January 15, 2013
Happy Belated New Year! 2013 is getting off to an incredible start. On January 1st, Idelle and I got in the car and drove to Black Mountain, NC where her friends own the a place called the White Horse. We hung out a bit and met some local musicians, then continued driving on the 2nd to Atlanta for the 4th Annual Conference of the Jazz Education Network. I gave my presentation on Chord Construction Workshop: The Hidden Power of the Diminished 7th (learn more about this at launced JazzGuitarLessons.com) and we enjoyed many great clinics and concerts. We drove back to NYC on the 6th (and trust me, Atlanta is a long drive!). Back in NYC we attended the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP put on by JazzTimes Magazine. It’s really a great thing that Lee Mergner is reviving this conference in NYC and “Jazz Connect” is really a great name for it because it’s such a wonderful opportunity to connect with our friends and collegues in the jazz community.
Looking back, 2012 was a crazy year! For many reasons I think we’re all happy that it’s now in the rear-view mirror, but there were many great moments and things to be thankful for, and most of all foryou, my friends!
It started out with a bang at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Jazz Education Network in Louisville, KY (pictures on my facebook page at www.facebook.com/rickstone.guitar ). My CD; Rick Stone Trio“Fractals” made #76 on the JazzWeek Top 100 CDs of 2011, W. Royal Stokes’ Best and Notable Releases of 2011, Andy Ellis’ Guitar Show Player’s Spotlight, and got great reviews in All About Jazz and JazzTimes. I was interviewed by Mark Sanderlin for Arts America and Domingo Lobuono for Chitarra Acustica and started another great year of teaching at JazzMobile and Hofstra University.
I enjoyed my 3rd summer tour of Italy, playing with guitarists Giovanni Monteforte, Angelo Lombardo, Attila Rieger, Allesandro Minguzzi, Giorgia Hanoush and Domingo Lubuono, in San Omobono, Pieve di Soligo, Trieste, Lago di Garda, Milano and a full week in Perugia (where I was also able to enjoy some sightseeing and catch a lot of the Umbria Jazz Festival. Pictures on my facebook page).
On the home-front, The Rick Stone Trio continued our regular gigs at the Garage Restaurant, had several nice gigs at Bar Next Door, and an outdoor gig at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. I also enjoyed great gigs with fellow guitarist Peter Mazza, The Hofstra University Faculty All-Stars, Marty Rizek and The Rivington Project, Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Jazz Band, Carol Leven and Barry Kornhauser, Sandy Sasso at the 55 Bar, and Audrey Silver at the Something Jazz Cafe, Christmas gigs with soprano MariEliene O’Briene and duos with bassists Harvie S and Marco Panascia.
A summer visit to the home of guitarist Pat Martino revealed further insights into the depth of one of the greatest musicians of our time. As you can probably tell, Pat is one of my favorites and any chance to learn from a master of his calibre is truly inspiring and a cherished moment in my life.
A visit to my hometown included a nice gig at Nighttown, an interview with Jim Szabo on WUJC, and my old friend Kitty Bina wrote a nice article for the Parma Observer (pictures and links on myfacebook page).