We always love when we have students come by to learn about the history, architecture and performance characteristics of the jazz/archtop guitar! This week, Saint Vincent’s Academy brought a group of their girls along with their instructor Justin Johnson, which has become a regular annual visit for their guitar students.
Thanks for visiting, Saints!
Bound for Japan, this 16B Custom (serial number S2259) is standard except for the highly flamed select maple back, sides and neck, honey blonde finish, and B6 upgrade . Perfectly balanced, the 16″ x 2-1/2″ carved guitar with built-in pickup has become our most popular guitar for gigging musicians who insist on carved acoustic properties but feedback resistance at stage volume.
Two legendary jazz guitarists hanging around during a clinic at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Joe Negri sent us this photo of him and Pat Martino taken between the workshop and concert later that evening. Both Pat and Joe are Benedetto Players!
Look for more photos from our friend Rick Finkelstein.
This week, our CEO/President (and Benedetto 7-string player since 1998) Howard Paul is Colorado-bound. In addition to a workshop he is conducting at the University of Colorado Denver (new details posted), he will also be performing with the Queen of Swing, the incomparable Lenore Raphael on April 23d Live at KUVO in Denver! Howard is very much looking forward to kicking off his mile high weekend with his studio performance alongside “simply one of the best pianists in the jazz mainstream.”
Read more about Howard and Lenore’s performance HERE.
Wes Montgomery is arguably the most important and influential guitarist in modern Jazz History. In the span of his tragically short yet prolific recording career, Montgomery paved the way for generations of improvisational guitarists.
Now, Resonance Records is teaming up with Indaba Music in search of this generation’s next great jazz guitarist.
Entry details are as follows:
- Contestants must be between the ages of 14 and 33
- Applicants must provide three audio samples of their performance – selections must contain a cover of one of the Wes Montgomery songs provided in the playlist, and 2 additional songs (see creative brief for full details)
- Total performance time for all three submissions combined should not exceed 10 minutes
The contest will culminate with a concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on October 10, featuring guitar great Pat Martino, where 5 finalists will compete and winners will also be announced. The judges will include Pat Martino, journalist Bill Milkowski, WBGO Radio Music Director Gary Walker, Jazz producer/historian Todd Barkan, Robert Montgomery, son of Wes Montgomery, and George Klabin, Founder of Rising Jazz Stars/Resonance Records.
The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a Benedetto Pat Martino Signature Model guitar!!!
CLICK HERE to submit a Wes Montgomery guitar cover and two recordings for a chance to play live in NYC.
Help us find this generation’s next guitar great!
This beautiful black Pat Martino Signature Model is headed to Spain!
This guitar model took nearly a year of collaboration between Bob and Pat to develop the perfect instrument for Pat to use every single day on the road, in the studio, while conducting clinics, and while composing new music and revisiting the classics. A very light weight, chambered mahogany body, carved maple top, fast ebony fingerboard, and two A6 Benedetto pickups with dual volume and tone controls, make this instrument specific to Pat’s exacting needs: all without losing the Benedetto pedigree, uncompromising workmanship, and unmatched balance and tonal performance. Available with Pat’s signature inlaid on the fingerrest, Pat’s famously heavy-gauge strings, and this one in one of his favorite finishes – Black on Black.
This elegant Violinburst Bravo Deluxe is on its way to Norway! 16″ x 2-1/2″ lower bout, laminated spruce top and maple back with solid maple sides, deluxe binding package, B6 pickup, gold Gotoh tuners, and our extraordinary 1-3/4″ x 25″ scale neck.
Our current lead time is about 8 months.
Photography by Stephanie Ward.