Violinist Jason Anick, 30, comes out of the Grammy-winning John Jorgenson Band to front his own Gypsy Jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet, now on their second CD, Travels (Magic Fiddle Music). It's a heady brew for a music that originated in 1934 in the Quintette du Hot Club de France with three-fingered guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Add Josh Maxey to the long list of guitarists who have changed the face of six-stringed jazz. 'Celebration Of Soul' is deep, with pleasures to be unearthed only upon repeated listenings. It's his tenth CD in the last three years. He just won't stop.
There are only 10 days left to catch Dirty Dancing--The Classic Story on Stage at the D.C.’s The National Theatre. The classic Catskill Mountains love story finally comes to life starring Jillian Mueller as 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman and Samuel Pergande as stud muffin McGee Johnny Castle.
The slowed-down ballad track from the conceptual 'Dark Side' LP featured not just a 12-string acoustic juxtaposed with a riffing six, but a fully orchestrated band crooning to the departed Syd Barett and Waters' lonely feelings of isolation.
The guitar is a tricky instrument. Most play it but few master it. And those who reach master status are often known on an international scale. From Jimi Hendrix to recent birthday boy Joe Pass, the guitar speaks myriad languages, settling in various nooks and crannies of the mind.