Denison University Annual Jazz Guitar Festival
Snuggled out in the rolling hills of Granville, Ohio is this neat little private college of Denison University. Each year in the fall Denison and it's jazz guitar instructor, Tom Carroll, hosts a fun filled weekend of lectures, mini concerts, and two full concerts by some of the best jazz guitar talent in the world. This primarily for the students of the university, however it is open to the public, also - FREE!!
Past (and future) guest jazz guitarists have been: the late Kenny Poole, Gene Bertoncinni, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden, Rick Peckham, Trio da paz (featuring the very scary Romero Lubambo.), John Jorgeson Quartet, Richard Smith & The Hot Club of Nashville, and Julian Lage. Local jazz guitarists Tim Cummiskey, Chris Buzzelli, Stan Smith, bassist, Doug Richeson, and, of course, Tom Carroll also lend a hand with their incredible talents. All in all - it's an event any guitar enthusiast should take full advantage of - whether they particularly like jazz or not. THIS IS SOME OF THE BEST GUITAR TALENT ON THE PLANET!
The format is usually a series of work shops and mini concerts held on Saturday at noon by the local guitarists and afternoons by the guests. Then, there is an evening concert on Saturday of the guests.
Sunday afternoon there is a grand concert where all guitarists play.
Here's a review we did up on the 2005 Festival (click)
2017 Denison University Jazz Guitar Festival
Sat/Sun, October 28th & 29th
Burke Hall of Music and Art - (directions)
There is parking lot at Burke Hall, but very small. Try it first - but, then circle the block above until you can find a parking spot...
Guest Guitarists will be: Russell Malone , Olli Soikkeli