FLASHBACK FRIDAY – CHEERS TO OLD FRIENDS!

Happy Hour April 2009 Bob Benedetto Jack Harris Howard Paul Benedetto Guitar SavannahFlashback Friday to Happy Hour at Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, 2009 (always with Miner Wines, of course!)

Bob Benedetto, Jack Harris (with his custom Bravo Deluxe S1706) and Howard Paul.

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GET ‘EM WHILE WE GOT ‘EM!

HP Nick Passele 2016 Taylor Roberts black benedetto strapWe just re-stocked our Signature Black Benedetto Guitar Straps, and as usual, we don’t carry a lot of inventory. So, if you want one, like pictured here on Benedetto player Taylor Roberts and on our Prez Howard Paul (joined by Dr. Nick Passele, Joe Pass’ younger brother), you can get yours at Benedetto Gear (along with lots of other merchandise and accessories).

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL!

SJF 2016 Artwork

The 35th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival is set to take over our fair city September 18-26, for which Benedetto has always been a major sponsor!

A little about our artwork this year: jazz piano legend, composer, arranger and multi-Grammy recipient Bob James created this instrumental bird-in-flight in 2013 specifically for the Savannah Jazz Festival. Sadly, bassist Ben Tucker passed away the year that Bob’s art was to be featured, and CJA’s Tom Kenkel created a Ben Tucker tribute poster in its place.

This year we are honored and grateful to feature Bob’s art! It is a tribute to his years living on Skidaway Island, and takes its form from a photo Bob took from the marsh near his home.

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FOR THE LOVE OF ART & MUSIC

SCAD Student Visit May 2016Savannah College of Art and Design Materials and Techniques Class visited Benedetto last week!

From left to right: Professor John Peirson, Lauren Hartt, Lulu LaFortune, Sydney Hake, Ashton Fell, Suyang Dai and our own Howard Paul.

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This week! Music Education Advocacy DC Fly-In

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.58.23 AMThis week, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) members, including our own Howard Paul, gather in Washington, D.C. to “stand up for music education” and to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music.

With the passage of the federal education law –Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – NAMM members, artists and other industry influencers will meet with their Congressional Representatives to thank them for passing ESSA, and to reinforce the importance of music being designated as significant to a well-rounded education. Source

Photograph of the 2015 delegation.

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A NATURAL BEAUTY

S2345 BambinoEliteNAT_FV3_MikiMusical_051916Naturally beautiful! The finish on this Bambino Elite lets all of the natural beauty of the spruce top and maple back/sides/neck and koa binding really speak for themselves! A very custom guitar with floral sound holes and inlays makes this a stunner…headed for Japan!

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANIE WARD

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MORE FROM SOUTH JERSEY JAZZ

Andreas Varady Quartet at Cape Bank Jazz Festival sponsored by Dave Miner & Miner Family Wines. May 15, 2016.

Special thanks to Mike Cribulas at Ballyhoo Video Productions for sharing this performance.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY – BUCKY & BENEDETTO

Bucky Pizzarelli Benedetto Player since 1978Our first Benedetto Player – in 1978! World-class jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli

 

Photo of Bob Benedetto and Bucky Pizzarelli by Emiko Okamura at Bucky’s Saddle River New Jersey home, 1995
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WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Mike Tribulas produced this really wonderful interview during the Benedetto Players concert for the Cape Bank Jazz Festival featuring Jimmy Bruno, Andreas Varady, and Howard Paul. Thanks Mike!

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ANDREAS TAKES THE STAGE IN SOUTH JERSEY!

Andreas Varady South Jersey Jazz Festival 2016Andreas Varady performing at the Benedetto Players Brunch during the Cape Bank Jazz Festival this past Sunday, May 15 at Sandi Pointe Restaurant, Somers Point NJ. Andreas joined Jimmy Bruno and Howard Paul, and was accompanied by his father Bandi and younger brother Adrian on drums. Andreas is playing his custom Bambino Deluxe model. Photo by Paul Dempsey.

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