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.
And, 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.
While 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.”
Today 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!
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!
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.
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!!!
FLASHBACK 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.