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Jamie Fox: News

Lessons available - August 7, 2017

I thought I'd leave a reminder that I can be contacted any time for guitar lessons. I teach in my home in Brooklyn as well as occasionally travelling to a student's home (in NYC area). Feel free to get in touch if you have an interest.

jamiefoxguitar@gmail.com
917 670-2594

Rosetta Trio video - April 10, 2013

Here's a video of Rosetta Trio's performance for WBGO's The Checkout at the Tribeca 92nd St. Y.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5OoKodJimY

TRT on Long Island - October 18, 2010

The Tin Roof Trio makes it's Long Island debut at Olive's by the Sea-304 Sea Cliff Ave. in Sea Cliff NY. We're looking forward to playing at this lovely restaurant run by great people who support good music and good food.

TRT is Monica Smith-violin with Marc Daine and Jamie Fox-guitars. Check out the audio clips that I've put up on my music page.

LP's for sale - October 8, 2010

I have a few thousand LP's that I've decided to sell. If you're interested in buying some vinyl drop me a line and we can see if there's something you'd like.

Skype lessons - August 10, 2010

I've had some very good experiences with giving lessons on Skype. Let me know if you're interested!

Guitar Lessons available - July 8, 2010

I would like to offer lessons to anyone who would like to study with me. I'm based in Brooklyn NY but can also give online lessons via Skype or iChat. Send me an e mail if you're interested.
Thanks.

R.I.P. Ron - April 13, 2009

Ron Stallings - April 11, 2009

I am so sorry to say that my dear friend Ron Stallings does not have much time left on earth. His friends had a gathering at his house today in Berkeley CA. I wish I could have been there. I wish more that this was not happening and that Ron could have more time to live and love and play music. He is such a sweet warm person and is loved by many many people, probably everyone who met him. This is so sad it's hard or impossible to express. My heart goes out to Susan as well.

New Rosetta Trio recording - April 2, 2009

Last week Rosetta Trio-Stephan Crump-bass and compositions, Liberty Ellman-acoustic guitar, and myself on electric guitar, recorded new material for 4 days at Stephan's home studio. From what I heard I think it's going to be very good. We had a nice gig the following week at Rockwood Music Hall. The CD should be ready in a few months-stay tuned!

Ed Reed at the Jazz Standard - July 22, 2008

I'm looking forward to the gig tonight at the Jazz Standard with Ed Reed. What a wonderful singer and person. I hope some of you can make it to the gig.

Back from California - July 20, 2008

Thanks to my friends who showed up to see us in Berkeley, L.A. and San Diego. It's always good to get back to my former home state. I'm pretty sure it's also good to be back in NYC.

California Trip - June 28, 2008

Well it's time to head back West again to what used to be home. I'm playing for 2 weeks throughout California with Jen Chapin and Rosetta Trio (myself, Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar, and Stephan Crump on acoustic bass). I'm sure it will be musically and personally enjoyable. I hope to see some friends from California, after all I only lived there most of my life! (no complaints about Brooklyn though).

Interview at All About Jazz.com - March 10, 2008

An interview that I did with David Miller for All About Jazz.com was just published. Just forgive me for saying the word "stuff" repeatedly (have to work on that).

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=17495

Recording with Ed Reed - October 29, 2007

I'm happy to say that I'll be doing some recording with the great Jazz singer Ed Reed this week while he visits NYC from his home in the Bay Area. Peck Allmond has written some great arrangements for the band- Gary Fisher on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, Russell George on violin as well as Peck on reeds and brass and myself on guitar. Should be a lot of fun.

Press Release for "When I Get Home" - September 2, 2007

NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Ann Braithwaite
781-259-9600
Ann@bkmusicpr.com


GUITARIST JAMIE FOX RELEASES XXth CD “WHEN I GET HOME”
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 18

* Featuring Fox with Kenny Werner, Dan Willis, Stephan Crump, Michael Sarin & Peck Allmond *

"...his style is uniquely and wonderfully his own." — Bud Spangler, KCSM-FM, San Francisco

"When I Get Home," the new album by guitarist Jamie Fox, explores the idea of home: what is it, where is it, and how do we know we have found it. This energetic and sensitive collection of songs visits various landscapes in a jazz instrumental context, casting a number of moods, grooves, and feelings. "I didn't set out with a particular concept in mind for this record" says Fox, "but later recognized this emerging theme." The CD will be released September 18 on Rare Cat Records.

Working with some of the great musicians on the NYC scene -- Kenny Werner on piano, Dan Willis on sax, Stephan Crump playing bass, and Michael Sarin on drums -- Jamie has created a dynamic, subtle and richly-textured collection. "I wanted to have something a little different than the average jazz blowing session," Jamie explained. To this end, he established the guitar trio as the foundation, while also recording some tunes with saxophone and others with piano. The layers of sound added later are vital and fine-overdubbed guitar textures, and background horns played by reed and brass master Peck Allmond.

Jamie's journey from blues and rock-loving teenager in Southern California, then busy San Francisco sideman, to respected member of the New York jazz scene -- is one we can follow through his songs here. As a boy in LA, Jamie was exposed to classical and jazz on the radio and studied piano, violin, and cello ("without excelling at any of them," he confesses), until he reached that universal turning point: The Beatles, and the possibilities of rock and roll. At the urging of a guitar-playing friend, he got himself an electric bass so they could start a band. He switched to guitar and the floodgates of sound opened: in came soul, R&B, and the powerful grooves from New Orleans — the latter becoming an especially deep part of his musical identity.

Kicked off with a drum beat invoking the 60's Lee Dorsey hit "Working in A Coal Mine," Jamie's "Mine and Yours" is a testimony to Jamie's love of the great city (a devotion which eventually had its reward in a gig with Dr. John at the famous San Francisco club, "Slims") and his admiration of greats like Dorsey and Allen Toussaint. "Mine and Yours" features a cheerful melody, buoyant background horns, and a good-time, gospel-flavored solo from Kenny Werner that all follow a typical Fox song structure of unexpected twists and turns. He explains: "My tunes tend to grow organically, without a preconceived idea of form. I just try to follow where the music leads."

Meanwhile, back in the San Fernando Valley, Jamie watched the seemingly endless stretches of orange groves be gradually eaten up by more and more suburban tract houses, a loss he mourns in his "Row After Row." Similarly bittersweet is "Childhood," evoking some of the lovelier work of Keith Jarrett. In this piece, a guitar solo full of quietly intense feeling leads to a wonderful bass solo from Stephan Crump (Vijay Iyer, Mahavishnu Project), a steady musical partner of Jamie's since their meeting in 1997, shortly after Jamie's move East. (Jamie and Stephan also perform and record together with the wonderful singer and songwriter Jen Chapin, and Jamie, along with guitarist Liberty Ellman, is featured on Stephan's new release "Rosetta".)
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While an early guitar teacher steered him toward jazz guitarists like Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Django Reinhart and Charlie Christian, Jamie's explorations of jazz did not blossom until his years in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, where he eventually immersed himself in African and Brazilian forms as well. It was in the latter city where he met the subject of "Five One & A Half," a lovely Bossa Nova dedicated to his lady and the home they create together. On this tune Dan Willis conjures the spirit of Stan Getz, while being completely himself on the tenor sax. "Ognat" is one of the most dramatic and original pieces on the record. Its South American flavor (try spelling the title backwards) leads to strong solos by Stephan on bass, Jamie on acoustic guitar and Kenny once again contributing a brilliant turn on piano. Then a more traditional jazz approach peeks through, in the uniquely structured "Moniker" which hints at the influence of Thelonious Monk.

While jazz was growing in importance for him, rock and blues still made up the bulk of Jamie’s work and sound in San Francisco, and he took advantage of plentiful opportunities to catch bands like The Band, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead. Thrilled by the atmosphere of a "real" city and inspired by all the sounds he was taking in, Jamie co-founded with saxophonist Ron Stallings a band called "The Blues Among Us," combining jazz with blues and R&B, juxtaposing repertoire from Ornette Coleman to Aaron Neville. Similarly in "When I Get Home," the closing and title tune hints at the feeling of the classic rock bands while keeping the elements of jazz and improvisation in the forefront. Acoustic guitar plays the melody and solo with some wonderful accompaniment from the rhythm section and Peck Allmond on trumpet and euphonium (Jamie adds: "Peck plays any instrument that he can blow into." The outro is a magnificent slow build that adds electric guitar into the mix and horns that have a Monk-like angularity as well as a feeling of spaciousness as wide as the West.

Then came the move East. As Jamie relates, "When I moved to New York in the mid nineties it was a huge change for me. Much of the music for this CD was written or finished here. "New News" is the one that directly came out of hitting NYC and getting into the amazing energy flow of music that surrounds us." Good things come to those who wait -- "All In Time" plays with the idea that everything one desires will come in time. The concept applies to the composition of the song itself. "I had the initial theme for many years, but only recently came up with the funk section that made the song complete." After an initial tempest of sound driven by Michael Sarin on drums, the first theme has the serpentine quality of a Lennie Tristano line played over a pastoral background featuring both acoustic and electric guitar. It then morphs into a section of polyphonic and dissonant lines over a funk groove - setting the mood of a party where lots of folks have something to say but everyone is grooving together. The guitar solo explores both of these moods before returning to the theme.

Jamie has played funky jazz with Hammond B3 master Brother Jack Mc Duff, horn-based rock with Blood Sweat & Tears (lead guitarist: 1998 – 2000), ballads and folk music with Joan Baez (lead guitar/musical director 1989 – 1991), and rhythm and blues backing the likes of Dr. John, Carla Thomas, and Otis Clay. He is committed to playing jazz guitar but improvising and composing in a way that brings all the places that feel like home together. Elegant jazz, youthful rock, New Orleans swamp swing, silky samba - in the end Jamie Fox just writes and performs music, music without genre or strict rules, and music with a subtlety that betrays his mastery, with history, reverence, humor, and love.

www.jamiefoxguitar.com
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CDs, JPEGs available
6/07

Anna's in Berkeley CA - June 19, 2007

My gig last Sunday at Anna's Jazz Island was really fun. The band sounded great. Both Jason Lewis on drums and Dan Feiszli on bass did a wonderful job of learning the tunes and made the music happen. Rob Sudduth played terrific saxophone as well. There was a good crowd, Anna was very nice to us and I'm looking forward to playing there again and lining up some more Bay Area gigs. Thank you Anna and everyone who came!

Gig with Ed Reed - June 17, 2007

Last night I had a wonderful time playing with Ed Reed in Berkeley. What a great singer and person. Also playing with Peck Allmond ,Eddie Marshall, and Robb Fisher was a real pleasure. I'm really glad I have this time to be back in the Bay Area for a while. Tonight is my gig at Anna's....I'm lookiong forward to it.

Gigs in Bay Area - April 13, 2007

I'm very happy that I'm going to have a chance to play in the Bay Area, my home for 20 years. In June I have 2 gigs, both at Anna's Jazz Island in Berkeley CA. On June 16 I'll be performing with a wonderful jazz singer named Ed Reed, also featuring Peck Allmond on various horns. The next night, June 17, I'll be leading a CD release party at 8pm. So far I have a great drummer from San Jose that I used to play and record with, Jason Lewis. I'm also lucky that I asked ex-Bay Area resident sax player Rob Sudduth if he was going to be in town that week. Actually he's got a few gigs with Huey Lewis and the News, that Sunday they are playing in Stern Grove in San Francisco and then he'll come over to Berkeley to do my gig. Dan Feiszli will be playing bass. We haven't actually met but I hear he's great. If you live anywhere nearby I hope you can make it to the gig.

What a Great Tour - April 9, 2007

I just got back from a month long tour with the Jen Chapin Trio. That's Jen singing her wonderful songs and playing some guitar, Stephan Crump on bass, me on guitar, and Jen and Steph's boy Maceo on how to enjoy life as an almost 2 year old. We went around the Midwest and South and met lots of good people and had some great gigs. It was really a good time and it was very nice having my own CD to contribute to the situation as well. We have some gigs coming up around NYC, check http://www.jenchapin.com for details.

"When I Get Home" on ITunes - March 21, 2007

My new CD "When I Get Home" is now available for download at the ITunes store. You can find it at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=219168124.

Anyway that's pretty cool!

"When I get Home" CD is ready!! - February 26, 2007

OK at last the new CD is done and up at CDbaby.com. There is a link on the "Buy" page if you'd like to get one. Now for the next phase to begin!

CD is coming!! - November 1, 2006

OK it looks like some real progress is being made on my CD "When I Get Home". The package design is done and as soon as I get it manufactured I'll have a thousand of them to get rid of. Should be ready by December (they make wonderful Xmas and Channukah presents).

Video at Guitarplayertv.com - May 20, 2006

This is kind of cool. Guitar Player magazine has an online video site. My segment of the NYU Guitar Workshop is on there so that's another place to see some stuff if you want to check it out....It's at http://www.Guitarplayertv.com under NYU Jazz Workshop w/ Bruce Arnold (a bunch of other guitarists on there too).

MySpace - April 18, 2006

Well I have another page on MySpace at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=68638995
My previous ones were deleted- someone claiming that I violated copyright by playing my own music! Anyway maybe this one will last. What's cool is that I have a couple of videos up so if you like you can check them out there.

Blues Among Us Project - April 12, 2006

I'm pretty excited about finally starting to transfer my MANY live recordings of the band Blues Among Us that I co-led in San Francisco with my good friend Ron Stallings. These were recorded on a little cassette player so the quality isn't the greatest but I want to have this music out in the world anyway. It was a really fun band that played a lot but never recorded. The song "Any Old Way" is up on my music page.
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