Peghead Nation has just launched (Oct 4th 2017) a course I’ve designed on The Roots of Jazz Guitar. Peghead Nation is a great hub for online lessons, gear reviews, and the enhancement of a growing stringed instrument community – I’m so happy they recognize the need for a class like this! We’ll be learning techniques and repertoire associated with the acoustic jazz guitar pioneers of the 1920’s and ’30’s, including Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Dick McDonough, Freddie Green, Carl Kress, Lonnie Johnson, Allan Reuss, and many more. With a range of lessons, updated every month, it’s our intention to have material that both intermediate and advanced players alike can sink their teeth into. It’s been incredibly fun and eye-opening to try to define and develop this curriculum, and I hope that some day it will stand as a meaningful resource for all things related to the acoustic guitar and swinging, stomping, and ragging (not to mention the occasional waltzing and hoedowning!)
Matt will be among the crew of wonderful guitarists performing at the 1st Fretboard Summit happening in Costanoa CA November 6-8. The Fretboard Journal recently hosted Matt again for a little chat which included a couple of videotaped¬† firsts, as he performed interpretations of Eddie Lang’s “A Little Love, A Little Kiss” and Willard Robison’s “Little Highchairman”.
Looking forward to being ensconced inside a warm and fuzzy cocoon of some of my favorite musicians tonight in Boston at The Berklee Performing Arts Center, putting the Blues in Bluegrass (and the Ass in Grass).¬† I’m sure Matt Glaser, Catherine Russell, Joe Walsh, Del McCoury, etc etc will bring it – and I think I Catherine and I might even summon our own inner “Bill and Charlie”. Look for videos soon.
Hey now – this disc is a party! New Orleans piano-giant Henry Butler and NYC’s own one-man Magical Mystery Tour Steven Bernstein have formed a band and made a record. I’m in the band and play on the record, on which I had the divine pleasure of being the fourth member of a rhythm section which, in addition to Henry, was comprised of Herlin Riley and Reginald Veal. Come see us on tour! ¬†¬†
APAP Heads-up: Matt has just been scheduled for a showcase at Cornelia St Cafe on Monday January 13th at 10:15pm. He will also be playing with Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein at Rockwood Jan 11th, and with The EarRegulars on Sun Jan 12th. All details – plus news about gigs with Noam Pikelny, and opening for The Punch Brothers – are all RIGHT HERE.
I was very happy to have been asked to contribute music to this film about a longtime hero. Two original pieces written for the film are included, along with a cut from one of my CDs, and they are featured during some lengthy montages. Plus, the film is totally fabulous.
Matt is on NPR all week as the guest on Michael Feinstein’s hour-long show “Song Travels”.¬† This is a fun hour of Matt and Michael talking and playing, with Matt singing originals and “sub-standards”, and it’s stream-able right here always and forever.
Matt is interviewed by the ever-inspiring Adam Levy in December’s Acoustic Guitar for the Private Lesson section, and several juicy guitar parts from songs on “Still Runnin’ in The Wilderness” are included – fearlessly and perfectly transcribed by Adam.
While in Seattle, between playing Djangofest NW and his show at The Royal Room, Matt stopped by the offices of The Fretboard Journal (the world’s premier “aren’t guitars totally faboo – I WANT THAT ONE!!” periodical)¬† to record a podcast and make a video with publisher Jason Verlinde. The interview herein unearthed the following heretofore classified revelations: (more…)
Matt played on several CDs which were released in the first half of 2012, and this article by Dan Forte highlights his unique role linking three of them. What’s VG? Why Vintage Guitar magazine, of course.