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I have enlisted a few of my favourite players, friends and customers
to showcase some of the sounds possible with Harrison guitars.

Thanks to all who have generously contributed.

Gary Benson playing his model GB with the CJQ
Roy Patterson playing an NJ-17
Matt Stevens playing his model GB
Mike Armando playing his model GB
Dunstan Morey playing his CJ-16

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Gary Benson

   Guitarist Gary Benson, respected by his peers as "one of the hardest swinging players on the jazz scene". He has made a significant contribution to jazz in Toronto during a distinguished career spanning more than three decades. Whether backing up a long list of jazz vocalists, including such luminaries as Peggy Lee and Natalie Cole, or playing with other jazz greats such as Peter Appleyard and Ed Bickert, Benson has set a consistently high standard of excellence. He has been a featured player at both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, and in frequent television appearances. In 1989, Gary Benson founded the Canadian Jazz Quartet (CJQ) with percussionist Don Vickery, and, with the later addition of vibist Frank Wright, and most recently, bassist Duncan Hopkins, the CJQ has become one of Canada's most consistently swinging jazz groups. Benson studied composition in Toronto with the late Gordon Delamont and later, with legendary New York-based guitarist, Jim Hall. An accomplished composer and arranger in his own right, Gary's original compositions and arrangements highlight the CJQ's CDs and live performances. He is also a gifted teacher and many of his students over the years have gone on to establish successful careers of their own, all carrying Benson's unique influence with them.

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 These cuts are from the latest Canadian Jazz Quartet CD, which showcase Gary playing his Harrison GB which features a maple neck and body with a spruce top, ebony fingerboard-tailpiece-pickguard and a Duncan Seth Lover pickup.

 

CJQ featuring Gary Benson
"Every Time I See You"


 

CJQ featuring Gary Benson
"One Note Samba"


 

 

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Roy Patterson

   Since the release of his first recording in 1989, Roy has built a body of original work which demonstrates a personal, evocative style drawn from early musical influences and eastern meditative practices. His fourth CD, Inland Passages, was released in 1997 and came about as a result of the Roy Patterson Quartet winning the coveted Prix de Jazz at Montreal's Festival International de Jazz, the first Toronto based band ever to win this competition. The award brought exposure through national radio, television, and a tour that concluded at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Inland Passages is a testament to Roy's own earthbound and spiritual journeys and his pursuit of adventure. More recent credits include the Jazz Report magazine award for Guitarist of the Year for 2000, and the formation of the Toronto Jazz Composers Collective, a non-profit group dedicated to the performance and dissemination of Canadian jazz compositions.

Roy Patterson Home Page

 

Roy is playing a Harrison NJ-17 in these audio files, which features an Engelmann spruce top, Big Leaf maple back & sides, a side multi-port, ebony fingerboard-bridge-tailpiece and a Bartolini 5J suspended neck pickup.

 

Roy Patterson
Single Line Improvisation


 
Roy Patterson
Blues Comping

 
Roy Patterson
"Body and Soul"


 

 

 

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Matt Stevens

   As a professional musician, Stevens has shared the stage and recorded with many of contemporary music’s finest musicians including Christian Scott, Donald Harrison, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Victor Bailey, Jason Moran, Rodney Holmes, Aaron Goldberg, Jeff Lorber, Aaron Parks, Jacky Terrasson, Esperanza Spalding, Casey Benjamin, Jaleel Shaw, and Taylor Eigsti.His playing has been applauded in numerous publications worldwide including The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Financial Times, Billboard Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and All About Jazz. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the Caribbean. He has performed at many of the major jazz festivals — Montreux, North Sea, Newport, Montreal, Monterey, Fujitsu, Anguilla BET, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage — and renowned venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note clubs in New York, Tokyo and Milan, and The Moscow International Music House.

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Matt is playing his custom Harrison GB in this video clip, which features a mahogany body and neck, sitka spruce top, ebony fret board and tail piece, and Seymour Duncan pickups.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Link to a video of Matthew Stevens playing his Harrison GB with Walter Smith III, live at Berkeley

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike Armando

   Jazz/blues guitarist Mike Armando was born in Brooklyn, NY. He Played many years with Screamin Jay Hawkins band. At present his new group is called "In the Moment''He was the guitarist for the late Screamin Jay Hawkins for three fun years while on tour. One of Mike's recording's," Half Stepin" on the mja Record label, a jazz/blues recording was rated one of the top ten records on radio play list in Bill Board Magazine. He has performed on radio and tv stations across the country. His recordings on the mja Record label have been played throughout the USA and in Europe.

Mike Armando Home Page

 

Here's a couple of video clips of Brooklyn New York's Mike Armando, playing his 2006 Harrison GB which features a mahogany neck and body with a sitka top and macassar fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece.

 

 
 

 

 

 

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Dunstan Morey

   Dunstan Morey is a classically trained guitarist and graduate of the Humber College jazz program. He has performed as both sideman and leader in a variety of musical configurations, but now works almost exclusively as a solo guitarist. In addition to free-lancing at weddings and corporate events, he has been the house guitarist at La Maquette restaurant in Toronto for the last six years.

   Every second Monday, Dunstan can be found with his Harrison Classic Jazz CJ-16 guitar, hosting the Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association's open stage at Ten Feet Tall in Toronto.

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Dunstan is playing his Harrison Classic Jazz CJ-16 on this cut.

 

Dunstan Morey
"Making Whoopee"

 

 

 

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