Big thanks to all at Hughes & Kettner/JHS for sending me one of their new acoustic amps to try out, the Era 1. I used it live for the first time last night and first impressions are very good indeed. I’ll keep you posted how I get on and if you can make it down to a gig you’ll hear how good it sounds first-hand. Wishing everyone a fruitful 2018 and big thanks to Ryszard Gabrielczyk for graciously making the introductions.
Thanks so much to everyone that came out to our shows at the Edinburgh Fringe this year with Three Colours Guitar, featuring the hugely talented Dec Zapala and Matt Buchanan. It’s safe to say that this was a huge success, with not one but two five-star reviews.
I’m looking forward to seeing where this project goes in the near future so I’ll keep you posted with news about forthcoming releases and live dates as soon as they are confirmed. JW
It’s been a busy few months and we’re hastily preparing for our Three Colours Guitar run at the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s sounding ace, so I’m very much looking forward to sharing the stage with the amazing Declan Zapala and the equally wonderful Matt Buchanan.
The Liverpool Philharmonic gig with John Jorgenson was a roaring success, so thanks to Conor French for having the faith and vision to put it together and to my amazing musician friends, Micky Dunne, Mark Rose and Jake Woodward for contributing their considerable talents and making it a night to remember. Watch this space for the next event as plans are being hatched as we speak.
I’ve had the great pleasure and considerable challenge of analysing the style of two incredible players for Guitar Techniques recently, so keep an eye out for Bill Frisell in GT273 and possibly my favourite living guitarist, Biréli Lagrène in GT274. My Lenny Breau article is in the current issue and he’s definitely a player to spend some time both listening to and learning from. Hope you enjoy these.
Hopefully see you on the road somewhere soon. Make sure to come over to say hello.
After the great success of last year’s show with Robin Nolan and Remi Harris, it’s is my great pleasure to announce that on the Saturday 3rd June 2017 I’ll be performing with my good friend and insanely good musician, the legendary guitarist John Jorgenson at The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of Blue Drag Music’s Django Legacy series of events. John is undisputably one of the best guitarists in the world and amongst a ridiculously long list of his talents, Gypsy Jazz and the music of Django Reinhardt is arguably right at the top. This will be an exciting and unique evening and I’ll let you know all the details over the coming weeks as we have some equally amazing guests in the pipeline. Tickets will be available soon, but for now at least. you should definitely put this date in your diary. JW
Just a quick post to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and wishing you a wonderful 2017. It’s beginning to look like a busy one, so I promise to keep you posted re gigs, recording and all the various other things that keep me occupied and out of mischief. Best wishes, JW
My tribute and accompanying lesson based on the style of the great Irish guitarist Louis Stewart is in the current issue of Guitar Techniques (GT263), available now. Louis was a truly staggering player and he will be sorely missed by the jazz community worldwide.. JW
I had the great pleasure of contributing to a feature in the new Guitarist magazine called Master It Faster, alongside great musicians and educators, Phil Hilborne, Denny Ilett and Geoff Lea. It’s a really well put together piece, so congratulation to David Mead and it contains some great solid tuitional advice along with some interesting and original tips and ideas. Hope you enjoy it.. JW
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that my book, Improvising Blues Guitar, has been translated into Italian by Pierluigi Bontempi and published once again by Scott & Co.
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It’s been a busy couple of months, with fantastic gigs at both the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room with Remi Harris and Robin Nolan and the Tribute to Django Reinhardt evening at the Troubadour in Earl’s Court. This month sees the amazing Thomas Lang go on tour to promote his new album, The German Alphabet. It’s a great band and the music is a lot of fun to play so hopefully see you at one of the gigs.
My lesson into the style of the great American fusion guitarist Steve Khan is in this month’s Guitar Techniques (GT261). He’s both a great player and a great educator and definitely one to check out. JW
Hot off the press, the new edition of Robin Nolan’s Gypsy Jazz Secrets. Featuring a selection of unique video interviews, performances and bite sized lessons, this month features the great David Grisman and the first in a series of snappy tutorials to get you straight to the heart of this style from yours truly. This is a really good resource for anyone looking to develop their gypsy jazz playing and helps to keep the musical community connected. http://www.gypsyjazzsecrets.com/