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3rd edition of The Montreal Guitar Show

Jeff Beck, recipient of the very first
Montreal Guitar Show Tribute Award

Montreal, Thursday, June 25, 2009 - For the 3rd edition of The Montreal Guitar Show (MGS), organizers felt it important to create a Tribute Award that would spotlight a handful of the most outstanding guitarists. To launch this fledgling Guitar Hall of Fame, what could have been more natural than to choose one of the greatest ambassadors of this beloved instrument: Jeff Beck. The prize will be presented to him by Jacques-André Dupont, founder and general manager of the SGM, at the press conference which will be held Monday, July 6 at 2 p.m. in the Press Room (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 305 Ste. Catherine Street West).

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck was born in 1944 in Wallington, England. His real musical history began in 1965, when he joined the legendary Yardbirds, who had just lost their guitarist, by the name of Eric Clapton. Jeff replaced Eric, but two years later left to form his own group, The Jeff Beck Group, with Ron Wood on bass and a certain Rod Stewart on vocals…and two albums, Truth (1968) and Beck-Ola (1969), both classics with rock fans. Changing bands, he came out with the album Rough and Ready in 1971, and following that, each a year apart, The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert and Appice. Beck then broke suddenly with the rocker guitarist image, giving himself over to jazz fusion with Blow by Blow (1975) and Wired (1976). And a smart idea it was: the two albums were acclaimed by both the public and the critics, and figured among the top-selling albums of their era.

Jeff Beck is a sonic adventurer on a quest for the musical unknown. Small wonder that he was one of the progenitors of distortion, feedback and the fuzzbox, or that he shattered the boundaries of rock to explore jazz fusion. It’s also no surprise that Jimi Hendrix lauded him, that Rolling Stone ranked him as the 14th greatest guitarist of all time, or that he found his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The famed English guitarist is paying us a visit at this year’s 30th anniversary edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Jeff Beck as part of the Pleins feux General Motors séries, Monday July 6, 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

The very first Montreal Guitar Show Tribute Award

The name says it all! The Montreal Guitar Show (MGS) is devoted exclusively to the guitar and everything related to it: the instrument itself, its faithful fans, the luthiers who give it life, and of course, the players who literally make it vibrate in their hands. So it makes perfect sense that the MGS organizers create an award to spotlight the oustanding contributions made by a handful of the best-known guitarists, whether for their exceptional playing, their innovative input or any other major influence they have had on the history of the guitar in particular, and on music in general.

The trophy was designed by Japanese artisan Michihiro Matsuda. This guitar maker and artist to the core, who studied with master luthier Ervin Somogyi, pairs traditional woodworking skills with an innovative sense of design. He builds around 12 guitars a year. True to his creed of Tradition, Evolution and Expression, his sculpture evokes a current, and ebbs and flows, much like the music that flows within and around us: a maple body for tradition, a decidedly evolutionary design, and expression in its purest form.

Don’t miss the 3rd edition of the Montreal Guitar Show, from July 3 to 5, in the Palais des congrès de Montréal! For all the info on this ultimate guitar experience, visit montrealguitarshow.com.

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