(Words and music by Gordon Jenkins)
"Caravan" from my CD, Uptown Elegance
Today is Saint Patty's Day and this Tuesday will be Saint Joseph's Day certainly two harbingers of spring. While we have not had the worst of winters, it has still dragged on a bit. Cloudy, gloomy, rainy etc. etc. It will nice to get a bit of spring in the air. Hopefully bringing with it some sun, light, and creating a time of renewal and optimism.
We have quite a bit to be optimistic about. We're all looking forward to several exciting events that will be coming up soon.
First off: on April 26th Duquesne University will be holding a special event in my name. It promises to be a "gala" evening to establish the "Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Endowment Scholarship". Needless to say I'm deeply honored and very excited to see this scholarship become a reality. The event will take place at The Powers Center on The Campus of Duquesne University starting with cocktails at 6:00 P.M. The evening will include dinner and some very special music, that will be provided by some of my closest friends. For more information go to www.myduquesne.duq.edu/negritribute. Or call 412-396-5131. Bernadette Krueger is the coordinating director. I hope you can attend the gala for it promises to be a good one. If you're unable to be there you can lend your support by making a charitable contribution to the "Joe Negri Jazz Guitar Endowment Scholarship".
It's kind of hard to follow that one but, back to the real world, there are several other exciting things happening this spring. My students will be holding recitals both at Duquesne and at Pitt. I'm still appearing at Andy's Wine Bar in The Fairmont Hotel in town and we're looking forward to starting back at the Omni in Pittsburgh in April.
Be sure to check the calendar to see where the music and the jazz is happening. Once again I want to extend a special thanks to my good friend Max Leake for his superb handling of the web site. He's also one heck of a good piano player.
Thanks again, hope to see you at the gala and --- keep the music playing,
P.S.: don't forget to visit my e store and check out other highlights on the site. My thanks to Max Leake for his superb handling of the web site. What a Renaissance man.
There is a new version of the "Yesterday" guitar chart on the "Tips" page.
Check out a couple of videos below of performances old and new!
Check out my updated Calender of Engagements.
Video from Post-Gazette Story on Joe
Video of Joe and Johnny Costa on the Ken Griffin Show (circa 1955)
Video of the Gershwin Medley with the Wheeling Symphony
For more information go to
If you haven't responded to the Invitation for the Gala on April 26, 2013, now is the time. We're getting a good response but, we would love to hear from you! You can answer on line or make a contribution to the joe Negri Guitar Scholarship Fund.