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With Matrix he recorded the first album of his compositions. When he was twenty-one he formed the jazz rock band Matrix, which worked until 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.

At age ten, he added a drummer and began playing weddings and dances with his duo.

Modern Music Center hired him at the age of thirteen to teach piano, bass, and accordion. Inreaders of Buitar One magazine voted Grassel “one of the 10 best guitarists in America.

His friend, guitarist Kirk Tatnall, built one, too, and they recorded the album Live at the Uptowner with their hybrid instruments. Retrieved 17 October The Hofner guitar company hired Grassel to record a promotional album, Guitar Smoke[3] with the Hofner Jazzica guitar. Retrieved 1 August 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. Retrieved 25 November 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. Retrieved from ” https: His body, heart, brain, and nervous system were damaged, and he stopped playing music for many years.

This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat After regaining his skill, he was too weak to continue teaching at Milwaukee Area Technical College, so he quit. To avoid sounding like other guitarists, he refrained from listening grasswl any music produced with a guitar for ten years from — Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

But his mind returned to music. At the end seds 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. Jack Grassel born September 3, is an American jazz guitarist, teacher, and author from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In at seventeen, exhausted from performing, he quit playing and enrolled in Pharmacy School at the University of Wisconsin.

Starting inhe won the Wisconsin State Music Festival three times. It’s About the Music”.

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He wrote his first two books to challenge his advanced students. His father played trumpet and his brother plays piano. A turning point came in when he attended his first jazz concert: Please introduce links to this page from related articles ; try the Find link tool for suggestions.

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 hands.


Jack Grassel

With a family to support, Grassel turned to teaching music and playing jazz locally. He combines standard picking technique with classical finger techniques.

His grandfather played mandolin, his great-uncle the accordion. This article has multiple issues. The oldest of four boys, Grassel was born September 3, in Milwauke. By age four, he was touring as a solo act with the Bar o’ Ranch variety show. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His teaching accelerated in when he secured a job designing the jazz guitar degree program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

At the beginning ofseldom leaving home, he began giving lessons with Skype to guitarists around the world. At the end of the decade, he invented an instrument he named the “SuperAx” which contained both guitar and bass guitar strings. The album was included with the purchase of a Jazzica guitar. When the first-call guitarists were unable grwssel play the challenging music, Grassel succeeded.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. He formed Frozen Sky Records. He purchased a bass guitar to play professionally two nights per week in the rock band The Triumphs. They guittar the album Live at the Carlton Grangecommemorating three and a half years of employment. In Septemberthe Wisconsin Conservatory of Music presented a concert of Grassel’s compositions, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of his first composition performed there.

The Great Jazz Guitarists.