from the Secret of Christmas
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
"Christmas Time Is Here" from my CD, "Guitars for Christmas"
Wow! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is behind us and the "holiday" season is already in full swing. The last time we spoke I was still recovering from "cola rectal" surgery as a result of severe diverticulitis infection. Fortunately, all is going well, the surgeon has released me, and things are returning to normal.
I haven't been as active musically as I would like, but we'll try to do something about that in the coming year. I was able to wrap up my "fall terms" at both Duquesne University and Pitt, and I'm looking forward to the spring term starting in January.
Mark Koch and the Duquesne Jazz Guitar department hosted several guitar clinics. The wonderful guitarist/arranger Mundel Lowe visited in October. It was a special treat to meet "Mundy" and get to play a few tunes with him. He is everything I always heard about him and more: a terrific guy and a beautiful guitar player. In November, Mark was able to bring in another special and unique guitarist; Mr. John Stowell. Everyone enjoys these visits and we hope Mark will be able to continue them in 2014. Speaking of which, I'm scheduled to do one of these master classes in February of next year.
On a personal note my new book "One Guitar" has been getting some favorable comments from teachers and students alike. My friend and webmaster Max Leake and I looking forward to getting it online in both "PDF. format" and as a hard copy in the New Year. I've recorded all of the solos and they will also be available on line . We're also anxiously awaiting a national review of "One Guitar" in Just Jazz Guitar magazine early next year.
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you the blessing of the season and my very best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year.
We hope you will take advantage of our web site and look over the nice selection of CDs including the popular holiday favorite "Guitars for Christmas".
Take care and keep swinging,
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