Joe Pass Jazz Guitar Lesson #3

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This is the 3rd video instructing the style of Joe Pass within the Jazz Guitar Player’s Signature Collection. Each jazz guitar lesson in this series explores the improvisational style of an influential artist. This is done with a brief transcribed phrase, most likely played over a repeating harmonic cadence (eg. II-V-I).

About Joe Pass (Joseph Anthony Passalaqua ): He was born on January 13,1929 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His dad, an Italian steel-worker bought him his first guitar at age 9 and urged him to learn songs and improvise by ear after seeing the child’s very early musical propensities.
After taping several cds for the Pacific Jazz and World Pacific labels throughout the 60’s, Pass was signed by Norman Granz, the producer of Jazz at the Philharmonic and founder of Verve Records to his new Pablo Records label in 1970. In 1974, Pass launched his now classic solo cd Virtuoso. This preliminary recording in addition to the whole series that followed, has actually redefined the art of solo jazz guitar. As a result of these solo recordings and shows, Pass finally achieved the notoriety he was entitled to and was consistently noted in the jazz surveys every year. Throughout this same period at Pablo, he recorded a set of extensively acclaimed guitar/vocal duet records with Ella Fitzgerald.