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Jack Grassel born September 3, is an American jazz guitarist, teacher, and author from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The oldest of four boys, Grassel was born September 3, in Milwauke.
Seeing him struggle as a child to stretch his fingers on the piano keys, his father gave him an accordion and lessons. By age four, he was touring as a solo act with seedx Bar o’ Ranch variety show. He appeared on television talent shows. Starting inhe won the Wisconsin State Music Festival three times. At age ten, he added a drummer and began playing grazsel and dances with his duo.
He purchased a bass guitar to play professionally two nights grasel week in the rock band The Triumphs. Modern Music Center hired him at the age of thirteen to teach piano, bass, and accordion. At the end of the decade, he was performing seven nights a week in dance clubs with The Rivieras, a rhythm and blues band that performed songs by James Brown and Bobby Bland.
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In at seventeen, exhausted from performing, he quit playing and enrolled in Pharmacy School at the University of Wisconsin. But his mind returned to music. He began to visit a record shop to learn jazz history from the clerk, Mitch Covic. A turning point came in when he attended his first jazz concert: He spent his food allowance on jazz records, finding music sesds interesting than school. When he returned to playing music, he bought a guitar, practiced fifteen hours a day for six months, and fell asleep at night with the guitar in his grawsel.
Grassel’s first employment as a guitarist came inplaying the teen bar circuit with the rhythm and blues band The Chevrons. When he was twenty-one he formed the jazz rock band Matrix, which worked until With Matrix he recorded the first album of his compositions. His teaching accelerated in when he secured a job designing the jazz guitar degree program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
He wrote his first two books to challenge his advanced students. When the first-call guitarists were unable to play the challenging music, Grassel succeeded.
Hearing of his music skills, musicians touring the area asked to hire him. He became a guitarist for the Barnum and Bailey Circus band and the Holiday on Ice Orchestra, in addition to performing with symphony orchestras conducted by Lukas Foss and Kenneth Schermerhorn. As a studio musician he performed jingles on radio and television. He played with a radio show band in the morning, taught at the conservatory or performed in elementary schools in the afternoon, played Broadway shows in the early evening and with his jazz trio in clubs at night.
With a family to support, Grassel turned to teaching music and playing jazz locally. He formed Frozen Sky Records. As a result of the first two records of his compositions “Magic Cereal” and “If You’re Too Crazy”, he was featured in the New Talent section of Guitar Player magazine and became a contributing writer. During the s Grassel played jazz seven nights per week in duos, trios, quartets, and with the twelve-piece Chuck Howard Superband.
He played duets on classical guitar in concert with Luciano Pavarotti. From — he studied with George Van Epsworking on solo guitar technique, and recorded his first album, Solo Burner. From — he studied with Tal Farlowwho recorded some of their sessions, which Grassel released on the album Two Guys with Guitars. At the end of the decade, he invented an instrument he named the “SuperAx” which contained both guitar and bass guitar strings.
His friend, guitarist Kirk Tatnall, built one, too, and they recorded the album Live at the Uptowner with their hybrid instruments.
The Hofner guitar company hired Grassel to record a promotional album, Guitar Smoke with the Seed Jazzica guitar. The album was included with the purchase of a Jazzica guitar. Inreaders of Guitar One magazine voted Grassel “one of hrassel 10 best guitarists in America.
They performed in clubs during the week. InGrassel became ill from a near-fatal staph infection. His body, heart, brain, and nervous system were damaged, and he stopped playing music for many years. After regaining his skill, he was too weak to continue teaching at Milwaukee Area Technical College, so he quit. In Septemberthe Wisconsin Conservatory of Music presented a concert of Grassel’s compositions, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of his first composition performed there.
At the beginning ofseldom leaving home, he began giving lessons with Skype to guitarists around the world. They released the album Live at the Carlton Grangecommemorating three and a half years of employment. Grassel comes from a family of musicians.
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His grandfather played mandolin, his great-uncle the accordion. His father played trumpet and his brother plays piano. He developed his own techniques of playing melody, chords, bass, and percussion to sound like three guitarists jqck. He combines standard picking technique with classical finger techniques.
To avoid sounding like other guitarists, he refrained from listening to any music produced with a guitar for ten years from — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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