Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jazz Guitar Trio recorded at Mane Room for WC Handy Festival 2013

Jazz Guitar Trio recorded at Mane Room for WC Handy Festival 2013

Alabama Music goes to the Mane Room in downtown Florence, Alabama to attend a live recording session of a Jazz Guitar Trio for W.C. Handy Festival 2013. The outstanding trio is Mundell Lowe, Mel Deal and Carlos Pino.

Mundell Lowe's career reads like a select list of jazz highlights from the 20th Century and beyond, as befits a guitar great whose past collaborators include such American music icons as Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Stan Getz.

A six-string master of unusual concision and eloquence, he turned 90 on April 21. Lowe has walked with artistic giants for so long it almost seems surprising he has remained so down to earth. But it's no surprise, at least not to those who know Lowe's tireless dedication, that — nearly a month after he turned 90 on April 21 — he is doing three San Diego concerts (two public, one private) over the next seven days. That tally does not include his Saturday, May 12, concert at UCLA.

Mel Deal has over forty years experience as a professional instrumentalist and has worked in venues ranging from solo jazz guitar to The Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Because of his versatility, he has also performed with many pop and country music stars.

In addition to a playing career, he is part of the faculty at The Nashville Jazz Workshop.  He has taught jazz guitar clinics at The University Of N. Alabama, Hume Fogg and Battleground Academy, and has been a guitar instructor at Montgomery Bell Academy for fifteen years.

As an instrumentalist, he has performed with the Nashville Symphony, The Nashville Opera Co., The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Symphony, Midland/Odessa Texas Symphony, and The Germantown Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN. These venues have ranged from classical and opera to off Broadway productions and pops concerts, including performances with: Michael Feinstein, Melba Moore, Lorna Luft, Idina Menzel, Rita Coolidge, and Jimmy Webb. Recorded works with the Nashville Symphony include:Rhapsody in Blue, West Side Story, and Porgy and Bess.  Jazz artists with whom he has performed include: Ricky Woodard, Gatemouth Brown, Groove Holmes, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Mark Feldman, Paul McCandless, and Mundell Lowe. He has studied privately with jazz guitar greats Jimmy Raney and Pat Martino.

Carlos Pino (born August 19, 1973 in New Orleans) is a jazz guitarist. He is a member of several active performing groups, including the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, the Night Flight Big Band, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars and Ray Reach and Friends.
Pino, the son of a Columbian physician who immigrated to the United States and works at UAB, is a 1991 graduate of the Altamont School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University. He is a faculty member of the educational program at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

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