Program #2010

The 2002 New York Guitar Festival ended with a nine-hour marathon at the 92nd Street Y, offering a freewheeling lineup of classical, jazz, blues, and international guitarists. This New Sounds program is full of highlights from the event, including Ben Verdery's 16-guitar ensemble performing his minimalist-inspired "Scenes From Ellis Island." Andy Summers, formerly of the Police, leads a jazz trio, with Ric Fierabracci on electric bass and Anastasios Panos on drums. Bill Frisell on electric guitar and Greg Leisz on lap steel guitar play a duet version of "Hard Times Come Again No More/That Was Then." Plus, hear from Alex DeGrassi, Mark Stewart, and Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola.
PROGRAM # 2010, American music from the New Sounds Live/New York Guitar Festival Marathon Concert (First aired on Friday. 2/15/02)

Bill Frisell & Greg Leisz

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

Hard Times Come Again No More/That Was Then [13:00]

Frisell has numerous CDs, mostly on the Nonesuch label, including one called Blues Dream which includes a song called "Greg Leisz." "That Was Then" is on his CD Good Dog Happy Man. They are available in most stores* or online**

Bill Sims Jr.

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

My Black Mare [4:00]

Info online at

Bucky Pizzarelli & Frank Vignola

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

Honeysuckle Rose [6:30]

Pizzarelli has many CDs, including Nirvana, which includes this song. He and John Pizzarelli have recorded a duo version of this on their album At The Vineyard Theater. Vignola's latest CD is Blues for A Gypsy, on the Acoustic Disc label. All are available online**

Ben Verdery & the Yale Guitar Orchestra, plus guests

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

Scenes From Ellis Island [12:30]

Verdery has several solo CDs and one with his band Ufonia. Info at

Alex DeGrassi

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

Down Below [3:30]

This piece is on De Grassi's CD Water Garden on Tropo Music. DeGrassi's music is available in most stores, and online.

Mark Stewart

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

Etude for Uboingee [4:00]

Not commercially available. Stewart appears on CD as part of the Bang On A Can All-Stars,

Andy Summers Trio

Live, 92nd Street Y, January 20, 2002

Opus 3 [4:30]

Appears on the CD Peggy's Blue Skylight, on RCA Victor. Info on Summers' many CDs is at

*, ** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page