We’re delighted to re-share this biographical article from a few years ago about one of America’s great jazz guitar voices! Joe is still going strong in his early 90’s, and plays with a dexterity and harmonic ease that make guitarist a quarter of his age marvel!
Joe’s a longtime Benedetto Player and we are proud to share his story from the earlier published Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Here’s a throwback to NAMM 2008 where we met Andreas Oberg and he borrowed our prototype Manhattan (looking a tad shinier than it does now) for this all star show. We recommend having a fire extinguisher handy while you watch.
Almost a year has past since the 2020 NAMM show… It was such a great time! Since there won’t be a show this year we thought we would relive it with a photo post from way back when.
“What a great adventure NAMM 2020 was! A huge thank you is in order for all the friends, old and new, who came by to play a tune. The relaunch of the Andy Model was a huge success and we are excited to be back home ready to get a few started.
“We also need to thank our friends at Henriksen Amplifiers for facilitating THE jazz guitar hot spot at NAMM for the last three years! We are already excited to see you all in 2021!”
We’re sad to have missed the annual Jazz Education Network conference this year… the second week of January just isn’t the same without it! We’ll look forward to seeing all of our friends again in 2022 but in the meantime enjoy this clip of Wayne Wilkinson and our own Jackson Evans jamming over “Ain’t Misbehavin'” in the booth at the 2020 conference in New Orleans.
We are proud to call Bucky Pizzarelli one of our oldest friends but sad to be celebrating his birthday this year without him. He will certainly continue to inspire and live on through all the great music he made over the course of his nearly 95 years.
Follow this link to hear a 2010 interview with Bucky on Piano Jazz with guest host (and not-so-distant relative), John Pizzarelli.
Huge thanks to Jazz Guitar Today for these incredible interviews with Damon Mailand and Bob Benedetto talking mostly about Damon’s role since Bob’s retirement! Click the link and scroll around to enjoy the great video interviews, pictures, and additional insights!