Photo (L to R): Howard Paul, Bob Masteller, Jimmy Bruno, Bob Benedetto at the Jazz Corner, 1996.
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Bob Masteller. For the last 16 years, Bob was dedicated to establishing one of the world’s premier jazz clubs, The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and preserving the music that is so beloved by all of us. He was a constant inspiration for us to be the best ambassadors of jazz music and to maintain the highest degree of professionalism on and off the stage.
Our hearts go out to his family, who could not have expressed any better just how special a man Bob was to so many of us:
We are profoundly touched by the outpouring of love and support for our family during this very difficult time and are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our beloved Bob.
He lived life as a devoted husband, father and friend to all. He lived a life of kindness, vision and love. He lived a life built around nurturing countless musicians and individuals young and old with his passion for music. For over 40 years, Bob was dedicated to and loved the Lowcountry community, helping to build what is now modern Hilton Head Island.
It is our sincere hope that he will be remembered for how he lived.
His legacy lives on through the numerous lives he touched in such a tangible and positive way. He is deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Road trip!!! This Friday, Professor L.H. Dickert and the very talented crew from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, paid us a visit for a little learning and a lot of fun! Great learning experience and a chance to play some beautiful guitars.
We just LOVE to host university students and faculty, and this Winthrop group was no exception.
Thanks for visiting Benedetto!
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.
As 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)!
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.”
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!
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!
Jazz 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