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Just an old Jazz fan

My name is Rich Falcoff. I joined this site because it is a fantastic musical resource and a great place to meet new friends with similar interests.

I was introduced to jazz quite by accident. I'm originally from the New York City area and in the early 60s WNEW radio had a jazz show hosted by the great Billy Taylor. I was probably searching for a rock station when I was rivited by the most etherial sound I had ever heard. It was a ballad played by an alto sax fronting a big band. When the tune concluded Billy came on and said just two words...... Johnny Hodges. I was hooked for life. Ever since I've been collecting records, going to clubs and concerts. I just resumed playing guitar after a 34 year sabbatical. I'm determined to learn how to play jazz style both chord and single string. I look forward to hearing from fellow strivers.

A Freddie Green Wannabee

After almost two years of dedicated self-study, I recently joined a 16 piece jazz big band. I'm reaping the first benefits of playing advanced arrangements with some really fine musicians. Playing with these guys will, by neccesity, improve my technique at a faster rate. Drop me a line if you want to know what its like to play in a Basie style big band. After 3 years of playing in a big band rhythm section, I can say that I've learned just enough about big band jazz guitar to be dangerous. Of course performing in front of an audience is a great thrill and is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of musical education.

If you have any desire to learn about this arcane skill, go to the Freddie site and you'll be amazed at the depth of knowlege contained within.

Musical Influences

  • Milt Jackson, Joe Williams
  • Ben Webster, Freddie Green
  • Bill Evans, Johnny Hodges

Favorite Recordings

  • Milt Jackson and the Monte Alexander Trio
  • Wes Montgomery "Full House"
  • Bill Evans "Waltz for Debbie"