What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Howard Morgen

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature 7 string guitar master Howard Morgen. Howard Morgen, seven-string guitarist/clinician and arranger has written fingerstyle jazz guitar columns and arrangements for Guitar Player, Guitar World, Acoustic Guitar and is currently a columnist for both Just Jazz Guitar and Fingerstyle Guitar magazines. In addition, Howard is the author of The Gershwin Collection for Solo Guitar, The Ellington Collection for Solo Guitar, Ten from Guitar Player, Solo Guitar Insights, Fingerstyle Favorites, Concepts, Preparations (Warner Bros.), Paul Simon for Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar (Amsco Pub.), and Fingerstyle Jazz Images for Christmas (Mel-Bay).

His solo CD Howard Morgen plays Gershwin has won critical acclaim. He has been a guest artist/teacher during Jazz Week at the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut (1995-1997) and is currently on the faculty of the Guitar Study Center of the New School in Manhattan and the Jazz Studies Program at C.W.Post Campus, Long Island University.

He plays regularly in a jazz guitar duo with acclaimed jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and is currently producing a CD with Wurtzel entitled "Two Guitars for Basie". Among Howard's students over recent years are singer-songwriter Paul Simon, Edie Brickel, Carly Simon, Christine Lavin and Tom Paxton. His bio is included in Maurice Summerfield's The Jazz Guitar, Its Players and Personalities Since 1900.

"Listening to Howard Morgen play the seven string guitar is a most delightful musical experience. His reharmonizations of standards are very refreshing, full of surprises, but never rude to the ear. Howard is an accomplished, inspired musician and a truly great guitarist." -George Van Eps, 7-9-88

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Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com, where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar' columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc now endorses Peerless Guitars and has the website Jazz Guitar Zone to help promote Peerless jazz guitars in the US. He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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