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Trio show with Robin Nolan and Remi Harris

I’m proud to announce a show I’m doing a little later this year (September 3rd to be precise) with the fantastic guitarists, Robin Nolan and Remi Harris, at the new Music Room at the Liverpool Philharmonic. It’ll be a great gig. These two are truly wonderful players and I’m looking forward to this tremendously. Better get as much practice in as possible between now and then and hope to see you there. Tickets are selling fast so grab one whilst you can. JW.

http://www.liverpoolphil.com/19655/events-contemporary-music/djangos-legacy.html

Wack Pack at the International Mersey River Festival

Last night’s gig at the New Brighton Floral Pavilion went down fantastically well. The four lads that front the show, Asa Murphy, Steve Charles, Joe Speare and Jamie Somers were on fine form and the band played great. We also received the offer to play at this year’s International Mersey River Festival at the Pier Head on Sunday 5th June. This summer is looking to be quite busy with a good balance of very different gigs. I’ll endeavour to keep the events page up to date so keep your eyes peeled and hopefully see you on the road at some point soon.. JW

GT256: Emily Remler article out now

I played a fantastic gig last Wednesday with the mighty Mike Outram on guitar, Andy Trim on bass and Mark Rose on bass at The Bull’s Head in Barnes. Mike’s playing is outrageously good and massively inspiring. Also this week, my lesson looking at the style of the wonderful Emily Remler has been published in this month’s edition of Guitar Techniques magazine. Hope you can check it out and enjoy. JW.

Larry Carlton Article in GT255

My article based on the soloing style of Larry Carlton is featured in the current edition of Guitar Techniques magazine, issue GT255. Last week’s gigs with the quartet went down incredibly well at both March Manouche, Menai Bridge and at Frodsham. Really looking forward to the next ones. Some exciting gigs on the horizon in this style, so watch this space! Cheers, Jx

Gypsy Jazz Quartet Gigs Coming Up

Really looking forward to playing at March Manouche in Menai Bridge on 19th March and Frodsham on 26th March. These are both great events and it’s a great opportunity to perform close to home. We’re expanding the trio to a quartet, with a great rehearsal yesterday with Micky Dunne, John Padfield and Johnny Mac. Be great to see some of you down there at either of these events if you can make it. Cheers, Jx

Forthcoming Gigs 26/2 & 1/3

I’m really looking to playing with Andy Trim (Drums) and Mike Gorman (Organ) at The Arch Duke on the Southbank this coming Friday, 26th February. Following this, I’ll be at Mau Mau on Portobello Road on Tuesday 1st March, with Martin Shaw (Trumpet), Erik Stams (Drums) and Andrew McKinney (Bass). Hope for see you at either or both of these events. Jx

Oz Noy Article in GT254 & Three Colours Guitar Promo Video

The new edition of Guitar Techniques is out now, with my style analysis of the fantastic fusion player, Oz Noy. He’s a superb player with lots you can learn from. Check it out if you’re interested in super-sophisticated blues/rock/jazz/funk phrasing.

The Three Colours Guitar project is building in excitement, with rehearsals scheduled and gigs being lined up as we speak. We’ll have a short promotional video online within the next few days, so keep a look out. Declan and Stuart are both absolutely stunning playing and Im looking forward to this tremendously.

Jx

John Scofield Lesson in GT253

My article based on the soloing style of John Scofield is featured in the current edition of Guitar Techniques magazine, issue GT253. Busy week of rehearsals with the amazing Thomas Lang and looking forward to my gig this weekend, 23rd Jan with Andy Mackenzie and violinist Sarah Smith, at the Frodsham Guitar Club. Jx

Ensemble Futur on Spotify

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

Oz Noy in GT

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