Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 2 to 4 p.m.
Elements of Solo Guitar Workshop
- Paul Meyers - guitar
Hosted by Tim Bedner
“One of the most eloquent jazz guitarists since Kenny Burrell” - James Gavin, NY Times
“A virtuoso guitarist and improviser [who brings] his own voice to each and every melody and solo he performs…. his lines are delivered with a hard driving sense of groove that only helps to accentuate his melodic and harmonic vocabulary.” - Matthew Warnock, Just Jazz Guitar
“Paul Meyers is a guitarist’s guitarist. He displays a creative, fresh approach to harmonic and linear playing. He’s a brilliant soloist and accompanist and excels in contemporary jazz. His arranging and performances are as good as it gets." - Gene Bertoncini, solo jazz guitar master
Paul Meyers has gained a reputation for being one of the top jazz guitarists of our time. With an original technique on the classical guitar he has combined a deep understanding of the jazz tradition with strong influences of Brazilian, Latin and classical music to create a truly unique sound and concept. Paul has performed and recorded with an ever growing list af jazz greats – Geri Allen, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Ron Carter, Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Bob Magnusson, Jovino Santos Neto and Annie Ross to name a few. He’s also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever – Jon Hendricks (to England France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands) since 1993, and Andy Bey (to Brazil, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia and Greece) from 1997 to 2008. He also performed in Argentina while touring with the great vibraphonist Gary Burton, who recorded Paul’s tune "Panama" on his Reunion CD with Pat Metheny.
Paul has a number of critically acclaimed CDs – two new releases are World on a String, a quintet with rising stars Donny McCaslin and Helio Alves, featuring Paul’s original compositions and arrangements, and Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess, a relaxed straight ahead session with the tenor and flute master. These follow two solo guitar CDs, Blues for the Millennium, with his unique arrangements of jazz and Brazilian tunes, four original pieces and his own transcriptions of 7 of Bela Bartok’s “Mikrokosmos”, and Dusk to Dawn, a collection of original arrangements of Ellington, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, Scott Joplin and more. Others include Brasil & Company, an all Brazilian CD with the great vocalist Vera Mara, and Euforia, an envelope pushing Latin Jazz trio with great Panamanian bassist/composer Santi Debriano and Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira. Paul and Santi also reunited for a duo CD, Spirit and Samba. Earlier recordings include the unigue cello, bass and guitar ensemble Trio Concertant, first runner-up for best chamber music CD of 1992, and a jazz trio album, Blues for Henry Miller.
As a sideman Paul has contributed to many CDs, notably three with Andy Bey - the Grammy nominated American Song, Tuesdays in Chinatown and Shades of Bey. He toured with the great Argentinian pianist/composer Pablo Zeigler, who featured Paul along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. Others include Hearts and Minds with Susannah McCorkle, 4 on 6 x 5 with the New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble and three Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings featuring all original music – Obeah with Santi Debriano, Utatuba with Kimson Plaut and Lucky with Hans Teuber.
Tickets available at the door. Advance tickets available by calling 613-729-0693. Because of the limited space, advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.
Meyers will also be playing a concert that evening at GigSpace.
GigSpace (in Alcorn Music Studios)
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)