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When

Occurs on Friday September 20 2019

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Venue

Langley United Methodist Church
301 Anthes Avenue
Langley WA 98260

Performance Notes

× Greg Ruby: The Guitar Artistry of Oscar Alemán – Licks, Solos, and Repertoire

Oscar Alemán’s inimitable style of swing guitar playing reaches back to the earliest days of Hot Club jazz. Before Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli recorded their first notes as the Quintette of Hot Club of France, Alemán was already an in-demand guitarist on the 1930’s Parisian jazz scene—leading Josephine Baker’s backing band, performing with ex-patriot American jazz musicians and even receiving an offer to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Without question, Ellington was correct when he remarked about Alemán, “this cat has roots.”

While much attention has been given to learn Django’s style, this workshop will demystify and make accessible Oscar’s unique approach to music. In Licks, Solos and Repertoire, expect to learn some classic Oscar licks, examine an Oscar improvised solo and add some of his songs to your repertoire.

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