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Josh Mellicker

Josh started playing guitar at 5, and booked his first paying gig within the first year. After first hearing Joe Pass's "Virtuoso" album, he became obsessed with attaining proficiency playing jazz, and spent countless hours dropping the record needle to hear and practice Pass's licks over and over. He spent so much time hunched over a guitar for so many years while still growing that he developed scoliosis (curvature of the spine). At 17, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he had the privilege to play with a variety of well known jazz artists including Mel Brown, Phil Baker, Eddie Weid, Mark Simon, Paul Wertico and Doug Rodby, as well as playing in the Mt

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Jared Forth

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Jared Forth is a guitarist, educator, composer, and independent solo artist from Chicago, IL. He writes and performs music on acoustic, electric, and bass guitar with the hope that he can capture some of the human experience in the sound of a few vibrating strings.

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Kristian

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Kristian’s latest album Silent Storm – released July 2016 - was recorded on a dark November day in 2015 at Curtis Schwartz Studio straight off the back of his quartet’s Autumn tour around England. The writing on this, Kristian’s third album, is colorful and stylistically diverse and is concentrated exclusively around his accomplished group, putting the sounds of guitar and piano backed by a strong and emphatic rhythm section in the centre of the recording. The Danish Jazz Magazine, Jazz Special, describes the result as “…hard swing, lively post bop and mellow Nordic melancholy to edgy jazz-rock fusion is delivered with great force and a controlled ferocity which suits the quartet well." The quartet, which features the inspiring efforts of Arthur Lea (p), Mick Coady (b) and Jon Scott, has been playing together since 2009: “This feels like a ‘proper’ working band throughout, with a flexible and intelligent rapport honed by several years of playing together." (The Jazz Mann)

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Peter Janson

Peter Janson is a Boston-based solo guitarist whose passion for weaving elements of Jazz, European, Celtic, and improvisational music into originals and arrangements (covers) have earned him critical acclaim: “the substance of great jazz presented in an original and accessible style. Truly great!” (Jazz keyboardist Steve Hunt), “absolutely one of the best, heartfelt, acoustic players today” (Grammy winning producer, Chuck Ebert), and “a rare 10+” (Spirit of Change Magazine).  He has performed extensively throughout North America; notably at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Argenta Acoustic Music Series, WUMB Music Festival and more

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Nonnomatteo

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Nonnomatteo is an engineer, a guitarist ... a man of interest. During the day he has to do a second job, but he takes all his time to cultivate his great passion for music, not just jazz. With 5 all-original albums that goes from Folk to Black metal, since 10 years Nonnomatteo is the voice and guitar of the indie band “La figlia del dottore” with which he produced an album and 3 singles; along with this the Italian guitarist has produced records for independent artists at his own Merlino’s Studios and in 2015 he was awarded as best indie guitar by MEI (Italian Meeting of Independent Labels).

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Jazz Ear Training: The Best Ear Training Guide For Jazz Musicians

Read "Jazz Ear Training: The Best Ear Training Guide For Jazz Musicians" reviewed by Freek Just Rijna


You've heard the gospel: if you want to play jazz, you need to train your ears! That might be easier said than done though. Where do you start? And if you're a bit more advanced, how do you train your ears in a way that impacts your playing? In this article, I'll explain why ear training ...

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Joseph Perkins

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Joseph Perkins BMus (Hons), M.A. is a London based jazz/session guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and postgraduate from City University of London with performance tuition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has studied guitar with Scott Henderson, Wayne Krantz and Stuart Hall. Joseph has performed upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s (residency), Vortex Jazz Club, The Jazz Café (supporting Terence Blanchard), BBC Radio, JazzFM and for members of the Royal Family. Session credits include The X Factor winner, James Arthur, Benet McLean, Robohands and playing the music of Django Reinhardt in Jessica Swale’s film, Summerland

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Jocelyn Gould

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Jocelyn Gould has been called "a leader in the next generation of great mainstream jazz guitarists" by Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars. Her joyful energy has captivated audiences around the world and her passion for music is infectious. She has absorbed the influences of the jazz guitar greats and has woven them into an exciting personal sound. Her unique ability to connect with audiences always leaves them wanting more. Jocelyn Gould has performed internationally in the groups of Grammy nominated vocalist Freddy Cole, Trumpeter Etienne Charles and DownBeat Rising Star trombonist Michael Dease

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Pamai Chirdkiatisak

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The beginning of his musical career was from the old cassette-tape days when his father introduced him to a rock album in secondary school. As young as he was, the sound of the electric guitar was nothing like he had ever heard before. The more he listened to it the more he was determined that this was going to be his instrument.

He aspired to become a guitarist, formed a rock band in secondary school, and that later led him onto a major turning point in his life – to join the prestigious pre-college music program at College of Music, Mahidol University. Consequently, Chirdkiatisak graduated with a Bachelor of music in Jazz Performance at College of Music, Mahidol University in 2014, and then became a guest instructor in Jazz department at the same university until 2017


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