5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit Set for NYC in February

Concerts, master classes and more scheduled

Doug Wamble
Dave Fiuczynski
Sheryl Bailey, photo by Kimberly Deprey
Ben Monder performs with the Jensen Sisters Band, Ottawa JazzFest Winter Series, 2-14

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Guitarist and composer Joel Harrison has announced the fifth annual Alternative Guitar Summit, which will take place at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn (Feb. 4), and Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan (Feb. 6-8). This year’s lineup includes Lee Ranaldo, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Doug Wamble, Adam Levy, Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson, Anders Nilsson, Marco Cappelli, Gyan Riley, David Fiuczynski, Prasanna, Ava Mendoza, Adam Rudolph and others.

The AGS will also present three master classes as part of its ongoing educational initiative:

February 5 (7:30 p.m.): Composing for the electric guitar with Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Ben Monder

February 7 (1 p.m.): Incorporating techniques from India and Middle East into jazz guitar playing w/ Dave Fiuczynski, Prasanna and Joel Harrison

February 8 (1 p.m.): Accompanying singers, and incorporating blues, country, and funk into your jazz playing: Doug Wamble, Adam Levy and Joel Harrison

All master classes will take place at the Drama League of New York, located at 32 Avenue of the Americas, NYC, Tel 212-244-9494.

Harrison has also inaugurated a new monthly podcast series as part of the Alternative Guitar Summit, titled “Say What You Mean,” launching with a two-part interview with composer Henry Threadgill. Click here to listen.

For more information about the Alternative Guitar Summit, visit Alternative Guitar Summit