York, has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.

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Nir Felder, dubbed “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, has been heard with the likes of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Erykah Badu, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette,and  Meshell Ndegeocello. John Mayer, and others. In 2010, he formed his own quartet, and in 2014 released Golden Age, which was praised as “mesmerizing” (Boston Globe), “lofty and lyrical” (The New York Times) and as an Editor’s Pick, a “great record” (DownBeat). 

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Sheryl Bailey's playing is unquestionably "sizzling". She has groomed incredible chops and impeccable taste with which she applies them. It's said (by Lee Metcalf, The Villager) that she can "go from zero to blazing in two beats", but she is continually praised for never sacrificing melody and lyricism for technique. She is currently vice chair of the guitar dept. At Berklee.

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Ed Cherry played with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992 performing in Gillespie's quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Cherry released his first recording as a leader, 'First Take' (Groovin' High). That same year, Ed recorded with Paquito D'Riveras' small group which recorded "Havana Cafe" (Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years and recorded  three CDs with Henry's 'Very Very Circus' group.

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Kurt Rosenwinkel, an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer has gained international recognition for his deft artistry and unabated individualism since he first appeared on the New York music scene in 1991. Kurt’s aesthetic vision and multi-genre facility has caught the ear of some of modern music’s most prominent stars; collaborations with Eric Clapton, Q-tip, Gary Burton, Paul Motian, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, and Donald Fagen are but a few highlights from a remarkably diverse and extensive catalogue of over 150 sideman recordings.

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Dezron Douglas has released 6 albums as a leader and as a sideman he has performed with artists such as Ravi Coltrane, Cyrus Chestnut, Michael Carvin, Louis Hayes, Steve Davis, George Cables, Papo Vasquez, Enrico Rava, Eric Reed, Abraham Burton, Eric McPherson, Tomasz Stanko, Makaya McCraven and Brandee Younger.

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Nguyên Lê, a self-taught musician, plays out of any stylistic borders: his blend of jazz, rock, Vietnamese folk music (and more) is apparent on his many CDs on the Act label. One of the foremost voices in the European jazz scene, Ngyuen continues to amaze as each new release shows his genius for orchestrating elements from around the world into a seamless whole.

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Nels Cline, guitar explorer, is best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental — is well into its fourth decade, with over 200 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader.  Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 "new guitar gods" and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

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Michael Gregory Jackson first made waves in New York’s loft-jazz scene of the 1970s. Working alongside such major innovators as Oliver Lake, David Murray, and Wadada Leo Smith, he quietly laid the groundwork for much of what we take for granted in the contemporary jazz-guitar vocabulary.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel lives in Vienna and is considered one of the most influential guitarists of his generation. He has been a regularly sought-after sideman for artists such as Trilok Gurtu, Dhafer Youssef, Youssou N’Dour, Maria Joao, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian, Bob Berg, Gary Peacock, Don Alias, Larry Grenadier, John Patitucci, Dieter Ilg, the Vienna Art Orchestra, and many more.

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Mary Halvorson, guitarist and composer, has been described as “a singular talent” (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes). In recent Downbeat Critics Polls Halvorson has been celebrated as guitarist, rising star jazz artist, and rising star composer of the year, and in 2019 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Henry Kaiser is known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers and has released around three hundred CDS of wonderfully experimental music.

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Anthony Pirog - Washington, D.C.'s jazz and experimental music scenes wouldn't be quite where they are today without Anthony Pirog. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, Pirog has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, rock and experimentalism in a town long known for its straight-ahead tradition

“When Nels Cline and Fred Frith played their first public duet it didn’t always sound like guitar music. It sounded, at times, like a sanitation truck’s trash compactor, like a collapsing carillon, like a slowed down train wreck. That’s the beauty of the Alternative Guitar festival…which features guitarists who don’t just pick and strum.”

- Jon Pareles, The New York Times

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