What's Hot with Jazz Guitar: Phil Upchurch

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature jazz guitarist Phil Upchurch. Phil is teaching the
John Pisano jazz guitar workshop in Los Angeles on Sunday April 24th, so
we remind all those within driving distance in Southern California to

Phil is a remarkable talent on jazz guitar and his current CD is a gem.
As you will learn, he has quite an illustrious history as an back-up
musician and session player, and of course, as an artist and performer
in his own right. His website has a detailed scrapbook, following his
over 40 years in the music business, not only as a jazz guitar player,
but also playing and recording R&B, Blues and Pop music for major

Phil has compiled a number of his CDs going back to the 60's for sale
off of his website. This really has a personal touch as he puts these
packages together and mails them off himself. You can check his website
discography page for sound clips and for also for his lesson book from
Mel Bay.

Phil Upchurch online bio:

WHAT DO THEY...Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, George Benson, President
Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Sheena Easton,
Joe Fraizer, Quincy Jones, Wesley Snipes, Danny Glover, Dee Clark, Dizzy
Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Dave Sanborn, Joe Williams, Gary Burton, Chick
Corea, Herbie Hancock, Ben Sidran, Carmen McRae, Ray Brown, Stan Getz,
Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, The Staple Singers, Willie Dixon,
Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, Albert King, The Spaniels. Neil Sedaka, Smokey
Robinson, Richard Pryor, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Kahn, Curtis Mayfield,
Jerry Butler, Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole, The Crusaders, John Lee Hooker,
Leon Russell, Ray Charles, Al Hirt, Gene Ammons, Buddy Montgomery,
Philly Joe Jones, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Donny Hathaway, Ray Charles,
Branford Marsalis, and Cat Stevens... HAVE IN COMMON ?

The answer is Phil Upchurch .....for he has performed with, recorded
with, or in the case of President Clinton, the President elect performed
Phil's hit of 1961-"You Can't Sit Down" on national television at his
inauguration. The fact is that for the past 43 years as of this writing,
Phil has remained on the cutting edge of recorded music and as a

Beginning in 1955 with Vee Jay records and the likes of Dee Clark, Jimmy
Reed, the Dells, the Spaniels, the Moonglows, he still to this day
remains a first call studio musician. He has played on hundreds of
records, scores of film tracks, Myriads of T.V. and radio jingles and
has recorded with artist's of practically every genre of American music.
The mere mention of his name alway triggers associations with the
Superstars. Probably better known for his association (1975-1981) with
George Benson than any other, George has recorded 3 of Phil's
compositions the most notable being "6 to 4" from the album -"Breezin".
Still actively supporting the stars and traveling the stages of the
world at the age of 57, he shows no sign of slowing down, nor does he
have any desire to. He continues to also work on his own solo career and
has released 23 solo albums of his own to date.

Read on from Phil's website:

Jazz Guitar
Sunday Workshop Series

- with -

Phil Upchurch
John Pisano

Program starts at 2:00 PM

California Vintage Guitar and Amp
5244 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
(818) 789-8884

Tuition: $20.00

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
endorses Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website.
He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!

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