Comins Guitars and Lattanze Guitars will be hosting an intimate concert and workshop with two jazz guitar masters, Jimmy Bruno and Jack Wilkins. Join us as these two veterans perform together and offer an up-close glimpse to their acclaimed artistry. This three hour musical and learning event will provide a unique opportunity to gain seasoned insights to such topics as improvisation, harmonization, accompaniment and creating solo arrangements. Both will field questions from participants and share anecdotes of their trials and tribulations in the music business. Seating is limited so please reserve your space early.
--In 2009, Downbeat Magazine named Philadelphia native Jimmy Bruno as one of the top 75 guitarists of all time! One of the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarists performing today, Jimmy Bruno came to prominence as a jazz musician in the 1990's, after a successful twenty-year career as a sought-after commercial guitarist and session musician. He has numerous recordings to his credit, and has performed at major music festivals around the world, including the JVC, Berks, Vail, and Concord Jazz Festivals, and a whirlwind stop at the Pescara Jazz Festival in Pescara, Italy. Over the years, he has shared the stage with a who's who of legendary and highly regarded musicians: Joe Beck, Bobby Watson, Jack Wilkins, Tal Farlow (at Farlow's 75th Birthday Concert), Howard Alden, Christian McBride, Curt Elling and many more. When a tribute concert was planned for Barney Kessel, Jimmy was one of an invited group of 30 guitarists chosen to perform and was honored to open the tribute (with Howard Alden). He has also participated in tributes to jazz giants Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis and Johnny Smith. In 2011, Jimmy created his own independent online jazz guitar school — the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Workshop. With his unique insight into jazz and jazz guitar, Jimmy brought his method and "no nonsense" approach to jazz improvisation to eager guitar students around the world.
-- NY based guitarist Jack Wilkins has been on the International jazz scene since the early 1970's. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich, and countless others. A consummate accompanist, Wilkins has played and recorded with renowned singers such as Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Morgana King, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Marano, Chris Conner, Cassandra Wilson, and Jay Clayton. Jack has also performed at many international festivals with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Johnny Griffin and others. He has been widely and prominently profiled in such publications as Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Downbeat, 20th Century Guitar and Leonard Feather’s Jazz Encyclopedia. Jack was invited to the Smithsonian Institution as part of the Blue Guitars exhibit, and appeared on the P.S. I. first live jazz Internet concert. He was also featured on the J.V.C. festival tributes to Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel. Additionally, Jack has released numerous albums as a leader, including his newest, “Until It’s Time” on the Maxjazz label. He currently teaches at The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and LIU and also conducts seminars on the “Great American Songbook”, and guitar clinics, both in New York and abroad.