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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | October 25, 2007
As much success as Bill Frisell has experienced in more than 20 years of recording and performing as a jazz guitarist, you would think he was born with his notable Fender Telecaster in his hands. Surprisingly, the Baltimore-born, Grammy Award-winning artist's first foray into instrumental music wasn't with a guitar. Before pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz and eschewing the lines between musical genres, Frisell was tackling Tchaikovsky's "Stars and Stripes Forever" as a clarinet player while growing up in Denver.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun and By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Even though he was a child during rock 'n' roll's hedonistic late '80s, Jack Barakat hopes to inject the same party-hard attitude into the Fells Point bar scene. The 26-year-old guitarist of All Time Low — which started in Towson and has blossomed into one of pop-punk's most known bands — is now a co-owner of The Rockwell, the bar-lounge hybrid that originally opened as Vale Tudo last November. (The name change, which became official in June, aims to better reflect the rock vibe, according to management.)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2004
Michael J. Combs, a guitarist and vocalist who played in rock bands in Baltimore and Los Angeles, died Monday of injuries suffered in a snowboarding accident in Vail, Colo. He was 42. The former Catonsville resident lived in Calabasas, Calif. Mr. Combs was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. After leaving Catonsville High School and earning a General Educational Development diploma, he served in the Coast Guard from 1979 until being discharged in 1982. He returned to Baltimore to pursue his dream of a music career and played in several hard rock bands, including 911 and Strong Arm. He appeared with Wrathchild and Jackpot at such popular local nightclubs as Hammerjacks.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
When the bar Vale Tudo changed its name to The Rockwell in June, part of the reason was to have a name better reflect the club's "rock 'n' roll image. " Now, it can count a rock 'n' roll figure as an owner. Jack Barakat of All Time Low, the pop-punk quartet from Towson, recently became a co-owner of the Fells Point bar, according to the band's manager Keith Lazorchak.  Barakat spoke to the magazine Alternative Press , who first reported the news, about why he wanted to become a co-owner: " There haven't been that many bars I go that have a rock 'n' roll vibe like there used to be, kind of a craziness to them.
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August 1, 1998
Orlando Franklin Peeples, who owned a furniture-finishing business and was a guitarist and songwriter, died of cancer Wednesday at his Brooklyn home. He was 75.The Baltimore native served in the National Guard from 1939 to 1941 and in the Army during World War II. After the war, he owned a furniture-finishing business, then was a chemical inspector and mechanic. He retired in 1985.He played guitar in bands at teen dances from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s and wrote and recorded songs. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of Glen Burnie.
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By Larry Harris and Larry Harris,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
From the opening chord of Fernando Sor's "Fantasia In F Major," it was apparent that Baltimore Classical Guitar Society supporters were in the presence of a master Saturday night at the Walters Art Gallery.David Russell, one of the most touted performers in the field, was making his long-awaited Baltimore debut, and the Scottish-born globe-trotter was even more effective than advertised. Playing before a packed house of more than 400 in the small, subterranean theater at the Walters, Russell produced a magnificent sound and tone that has not been matched since the Classical Guitar Society began sponsoring concerts 10 years ago.Most of that sound is a result of Russell's unique skill, but even he says that some credit must be given to the guitar he presently uses, which is made by a German luthier named Damman whose instruments recently have found favor with several top-level guitarists.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 2001
"The harmonic effects which our guitarists produce unconsciously represent one of the marvels of natural art," said Manuel de Falla, who, in the manner of seemingly all Spanish composers, had the sound of the guitar embedded in his soul. Falla, composer of the dashing ballet score "The Three-Cornered Hat," said this 80 years ago, but his words describe perfectly the artistry of American guitarist Christopher Parkening. Once a student of the legendary Andres Segovia, Parkening is known worldwide as one of the most expressive and probing guitarists.
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By Michael R. Driscoll and Michael R. Driscoll,Staff writer | October 19, 1990
What better way to close out the week, than to spend the evening with some old friends?Jazz is what brings people like singer Ethel Ennis and guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Laurindo Almeida and Carlos Barbossa-Lima to Annapolis this weekend to help wrap up the Charlie Byrd Music Festival. But friendship could almost be the underlying theme of the event, which began last month at the Maryland Inn's King of France Tavern.Bertoncini is, in a sense playing a return engagement. Previously in town to perform with fellow guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, he will share the stage tonight with longtime friend Ennis, of Baltimore.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 16, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Ramone, the guitarist whose bursts of primitive punk energy helped the Ramones go from an obscure New York band to a reshaping force in rock 'n' roll, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55. Ramone, born John Cummings but known by the surname adopted by each of the punk group's members, died in his sleep and surrounded by friends, according to his family. The guitarist had been battling prostate cancer for five years and took a turn for the worse in June when he was hospitalized with an infection.
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By NICK BROWN and NICK BROWN,SUN REPORTER | October 27, 2005
Guitarist Marc Ribot enjoys a little quiet time. "It's not that I'm distracted," he says. "Silence is pleasurable. Sometimes I think the musical aspect of a concert is an excuse. People come for those moments between songs, when they can sit together quietly in a room. The rest is just rationale." Then, he adds, "Probably not true. But I'd like to start a political movement of people who are enraged about background noise." A self-proclaimed "geek who likes to keep his hands on the guitar," Ribot first picked up the instrument at age 11. He performs Saturday night at An die Musik.
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By Colleen Jaskot, For The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Gregg Karukas was sitting in his car, waiting to meet someone, watching the afternoon Grammy awards ceremony stream on his iPhone for about 10 minutes, when he found out he won. Karukas, a Maryland native who will return to the area for a show in March, produced, co-wrote and arranged Omar Akram's album "Echoes of Love," which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. Since he didn't attend the ceremony, his immediate reaction...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
Chris Dunn called the class to order with a simple instruction: "One, two, ready, strum. " A torrent of E minor chords - or close enough - from nearly a dozen guitars filled the room at the Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School near Patterson Park. The smallest kids could barely get their right arms around the body of the instrument, but they found a way to strum as energetically as the others. For the next 90 minutes, Dunn darted from student to student, making sure they had their fingers on the correct fret, offering words of encouragement.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Charles Louis von Nordeck, a jazz guitarist who led a quartet and was later a wine salesman, died of cancer Dec. 25 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 66 and lived in Stoneleigh. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Royden Blaine von Nordeck, a Martin Marietta engineer, and Elizabeth Mary Bell, a homemaker. He grew up in Gardenville and attended City College from 1960 to 1963, when he earned his General Educational Development certificate. Mr. von Nordeck joined the Air Force and became an airplane mechanic.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Appearing at a Paul Reed Smith Guitars benefit for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Journey guitarist Neal Schon surprised the audience by getting down on one knee and proposing -- on stage -- to Michaele Salahi. She accepted, and the couple cried and kissed. UPDATE : According to TMZ, Schon proposed with a million-dollar rock. He was so scared it would get stolen, TMZ reported, Schon had the dazzler, all 11.42 carats of it, driven to Baltimore in an armored vehicle.
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May 4, 2012
Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) performed at Rams Head Live on Thursday night. Contributor Jay Trucker has this review: The banner atop the stage during Thursday night's tour-opening performance said it all. In size-72 font was the billboard for monosyllabic lead guitarist Slash, followed by a colorful size-48 font promo for his current lead singer-collaborator, Myles Kennedy. Below Kennedy's name, in 12-point font was the name of their touring rhythm section, the Conspirators.  For their part, the Conspirators were a capable and enthusiastic group, tearing through a 19-song set that showcased Slash's solo material and his work withGuns N' Rosesand Velvet Revolver equally.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
There's a good chance your blues career is on the right track if, at 27, you can count Eric Clapton as a fan. Gary Clark Jr., the prodigious guitar player from Austin, Texas, even counts the six-string legend as a friend. Last June, Clapton picked Clark as the lone newcomer on his Crossroads Guitar Festival bill. His blazing performance in Chicago was the talk of the show and left many of the 20,000 in attendance wondering, "Who is this guy?" Listen to reviewers and they'll say Clark, who plays a sold-out show at the 8x10 on Friday, is the man capable of bringing blues back to the mainstream, thanks to his virtuosic ability and a genuine aura of cool that never appears manufactured.
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June 7, 2006
Concert Jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, a guitarist who is considered a virtuoso in the contemporary instrumental jazz field, takes the stage at 8 tonight at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $25-$35. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2011
When Peabody Institute professor Manuel Barrueco received an email alerting him that he had been nominated for a prestigious fellowship carrying a five-figure cash prize, he assumed it was spam, perhaps a variation of the Nigerian lottery scam, and deleted it. When Barrueco received several follow-up emails in the ensuing weeks, he also sent them unread to his computer's trash bin. It took a phone call and the blunt question, "What are you doing?"...
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2011
The Live Arts Maryland season-opening classical concerts last month became an elegant prelude to two beloved holiday traditions offered by Anne Arundel County's largest performing arts group. The group, consisting of the 170-voice Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Youth Chorus, along with several stellar soloists, will offer two performances of the annual Celebration of Christmas concert on Dec. 8 and 9 at Maryland Hall — featuring the return of guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin.
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