Wes Montgomery Complete European Video

I discovered this great compilation of Wes on video. All of the 1965 tour video put together nicely. Settle in for 1 1/2 hours of the best jazz guitar imaginable! The candid conversations are amazing. Live in Holland: Wes Montgomery (Guitar), Pim Jacobs (Piano), Ruud Jacobs (Bass), & Han Bennink (Drums) 1. I Love Blues. […] Read more »

Charlie Byrd Trio Plays “Wave”

Here’s a nice fingerstyle arrangement of the Jobim classic “Wave” played on nylon string guitar by the great Charlie Byrd. BTW. Byrd’s version is followed by a wonderful Gail Costa interpretation & the original Jobim version. Continue to listen to thos You-Tube stream & several audio versions of classic bossa’s follow. Nice stuff by Tempo […] Read more »

Remembering Johnny “Hammond” Smith

For those Hammond Organ Buffs out there, here’s an update regarding my old boss & friend Johnny “Hammond” Smith.  Since Johnny’s passing in 1997, his recorded music has grown in popularity with many contemporary artists. His Widow (Cheryl Smith) has launched a popular Facebook page & is currently organizing unreleased original music that Johnny wrote. […] Read more »

Benson’s Hot Rod Deluxe

Here’s a Fender Promo Video on the new George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe model. Very entertaining video with some great moments from King George! These amps go for around $800. I’ve played in a couple of Fender’s similar amps with good results but have not tried the GB Hot Rod. BTW: (There’s a video a […] Read more »

Updated Class “The Girl From Ipanema”

Just updated the popular class “The Girl From Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The new version has improved Sound & Video plus several additional videos. Included are chord substitutions & alternate changes for several sections of the tune. Good stuff that you can use in many places on just about any standard tune! Here’s a […] Read more »

Student Comments

Hi Dan, The strings really work fine. They make a big difference. Very interesting is your blog about avoiding feedback! I love your Jobim-medley video on u-tube. I am still practicing your “girl of Ipanema” version – it’s still lot of fun for me trying to get some kind of groove into my playing. Could […] Read more »