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George Van Eps & Howard Alden

Part of the '80s swing movement, Howard Alden is a brilliant guitarist (on both electric and acoustic) who has also mastered the seven-string guitar and the banjo. Alden started off playing banjo in Dixieland bands in pizza parlors in Southern California. When he acquired a guitar, he took lessons from Jimmy Wyble and Howard Roberts. He worked at Disneyland when he was 18 and in 1978 debuted in the big leagues with Red Norvo. Since moving to New York in 1982, Alden has worked with many great veterans (such as Ruby Braff, Kenny Davern, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Monty Alexander, Flip Phillips, and George Van Eps) and contemporaries (including Dan Barrett, Warren Vache, and Ken Peplowski), recording frequently for Concord and on one occasion (a Harry Reser tribute set) on banjo for Stomp Off. Howard Alden is at the top of the field among swing revivalists and yet is flexible enough to record a Bill Evans tribute. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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jfturner34
Two very fine guitarists. I was fortunate to get George Van Eps to autograph his photo on the rear cover of a copy of his 1939 method book at the Sacramento Jazz Festival where he appeared sometime in the 1980's prior to his death. His comment to me:Hang on to this one. It's much bettter than the 2nd edition. He also said, I won't be taking long solos today because of my arthritic hands. Very sad when such talented guys pass away.
If I'm not mistaken, It was George Van Eps who invented the seven string (at least with the low A string) for playing solo bass and chord melody.
It would be nice to have people who know what we jazzers want to write the blurbs...she e s h !
nostepboogie
so where's the bio on Van Eps?
bobbyc13576
More honor for the great musician george van epps (who by the way invented the 7 string guitar in 1939)would be a nice touch.
I am still waiting to hear him

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