Meet Emiel van Egdom: Emiel van Egdom is a musician equally at home in high energy electric jazz or fusion as in romantic classical and contemporary acoustic solo guitar arrangements. With major worldwide releases, he's a highly talented guitarist who has demonstrated the highest levels of musical achievementAlma Berklee, Jim Hall Jazz Award, USA.
His albums and concerts read like a who's who in contemporary music and jazz, having worked wih artists including Bobby Militello
Your sound and approach to music: Having a God-given talent, I do music in its purest, all encompassing form, but I do love the guitarI like to believe for its sound. I'm still in love with the sound and the instrument as I was day one.
Your teaching approach: I do not teach style, I teach musicthe craft, the art, the philosophy, the poeticsand build on study, practice, craftsmanship and professionalism.
Your dream band: I already did, have and am still doing it. For over 30 years, many concerts and many sessions, with many musicians.
Road story: Your best or worst experience: My best story is the one where I feel blessed to be allowed to do this and to be naturally able to for as long add I do and still be growing, learning and blessedevery day.
Favorite venue: The Baked Potato in Los Angeles.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? I can't say I do have a favorite; or it has to be the one I'm working on at any given time.
The first Jazz album I bought was: I think it was Lee Morgan
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Depends on which part of the world you work, it's too complicated a situation. But, there's too much talking, too much moaning, and too much non-jazz being called jazz. Too many "writers" "writing" that have no clue, and too many governments not getting it.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? That's beyond me. Fighting against staggering odds, but for some reason I want to believe that the real thing will survive anyhow.
What is in the near future? Tours, recording/writing/composing/teaching.
By Day: Woodshed.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: classical musician.