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December 7, 2010

Pat Metheny Interview (In His Underwear :)

Here’s an interview with Pat Metheny somewhere in the late 80s.  He talks about the start of his career.

Btw, he’s not actually doing the interview in his underwear, but in his jogging pants, Pat Metheny was an avid runner at that time :)

2 quotes:

“I was the worst guy in the band, which is the best position to be in…”

“Playing guitar didn’t come easy to me at all and it still doesn’t…”

 

 

Visit these links for more Pat Metheny:

December 6, 2010

Women in Jazz: Hiromi Uehara

I don’t often post about piano players on this blog, but this one caught my attention.  Hiromi Uehara is from Japan and she is great.

Check her out:

And a video of her trio:

 

November 18, 2010

Women in Jazz: Emily Remler Plays Tenor Madness

Here’s a great version of Tenor Madness, played by Emily Remler.  Emily was an American Jazz Guitarist who died much too soon in 1990 (at the age of 32).

She plays a great improvisation here, although it’s not a secret she listened to Wes Montgomery a lot.  I’ll blame her dress on the 80s :)

The video:

There’s more Emily Remler here:

Finally, here’s a great interview with Emily:

October 25, 2010

Musicians!? Who You Gonna Call?

The woman in this video deals with a special kind of infestation.  If she’s not careful it’ll take over her house.  Luckily there’s help…

October 19, 2010

The New Jaco Pastorius, 13 Years Old [Video]

Looks like this blog is more and more about children playing music than about jazz guitar, but anyway, here’s another boy that just got out of his diapers and is already playing better than most of us :)

Meet Pipoquinha, he’s 13 and playing bass guitar…

Btw, if you're looking for the sheet music, here it is: The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius

 

And here’s another video:

What do you think is the reason that nowadays children seem to advance so fast? The internet?

October 12, 2010

Amazing Musician: Raul Midón [Video]

Raúl Midón is an blind American singer and guitarist  from New Mexico.  He uses his voice and a distinctive way of playing guitar to create a one-man performance.  This video is his debut on television, playing his song State of Mind.  Make sure to check out the vocal trumpet solo, it’s amazing!

October 8, 2010

Sonny Rollins Promoting Guitar [Video]

An interview with Sonny Rollins in which he explains why he prefers a guitar in his band instead of piano.

September 29, 2010

9-year Old Plays Jazz Guitar Amazingly Well [Video: Stella by Starlight & Blues]

Last week we had a 12-year old boy who is amazingly good at playing jazz guitar. This week we have a 9-year old boy who is amazingly good at playing jazz guitar as well. Meet Lucchy (Lucciano Pizzichini), playing the theme and improvising over Stella by Starlight:

Related LessonStella by Starlight

And here, Lucchy is playing a blues from Joe Pass’ Virtuoso album:

Related Lesson: Joe Pass Licks

September 20, 2010

Amazing 12-year Old Jazz Guitar Player [Video]

Meet Andreas Varady, a 12 years old jazz guitarist who plays amazingly well. Andreas, 12 years old and living in Ireland, was born in Slovakia in an Hungarian gypsy family.

He started playing guitar when he was 4 years old, inspired by Django Reinhardt. Later he got influenced by classic jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and George Benson. Andreas plays by ear and got guitar lessons from his fathar Bandi.

It's not hard to see that this kid is an incredibly gifted and talented musician and guitarist. It's amazing to see that a 12-year old kid can have such a developed sense of musicality.

Watch this video of Andreas improvising over a jazz blues and be amazed:

 

I wonder how many adult guitar players have quit after hearing Andreas play...

Here's another video: Andreas playing Giant steps:

 

July 21, 2010

Stevie Wonder Drum Solo [Rare Video]

Sorry about the plentitude of non-guitar related videos lately, but here’s a great video of Stevie Wonder playing the drums.

Check it out:

July 8, 2010

Oscar Peterson Lesson [Video]

Here’s an interesting video.  Oscar Peterson talks and plays like some of his influences.

I rarely see this kind of knowledge in a guitarist, or am I wrong?

June 9, 2010

The Amazing Jazz Whistler Ron McCroby [Video]

Ron McCroby, the guy in this video, is pretty amazing.  He’s the Jazz Whistler…

June 3, 2010

Interesting Website: Interactive Music Charts

Here’s an intersting website I just discovered, it’s called The Next Big Sound.  It allows you to type artists or bands and lets you compare their popularity.

Here’s Pat Metheny vs. John Scofield vs. Joe Pass vs. Django Reinhardt.  Who do you think is the most popular today?

http://www.nextbigsound.com/nbs#plays,month,6612,22486,83542,29352/Pat+Metheny+Group/John+Scofield/Joe+Pass/Django+Reinhardt/

May 12, 2010

Pat Martino Video Lesson: Minors Over Dominant #5 Chords

In this video lesson, Pat Martino shows 4 different minors over a dominant #5 chord.

Over A7#5 he uses:

  1. Em7: sounds like 5 b7 9 11
  2. Bbm7: sounds like b9 3 #5 7
  3. Gm7: sounds like b7 b9 11 #5
  4. Dbm7: sounds like 3 5 7 #9

Dbm7 seems like a strange substitution, why would you want to play a natural 7 on a dominant chord?

May 3, 2010

John Scofield Talks Modes

In this video a young John Scofield talks about improvisation and the modes.  Nothing new here, but nice to watch nonetheless.

Improvisation = Speeded Up Composition

Although the video quality is bad, you can’t help notice how good his sound is.

Charlie Parker Speaks

Funny, but this is the first time I heard Charlie Parker speak.  In this Youtube video Charlie and Dizzy Gillespie both get an award. The funny thing is Dizzy gets an award for being the best trumpet player of all time, while Charlie only gets an award for being the best alt sax player of 1951.

May 2, 2010

Creative Guitar Playing

Great playing in this video, guitar music from Botswana.

Creative Guitar Playing: Pencil Version Of Misirlou

Here’s a great guitar arrangement of Misirlou, composed by Michalis Patrino in 1927, but better known as the theme of Pulp Fiction.  This version is played by a father, his son and 2 pencils on 1 guitar.

April 22, 2010

The Real Book On Your iPhone

Did it ever happen to you that you were playing a gig, you forgot your Real Book and then someone calls a tune that you don’t know the chord changes off?  Well, in times like these, the iReal Book may come in handy.

The iReal Book is a Real Book for your iPhone or Android powered phone.  It has changes for about 900 songs and more songs are added regularly.  What’s more, iReal Book transposes automatically, a nice feature if you play with a singer. No melodies or lyrics are included though, because of copyright issues.

iReal Book costs $7.99 for iPhone and $5.99 for Android phones.

iRealbook is available here:
http://irealbook.net/iReal_Book/Home/Home.html

Here’s a video demo:

March 24, 2010

New Pat Metheny Book: The Pat Metheny Interviews

This new Pat Metheny book is the result of a series of in-depth interviews with Pat Metheny, done by Richard Niles for the BBC.

In the book Pat Metheny demonstrates his methodologies on guitar, talks about his motivations, how he achieves his goals and about the philosophies behind his music.

Some of his colleagues like Lyle Mays, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Burton, John Patitucci and Michael Brecker have also contributed to the book.

Amazon Rating: stars

The Pat Metheny Interviews costs $13.95 (at the time of writing) and is available at Amazon here.

The Pat Metheny Orchestration Tour

Pat Metheny will be touring with his Orchestration Project from April 6 to May 22, 2010.

The tour is solo, but then again not really solo: he’s touring with an Orchestrionic band: acoustic instruments that are mechanically controlled by solenoids (3-dimensional coils) and pneumatics.

Tickets are available here:

http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tickets/pat-metheny-tickets.aspx?kbid=3407

Orchestrionics is something else, here’s a video:

Related Links: Pat Metheny’s Guitar Gear, 7 Pat Metheny Licks

Russell Malone Playing in the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band

Russell Malone plays in the MJF 52 All-Star Band who’s doing a nationwide, 6-week tour.  Other players include Kenny Barron (piano), Kurt Elling (vocals), Johnathan Blake (drums) and Kiyoshi Kitagawa (Bass).

The East Coast tour ran in February, the West Coast tour starts on April 14, 2010 and ends on May 1.

Tickets are available here:

http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tickets/monterey-jazz-festival-tour-tickets.aspx

Here’s a video of Russell Malone playing a chord solo in the All-Star Band:



Jim Hall Interview + Hide and Seek

Here’s a video of Jim Hall playing his composition Hide and Seek and talking about his influences.

He started playing when he was 9 (I wish I started playing at that age, could have been quiet a difference…), and heard Charlie Christian on the radio when he was 13, an event that changed his life.  Another major influence at that time was Django Reinhardt, but then he started listening more to piano and sax players such as Lester Young, Ben Webster, Art Tatum and Bill Evans.  Listening to those players totally changed his guitar playing style…

Related: Jim Hall Lick, Jim Hall’s Guitar Gear