BLUE MARTINO

Pat Martino is an iconic figure in modern jazz and has influenced countless guitarists in all genres of music. On January 25, 2015, he performed at the Blue Note in New York City playing a “Pat Martino signature” Benedetto model.

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FLASHBACK TO THE 1998 LONG ISLAND GUITAR SHOW

BPConcert1998AdrianAndyM_NewsAs a reminder of Howard Paul’s upcoming trip to London (and your chance to have a Benedetto hand delivered!) we thought we’d revisit the 1998 Long Island Guitar Show and post this photo of two amazing UK Benedetto Players: Adrian Ingram (playing his Benny Custom) and Andy MacKenzie (playing his Manhattan 7-string)!

AndySummersJackWilkinsBPConcert97And, while we’re strolling down memory lane of that show, we can’t help but recall another notable performance — rock star Andy Summers of The Police playing with NYC jazz guitar legend, and Benedetto Player, Jack Wilkins.

 

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EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS

Steve Knight on Benedetto 16-B NYC Oct 2014While there is room to dispute the data collection methodology of Nielsen’s 2014 Year-End Report, the message ought to be clear: without active measures from musicians, educators, school administrators, community jazz organizations, and various public trusts…jazz will eventually go away.

“According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music.*

Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical album sales were higher for 2014, which puts Jazz at the bottom of the barrel.”

-The Jazzline News

It might be an uphill battle, but all of us who love jazz and recognize its importance to our national identy should be working HARD to preserve it!

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TAKE YOUR PICK

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HP Pick TestingToday our team thoroughly vetted samples of some of the most beautiful sounding and aesthetically interesting picks we’ve ever seen. We have been searching for some time for the right match for Benedetto. We narrowed it down to the right shape, thickness, material, aesthetic, and feel.  Soon we’ll make them available in ebony, snakewood, cocobolo, boxwood and bubinga woods.

We’ll be sure to share some audio clips too, so stay tuned!

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LE ROSE

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This beautiful custom Bambino Elite in Opulent Brown finish features some special inlay work requested by the customer: “Le Rose” inlaid in mother of pearl on the truss rod cover; a rose in mother of pearl on the tailpiece, and two leaves in mother of pearl on the third and fifth frets. The Bambino Elite is a 14-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ lower bout, select European tonewoods, sans binding (like our La Venezia model), a built-in B6 pickup, and a violin style Benedetto tailpiece with endpin input.

This is the most petit and elegant of our Flagship models!


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CONGRATULATIONS, GRANDPA JIMMY!

JB grandpaJazz guitar great Jimmy Bruno has long been an important part of our Benedetto family. We are so happy for Jimmy & Peggy, who welcomed their first grandchild into the world yesterday: 8lb 11oz Scotty.

Congratulations to Susanna (who grew up as part of the Benedetto family), and Scott!

Photo by Lynn Foster

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THE INSIDE TRACK

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The Inside Track with Benedetto Player Chris Standring is an internet TV show that airs every six weeks (8 episodes per annual season) and is part of The Inside Track, a membership subscription program. Every episode features a revered and highly established special guest in the music world, with a slant toward jazz improvisation. The show partly adopts a ‘reality TV’ flavor, where real life conversations can be heard, along with recording studio quality live performances, and in depth interviews, all caught on high def videotape.

The first episode is available for viewing HERE.

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LONDON, ENGLAND!

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If you live in GB and you’ve been thinking about one of our Bob’s Boutique Guitars, don’t miss this opportunity: Howard Paul (Pres/CEO) is flying to London next week, March 18th, and can deliver a guitar to your doorstep (or somewhere closely). Save a bundle on shipping/handling/etc. and maybe even get a little discount! There might even be a 16B ready for the trip!!!

Contact hpaul@benedettoguitars.com or jstubbs@benedettoguitars.com ASAP!

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY

FFFLASHBACK FRIDAY picture from 1980! Bob Benedetto stands between two jazz guitar giants: Tony Mottola & Bucky Pizzarelli! These were two of the hardest working session players in NYC back when it was the center of the recording universe.

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ALL SETTLED IN

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We’ve completed our third and final office renovation, and our Sales Director Jared Stubbs and Marketing Director Katie Tait couldn’t be happier with their new digs!

First, we made over Master Luthier Damon Mailand’s office, then we focused on President/CEO Howard Paul’s, transforming the space into not only an office but also our Benedetto showroom.

Now, let’s get to work!

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