Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm
Guitar virtuosos Martin Taylor, Bruce Forman, and John Jorgenson create musical magic with “one night, three award-winning guitarists, eighteen strings”.
The Great Guitars™ traces its colorful heritage back to the 1970’s when the legendary jazz guitarists of that era toured the world and recorded together. Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor, who replaced Herb Ellis to become part of the original group in the 1980’s with the legendary Barney Kessel and Charlie Byrd, has revised the format for the 21st century-enlisting two of today’s top jazz guitars players to co-create a brilliant program displaying guitar mastery, emotion, humor and musical fireworks.
Combining Taylor’s award-winning virtuosic finger style with Forman’s jaw-dropping technique, and Jorgenson’s incredible musical versatility, the concert features solo, duet, and trio performances by these three acknowledged masters of fingerstyle, jazz and gypsy guitar. Between them, these three guitar greats have worked with artists ranging from Ray Brown to David Grisman, Donald Fagen to Wynton Marsalis, and Bonnie Raitt to Bob Dylan.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pat Metheny calls Martin Taylor “one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument”, while Jeff Beck says, “he out-shreds all of us – I’ve never seen anything like it”. Taylor is widely recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle jazz guitar playing, with a record 15 British Jazz Awards, Top 10 albums in the USA and Europe and an MBE from the Queen of Great Britain. His innovative online guitar school now teaches guitarists in over 60 countries.
A hectic touring schedule; eighteen recordings as a leader, including his newest release, Junkyard Duo; countless sideman recordings including Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, Roger Kellaway; soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—most notably Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby; producer, arranger, acclaimed educator, in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Dept., when does Bruce Forman rest?
John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others.
Adult $26 🎸 Senior $22 🎸 Student $15
Sponsored by the WYO’s Major Season Sponsors: Ron & Kris Butler, Scott Davis & Mary Ludemann, Susan & Gary Miller, E.C. & Edith Gwillim Memorial Fund, Holiday Inn Sheridan Convention Center, Mars Charitable Trust, Joe F. & Roberta H. Napier Foundation, Sheridan Media, Thickman Family Foundation, William F. & Lorene W. Welch Foundation, Wolf Creek Charitable and Mickey & Kathy McNickle and Kim & Mary Kay Love with additional support from Bruce & Pat Tomsovic, Ken & Patty Richardson and Dave & Trudy Munsick