#Jazz Guitar

"Insanely Good!" Pat Metheny's Side Eye LIVE! at STNJ

Music lovers inside the historic State Theatre New Jersey auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ this Friday, November 12, 2021 are primed to experience an evening of innovative jazz presented by guitar phenom Pat Metheny and his trio, Side Eye. Metheny, 67, a 20-time Grammy-winning guitar prodigy, is one of the...
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Lake County Music Guide 11.24.21

Like the old Bob Rivers song says, it’s the most fattening time of the year! On Thanksgiving Thursday it’s gonna be turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, cranberries, string beans, dinner rolls, tons of snacks and pumpkin pie. Friday it’s leftover turkey, mashers, stuffing, yams etc. Then from Saturday on it’s turkey parmesan, turkey crepes, turkey sandwiches, turkey a la king, turkey casserole, turkey enchiladas, turkey crunchwrap, turkey tetrazzini, turkey and stuffing meatballs, turkey eggrolls, turkey tacos and of course, the leftover skeleton makes a great turkey soup. By the time all the turkey and other foods are gone, it’s time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Rohatsu, New Years Day, and Solstice, plus a host of other celebrations and parties where gorging is a part of the event. It’s enough to make one cry on New Years Day, “TGIJ!” (thank goodness it’s January…). Well, there are gonna be some music events happening this weekend that are just waiting to make you wanna dance in both preparation and reaction to, well, you know… Here’s the live music guide for the week of 11/23 through 11/29…
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4th International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition (18-20 Nov 2021, Kraków)

The 4th International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition took place in Kraków on 18-20 November 2021. The festival, directed by Witold Wnuk, is usually held in June to coincide with the Kraków Summer Jazz Festival, but was moved to November due to the pandemic. Izzy Blankfield writes:. The Kraków Philharmonic...
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Impact Soundworks Black Friday Sale: 5 new bundles at up to 60% OFF

Impact Soundworks has launched a Black Friday promotion, offering a discount of up to 60% off on a collection of 5 new bundles for a limited time only. Keyboards Bundle $199 USD (reg. $396 USD) – A bundle of four distinctive virtual keyboard sample libraries: the majestic Fredonia Grand Organ, classic Pearl Concert Grand, guitar-inspired Modern Harpejji, and utterly unique Hammer Klavier.

Top 10 things to do in Las Vegas this week

Launch the holidays with folklorico style at the Las Vegas Tamale & Mariachi Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. You’ll be able to sample tamales from all over Latin America, see how they’re made and try it yourself at the community tamalada. The day also promises lots of mariachi music, folklorico dance, arts and craft vendors, and arts and crafts for kids. Admission is free. or 702-229-2787.

Music legend Nile Rodgers: ‘Guitars shaped my destiny’

As a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger, guitarist and the co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers has written and produced hundreds of hit records over the past five decades. In December, his impressive collection of guitars, clothes and classic cars will be sold at Christie’s New York in aid of his charitable organisation, We Are Family Foundation.

Iver Cardas (Winner of the 4th International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition)

Iver Cardas (Norway) has just won First Prize in the 4th International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition in Kraków. Born in a small town north of Oslo, music is in Cardas’s blood: his mother, Berit Værnes Cardas, plays in the Vertavo String Quartet and his father, Emery Cardas, is principal cellist of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. At just 23 years old and in his first year at the Manhattan School of Music, Cardas won over the judges of the Śmietana competition (including Wolfgang Muthspiel and Śmietana’s daughter Alicja) with his effortless musicality. Interview by Izzy Blankfield…on a cold bench outside the Kraków Philharmonic.

Frank Vignola's Guitar Night @ The Birdland Theater

Frank Vignola's virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston and New York Pops, and more. Every Wednesday (except 11/17 and 12/29) at Birdland Theater, Frank leads Frank Vignola's GuitarNight at Birdland. Inspired by journeyman jazz guitarist John Pisano's now famous Los Angeles GuitarNight, The Frank Vignola/Jimmy Bruno Quartet -- with guitar legend Jimmy Bruno, drummer Vince Cherico, and bassist Peter Washington -- will perform tunes from the standard repertoire and welcome weekly guest guitarists. It's the best jazz guitar lover's show in NYC.

Marvel's Hit-Monkey

Marvel Music/Hollywood Records has released the digital soundtrack from the Hulu Original Series Marvel's Hit-Monkey today. The album features an original score composed and produced by Daniel Rojas. All 10 episodes of Marvel's Hit-Monkey are now streaming on Hulu. Marvel Music/Hollywood Records has released the digital soundtrack from the Hulu...

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Better Be Getting It On

Smokin Joe Kubek (November 30, 1956 – October 11, 2015) was an American Texas blues electric guitarist, songwriter, and performer. Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Kubek grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. In the 1970s during his teen years, he played with the likes of Freddie King and in the 1980s began performing with Louisiana-born musician and vocalist, Bnois King.
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Vinyl Treasures: Mary Osborne – A Girl & Her Guitar

When I open a guitar magazine and see a photo of a guitarist with his shirt off, covered in Harley-esque tattoos, showing off his commitment to weightlifting with a guitar strap that places his guitar below his knees, I become uninterested. But when I see an attractive woman in an...

Finalists of the International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition announced

The finalists of the 4th International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition in Kraków have been announced. Of 16 semi-finalists, 7 players have been selected by the jury to perform in the final on Saturday at the Kraków Philharmonic. Iver Cardas (Norway) Mike de Souza (UK) Misha Mendelenko (Ukraine) Carl Morgan...

Messa to Release March 11; Video Posted

Italian doom mystics Messa will release their new album, Close, on March 11 through Svart Records. It is the label debut for the band who were last heard from with 2018’s Feast for Water (review here) and who would seem to be set to resume the significant momentum of audience building that record and the subsequent road work brought them. The new single “Pilgrim,” feels only suitable in its featuring of ritualized headbanging. I haven’t heard anything else from the record at this point — I wasn’t even cool enough to hear about this; I stumbled on it thumbing through social media — and I guess that’s a complaint in itself, but one thing you won’t hear me griping about is the march Messa lead across the song’s seven minutes.