Music: Jazz 9-string guitar by Michael Coppola on Thurs., Jan. 7, at 8 PM

Michael_Coppola_WebJazz guitarist Michael Coppola, who plays a special 9-string guitar, will perform at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Jan. 7. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

After playing for 20 years, Michael Coppola, on a mission to solve the age old problem of executing jazz piano voicings on guitar, created a tuning for an 8 stringed instrument. This new type of guitar, with inner high end strings was the predecessor to the 9 string “hydra”, which became Coppola’s instrument for life. Michael Coppola has become one of a small handful of guitarists who have pushed the boundaries of the instrument, and the only to come up with this unique tuning.

Reviews of his CDs have been filled with descriptions such as unique, amazing, mindboggling, magical, inventive and so much more. He has played at major guitar shows and concerts throughout the world including the  Montreal Jazz Festival, The Chet Atkins Festival, Namm,and many others, as well as some of the country’s top jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, The Iridium, Knickerbocker and many others.Mainly a solo artist, Coppola has alsoperformed or recorded with many of today’s top musicians, especially guitarists such as Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Tony Purrone, Howard Alden, Stephen Bennett, Tommy Emmanuel, and Joscho Stephan.

Michael was a regular guest on Monday nights at the Iridium, invited by Les Paul himself. Lately, he has been performing with his 17 year old prodigy daughter Michaela, who is the CT high school Allstate jazz guitarist as well as the national honor ensemble jazz guitarist (#1 in the country).

Michael Coppola’s album Return Of The Hydra was chosen as a top ten pick for the year 2002, in Coda Magazine. His original composition “Movin”, released on the New Impressions album, was a winner in the 2002 John Lennon Song Competition. Reviews and articles about his work have appeared in numerous magazines including: Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Jazztimes, 20th Century Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar.

Michael was listed as a main entry in acclaimed critic Scott Yanow’s
2013 book “The Great Jazz Guitarists, the ultimate guide”. Yanow names Coppola “The master of the 9 string guitar”.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Jan. 7. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Jan. 9. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Monday, Jan. 11. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE WALK”

• Thursday, Jan. 14. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Monday, Jan. 18. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “PAWN SACRIFICE”

• Monday, Jan. 25. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Monday, Feb. 1. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE MARTIAN”

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Monday, Feb. 8. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO”

• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI