Jazz Dialogues: John McLaughlin, guitar

3 Dec

Please join us Monday, Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. at Brechemin Auditorium for a very special appearance by jazz guitar icon John McLaughlin.  His appearance as part of the School’s Jazz Dialogues Series is a rare opportunity to hear the legend discuss the history and development of improvisation.  The format is open-ended, but is likely to include performance as well as discussion.  Admission is free. We hope you can make it!


For nearly a half-century, England’s John McLaughlin has nobly served as one of the most exciting and innovative guitarists in the history of jazz. His guitar playing includes a range of styles and genres including jazz, Indian and Western classical music, fusion, and even an incorporation of flamenco music in some of his acoustic recordings.

A household name since the early ’70s, McLaughlin was an innovative fusion guitarist when he led the Mahavishnu Orchestra and has continued living up to his reputation as a phenomenal and consistently inquisitive player through the years. His impressive resume includes such pivotal gigs as his debut stint in UK crooner Georgie Fame’s big band, a term in the celebrated Graham Bond Quartet, and key roles in Miles Davis’ groundbreaking electric ensemble (playing with Miles on In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, On The Corner, Big Fun and A Tribute to Jack Johnson) and drum great Tony Williams’ group Lifetime.

In addition, he has jammed with everyone from Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones to Carlos Santana and avant-garde piano baroness Carla Bley. Accordingly, it comes as no surprise that McLaughlin is considered one of the most influential and technically gifted guitarists of all time.

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