"An Evening With Joe Pass" is a very special 90-minute instructional and performance DVD by this legendary jazz guitarist. A camera crew spent the day with Joe as he visited Musicians Institute for a concert and clinic. You'll set in during the pre-concert rehearsal with bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Joe Porcaro. Later, host and fellow guitarist Don Mock talks with Joe about his incredible 50-year career
At concert time, Joe walks on stage to an enthusiastic and packed house. The trio performs many jazz classics including "Satin Doll", "All The Things You Are" and "You Don't Know What Love Is". Joe also plays his solo guitar arrangements of "Stella By Starlight" and his own "Solo Piece".
In the clinic portion of the evening, Joe discusses and demonstrates his renowned guitar style. Answering questions from the audience, Joe talks about chord melody and "playing what you hear".
The booklet includes transcriptions from the concert and examples in standard music notation and tablature. Don't miss the chance to spend an evening and get to know this jazz guitar giant and very special man.
Special DVD features include: Dolby Digital Stereo, "Jazz Lines" Preview, Tuning Segment, Joe's Guitar, Joe's Left- and Right-Hand Technique, Additional Product Previews, Printable PDF Reference Materials, Internet Connectivity.
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Born Joseph Anthony Passalaqua in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1929, Joe Pass grew up in a Pennsylvania steel town during the Great Depression. His Sicilian-born father, Mariano, made it a family goal that his children would not have to follow his footsteps into the steel mill. Young Joe, impressed by the six-string-slinging cowboy of the silver screen, Gene Autry, received his first guitar from a family friend, and started playing when he was nine years old. Soon he found himself practicing seven or eight hours a day. Joe's father could sense the budding talent in his son and pushed Joe to practice from books, radio, records, and tunes that were whistled around the house. Teaching himself scales and practicing them until they were second nature, Joe became as facile with the guitar as some boys are with a baseball bat. "You have to have the instrument in your hand till it feels like an extension of yourself," he told interviewer George Clinton, "and for me holding the guitar for seven hours a dayóand hating it, did just that."
A perennial winner in Down Beat magazine's jazz polls, Pass performed at the peak of his prowess until his death in 1994. His name and technique are represented in a series of instrumental instruction books with such titles as "Joe Pass Guitar Style", "Joe Pass Guitar Method", "Jazz Solos", and "Chord Melody Solos", but it was on such records as his last release "My Song", on Telarc Jazz and in his scores of live concerts every year that his singular brilliance came to life.