Tommy Emmanuel and Laurence Juber Geek Out on Django

Two of the greatest living guitarists, Laurence Juber and Tommy Emmanuel play Django Reinhardt

A couple of guitar players jamming on tunes they love

I cannot believe I have not seen this before

The Jazz trio I have been playing in the past couple of years has been thinking of doing some of Django Reinhardt tunes. And then I find THIS.

The same tunes we have been working on, casually thrown off by, arguably, the two greatest living acoustic guitarists currently gigging around the world.

Clearly we have our work cut out for us before we appear on the same stage as Laurence Juber at Martinfest 2016, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where they make the Martin guitars LJ and we all play.

Geeking Out

What a joy it is to see two of the historic greats behind the scenes, and basically two guys jamming on tunes by a guitar player they admire and aspire toward.

As I try to say to every guitar player who ever acts sheepish around me: There isn’t a guitar player alive who doesn’t hear some other guitarist out there who makes them say, “How does he DO that?!”

But these guys are out of the stratosphere when it comes to technique, tempo, speed, and all-around chops. Just a delight to be that smart phone fly one the wall.

 

 

Tommy Emmanuel – Guitarist Spotlight

Few musicians have absorbed as many sources and genre of music and then given it back to the world in as unique a style and talent as Tommy Emmanuel.

Emmanuel grew up in Australia playing in a family band, starting at age 6. A year later he heard Chet Atkins on the radio for the first time and his own personal yellow brick road was laid before his little feet. Today he is one of the most admired guitarists in the world.

By the time he was 20 he was was making his living as a studio musician and performing in popular bands, as proficient on the drums as the guitar. His solo career took off in the late 1980s, although he continued ensemble work as well. He now lives in Nashville, touring constantly with his trusty acoustic guitars, although his years playing in country and rock n roll groups continues to influence his amazing one-man-band arrangements.

He still gets together with brother Phil when he can. And their duets are a sight to behold and be heard. Here’s something from the days before Tommy went global.

Finally, this video gives a little insight into Emanuel’s personality as an artist and performer, before he wow’s the crowd with his version fo Amazing Grace, inspired by a Chet Atkins arrangement, but taken out beyond new horizons.

More Tommy Emmanuel

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