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Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

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Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music.

This installment includes a diverse group ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Diane Hubka: West Coast Strings

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This Blue Ridge Mountain-bred artist grew up in Western Maryland in a musical family and learned violin, trombone and guitar from an early age. After college Diane Hubka moved to Washington, DC where she frequented local jazz clubs Blues Alley, One Step Down and Mr. Y's Soul Kitchen, absorbing the sounds of local legends Charlie Byrd ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Potenza: For Joe

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Joe Who? Joe Pass. Not a difficult question, given that it's Pass' image that dominates the front cover of For Joe. A quick glance at the track listing makes it pretty clear too. Then there's the rhythm section of Jim Hughart on bass, Colin Bailey on drums and John Pisano on second guitar: men whose working ...

More Fresh Sounds From Fresh Sound

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The Fresh Sound record label has released another superb batch of late 1950s and early 1960s recordings by jazz legends, greats, near-greats and now obscure artists who, then and now, deserve wider recognition. As detailed in previous pieces, Fresh Sound is the only organization out there issuing these essential works, which otherwise would remain lost.

NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Pass: Roy Clark Session (1994)

Joe Pass: Roy Clark Session (1994)

In 1994, guitarists Joe Pass and Roy Clark got together and recorded an album of Hank Williams songs. They recorded in Hollywood, at Sage & Sound, and the session was produced by Ralph Jungheim, who conceived the idea for the country-jazz date. JazzWax reader and Joe Pass fan Uwe Zänisch of Berlin sent along a wonderful ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Rory Hoffman

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Meet Rory Hoffman:
I was raised in a musical family, playing drums in the country gospel family band by the time I was five. Twice named musician of the year, 2004--2005, by the ICMA, based in Nashville, TN. Moved to Nashville in the spring of 2008. I currently work as a freelance touring and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

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From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chico Hamilton Quintet: Three Classic Albums

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Chico Hamilton Quintet

Three Classic Albums

Avid Records

2010

The first thing the Chico Hamilton Quintet had going for it was unusual instrumentation. The quintet built its sound around the cello, and featured guitar, bass, either flute or clarinet (with the occasional sax), and Hamilton on drums, forgoing the sticks for ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Chico Hamilton: Joyous Shout

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When Chico Hamilton was a boy growing up in Los Angeles, the film studios used to send trucks out to pick up the little African-American children to play natives in their Tarzan movies. “It was work, after all, and we got paid for it," says the drummer, now 87 years of age. “And what you learned ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Pisano: John Pisano's Guitar Night

Read "John Pisano's Guitar Night" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In 1997, guitarist and entrepreneur John Pisano convinced a Los Angeles club owner to allow him to promote a series of jazz guitarists, who would perform on a weekly basis, with a different artist appearing each week. The debut of this series began at Papashon's and was later moved to Donte's (now long shuttered). The weekly ...