NEW GUITAR SUMMIT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Little Bitty Pretty One

Flying Home

New Guitar Summit is a jazz guitar group with it’s roots in the rich history and traditions of the jazz guitar .  Founded in 1995 by Boston based guitarist Gerry Beaudoin, it has grown into a much in demand concert attraction across the USA and Canada.  Gerry was performing at  the Boston Vintage Guitar Show guitar show in 1992. After one of his sets a gentleman came up to him and said,” Hi I’m Jay Geils and I have some of your recordings.” Gerry was surprised and flattered to say the least and they exchanged phone numbers and promised to get together and play.  As Gerry tells it,

“I had no idea what we were gonna play. I thought it would be blues .  When we got together Jay asked me if I knew “Seven Come Eleven” by Charlie Christian and a few other songs of theirs and that totally floored me. He was really into jazz guitar.  Five weeks later we had our first gig together which was a huge success and the seeds of the New Guitar Summit were sown. Jay would come by and sit in on some of my gigs and one night he came to a gig I was playing with Duke Robillard  and when the three of us finished playing we decided we had so much fun and so much in common we should do it as a group and the “New Guitar Summit”  was born .”  Featuring three dynamic and accomplished guitarists, Gerry Beaudoin, Jay Geils and Duke Robillard, success was just around the corner. Their signature, tight three part harmonies and their camaraderie on and off the stage enthralled their early audiences and before long they were filling concert halls and clubs across the USA and Canada with their blues tinged jazz guitar. Their first recording in 2000  was a compilation called New Guitar Summit , Retrospective.  It contained tracks from their own separate careers as well as three new songs recorded in their style. This recording led to a recording contract with Stony Plain Records based in Edmonton Canada. They recorded two CD’s, the self titled New Guitar Summit, Shivers and put out a concert DVD Live At The Stoneham Theater.

In 2009 when Duke Robillard left to pursue other interests  Gerry and Jay knew exactly who to ask to fill his chair in the New Guitar Summit, jazz guitarist extraordinaire Howard Alden. Gerry and Howard had been playing gigs together since 1995 when ever the opportunity arose  and he  had even guested with the New Guitar Summit in the past. His knowledge of the history of jazz guitar and ability to fit in in any situation made him the perfect choice.

In 2009 when Duke Robillard left to pursue other interests  Gerry and Jay knew exactly who to ask to fill his chair in the New Guitar Summit, jazz guitarist extraordinaire Howard Alden. Gerry and Howard had been playing gigs together since 1995 when ever the opportunity arose  and he  had even guested with the New Guitar Summit in the past. His knowledge of the history of jazz guitar and ability to fit in in any situation made him the perfect choice.  The Hartford Courant noted in a review of Howard’s first concert as an official member of the New Guitar Summit, “ The change made for a jazzier sound , with less emphasis on blues-oriented material. Alden’s inclusion brought a greater focus on technical prowess, but not at the expense of feeling. ”

The New Guitar Summit continues mining the rich tradition of jazz guitar but with their own indelible stamp on it. Plans are in the works to record this stellar guitar group in 2013.

New Guitar Summit-Broadway Video Clip

New Guitar Summit-Ain\’t Nobody\’s Business Video Clip

 

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