Pat Martino began playing professionally in 1961. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Stanley Clark, Eric Kloss, Trudy Pitts, Willis Jackson, Lloyd Price, Woody Herman, Chuck Israels, Charles Earland, Barry Miles and Joe Pesci. Since 1967, Pat has been touring as a leader. He has been a recording artist with many major labels, and is currently with Blue Note Records. Pat has given Guitar and Music Therapy Seminars, Clinics and Master Classes throughout the world. Pat is currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Monnette Sudler is the founder of The Philadelphia Guitar Summit which began in 2009, she is a jazz guitarist, composer, singer, poet, an innovative band leader, producer and teacher engages her audience with soulful and electrifying guitar playing and original compositions musically diverse, without compromising. Ms. Sudler has her degree from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. She has performed with many jazz greats, such as Odean Pope, Hugh Masakela, Doug Carn and the late Grover Washington Jr... Take a little bit of earthy poetry and a little bit of earthy alto vocalizing, then add a keen sensibility and a lot of perfectly executed guitar techniques, and you'll get Monnette Sudler." Guitar Player Magazine
Carlos Rubio began studying the guitar at age 13. By 17 he was playing professionally with popular flamenco groups in Spain and for such acclaimed artists as Carmen Mora and Ciro in Spain and Jose Greco in the United States. He has played at the Cafe de Chintas in Madrid, has toured throughout the United States and Canada with Jose Molina, and has performed with Maria Benitez. Mr. Rubio has played with one of Spain's leading guitarists, Serrannito, and together they were awarded a gold medal for original flamenco music recorded in former Yogoslavia. He has toured throughout the United States, South America, Canada and Europe, appearing at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York. Currently, Mr. Rubio serves as Music Director for Flamenco Ole! and accompanies the ensemble on tour and on their main-stage events, where under his direction.
Tom Giacabetti is a well known guitarist/educator in the Philadelphia and Atlantic City area. He has appeared in concert with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Willingboro and Mellon Jazz Festivals, as well as Temple University, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Rowan University and The University of The Arts. Some of the Jazz artists Tom has performed with include Morgana King, Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker, Kenny Barron, The Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck and the Michael Pedicin Quartet. Tom has been a featured artist on the national syndicated Television shows The World of Guitar" and Miles of Music." Well respected as an educator, Tom currently teaches music at Temple University, Rowan University, Buck County Community College and the University of the Arts.
Charles Ellerbe played guitar in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band for 14 years (1975-1989). a seminal ensemble of the 1970s and 1980s He appears on such classic albums as Dancing In Your Head, Body Meta, and In All Languages. The Prime Time band, which combined ethnic sounds and danceable rhythms with Coleman's Harmolodic approach. As a member of Ornette's band, Charlee performed all over the world, from Haiti to France, from Iceland to Japan. Charlee has also performed with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Charles Earland, The Trammps, Catalyst, Noel Pointer, and Japanese opera singer Mari Okubo. Charlee's current band Matrix 12:38 makes music that embraces the Prime Time values of freedom, funk, melody, originality, and surprise. The band's lineup is Charlee on guitar, Anthony Matthews on drums, Tony Cosby on percussion, and Josh Machiz on bass, plus frequent guest horn players (including trumpeter Michael Ray and saxophonist Bobby Zankel).
Avi Rothbard is an Israeli born jazz guitarist from New York One of the hardest working guitarist in New York City, Mr. Rothbard's guitar style is a display of influences that goes back from Charlie Christian and Django to their followers such as Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Grant Green, Pat Martino and George Benson. He has the ability to combine these influences with a fresh harmonic approach that goes along with a strong identity. Avi Rothbard has been leading his bands in clubs such as Saint Nicks, Dizzy's Coca Cola club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lenox Lounge, Blue Note, Bitter End, CBGB, Showman's, Fat Cat, Smalls, Sweet Rhythm, Minton's Playhouse and Smoke. As a sideman, Mr. Rothbard have worked with jazz greats such as Ben Riley, Richie Cole, Jeremy Pelt, Ali Jackson, Ted Rosenthal, Carolyn Leonhart, Ari Roland, Ray Drummond, Herb Pomroy, Chihiro Yamanaka and Uri Caine. Notable jazz festivals include JVC Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Harlem Festival, Jazz at Aspen Snow-mass, Juan Le Penn, Cape May Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz Festival and many more.
Matt Davis is a guitarist, arranger and composer based in the Philadelphia and New York areas. In addition to performing, Matt is an active composer, teacher and arranger. Hailed as incredible by the Philadelphia Daily News, and eloquent by Jazztimes Magazine, Matt's original twelve (12)-piece modern chamber jazz ensemble, called Aerial Photograph has released three CD's and performs regularly in and around the tri-state area. Matt has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Odean Pope, The Silk Road Ensemble, Dave Liebman, Paulina Oliveros, John Swana, Terrell Stafford, Mickey Roker, Jon Hollenbeck, and many others. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, The National Parks Service, The Banff Center, etc. Matt currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Jazz guitar performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has also recently earned his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
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