It’s a third birthday in the month of July for our Benedetto Artists! Today we wish a very happy birthday to our youngest artist, 19-year old Andreas Varady. Inspired by Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, nineteen-year-old Slovakian gypsy Andreas has been playing the guitar since he was four years old.
He has performed with a Bambino Deluxe (in Cinnamon Pearl) since October 2011.
Happiest of birthdays to you, Andreas!
Our very cool Ben-bino (a Benny one-off with Bambino-like soundholes). Antiqueburst finish with a single neck B-6 pick-up, this guitar sports a stunning quilted maple top and mahogany back. Shipped off to California this week!
Photos by Stephanie Ward.
Another birthday among our most elite artists this week, the legendary and sidesplittingly funny Jimmy Bruno!
Jimmy Bruno, born this day in Philadelphia, PA, is a master jazz guitarist and jazz educator. One of the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarists performing today, Jimmy came to prominence as a jazz musician in the 1990’s, after a successful twenty-year career as a sought-after commercial guitarist and session musician.
Jimmy and Benedetto go a LONG way back, and we have loved every minute of it!
Master Luthier Damon Mailand holds the brand-new Cremona model that he made for Bob Benedetto.
Benedetto Guitars Savannah GA 12-10-14 photo by Cindy Benedetto
Happy birthday to Benedetto Artist and native Brazilian Romero Lubambo. Romero 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.”
Benedetto is very proud to have this extraordinarily talented guy on our team!
Benedetto Artist Howard Alden performed at Saturday night’s SRO concert with Barry Wahrhaftig and Hot Club of Philadelphia, courtesy of Dennis Matthews. Great shot of Howard doin’ his thing!
If you haven’t checked out legendary Benedetto Artist Jimmy Bruno’s online guitar workshop, now is the time. A six-part video series you can watch on YouTube, you are sure to pick up lots of pointers! And, even if you don’t play, these are FUN videos to watch…Jimmy is quite the character! 😉
Video series can be found HERE!
Benedetto is a proud sponsor of the Savannah Jazz Festival (SJF), bringing in many of our artists. This year’s Festival original art was created by the talented Rose Lane White Leavell, a fifth generation Georgian, highly accomplished fine artist, tree farmer, and conservationist. She is also a wardrobe manager for a little rock band called the Rolling Stones. She and her rock-star husband, Chuck Leavell manage Charlane Plantation and also have a home in Savannah. The painting is entitled “Down by the Riverside” and is set on Johnny Mercer’s Moon River. It depicts Savannah legend Ben Tucker, playing with local jazz hero, our very own Howard Paul with Lena Horne singing under the Spanish moss at sunset. Truly a Savannah Jazz Fantasy! Stay tuned for the release of the annual poster you can bring home!
“We at Benedetto Guitars are all very saddened to hear the loss of our friend and colleague, Bill Collings. Bill was a ‘force of nature’ and raised the bar with everything he did. He will be missed.”
– Bob Benedetto
We lost our dear friend and mentor Bill Collings yesterday. He was the amazingly creative force behind Collings Guitars for over 40 years. Through his unique and innate understanding of how things work, and how to make things work better, he set the bar in our industry and touched many lives in the process. His skill and incredible sense of design were not just limited to working with wood, but were also obvious in his passion for building hot rods. To Bill, the design and execution of elegant form and function were what mattered most.
Perhaps even more exceptional than his ability to craft some of the finest instruments in the world, was his ability to teach and inspire. He created a quality-centered culture that will carry on to honor his life’s work and legacy. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Our hearts are with his family.
William R. Collings
8/9/1948 – 7/14/2017