Category: jazz


Julian Lage – Jazz Guitar

Julian Lage is a young but already very successful jazz guitar player from the USA. Last year he has recorded his first Solo-CD Sounding Point with some special guests including Christ Thile and Bela Fleck.

The following video was made on the occasion of the CD release. Julian Lage tells about his childhood, how he got his first guitar, how he started to play jazz and also about  musicians that influenced him or helped him with this first CD.

Julian Lage – About his Album Sounding Point

Brilliant young guitarist Julian Lage talks about his debut solo album Sounding Point, released on Emarcy Records

Julian was just 12 years old when he was one of the young musical prodigy kids that played at the 2000 Grammy Awards:

Grammy Awards 2000 – Young Musical Prodigy Kids

Julian plays a guitar built by Linda Manzer – Linda builds beautiful guitars – but unfortunately they are too expensive for me.

I am curious how Julian will go on with his carrerer and which collaborations he well do in the future.

I have collected some other videos with Julian Lage in the following playlist:

Playlist Julian Lage

Additional information

Website Julian Lage:

Linda Manzer Guitars:

More of my posts about jazz and guitar – you can use the tags in the right sidbar too!


Stephane Wrembel – Gypsy Jazz Guitar – Vicky Cristina…

Stephane Wrembel was born in France and grew up there. For many years he played the music of Django Reinhardt and the gypsies. Later he studied at the Berklee College of Music and has been living in New York City for about 10 years now.

Stephane Wrembel has recorded several CDs  and has compiled a method for the gypsy jazz guitar.

If you like to play this kind of music, you should visit Stepahn Wrembel’s homepage There you can find a set of playalong files for gypsy jazz tunes like Minor Swing, All of Me, Nuages, Sweet Georgia Brown and many more. That’s a fantastic resource for learning and practicing gypsy jazz music.

Stephane Wrembel Trio with David Grisman – Gypsy Rumble

In 2008 Stephane Wrembel has recorded his last CD Gypsy Rumble, with David Grisman on mandolin as a special guest. If you like the mandolin playing of David Grisman and gypsy jazz music – then I can recommend this CD for you.

One track from this CD – Big Brother – has been selected by Woody Allen for his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Big Brother is a beautiful slow tune in gypsy jazz style – a tune that I like very much.

There has been a short review of this CD in the mandolin Cafe:

A video of this piece is also available at youtube.

The Stephane Wrembel Trio – Big Brother

Playlist with more videos with Stephane Wrembel:

Vicky Christina Barcelona (Amazon partnerlink)

Gypsy Rumble (Amazon partnerlink)


Emily Remler – Practicing with a Metronome – Bebop,…

During my search of videos with Jim Hall I found the following video with Emily Remler.

Emily Remler was a young American guitarist who died in 1990 at the age of only 32.

In this instructional video (Hot Licks – Bebop and Swing Guitar) Emily explains her way to use the metronome for practicing. The metronome gives the ticks for the 2 and the 4, while in classical music the metronome would be used to give the 1 and the 3. For me this video was very interesting, and I tried it for myself when I practiced yesterday.

In the meantime the videos have been removed – if you like to use the instructional videos with Emily Remler you should think about buying a DVD (see Amazon partnerlink below).

A lot of information about Emily Remler, many downloads including transcriptions and also the booklet with the music and instructions for the Bebop and Swing Guitar video is available on the following homepage about Emily Remler:

Playlist with Emily Remler videos

Buy Emily Remler DVD (Amazon partnerlink)

Emily Remler: Bebop and Swing Guitar

Emily Remler: Advanced Jazz & Latin Improvisation


Jim Hall – One of the great Jazz Guitar…

Some days ago I listened to a CD with Jim Hall, guitar, that I have bought some years ago. I am not sure if I ever had listened to this CD, I had heard the name Jim Hall now and the, but was not really aware what kind of music he is playing.

During the last days I have listened to many interesting videos with music played by Jim Hall together with Bill Evans (piano), Attila Zoller (guitar), Bill Frisell, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny and others. I found, that Jim Hall is one of the really great guitarists in jazz, and that he is especially a guitar player with a soft and smooth guitar sound, but a player of very melodic and interesting jazz. Jim Hall has influenced many of the younger jazz guitarists.

Jim Hall has played the guitar for more than 50 years now, and after a longer pause caused by a medical trement he is active again and will play concerts.

I had some problems in selecting the most interesting videos, because there are so many good videos with Jim Hall available. My playlist does already contain more than 20 interesting videos.

Let’s start with a piece obviously recorded in the 60s, a duo with Barney Kessel:

JimHall & Barney Kessel – You Stepped Out Of A Dream

In 1973 Jim gave a workshop in Germany together with Attila Zoller, the famous German jazz guitarist (I always dreamt of one of those beautiful Attila Zoller signature guitars made by Framus – but never could buy one), her’s a video from this workshop, Jim Hall plays his Gibson ES 175:

Jim Hall & Attila Zoller – Blues In The Closet

This year Jim Hall played in a concert in March, in three video you can see and her that with almost 80 years Jim Hall is still a fantastic player. Jim Hall plays his beautiful Sadowsky guitar:

All the things you are

Jim Hall Trio recorded march 2009 Joey Baron drums and Steve LaSpina bass

Jim Hall’s official website has a lot of information about his music, photos and a player with some of his recordings.


Jim Halls guitars and equipement

Another page dedicated to Jim Hall:

Wikipedia: Jim Hall

My Jim Hall playlist

3 Classic Albums Plus – Jim Hall Jazz Guitar / Good Friday Import

(Amazon partnerlink)