My ‘Django’ album is now available on Spotify. Looking forward to playing with my old mate Andy Mackenzie as part of the Sarah Smith Trio at The Frodsham Guitar Club, Frodsham Community Centre on January 23rd. 2016 is looking to be an interesting and exciting year. Jx
Just finished an article based on the style of the fantastic fusion guitarist Oz Noy. It was a challenge, but a pleasure to transcribe and record a selection of his lines in a variety of musical situations. This will be published shortly in issue GT254. Hope you enjoy it. Jx
Exciting news for 2016, as Three Colours Guitar gears up for going on the road. This is a brand-new show featuring the amazing Stuart Ryan, equally wonderful Declan Zapala and my good self which will take in Celtic, modern finger style and Gypsy Jazz amongst other things. First shows are being booked right now so I’ll keep you posted regarding dates and venues. We’re filming a promo video next week, so links will follow shortly.
I was fortunate enough to add jazz electric and acoustic guitars to the latest album by Australian singing sensations The Ten Tenors, entitled Our Christmas Wish. The tracks I performed on were Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride and The Christmas Song. The rhythm section was amazing, featuring Ralph Salmins and Mark Rose on drums and double bass and some beautiful arrangements from Steven Baker and stunning orchestral performances from the Prague Philharmonic.
The album is currently at number 1 in the Australian ARIA Classical Crossover charts and can be purchased from iTunes here:
I had the great please of contributing three solos to violinist Billy Thompson’s latest gypsy jazz album, The Eberle Sessions. The tracks I played on are Teigr Lily, Scatterbrain and Micro. The album sounds great, featuring some fantastic solos from Billy along with stunning playing from my good friend Andy Mackenzie.
The album is available for download from iTunes:
The new Guitar Techniques is out now, featuring my lesson based on the style of the amazing Tim Miller. I was really thrilled to receive an email from Tim, complimenting me on the accuracy and the detail of the article and transcriptions. He’s an amazing player and I learnt a lot from transcribing and listening so please check this out. Jx
Just finished GT252 Jazz, looking at the playing style of the wonderful guitarist Eddie Lang, from Bing Crosby fame.. He sounded fantastic on his acoustic L5. Next up I’m looking at John Scofield. Wack Pack rehearsals are going strong and looking forward to gigs this week with Gary Ryan at The Green Room (20/11) and James Franklyn’s Swing Band (21/11) in Ellesmere Port. Jx
Looking forward to Friday (13th Nov) with Billy Thompson: Jazz at The Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge. DY8 4LU. 7.30pm start, followed by Saturday (14th Nov) at The Green Room, Liverpool with Jina Burrows. Jx
My lesson based on the style of Allan Holdsworth is featured in the new edition of Guitar Techniques (GT250) and is available now. I’m at the Green Room this evening with the wonderful Danny Roman (6/11/15) and tomorrow in Woolton with the equally talented James Franklyn. Jx
A million thanks to Cori Ryan for constructing the pages for my new website. Apologies for taking so long to finally get this together, but with my acoustic album released and exciting projects in the pipeline for the coming months, it was time to get things shipshape and Bristol fashion. Hopefully see you at some point along the road.. Jx