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Thursday, August 4 Paul Meyers, Danny Gotham, Dick Stephan PDF Print E-mail

Three Great Guitarists!

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Paul Meyers

"one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists since Kenny Burrell"- James Gavin, NY Times

"Paul Meyers is a guitarist's guitarist. He displays a creative, fresh approach to harmonic and linear playing. He's a brilliant soloist and accompanist and excels in contemporary jazz. His arranging and performances are as good as it gets."

- Gene Bertoncini, solo jazz guitar master

Paul Meyers has performed and/or recorded with an ever growing list af jazz greats such as Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Gomez, Annie Ross, Marc Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, David Sanchez and Kenny Werner. He's also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever - Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008 and has toured with jazz singer and 4 time Grammy nominated Karrin Allyson.

International performances include Japan and Hong Kong with the Salute to Duke Ellington Orchestra (along with Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and Joe Wilder) - Spain with the great percussionist Cafe - France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy with Jon Hendricks - Brazil, England, Macedonia, Greece and the Netherlands with Andy Bey - Japan with Karrin Allison, and Argentina with Gary Burton. Mr. Burton also recorded Paul's tune Panama on his "Reunion" CD with Pat Metheny. 

Critically acclaimed CDs - Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess (2007) is a relaxed & swinging date with the tenor/flute legend all on the nylon string fingerstyle guitar. World on a String (2007) a quintet with rising stars Donny McCaslin and Helio Alves,  features Paul's original compositions and arrangements with wide ranging influences. Dusk to Dawn (2004), is his 2nd solo guitar CD, a collection of original arrangements of Ellington, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, Scott Joplin and more. The first, Blues for the Millennium (1997), has his arrangements of jazz and Brazilian tunes, four original pieces and transcriptions of 7 of Bela Bartok's "Mikrokosmos". Euforia (1998) is an envelope pushing Latin Jazz trio with Panamanian bassist/composer Santi Debriano and Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira. Paul and Santi recently reunited for a duo CD, Spirit and Samba (2000) on the same label (Mapleshade).Earlier recordings include Trio Concertant (Gunmar Records), first runner-up for best chamber music CD of 1992, and a jazz trio album, Blues for Henry Miller (Adirondack).

As a sideman, Paul has contributed to many CDs, notably three with Andy Bey, the Grammy nominated American Song (Savoy), Tuedays in Chinatown (Ncoded) and Shades of Bey (Evidence). Others include Hearts and Minds with Susannah McCorkle (Concord) - 4 on 6 x 5 with the New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble (Choice) - and three Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings featuring all original music - Obeah with Santi Debriano (Freelance), Utatuba with Kimson Plaut and Lucky (Origin) with Hans Teuber.

A very active player in New York's vibrant Brazilian jazz scene, Paul was a member of the Terra Brasil, which featured pianist/composer Cidinho Teixeira and vocalist Vera Mara, both veterans of the great Gilberto Gil's band. He later co-led Brasil & Company with Ms. Mara, and they released a highly regarded CD as well. He has performed in New York and Tokyo with the great Tango-jazz pianist and composer Pablo Zeigler (Astor Piazzola's pianist) and is featured along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. He recently returned to Tokyo to play the Blue Note with vocalist Karrin Allison, performing music from her new Brazilian CD Imagina.


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Danny Gotham

A native of Potsdam and now making his home in Chapel Hill, NC, Danny has been hooked on string instruments from an early age. As his life progressed he

has made music and performed with some of the finest acoustic players of our area and the nation – John Kribs, Peter Ostrousko, Tom Paxton, Chris Leske, Robin and Linda Williams, Kevin Maul, Craig Vance, Barb Heller, Tim O’Brien, Ed Gerhard, Will McFarlane, Armand Lencheck and others. Among the groups Danny has been part of include The Birdlanders, Summit, The Racquette River Rounders, and JazzBeau to name a few.

Among Danny’s creditis are he took 2nd place to Mark O’Connor in the national guitar championships in Winfield, Kansas. He also received a masters degree from the University of North Carolina in 1992. His  master's thesis was an audiodocumentary about the life of Mississippi John Hurt. Among others, he had the pleasure of interviewing Pete Seeger as part of that project.

As a guitar teacher in the Chaple Hill area he also keeps busy continuing to perform in all sorts of configurations. He always has time to revisit the North Country several times a year and while here always finds time to make and perform music.

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Richard Stephan

Richard A. Stephan has earned degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia and the Eastman School of Music with advanced work at the University of Buffalo and Brigham Young University. He taught instrumental music in the public schools of Buffalo and was an orchestra director and Coordinator of Music in the Hamburg, New York schools for 13 years. Mr. Stephan joined the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, New York in 1968.

Awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) after 32 years of teaching, Stephan was conductor of the Crane Symphony Orchestra and taught string bass, jazz guitar, and string education.

Mr. Stephan has appeared as a guest conductor/clinician in New York, Ohio, Utah, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Ontario, Canada. He conducted the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and in 1984 was honored with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to lecture and conduct in Australia.

He has over thirty published compositions for string and full orchestra. In 1986 his "Fanfare And Frippery" won the National School Orchestra Association (NSOA) composition contest. Recently four of his pieces were chosen for an ASTA/NSOA sponsored survey highlighting 100 Standards of the school orchestra literature.

Since his retirement from teaching in 2000, Mr. Stephan has continued his writing and guest conducting.

Dick Stephan was guitar teacher to Danny Gotham and Paul Meyers in the 1970’s.

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