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John Petrucci Announces Guitar Universe 2.0

John Petrucci Announces Guitar Universe 2.0

Dreamcatcher Events, Guitar World and Guitar Player magazines are proud to present John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe 2.0! Taking place August 6 – 10, 2018 at Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, NY, the event will feature Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi, Tony MacAlpine, Rusty Cooley, Andy James, Jason Richardson and Jon Finn leading clinics and workshops, along with special guest Al Di Meola. ... »

Win Tickets to See The Meeting of the Spirits in San Francisco

Win Tickets to See The Meeting of the Spirits in San Francisco

The Meeting of the Spirits Tour is perhaps the guitar event of the year as it brings together John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip, plus an encore set featuring an amalgamation of both ensembles playing Mahavishnu Orchestra music. McLaughlin and Herring spoke about the tour for Guitar Player’s November cover feature. We’ll have free copies of that issue, cour... »

Eric Johnson Releases ‘Collage’

Eric Johnson Releases ‘Collage’

Collage features five original songs and five interpretations of songs by other artists who are among Eric Johnson‘s major inspirations: Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, B.B. King, and the instrumental surf-rock group The Ventures. The variety of both material and the musical modes found on Collage underscores how Eric, best known as one of the most virtuosic guitar players on the p... »

Blue Note Announces First of Exclusive Box Sets: ‘Peace, Love & Fishing’

Blue Note Announces First of Exclusive Box Sets: ‘Peace, Love & Fishing’

The Blue Note label has announced the first installment in the Blue Note Review, a “stunning new biannual, limited-edition, luxury box set subscription series,” according to an official press release. Limited to 1,500 sets, the collectible box runs $200 and is only available to order at bluenotereview.com. Each volume in the series will include a collection of new music from the label’s current ar... »

ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalog to Streaming Outlets

ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalog to Streaming Outlets

Big news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists: The ECM Records catalog is coming to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other major streaming services. Previously, the Munich-based label had remained a holdout against streaming. Now, ECM has announced that, under a new distribution deal with Univers... »

Mark Egan Set to Release the Shakti-like ‘Dreaming Spirits’

Mark Egan Set to Release the Shakti-like ‘Dreaming Spirits’

Dreaming Spirits is a world jazz group led by Grammy Award winning bassist Mark Egan and tabla player/percussionist Arjun Bruggeman and special guest guitarist Shane Theriot. This audiophile-quality recording, set for release on January 19, 2018, will feature 14 original instrumental compositions for a total of 70 plus minutes exploring multi-dimensional ambient grooves and masterful improvisation... »

Bill Frisell Receives Honorary Degree and Is Subject of Film

Bill Frisell Receives Honorary Degree and Is Subject of Film

Last month, Bill Frisell, along with Michael Gibbs, was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music during a concert celebrating Gibbs’ 80th birthday. The concert reunited Gibbs with Frisell, his student at Berklee in the 1970s, and with his longtime friend and former Berklee classmate Gary Burton. In addition, Frisell is the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Emm... »

NC Native Jimmy Herring Has Circled His Durham Concert On His Calendar

NC Native Jimmy Herring Has Circled His Durham Concert On His Calendar

Check out this piece in the News & Observer previewing the show at Durham’s DPAC on November 12. Photo by Ina McLaughlin. Thumbnail/header photo by Andrea Elledge. »

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Reviews from the Meeting of the Spirits Tour

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Reviews from the Meeting of the Spirits Tour

Nearly two weeks in, the members of The 4th Dimension and The Invisible Whip have shared time on the road and backstage, not to mention the concerts themselves, where the music has left sold-out audiences devastated. Have a look at some moments from the past few days. Thumbnail/header photo by Drew Stawin. Other photos by Gary Husband and Abstract Logix staff. DownBeat magazine was in the house to... »

Jing Chi Return with ‘Supremo’

Jing Chi Return with ‘Supremo’

After a thirteen year break, Jing Chi, the groovin’ blues fusion powerhouse featuring guitarist Robben Ford, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta deliver their incredible 4th record for Tone Center, ”Supremo,” produced by Jimmy Haslip and co-produced by Robben Ford. Ford’s solo career and other collaborations, together with Colaiuta and Haslip’s demand as ... »

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