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Fewell, Garrison (Alexander Garrison Fewell II)

Fewell, Garrison (Alexander Garrison Fewell II), guitar; b. Charlottesville, VA, 14 October 1953.. He attended Berklee College of Music from 1973-77, getting a Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance. He began teaching at Berklee in July 1977 and still teaches there, currently a Professor of Guitar and Ear Training.

From age 2, grew up in the Philadelphia, PA area, Rosemont, PA until 1971. Started playing guitar at 10 years old. Began performing professionally at age 14 at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr PA, ragtime and acoustic blues in the style of Mississippi John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Gary Davis. In 1972, he toured the Middle East, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, performing improvised blues and original music.

He has performed with Tal Farlow, Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams, Larry Coryell, Norma Winstone, Cecil McBee, Fred Hersch, Harvie Swartz, George Cables, Slide Hampton, Dusko Goykovich, Zbigniew Namyslowski.  He's been featured at North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz, Umbria Jazz, Jazz Mecca, Solo/Duo/Trio Festival in Krakow Poland, Ghent Festival, Zelt Music Festival, etc. He has made several Appearances as leader at Blue Note Jazz Club, NYC.

He's been a visiting artist at more than 40 European Jazz Schools including Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussells, Maastricht, Graz, Warsaw, Milan, Torino, Rome, Budapest, Cologne, Leipzig, Weimar.  He's been a clinician for IAJE, frequent contributor of lessons to Guitar Player Magazine and monthly lessons for Axe Magazine Italy. He's the author of "Jazz Improvisation," Ninth World Music.

During his European tour in 1999, he made appearances with vocalist Norma Winstone, pianist George Cables, trumpet Jimmy Ownes, and saxophonist Tino Tracanna, appearing at festivals and clubs in Italy, Switzerland, Poland. He also appeared at a clinic for IAJE at Montreux Jazz Festival, Polish Jazz Society, Pulawy Poland, among others

A Blue Deeper than the Blue (1992); Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995); Reflection of a Clear Moon (1995); The Garrison Fewell Trio (1996); Hearing Things (1998)

Fred Bouchard: HearSay. Garrison Fewell, in: Jazz Times (Aug.1995)


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