From May 3-6, The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh will host “Night of Guitars,” a concert series featuring Earl Klugh, Bill Frisell and Russell Malone, which will mark the MCG Jazz’s finale to their 20th anniversary season.
Grammy-winner and jazz guitar extraordinaire Klugh founded the event and will host the concerts in addition to performing. Frisell and Malone will join him for duo and trio collaborations, as well as solo sets. Klugh’s idea for the “Night of Guitars” program came years ago, when he had a chance to perform with longtime heroes Chet Atkins and George Benson on the 1978-79 PBS series Soundstage.
Klugh reflected in a press statement, “I was asked to perform on a television special for PBS, and the program directors approached me about playing as a guitar trio, allowing me to choose the other two guitarists. Hands down I said ‘Chet Atkins’ and ‘George Benson!’ The performance was unforgettable for me.”
The first official “Night of Guitars” came at Klugh’s sold-out annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Guitarist and songwriter Ray Parker Jr. and smooth-jazz guitarist Peter White joined Klugh for the set.
Photo by Steve Sussman