Garrison Fewell

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: October 14, 1953    

”The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston's most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters,” writes Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick, who included Fewell's ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world's premier performer/educators. He has released 13 recordings for Soul Note, Koch, Splasc(H), Boxholder, Accurate, Nubop and CNM Records. For the past decade, he has collaborated with such renowned avant-garde musicians as John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Khan Jamal, Borah Bergman and Curtis Clark. The Variable Density Sound Orchestra, founded in 2008, released three recordings on Creative Nation Music, and balances both aspects of Fewell's musical personality by showcasing the melodic accessibility and sturdy framework of his compositions as well as the unbridled freedom of free improvisation....
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Best Jazz Recording 1993, Boston Music Awards (A Blue Deeper than the Blue w Cecil McBee, Fred Hersch, Matt Wilson)
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    Variable Density Sound Orchestra

    Creative Nation Music
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    Red Door Number 11

    Splasc(H) Records
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    City of Dreams

    Splasc(H) Records
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Tribal Ghost

NoBusiness Records (2013)

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Reviews of Garrison's recordings have been published in a variety of international jazz magazines:

”His beautiful tone and effortless, fluid lines draw the listener in as only a select few have done...a fine guitarist who appeals on the sublime, emotional level of a Bill Evans or a Jim Hall.” -James Rozzi, Wired

”His active imagination is restless; his musical intelligence is acute; his standards are high.”-Thomas Conrad, DownBeat

”Continually surprising change-ups in phrasing, technique and timing, along with a perceptive balance between forward linear motion and shifting horizontal timbres are the hallmarks of Fewell's style.”-Milo Fine, Cadence

”With phrasing that is simply flawless he digs into harmonies with a clear and unique style, free of clich.”-M...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar

LocationSomerville, MA

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundAn internationally respected jazz educator, Garrison has been a Professor of Guitar and Ear Training at Boston's Berklee College of Music since 1977 and has given clinics at more than 40 prestigious conservatories in Europe alone. He is the author of three textbooks, most recently "Jazz Improvisation for Guitar - A Melodic Approach" is a best-seller for Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, and "L'Arte dell'Armonia e dell'Improvvisazione" is on Carish Jazz Lab, newly translated in Italian. Garrison served as a lesson contributor to Guitar Player, Guitar Club, Chitarre, and Axe magazines, and is the recipient major music grants such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, Artslink, Pew Caritable Trust, and ACULSPEC from the U.S. Information Agency.

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Guitars: 1947 Gibson L5 w/ one pickup, Campellone Deluxe w/ single pickup. Fender amps: 1968 Pro Reverb w/ 1 15" JBL, 1968 Deluxe Reverb, 1970 Princeton.
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