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Hosted by pianist Fred Hughes, the show features performances and interviews with invited guests talking about their careers, musical influences, and interesting tales from their years in the music business.
February 17th Jazz Tales welcomed Guitarist Steve Abshire
Steve has appeared in concert twice with the Great Guitars. In the 1980's with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd (filling in for Barney Kessel) and more recently with Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola. He can be found on numerous recordings, including six of his own . His first release in 1987, Big Brass Bed Blues, received a 4 1/2-star rating from Downbeat Magazine, which called him fluent, assured, directly communicative...definitely one to watch. His most recent project, Between Friends, is a collaboration with longtime friend and master guitarist Steve Herberman. It is a collection of musical conversations between two good friends released on the Mainstay Music Label.
Steve was a member of various Navy Bands for 24 years from 1973 to 1997. He landed the position of guitarist/featured soloist with The Commodores, the U.S. Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years until he retired in 1997. As a member of The Commodores, Steve performed twice at the famed Jazz In Marciac Festival in Marciac, France.
Abshire was a member of the faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. for five years and presently teaches guitar privately. As a clinician, Steve has given Master Classes in guitar and rhythm section techniques at the Armed Forces School of Music, James Madison University, Elon University, and various local colleges and high schools.
For this broadcast, bassist Paul Langosch joined Steve and host Fred Hughes for what was a swinging evening of jazz standards and the Great American Songbook that you don’t want to miss.