• Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras at The Spice of Life

    Spice Of Life Pub, Tel: 020 7437 7013

    I have arranged for leading guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras to bring their duo project to the UK for a handful of live dates this March. The run ends at the Spice of Life in Soho on Wednesday 27 March. This is the duo's only London performance in 2019 and a rare opportunity to hear these world-renowned musicians perform in an intimate setting. Jonathan is well-known to London audiences as a sideman with the legendary organist Dr Lonnie Smith and as a leader of his quartets with the likes of Will Vinson and Colin Stranahan. Nelson is a rare visitor to the UK and one of the most remarkable guitarists working today. I wanted to give LJGS members an early heads-up as tickets have just gone on sale this week. Tickets are £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/461372 Any remaining tickets will be £20 on the door. I'll be running around on the evening but hope to see some of you there! KREISBERG meets VERAS The greatest collaborations often are built upon two unique personalities that combine to create something beyond and outside of what the two had achieved individually. When those two musical individuals are like minded, yet possess their own specific sounds and approaches, the results can challenge the two to reach new heights and bring exhilarated audiences along for the ride. Such is the musical friendship of guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras, and their upcoming recording and tours will introduce audiences to a new sound in the world of guitar. Combining timeless melodicism and american swing with forward–thinking lines and textures, the music of Jonathan Kreisberg continues to attract a growing international fan base. The guitarist has performed 20th cen­tury works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; led his own groups and recorded several critically acclaimed cd's, and played and recorded with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier among others. Nelson Veras has long been one of the Guitar world's great secrets, possessing a unique style based on a mixture of classical guitar techniques, modern jazz and classical harmony, and his Brazilian roots. He was "discovered" by Pat Metheny at age 14 and went on to win numerous awards before he was even 19. He has performed/recorded with Steve Coleman, Michel Petrucciani, Tomasz Stanko, and Manu Kaché among others.

  • Brazilian and jazz guitar with Yotam Silberstein

    RADA Studios

    £20.00

    Since moving to New York in 2005 and being a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition that year, Yotam Silberstein has performed and recorded with such major jazz figures as James Moody, George Coleman, Jimmy Health, Roy Hargrove and John Patitucci. He is featured on a variety of critically acclaimed releases including ‘Resonance’ and ‘Brasil’ on the Jazz Legacy Productions label, John Patitucci‘s new trio album ‘Irmaos De Fe’ and Monty Alexander’s Grammy-nominated “Harlem-Kingston Express Live!” among others. He is in London to appear with his group at Pizza Express Jazz Club on Monday 11 March. I am very pleased that he has agreed to fly in a day early to give a masterclass for our group. In addition to his impeccable straight-ahead playing, Yotam is an expert in the music of Brazil and the musical traditions of a number of South American and Meditteranean countries. In this masterclass, Yotam will introduce us to a number of these musical styles. During the second hour, Yotam will share some of his techniques and exercises to develop the core skills needed for playing jazz and creative music on the guitar, as well as inviting some attendees to play (time permitting). Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments. Please do not bring amps. No one will be pressured to play. As this event is taking place within RADA's building, I am required to provide a register of attendees the day before the event. Please book in advance as it may not be possible to get you in on the day. Students can claim a discounted rate of £15 for this class by emailing [masked]

  • Workshop with John Wheatcroft

    Needs a location

    £20.00

    Details to follow shortly.

  • Workshop with Jesse Van Ruller

    Greenwichwest Community & Arts Centre

    £20.00

    *NOW FULLY BOOKED. Please do not just turn up if you have not already reserved your place.* We are very happy to present a workshop with one of Europe's (and indeed, the world's) finest jazz guitarists, Jesse Van Ruller. Since winning the Thelonious Monk International Guitar Competition in 1995 —impressing the jury of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Jim Hall, Pat Martino and Mark Whitfield — he has released over ten albums, toured worldwide and worked with Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, the Metropole Orchestra and the WDR Big Band. Jesse rarely performs here in the UK. He is over to play two gigs at Oliver's on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April and we're really pleased that he's giving his time to share some of his knowledge and experience with our group. This workshop is open to all abilities. You are encouraged to bring a guitar (but this is by no means necessary) and plenty of questions. We always try to find time in the workshops for one or two people to get up and play with the guest tutor, but there is no pressure to perform. Places for the workshop are priced at £20. This website will enable you pay via PayPal to secure your place. I am able to offer a discounted rate of £15 for students. If you want to claim the student rate, please email me directly at [masked] to make arrangements. Due to the venue size, numbers for this workshop will be capped and I would encourage you to book your place in good time to avoid disappointment. Please note that the venue (Greenwich West Community and Arts Centre) is not involved in the organising or promotion of this event. Places are only available via this Meetup page. Any enquiries should be directed to me.

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  • Workshop with Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras

    Spice Of Life Pub, Tel: 020 7437 7013

    £20.00

    Following their performance the previous evening, Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras have agreed to give a workshop for our members before they leave. Our three previous workshops with Jonathan have always been popular and it'll be very interesting to hear from Nelson - a remarkable talent who very rarely visits the UK. We'll hear from Jonathan and Nelson for an hour each, with a duo tune to take us out. The workshop is open to all abilities and will follow a Q&A format. You are welcome to bring a guitar (but this is by no means necessary) and plenty of questions. Places for the workshop are priced at £20. I am able to offer a discounted rate of £15 for students. If you want to claim the student rate, please email me at [masked] Due to the venue size, numbers for the workshop will be capped and I would encourage you to book your place in good time to avoid disappointment. Please note that this event is not organised by the Spice of Life pub. Any enquiries about the workshop should be directed to me. Tickets for the gig on the 14th should be booked separately from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431723

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  • Kreisberg meets Veras - only London performance!

    Spice Of Life Pub, Tel: 020 7437 7013

    • What we'll do I am very pleased to help bring Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras as a duo to London for the first time. They will be performing at The Spice of Life, Soho, on Wednesday 14th March. Tickets are now available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431723 priced at £15 plus booking fee. This is one of only two performances in the UK this year from this duo. NELSON MEETS VERAS The greatest collaborations often are built upon two unique personalities that combine to create something beyond and outside of what the two had achieved individually. When those two musical individuals are like minded, yet possess their own specific sounds and approaches, the results can challenge the two to reach new heights and bring exhilarated audiences along for the ride. Such is the musical friendship of guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras, and their upcoming recording and tours will introduce audiences to a new sound in the world of guitar. Combining timeless melodicism and american swing with forward–thinking lines and textures, the music of Jonathan Kreisberg continues to attract a growing international fan base. The guitarist has performed 20th cen­tury works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; led his own groups and recorded several critically acclaimed CDs, and played and recorded with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier among others. Nelson Veras has long been one of the guitar world's great secrets, possessing a unique style based on a mixture of classical guitar techniques, modern jazz, classical harmony and his Brazilian roots. He was "discovered" by Pat Metheny at age 14 and and has proceeded to win numerous awards, as well as performing and recording with the likes of Steve Coleman, Michel Petrucciani, Tomasz Stanko and Manu Katché. ON NELSON....“His improvisations are magnificent. It’s been quite some time since an artist like this has emerged, with a creative power that’s absolutely unquestionable. Nelson, BRAVO !” - Pat Martino ON JONATHAN... "He is a great musician whose playing and writing always tell a story. His formidable technique and intellect never get in the way, but only serve the agenda of the heart." Vibraphonist and Composer, Joe Locke ON NELSON...."“Nelson isn’t a guitar player like the others because his approach is not guitaristic but one that reveals a peerless musician. One that never plays what’s obvious but only pleasant surprises with a mind blowing technique. He’s an extraordinary musician.” - Lionel Loueke ON JONATHAN.... He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation." Legendary Hammond B3 Organist, Doctor Lonnie Smith • What to bring • Important to know http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431723

  • Workshop with Peter Bernstein

    Spice Of Life Pub, Tel: 020 7437 7013

    £20.00

    A great opportunity to interact with one of the top guitarists on today's jazz scene, Peter Bernstein. Our two previous workshops have been very popular and we're delighted to welcome him back. The workshop is open to all abilities and will follow a Q&A format. Peter also likes to pay a couple of duets during his workshops. You are welcome to bring a guitar (but this is by no means necessary) and plenty of questions. Places for the workshop are priced at £20. I am able to offer a discounted rate of £15 for students. If you want to claim the student rate, please email me at [masked] Due to the venue size, numbers for the workshop will be capped and I would encourage you to book your place in good time to avoid disappointment. Please note that this event is not organised by the Spice of Life pub. Any enquiries about the workshop should be directed to me.

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  • Phil Robson workshop - 22 October 2017

    The Omnibus

    £20.00

    We're very happy to welcome Phil Robson to present a workshop for the London Jazz Guitar Society. UK born and now NYC based Phil Robson is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who appears in a wide range of settings, as well as being a being a renowned bandleader and composer. A renowned educator, Phil continues to be a visiting professor at Trinity College Of Music, The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy Of Music. This is Phil's only public teaching event this year and a rare chance to study with him in the UK. Phil has performed and recorded with such talents as Mike Gibbs, Drew Gress, Billy Hart, David Liebman, Donny McCaslin, Liam Noble, Tom Rainey, Julian Siegel, Christine Tobin, John Taylor, Mark Turner and Jeff Williams. Places for this workshop are priced at £20 / £15 NUS. If you wish to claim the student discount, please send me a private message through this site.

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  • Jonathan Kreisberg workshop, 24th May

    PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB

    £20.00

    A great opportunity to put your questions to one of the leading guitarists on the scene today, Jonathan Kreisberg. Jonathan is a good friend of the LJGS and previous events with him have been very popular. Jonathan is in town to play two gigs at Pizza Express Jazz Club on 23rd and 24th May with a great quartet. The workshop is open to all abilities and will follow a Q&A format. You are welcome to bring a guitar (but this is by no means necessary) and plenty of questions. Places for the workshop are priced at £20. I am able to offer a discounted rate of £15 for students. If you want to claim the student rate, please email me at [masked] Due to the venue size, numbers for the workshop will be capped and I would encourage you to book your place in good time to avoid disappointment. Please note that this event is not organised by Pizza Express Jazz Club. Any enquiries about the workshop should be directed to me. Tickets for Jonathan's two gigs at Pizza Express Jazz Club should be booked directly with the venue at https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/jonathan-kreisberg-quartet/10609111204

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  • Nigel Price workshop, 1st April

    The Omnibus

    £20.00

    We are very happy to present a workshop with one of this country's finest jazz guitarists, Nigel Price. Nigel is one of the busiest musicians on the UK scene. He recently completed a mammoth 56-date tour with his organ trio/quartet in support of his latest album, 'Heads and Tales, vol.2'. Nigel rarely teaches so we're very pleased to be able to present this workshop. This is open to all abilities. You are encouraged to bring a guitar (but this is by no means necessary) and plenty of questions. We always try to find time in the workshops for a couple of people to get up and play with the guest tutor, but there is no pressure to perform if you don't wish to. Places for the workshop are priced at £20. I am able to offer a discounted rate of £15 for students. If you want to claim the student rate, please email me at [masked] Due to the venue size, numbers for the workshop will be capped and I would encourage you to book your place in good time to avoid disappointment.

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