On Monday, May 14, John Carlini will be serenading SJARMS with his unique blend of jazz and swing guitar.

Carlini is a veteran guitarist and composer whose portfolio reflects a fascinating journey from classical to Broadway to jazz to bluegrass. An often-cited founding member of the seventies’ West Coast “New Acoustic Music” scene, John is also an acclaimed arranger, orchestrator and conductor. Over the last four decades, he has performed extensively with David Grisman, who selected Carlini to replace Jerry Garcia as guitarist for the Great American Music Band.

In 1995, Carlini collaborated with long-time friend and fellow guitar legend, Tony Rice, to release River Suite For Two Guitars. For years, Carlini also recorded and toured as founding member of the John Carlini Quartet, which performed selections of bluegras/jazz/classical standards. Currently, John records for Blue Night Records, and specializes in interpreting jazz and acoustic standards on acoustic guitar.

John is also an accomplished teacher: he has been on the faculty of Steve Kaufman’s Flakpicking Kamps for the past six seasons and is a regular columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. John has also released a series of instructional DVDs. The clip below, which features some really beautiful chord melody, is from one of his DVDs:

Carlini will be performing in the intimate and totally acoustic setting of the Medford Arts Center. As always, an acoustic jam will follow the performance. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

The MAC is located at 18 North Main Street, in beautiful, historic Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7pm. The performance is free to SJARMS members and first time visitors. $10 for visitors who have already been to one of our meetings but have not yet joined as a member.

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