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New West Guitar Group

  • $35 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $25 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $20 General Admission
  • $10 Student
  • Perry Smith
  • John Storie
  • Will Brahm

Event Details

New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has developed a wide spread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Featuring guitarists Perry Smith (NYC), John Storie (LA) and Will Brahm (LA), they perform recognizable covers, jazz standards and exciting originals. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars. Smith and Storie founded the group 10 years ago and today they continue to tour as a trio with Brahm throughout the United States and abroad.

In August of 2015, New West Guitar Group released their new project 'Send One Your Love' on Summit Records. The recording features guest vocalists: Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, Becca Stevens, Tierney Sutton and Peter Eldridge. Downbeat Magazine gave this CD the prestigious Editor's Pick in their August 2015 issue.

Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, the New West Guitar Group has released five instrumental albums over the last 10 years. Each project features their unique style of laid-back virtuosity through expert arrangements crafted by the members of the group. Their music is regularly featured on NPR and jazz radio stations, while their repertoire is performed throughout the country by college and high school guitar programs. Graduates of USC’s Thornton School of Music, the New West Guitar Group's versatility as players and composers have given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble. 

“Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent musical landscape these three players create.” - Metronome Magazine

"A rare chemistry...shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords, tight cracking interplay and complementary playing.” - Downbeat Magazine

"They're masters of their caressing, cascading sound, best categorized as chamber jazz...dexterously peppered, now and again, with Gypsy fire, flamenco zest and steel-string twang." - JazzTimes

“The group’s creativity in not being afraid to stretch boundaries is helping to forge a new area of music that should inspire other guitarists...” - Vintage Guitar Magazine 

Perry Smith

Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from R&B, Rock and Folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own group and is a sideman for jazz and contemporary artists. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC & Tokyo), The Village Vanguard (NYC), Dizzy's Club @ Lincoln Center (NYC), Montreal Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Rochester Jazz Festival, Philippine International Jazz Festival, The Healdsburg Guitar Festival and Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF Bay Area).

Smith is gearing up to release his third album as a leader “New Angel.” The project features 10 original compositions for his quintet (sax, piano, bass, drums and guitar). The music expands on the traditions of jazz with a fresh approach to modern composing and improvising.
Smith is an active player in the greater New York jazz scene and hosts a weekly series in Brooklyn called The Soda Session. Every Wednesday he performs with a different group of NYC's finest jazz musicians. The Soda Session is generously supported by a grant from in conjunction with the Jazz Foundation of America.

In addition to leading his own projects and working as a sideman, Smith is a founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group. NWGG has been performing internationally for 10 years and they are recognized as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the country. They've released 6 full length albums, their most recent a collaboration with five great jazz vocalists called "Send One Your Love."

In 2005, Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied guitar with jazz legend Joe Diorio. In 2011 he completed his Masters in Music at New York University studying with the great John Scofield. Smith was named the “Outstanding Graduate” for 2011 in the NYU Jazz Department.  

John Storie

For over a decade, John Storie has been an active contributor to the jazz scene throughout Los Angeles, CA. As a founding member of the New West Guitar Group, John has performed across the country and gained recognition as a well-respected jazz guitarist. Over the years, he has been recognized by the Downbeat Student Music Awards, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Jazz Society of Oregon, Cascade Festival of Music, Guitar Foundation of America, the ASCAP Foundation, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In 2005, John was selected as one of 10 semi-finalists in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition.

His performances with the New West Guitar Group - a guitar trio based in Los Angles - have taken him to Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Canada, and Germany. NWGG continues to be a driving force in the global music scene with 7 albums on the Summit Records Label. In addition to New West, John currently performs with Jeff Goldblum, Spencer Day, Renee Olstead, Sara Gazarek, Kathleen Grace, True North Quartet, and many other LA-based jazz musicians. In 2010, John entered California Institute of the Arts and completed his MFA in Jazz Studies. He currently teaches privately throughout Los Angeles, and is a music coach at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA. 

His latest release with New West Guitar Group - "Send One Your Love" featuring Sara Gazarek, Gretchen Parlato, Tierney Sutton, Becca Stevens, and Peter Eldridge has received critical acclaim and chosen as a Downbeat Magazine Editor's Pick 

Will Brahm

Born in Portland Oregon, Will moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and attended the Cole Conservatory of music at Cal State Long Beach, graduating in 2012 with a bachelors degree in jazz guitar performance as a 5 time K-jazz scholar. Having always loved music from different cultures around the world, Will formed his world music group "Homenaje", releasing their debut album "La Mariposa y el Mentiroso." In 2017, featuring all original compositions of Will's. He tours internationally with Homenaje and the New West Guitar Group, and has worked with artists including Kim Richmond, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, and Jane Monheit.