Jazzcast and Concert at the Dizzy Gillespie Theater

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We are happy to announce that our new jazzcast is up and running! Episode #19 (http://LOUVOLPE.LIBSYN.COM) features acoustic jazz, big band and a live performance of new and not so new jazz guitar arrangements.
Here is the podcast description:

The basics of arranging music for a recording session are explored as Lou plays a new take on Stella.

The big band is back in this episode with a rousing Trumpet section, not to mention the Trombones, Saxes and Rhythm section!

An acoustic guitar tone is featured on the pensive “Mountain Stream”.

The Quartet is also highlighted in this recording from our concert last year at the Dizzy Gillespie Theater. A new take on a classic.

Also, there are advance tickets available for our annual concert, Tuesday, June 20th 8 PM at the Dizzy Gillespie Theater on w. 11th street. Please visit http://louvolpejazz.com/shop/ for info.

Please check out our schedule which starts off with 2 solo guitar shows this coming weekend: http://louvolpejazz.com/shows/

See you soon,
The Lou Volpe Team

EPISODE #18 Jazz Guitar Tones Interplay and upcoming shows

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We just published our latest podcast about Jazz Guitar Tones and sounds used in various orchestrations along with a little story about Lou’s experience in the studio with Miles Davis. Also included is a bit of a live performance with the quartet at the Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium: LOUVOLPE.LIBSYN.COM
This is the description for the Jazzcast: 

Listen to multiple guitars respond and “play off” each other in the first segment with “But Not Really For Me”.

Hear an arrangement written for a full orchestra, but played with different guitar sounds and tones to simulate the different instrument parts.

Also featured in this episode is a little story about Lou’s sessions for the great Miles Davis and “guitar sounds”.

And a live performance with the Quartet and Green Dolphin Street.

Along with our residency gig every Saturday at Villa Amalfi (Cliffside Park, NJ), we are appearing at Showman’s Jazz soon, The Bitter End, and a few corporate venues to be announced. These events will soon be up on: http://louvolpejazz.com/shows/

Special thanks to everyone coming out to see the shows and purchasing our CDs at the gigs and online!

Showman’s Lou Volpe Group and Episode #17

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AT SHOWMAN’S with the QUARTET

Live Harlem Jazz Quartet Duo Guitar

We had a great time at Harlem’s Jazz Jewel, Showman’s Jazz Club this past weekend. Our most sincere thanks to all our friends who filled the place and showed their appreciation with cheers and CD purchases! You are the reason we are there. Rich Syracuse on bass, Pete Levin on organ and John Cooksey on drums gave the music a special flair all night long.

We also just published the latest Lou Volpe Jazzcast, Episode #17. The new podcast features the guitar duo format, a live trio rendition of an original arrangement, and talks about Lou’s first meeting and playing with the great George Benson. (George was nice enough to bring his producer to see Lou play solo the following week.) Hope you can check it out: LOUVOLPE.LIBSYN.COM

Some exciting news for us: We are prepping the music for our next album release now and should have some more news on that soon, as new bookers and venues are taking notice of our work.

An on-line guitar class series is in the works.

More news coming soon! Thanks for checking out our latest update.

The Lou Volpe Team

Birdland to our NEW PODCAST

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Our gig at Birdland and the Latest Podcast!

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JAZZ GUITAR

We had a great time playing at Birdland Jazz Club earlier this month and want to thank the sound and stage crew for a smooth show. And a special thanks to all who came out to see the show!

The new podcast, EPISODE #16 (“Arranging & Composing for Jazz Guitar settings”) is up and running. Hope you can check it out! Just click on the icon below to listen.

Here is the description:

Here is Lou Volpe Jazz Guitar’s latest Jazz Cast…

Episode #16 brings you into Jazz Guitar and shows you some of the nuts and bolts of Lou’s writing and arranging for guitar, jazz trio, and a big band.

Included is a new big band arrangement on a song that Lou is writing but orchestrating it here with guitars rather than horns. Enjoy!

Lou Volpe’s Jazz Cast: EPISODE #16 Arranging & Composing for Jazz Guitar
Episode #16 brings you into Jazz Guitar and shows you some of the nuts and bolts of Lou’s writing and… more.

From Solo Concert to Jeff Beck show to our new Podcast and a RE-RELEASE!

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now on iTunes, Spotify, all major music outlets!

now on iTunes, Spotify, all major music outlets!

 

We had a great time at our June show at Don’t Tell Mama’s. They have a wonderful sound guy there who repaired a broken foot pedal and found some “vintage”  Lou Volpe releases from a now defunct record company to play during the introduction and intermission. Thanks Ian. And thanks to all who made it down to Restaurant Row, NYC to make the night a joy and a success for us!

A “new” re-release: Our “Hear and Now” CD is now available for sale and download on all the music sites. This a straight ahead collection of the guitar in a classic jazz quartet setting playing originals and a high energy version of “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise”. We feature the great Bob Cranshaw on bass along with Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano and the superb Buddy Williams on drums. Also included in the set is a fresh rendition of “Coltrane of Thought”. It came in #4 after a Chick Corea album on many jazz sites when it was first released in 2011!

Also got to see the always new Jeff Beck play at the Capital theater in mid July. Such a sound and so gracious back stage.

AND, our new podcast, EPISODE #14 is up and running. The description they give is:

This episode focuses on rhythm, in particular the rhythm guitar. 
The importance of a good feeling “groove” is demonstrated in a live performance featuring a wonderful drummer and fine percussionist. (Buddy Williams and Gary Fritz)
 
Lou says, “I find I get such a positive response to my music when the audience ‘feels’ the rhythm. They relate more to the song and the performance”
 
A spirited live version of Lou’s ASTRAL ISLAND is included along with other examples of studio tracks and “live in studio” guitar work to feature rhythm guitar!
You can listen at: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com or iTunes and Android podcasts links.
Just wanted to let you know that our latest release, “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes” is now being played on high rotation in Germany. Swiss Jazz and some stations in France are also airing the CD!
     Thanks from the LV Team.

Our new review, Sold Out! Latest Podcast.

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w/Chaka in Tokyo

w/Chaka in Tokyo

Lou Volpe Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes (Songs of Sinatra) (Jazz Guitar Records 917)
CD Review:  Lou Volpe Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes      5/3
O’s Notes: Remembering Old’ Blue Eyes is centered on the songs sung by Frank Sinatra. But there are no vocals here, just the jazzy chord melodies from guitarist Lou Volpe. He plays in various small configurations from solo guitar to a quartet with polished musicians like pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs, bassist Stanley Banks and drummer Buddy Williams. Volpe’s tone is buttery smooth with exquisite technique. He uses the popular Sinatra tunes as a platform to display his prowess while delighting listeners. There are fourteen tracks and they are all good!
D. Oscar  Groomes

 

I can’t believe we had a “soldout” audience at our Starving Artist gig a few weeks ago! Such a good feeling. Thanks to all.

We just published EPISODE #9 of our “Lou Volpe Jazzcast” this past weekend! (a big deal for us!)

Hope you can check it out!

How to listen to the show:

1 – If you’d like to use iTunes click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lou-volpes-jazz-cast/id1033230006. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode!

2 – If you’d like to subscribe on your mobile device:
Android: download a podcast player app (we recommend DoubleTwist or Podcast Addict) and use this link to subscribe via RSS feed: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/rss

iPhone: download the Apple podcast app and search for “Lou Volpe’s Jazz Cast”.

3 – If you’d like to listen on a web browser you can also use this link: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/

EPISODE #8 by Jazz Guitar, arranger

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LVT 10-1-2010100We just published our latest Lou Volpe’s Jazziest! Episode #8 talks about TV show jazz and recording sessions, Acoustic Guitar solo, working up arrangements and more.

There are shared stories about writing on the spot arrangements of a standard tune or coming up with an original piece of music for a 2 minute spot all for New York’s ABC-TV. Lou also talks about working as staff guitarist for the Dick Cavett Show and being called upon to come up with impromptu music.

How to listen to the show:

1 – If you’d like to use iTunes click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lou-volpes-jazz-cast/id1033230006. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode!

2 – If you’d like to subscribe on your mobile device:
Android: download a podcast player app (we recommend DoubleTwist or Podcast Addict) and use this link to subscribe via RSS feed: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/rss

iPhone: download the Apple podcast app and search for “Lou Volpe’s Jazz Cast”.

3 – If you’d like to listen on a web browser you can also use this link: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/

 

Let us know what you think of the shows! Thanks.

New EPISODE #5 Jazz Cast

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20141203-_NLP1865New York City guitarist Lou Volpe talks about his performances and recordings with the great Bette Midler, his first major tour, the lifestyle of rehearsing and playing in LA (Hollywood to be exact) and features guitar performances of music he wrote and played from that time. Also discussed is a technique he developed for solo guitar playing inspired by the legendary piano greats of jazz, like Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flannigan, Hank Jones and others. The acoustic guitar is used to demonstrate this style.

Jazz Guitar with Bette Midler, playing style of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flannigan, McCoy Tyner, Solo Guitar Technique

How to listen to the show:

1 – If you’d like to use iTunes click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lou-volpes-jazz-cast/id1033230006. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode!

2 – If you’d like to subscribe on your mobile device:
Android: download a podcast player app (we recommend DoubleTwist or Podcast Addict) and use this link to subscribe via RSS feed: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/rss

iPhone: download the Apple podcast app and search for “Lou Volpe’s Jazz Cast”.

3 – If you’d like to listen on a web browser you can also use this link: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/

Our new podcast is now available!

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Hello everyone!

My team and I have been working very hard the past few months on a lot of special things for you. Some we can’t divulge just yet – but with that being said we’re pleased to announce our new weekly podcast titled Lou Volpe’s Jazz Cast.

*PODCAST ART MASTER

Our show description is as follows:

“If you love music join NYC guitar artist Lou Volpe on his weekly podcast. The “Jazz Cast” will feature interviews from industry insiders, tips on guitar technique (solo style and with a group), composition, some interesting stories about performing and recording with various musical artists and of course Lou’s jazz music.”

Best of all it’s absolutely free!

How to listen to the show:

1 – If you’d like to use iTunes click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lou-volpes-jazz-cast/id1033230006. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode!

2 – If you’d like to subscribe on your mobile device:
Android: download a podcast player app (we recommend DoubleTwist or Podcast Addict) and use this link to subscribe via RSS feed: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/rss

iPhone: download the Apple podcast app and search for “Lou Volpe’s Jazz Cast”.

3 – If you’d like to listen on a web browser you can also use this link: http://louvolpe.libsyn.com/

If there’s any topics / subjects you’d like me to cover don’t hesitate to ask by using the contact form below.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned!

Lou Volpe