An accomplished guitarist-composer and Charlie Byrd devotee, nylon string fingerstyle player Nate Najar has distinguished himself as a talent worthy of recognition with his impressive output over the past ten years. On his latest trio recording, Blues for Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd, the Florida-based guitarist pays tribute to an important role model with a collection of tunes either composed by or associated with the late, great guitarist. Najar also performs on Byrd’s own guitar, a 1974 Ramirez 1a nylon string classical guitar, the same guitar Andres Segovia used. Growing up in St. Petersburg, Najar studied guitar from age 17 through his 20s. He made a major leap in his development after hooking up with Frank Mullen, who like Byrd had been a disciple of renowned D.C classical guitar teacher Sophocles Papas. “He played the classical guitar a lot in our lessons and he had told me to get one. And when I started playing it I thought, ‘Wow, this is so much better than that other thing.’ So the more I learned how to play with Frank, the more I discovered that fingerstyle playing on the classical guitar is much more piano-like.” Byrd became an obvious source of inspiration for him in his developmental years.
Jeremy Carter is the consummate Woodwind professional. He is right at home in any muAnthony "Lucky" Breach sical setting. His energy and presence is immediately felt both live and in the studio. Jeremy has a sound that is soulful, powerful, and clear. Whether as a leader or a sideman his contributions are always inspiring.
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I've been playing music( drums, keys & vocals) for almost 30 years.
From my earliest experiences playing drums and singing in the church, to playing at a professional level for over 15 years.
I've been blessed to work with some incredible people and phenomenal musicians along the way.
I'm excited about what this next phase of my life is offering, This page will help me get there....
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HOWDY Y'ALL ! My name is Gene Hardage and I'm also known as Sarasota Slim. I'm a true Florida cracker - born in the panhandle and raised in Sarasota - and yes I am slim. I've been at this music stuff longer than I'd like to admit, luckily this makes me somewhat legendary in certain circles. Help me nurture this myth by playing my music for your friends and even calling your local radio stations and seriously suggesting some Sarasota Slim songs. (now say that 6 times real fast!)