NOT TO BE MISSED…!
Local world class jazz guitarist, Esmond Selwyn, will be appearing at The Beeches, Chester Road, Gresford on Friday evenings playing solo jazz guitar starting March 2nd 8-11pm.
Esmond has recently returned from a highly successful tour of Australia where he was booked to gig and record live with Australia’s first lady of song, Sandie White. He also got to appear at The Foundry in Sydney, Dizzy’s Club and Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, at Hotel Blue in the Blue Mountains at Katoomba near the Megalong Valley as well as Smith’s Alternative in Canberra where he gigged with world renowned bassist, Eric Ajaye, former sidesman to Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine.
Esmond is featured artist on six albums out on the Slam Jazz Record label and his new solo album, “The Way I Play”, will be his seventh. This is what leading US Washington based jazz guitarist, Steve Herberman, has to say about it: “His playing features an imaginative harmonic palette, lightning fast runs interjected between dense chordal textures and sensitive accompanying when playing with a group. The history of jazz guitar is present in his playing yet he looks towards modern jazz pianists to push the envelope. I’m not so sure he isn’t originally a New York City jazz guitarist. He certainly sounds like one to me…”
And also from Alan Musson M.A. Radio Presenter and Audio Producer Presenter, Jazz Kaleidoscope, Black Country Radio.
Seemingly encompassing the early history of modern jazz guitar playing from Wes Montgomery to Tal Farlow, George van Eps and Jim Hall, Esmond Selwyn, a treasure of the British jazz scene, has produced an album of intensely melodic and highly inventive interpretations of sixteen jazz classics.
Esmond is now carrying the flag for this musc…
So a great evening of jazz awaits at The Beeches….No entry fee. Lovely room, bar and restaurant and service… We hope to see you there…
Queens Royal Concert Suite, Wirral
International Guitar Festival, Wirral, Merseyside,
England Nov 8, 2014
Having seen our member Esmond Selwyn in other
lineups with rhythm sections, this solo concert in
England was a revelation to me. His solo concert at
this festival was superb and his solo jazz guitar
technique is right out of the Joe Pass/George Van
Eps era. Start ing wi th a medley of “Autumn
Leaves/Darn That Dream/April in Paris”, he moved
on to a fast tempo on “Just One of Those Things”
on which his picking was accurate at fast speed. On
“Moonlight in Vermont” he switched to his thumb a
la Wes and got a warm sound. This was followed by
“Misty/Emily/Body and Soul”, Nuages”, “Try a Little
Tenderness”, “Over the Rainbow”, “The Sunny Side
of the Street” on which he changed to fingerstyle
and also a few key changes. “Cheek To Cheek”
also fingerstyle had shades of Van Eps in his
performance. “Corcovado”, “St Louis BLues” (both
in fingerstyle) and “Moonlight Becomes You”
rounded out his set. This is one of the best live solo
jazz guitar I have seen for some time. Funnily
enough our new JGSWA member Robin Nolan
appeared at the same festival a day before on Nov
6. Esmond has been chosen to represent the jazz
side of things since the Festival’s inception in 1987.
Two years ago he was made an Ambassador for all
his work in association with this annual event.
A big thank you to Sandie White and all of my friends out there for my fabulous 6 week tour of Australia.
This was taken at a full house at "Smith's Alternative" in Canberra with Miroslav on trumpet
and the wonderful Eric Ajaye on bass, former sidesman to Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine...
Please check out Esmond's solo gig at
The Wirral International Guitar Festival,
November 2014. Go to the MEDIA page to see the videos
A new training video has been uploaded to the Instruction page HERE,
"Nigel's Workout" by Esmond Selwyn
A study in small form chordal precision and velocity dedicated to masterclass student and Jazz Guitar Ace, Nigel Price.
Esmond will be performing a solo gig at The Wirral International Guitar Festival on Saturday November 8 in The Recital Room at the Queens Hotel, Marine Parade, Wallasey at 7.30-9.30.pm
Esmond has been chosen to represent the jazz side of things since the Festival’s inception in 1987. Two years ago he was made an Ambassador for all his work in association with this annual event.
See www.bestguitarfest.com for more details
Esmond Selwyn and Clive Morton Live at The Bear at the Marlborough Jazz Festival. A demonstration of the great and fantastic guitars made by Concept Symetry - this is the Concept Symetry Esmond Selwyn Flatline Signature Model.
Esmond Selwyn's great quartet at Azuzas at The Marlborough Jazz Festival 2014. Featuring Ben Waghorn on saxes, John-Paul Gard on Hammond Organ and Coach York on drums.
Esmond Rocks On For His Kids....!
Calling all Rock ‘ n Rollers!
Lovers of rock should check out the "Hendrix" film Esmond made for his kids!
This clearly shows how the technique and flexibility of jazz will expand and enhance other styles.