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Another Rare Johnny Smith Cut

I was sent some tapes years ago from a guy in the US (Bill Kozakewich) and it’s taken a fair while but I’ve managed to get the cream of them onto Youtube. The latest I put up is the standard “Stella by Starlight” and he burns on it!

Feel free to click through to my YT channel and there is a playlist of the ones I’ve put up on the right hand side (just called Johnny Smith) Don’t forget to subscribe to me while you’re there and I will follow back.



Jim Mullen in Nottingham

Thoroughly enjoyed the gig in Nottingham at the Bonnington Theatre despite the inclement weather! The band consisting of Jim Mullen (guitar), Gareth Williams (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and Gary Husband (drums) effortlessly did 2 sets packed with a great range of feels, tempos and textures to a thrilled audience. In particular I was really struck with the interpretation of John Lennon’s “Love” which worked really well as a jazz ballad.
I managed to get a sneaky bit of footage of Jim’s solo on “All The Things You Are”. Enjoy!

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The Great Wes Montgomery

Love his version of “Round Midnight”.


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NWJS Guitar Weekend Followup 2011

A great weekend but started with the bad news that Jimmy Bruno couldn’t make it but at the 11th hour the talented Adrian Ingram stood in which was a more than worthy replacement!
After the Friday welcoming and teaching session there was a concert featuring the amazingly talented guitar wizard Gary Potter which was a feast for guitarists and music fans alike. The embedded clip is of the first 10 mins of the concert.

Saturday started over at the University with the teaching and we set our stall up with a small selection of our stock and we were pleased at the enthusiastic response from everyone; it also gave us a chance to catch a few words with some of our past customers and potential future customers!

There was a Student Jam session at lunchtime which almost everyone participated. Ably helped along by the solid rhythm section which included Bill Coleman and Andy Hulme it was great that there were no egos, no criticism, just solid encouragement and applause which I think is one of the best features of the whole event; the fact that it is an inclusive event which aims to get everyone playing and more importantly enjoying the sometimes bewildering world of jazz guitar. For anyone reading this who is thinking about attending this event in the future than my advice from myself is to go for it! As far as I can see it’s pretty much a unique event in the UK jazz guitar calender that gets people travelling from all over Britain and from Europe too. You’ll meet with like minded musicians and swap stories and info about equipment and you never know you might find the other part of the jazz guitar duo you always wanted to play in!

That afternoon there was a session on guitar setups and maintenance from the reputed guitar luthier Trevor Jones, another useful part of the event.

Later that evening there was a concert which featured the great Dave O’Higgins, Bill Coleman, Adrian Ingram, Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme and was a fitting end to a great day. It brings it home to you when you see these guys (who’ve probably never played together before) just how great they are at putting on a show and they effortlessly played standard after standard; top notch stuff.

We had to leave on the Sunday early but there is another teaching session in the morning before the weekend draws to a close.

A very special thank you should go to Trefor Owen and Maureen Hopkins who puts this whole thing together, without their tireless effort drive and enthusiasm the UK scene would be much worse off. I’m happy to say there are plans afoot for another event with another US jazz guitar star next year…See for details of future events and do yourself a favour- get yourself along!


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It’s been a while….

…since I posted something here due to holidays and generally being busy. On my week off I managed to rustle up another 2 part etude based on the harmony of ‘Yesterdays’ which sounds almost classical. Enjoy!

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Tal Farlow

We’ve just got a fantastic boxset in stock of the legendary Tal Farlow, one of the most original bebop era jazz guitarists that ever lived! Essential for all jazz guitar fans! limited edition 99-track 7-CD box set

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Johnny Smith “Shiny Stockings”

A few years ago I was sent a tape of a club performance by Johnny Smith recorded in 1981 and it took a while but I finally got round to digitising it and sharing it for everyone to enjoy. It’s a relaxed performance and you can tell everyones having a good time; that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

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