Orchard Guitar Festival

The 2019 Orchard Guitar Festival will take place September 27 and 28 in the Moore Musical Arts Center and Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Bill Frisell

Bill FrisellDescribed as being at the very epicenter of modern American Music" (BBC), Bill Frisell's career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and 250 recordings, including 40 of his own. Frisell's recording catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade," including his recent albums for Savoy -- Sign of Life with the 858 Quartet, Beautiful Dreamers with his trio, and All We Are Saying, a new collection of John Lennon interpretations. Read more about Bill's music and career on his website.

Bill will be performing a solo set at the Orchard Guitar Festival on Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, inside the Wolfe Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased at bgsu.edu/arts

Bill will also be presenting a free clinic on September 28 at 3 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center.

Bill Frisell Trio

Featuring Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums

Gilad Hekselman

Gilad HekselmanGilad Hekselman has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in New York since his arrival in 2004. After only a few years this native Israeli has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in the New York City jazz scene including Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Jeff Ballard, Ben Wendel, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks, Becca Stevens, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez & Peter Bernstein among many others. Learn more about Gilad's music and career on his website.

Gilad will be performing with the BGSU Jazz Faculty on Friday, September 27 at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, inside the Moore Musical Arts Center. This performance will be free and open to the public.

Gilad will also be presenting a free jazz guitar clinic on September 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center.

Gilad Hekselman Trio - Do Re Mi Fa Sol

Gilad Hekselman performs "Do Re Mi Fa Sol" from his new album 'Ask for Chaos' with Jonathan Pinson and Rick Rosato.

James Marron

James MarronClassical guitarist and composer James Marron has established himself through dynamic performances of the latest in contemporary music as well as insightful interpretations of the classics. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Marron has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Canada, and throughout the United States.

As a composer, his music has been performed across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. He has received commissions from GroundWorks Dance Theatre, The Cleveland Repertory Project, Summit Art Space and The University of Akron Dance Company. His compositions have appeared in film and television. Publishers include Mel Bay Publishing in the U.S. and Berben Edizioni Musicali in Italy.

Marron has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Canton Symphony, The Amherst Chamber Orchestra, Red (an orchestra), The Alliance Symphony Orchestra, The Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble, The Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, the Deadalus New Music Group and has been a featured soloist with the Stow Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in live radio broadcast in New York, Maryland and Ohio.

James will be presenting a free classical guitar master class on Friday, September 27 at 3:45 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, inside the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Brad Myers

Brad MyersPlaying music since the age of 6, the remarkable composer/guitarist Brad Myers decided to pursue transcendence through jazz expression at the age of 13. And that purity of spirit and joy of creativity has been at the core of his artistry throughout his musical life. After more than 20 years as a much sought after sideman and co-directing a variety of acclaimed ensembles that crossed the boundaries of multiple musical genres, Brad has decided to emerge as a leader. The 2015 release of Prime Numbers, the first album released on his own label, Colloquy Records, is a stunning showcase for his brilliant talents as both composer and guitarist. Prime Numbers earned worldwide praise from critics and jazz radio alike, including “4 Stars” from Downbeat Magazine and rotation on PRI's Jazz After Hours program. In 2017, Brad and Colloquy have released Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs), a breathtaking and uplifting collaboration with bassist Michael Sharfe that focuses on the beautiful dialogue and interplay between jazz guitar and double bass in both duo and trio settings.

Brad will be presenting a free clinic on Friday, September 27 at 3 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, inside the Moore Musical Arts Center. His session is titled "How to Release and Promote Your Own Recording Without a Record Label."

Orchard Guitar Festival Schedule of Events

    
       

Past Guitar Festival Guests

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Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. His latest, Trip, is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

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Pat Martino

One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino had suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember almost nothing. He barely recognized his parents. and had no memory ofn his guitar or his career. He remembers feeling as if he had been “dropped cold, empty, neutral, cleansed, ... naked.”

In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became “an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest.” This recovery fits in perfectly with Pat’s illustrious personal history. Since playing his first notes while still in his pre-teenage years, Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul.

Born Pat Azzara in Philadelphia in 1944, Pat was first exposed to jazz through his father, Carmen “Mickey” Azzara, who sang in local clubs and briefly studied guitar with Eddie Lang. He took Pat to all the city’s hot-spots to hear and meet Wes Montgomery and other musical giants. “I have always admired my father and have wanted to impress him. As a result, it forced me to get serious with my creative powers.”

He began playing guitar when he was twelve years old. and left school in tenth grade to devote himself to music. During Visits to his music teacher Dennis Sandole, Pat often ran into another gifted student, John Coltrane, who would treat the youngster to hot chocolate as they talked about music.

Besides first-hand encounters with `Trane and Montgomery, whose album Grooveyard had “an enormous influence” on Martino, he also cites Johnny Smith, a Stan Getz associate, as an early inspiration. “He seemed to me, as a child. to understand everything about music,” Pat recalls.

Martino became actively involved with the early rock scene in Philadelphia, alongside stars like Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin. His first road gig was with jazz organist Charles Earland, a high school friend. His reputation soon spread among other jazz players, and he was recruited by bandleader Lloyd Price to play hits such as Stagger Lee on-stage with musicians like Slide Hampton and Red Holloway.

Martino moved to Harlem to immerse himself in the “soul jazz” played by Willis “Gatortail” Jackson and others. He previously had “heard all of the so called “white” jazz. “I’d never heard that part of our culture,” he remembers, until the Montgomery Brothers. The organ trio concept had a profound influence on Martino’s rhythmic and harmonic approach. and he remained in that idiom as a sideman, gigging with Jack McDuff and Don Patterson. An icon before his eighteenth birthday, Pat was signed as a leader for Prestige Records when he was twenty. His seminal albums from this period include classics like Strings!, Desperado, El Hombre and Baiyina (The Clear Evidence), one of jazz’s first successful ventures into psychedelia.

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John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including 

collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, 

Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and 

recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe 

Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.

Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband, and father of two.

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Howard Alden

Born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958, Howard Alden began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. He has been working in New York City since 1982 and is recognized as one of the leading jazz guitarists in the city. Alden has been a Concord Jazz recording artist since the late '80s where his prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman, has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality.

Rumero Lubambo

Romero Lubambo’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. After arriving in New York City in 1985, Romero quickly established himself as a "first call" session and touring guitarist who was in demand not only for his authentic Brazilian sound, but also for his command with a variety of styles. Lubambo is considered by critics to be "the best practitioner of his craft in the world today... the guitarist's facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own."

Peter Bernstein  

New York native Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York City and abroad since 1989. He has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD, Live at Smoke. In September, Bernstein released a solo guitar record, Solo Guitar –Live at Smalls(Smalls Live), an intimate recording that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the front row at Small’s jazz club in New York City.