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The Swingtime Jazz Society has been producing concerts in upstate New York since 1991 in addition to publishing “Swingtime Magazine”. Please visit to find out more about the excellent work they continue to do in the promotion and presentation of this music.

The Players: is the online home of guitar legend Jack Wilkins. The performance credits he has accumulated over his long and illustrious career include Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, Al Foster, Phil Woods Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett to name but a few. Wilkins has been recording as a leader since 1973 and continues to travel the world performing at jazz festivals and conducting seminars and master classes. Jack Wilkins’ CDs, books, videos and sheet music are available through his web site. An active educator, Jack Wilkins teaches at NYU, The New School and The Manhattan School Of Music.

Visit to learn more about Conti’s tremendous collection of instructional materials. Robert Conti Jazz Guitar Learning Products include DVDs, Books, and Lessons By Mail. No modes, no scales - Learn to actually PLAY jazz guitar with Robert Conti!!

Dom  Minasi’s guitar is the essence of modernity. His recent CD “Takin’ The Duke Out”  features fresh interpretations of Ellington’s timeless classics. Dom  infuses the music with the sounds of a new millennium.    Visit  his site for a free taste is the online home of guitarist and educator Dale Bruning and author, photographer, producer Jude Hibler. Stop by to find out about Dale’s CDs, books and performing schedule.   The site also features a comprehensive list of jazz birthdays which is well worth a visit all by itself.  

In the smooth jazz bag Chris Standring is the main man! His web site will tell you all you need to know about what this exiting performer is up to. His instructional site will be of interest players of all ability levels.

Chris Standring has also launched a second instructional web site called that addresses the needs of students in their first few years of guitar studies. Chris has a simple approach that will help novice players make big improvements immediately. Check it out.

Joey Goldstein- A great educational  internet resource for guitarists and  all other musicians. is a BRAND NEW SITE for 2005. Steve Murray is a versatile composer and arranger who also sings in Albany Pro Musica, leads the Berkshire Big Band and plays bass in various settings including the Steve Murray Hot Seven. It’s great to see that his site is online at last. Steve’s work with the terrific new vocalist Joan Marks, including her recent CD Wish You Were Here is noteworthy as well. Follow the links!               

Ted  Vieira is a touring pro and Las Vegas guitarist who has also authored  some outstanding instructional materials. Check out his site!

Tom Lippincott plays some guitar that you’ve got to hear to believe. From his fingerstyle treatment of standard tunes to his post modern ensemble work Tom is a true original. You owe it to yourself to check him out. 

Mike Dimin plays chord solos on electric bass that are like nothing you’ve ever heard. He’s written a great book about his approach,  too.

Guitarist and composer Eli Freidman is taking improvisational concepts well beyond the realm of jazz. Listen to his multitracked audio clips. 

Jimmy Bruno’s  site includes a wealth of  educational resources with  books, videos and free tips. Listen to clips, buy his recordings and check the itinerary to see where he’s appearing.

Steve Lambert is a very fine trumpet player who I have had the pleasure of performing with frequently over the years. Visit to learn more about what Steve is up to these days.

Repairs and Service:

Adirondack Strings of Albany, New York is a great music store featuring top quality items like Heritage guitars, Clarus amps, and Raezer’s Edge speakers. Proprietor Sam Farkas also operates a full service, first class repair shop.

If you plan to set up your guitar yourself, have a look at Larry  Vigneault’s site first. He has plenty of great tips for the do-it-yourself-er.

The great seven string guitarist Doug Proper also opperates a full service guitar repair shop in Westchester County, New York. Click here to listen to Doug’s fine playing, check out his itinerary or here to  get in touch with Doug’s Guitar Specialist shop.

Educational Resources Online:

A Passion for Jazz is a very comprehensive site that all jazz afficianados will want to spend some time exploring. In addition to the impressive collection of educational, historic and sheet music resources, I really appreciate and enjoy the terrific collection of photos of various jazz artists that webmaster D.C. DowDell has put together. You’ll enjoy this site too! 

For all you “computer types” out there, and that includes everybody reading this, here is a link for guitar related e-cards, animated cursors, etc. : features a growing collection of lessons, trascriptions and downloads. There is also a forum where you can post related questions and interact with other players. Check it out. 

Are you interested in guitar lessons online? Visit for a wealth of free instructional material. You will find information on studying chords, scales and much more in a variety of electric and acoustic styles. There is something here for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned professional. is a top online resource for all things guitaristic and jazzified. Seeing this site is a must. Plenty of great links, too.

The  vision of The Manhattan New Music Project is to foster innovation in American Culture through Research & Development, Performance and Education in Jazz and related arts disciplines. Our think tank identifies today's leaders and emerging stars of the avant guard in jazz and showcases them to the world through recordings and performances. Visit them at to learn more.

Jazz Guitar Life is a new site focusing on the music and lore of guitar jazz. So far I really like what thet are doing and it looks like we have a very fine and welcome new addition to the growing family of jazz guitar websites.

One  of the internet’s most comprehensive resources for the jazz guitarist is where you will find  outstanding information about luthiers, instructional materials, instruments, and the musicians themselves.  I especially like the new interview section. Webmaster Curt Sheller,  who is also a terrific guitarist, has done the jazz guitar community a great service with this fine site.                                           Check out Joe Finn’s 2003 interview!!! is the place  to go to find out about live jazz events and performers in and  around the Albany, New  York area. The site has been created by saxophonist/bandleader/composer Brian Patneaude and has become the top resource of its kind in the region

Jazz Guitar  Online is the  super-dooper resource for anyone and everyone interested in any aspect of the subject. From  lessons to product reviews Bob  Patterson’s site has it all!

For more general interest information on guitars, lessons, etc. check out and Both sites are jam packed with interesting and educational information.

The Stolen Music Instrument Recovery Project is musicians helping musicians get their stolen instruments back. Please do what you can to support this nobel effort. Follow this link to help.


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