As part of an overstuffed schedule of high-grade summer music programming, the Tannersville-headquartered 23A Arts Initiative and the Catskill Jazz Factory combine to present “Six Strings, Six Stories,” a kind of musical history lesson led by jazz guitarist Alex Wintz. Accompanied in a duo setting by fellow Juilliard graduate Gabe Schnider, Wintz traces the lineage and progression of the art of the jazz guitar by focusing on the work of six pivotal innovators (nine, actually, as Wintz gets a little clever with his math). Wintz will examine legends Eddie Lang, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, the “Big Three” of the modern jazz guitar (Metheny, Scofield and Frisell) and, in a curious inclusion, the Brazilian nylon-string jazz guitarist and singer Toninho Horta.
This duo is joined by songstress Martina DaSilva, who is coming off well-received performances at the Bern International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, NYC Hot Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Generations in Jazz Festival.
“Six Strings, Six Stories” will be presented on Sunday, July 23 at 11:30 AM at All Souls Church at the junction of County Roads 23C and 25 in Tannersville. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.catskilljazzfactory.org. For more information on the 23Arts Initiative summer festival, visit www.23arts.org