“and the autumn weather
turns the leaves to flame,
One hasn’t got time
for the waiting game”
from September Song
music by Kurt Weil
lyric by Maxwell Anderson
Well like the song says : soon the autumn weather will be turning the leaves to flame. It’s time to go back to the “little red schoolhouse.” I’ll be starting my 40th and 41st years respectively at Duquesne and Pitt. Glad that I’m still able and still being sought out to teach jazz guitar. I do enjoy it.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of composing of late. In addition to several new songs: I’ve been doing a lot of new guitar solos. Hopefully, we’ll be getting some of those solos on the site and they’ll be available for viewing and purchase. My solo guitar book “One Guitar” is already available here on in my store.
Several interesting dates on the horizon. First up: President Ken Gormley’s inauguration ceremony at Duquesne University on the 22nd of Sept. It will be held in the Palumbo Center on campus … I honored to say that I’ve been asked to perform on the program.
The Fox Chapel High School Choir will be performing my “Mass of Hope” in late October at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church on Sunday the 30th of Oct. at 4:00PM. My buddy and web master pianist Max Leake will be handing the leader duties with the jazz quartet. I’ll be back at Andys Wine Bar in the Fairmont Hotel on Sept 14th and Oct 26th for “Zero Ted Present’s”. Always fun making music with Daniel May and Tony DePaolis.
On a personal note, my lovely wife Joni and I will be celebrating our Anniversary in early November.
I appreciate all your warm comments regarding the video that was done by my granddaughter Natalie for my 90th Birthday Party.
We’d like to thank Jeff Bush and the staff of the special “jazz and blues” concert held in Vandergrift, PA in late July. we were part of great line-up that included: The Jeff Bush Quartet, Joe Grusheky, and the one and only Roger Humphries. Great show, Great crowd and a great day!
Take care and keep swinging,
Here is a video that my Granddaughter Natalie put together for my 90th birthday:
Produced by Natalie Leven, Background music: Minha Saudade by Joao Donato, Natalie by Joe Negri, Nina’s Smile by JoeNegri
PS: My thanks to Max Leake for his superb handling of the web site. What a Renaissance man!
Be sure to check out the CDs in my store. “Guitars for Christmas” is still a hot item. One of the top jazz guitar holiday CDs. It makes a wonderful gift.
There is a new guitar chart of “Here, There and Everywhere” celebrating the Beatles 50th on the “Lessons” page.
Check out a couple of videos below of performances old and new!
Check out my updated Calendar of Engagements.
Video from Post-Gazette Story on Joe
Video of Joe and Johnny Costa on the Ken Griffin Show (circa 1955)
Video of the Gershwin Medley with the Wheeling Symphony