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Guitarist Joe Negri

One Of The Most Recognized Jazz Guitarists In The Country

Joe Negri

My current professional bio states that I’m one of the most recognized names in Pittsburgh music circles and perhaps one of the best jazz guitarists in the country. I started playing the guitar when I was eight years old.

As one wit remarked, “Joe Negri was playing the guitar long before it was fashionable.” My life, in many ways, parallels the history of the jazz guitar. I grew up listening to and emulating guitarists like Charlie Christian, Les Paul, and Django Reinhart. I consider myself to be a part of the second wave of jazz guitarists that came into prominence after World War II. Some of my peers included Johnny Smith, Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, and Kenny Burrell.

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"Hey Joe, Wow these cd's are a home run! These are among the best jazz guitar cd's I've ever heard. I've never heard a jazz guitar improvisor with so much taste, class, and swing in their playing. I just thought I'd send you an email. Great job!!"
--Tom Mowrey || Guitarist , Singer, and Songwriter

"Negri is a master jazz guitarist who converses with the Brazilian lexicon with the ease, rhythm and flair of a hard working Carioca musician, It's obvious from the opening statement, Jobim's "O Grande Amor" that here's a musician steeped in the technical know-how of his instrument, but what's surprising about Afternoon In Rio, is how warm, beautifully understated and smooth most of the album is."
--Mark Ruffin || The Brazilian Music Review

"Joe is not only the best royal handyman in the neighborhood, he's a consummate jazz musician who delights us all."
--Fred Rogers

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