Jim Campilongo & Luca Benedetti
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
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Billboard Magazine has called Jim Campilongo “an American treasure” while The New Yorker raved that “few guitarists capture the nuances as well as Campilongo does.” Those accolades have deservedly been earned over the course of a career that now sees Campilongo celebrating the release of his tenth album of original material, Dream Dictionary, on iTunes, Amazon and fine record stores everywhere on January 21, 2014.
The prolific Bammie-winner Campilongo has been a formidable presence as a guest on dozens of recordings by other artists as well, including a contribution to Cake’s million-selling Prolonging the Magic to (most recently) providing lead guitar for Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and the Little Willies, Campilongo’s band with Norah Jones. He's performed or recorded alongside JJ Cale, Nels Cline, Pete Townsend, Bright Eyes, Burning Spear, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Peter Rowan to name a few. Campilongo has also made repeat appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jools Holland and Abbey Road Sessions (both BBC) and has been interviewed on many major radio shows.
Additionally, Campilongo is a published guitar teacher and contributing editor to Guitar Player Magazine. His virtuosity and originality has inspired a generation of guitar players and his songwriting, which draws from blues, country, jazz and rock, boasts a sensitivity and wit that has also earned him a broad fan base most instrumental guitarist never enjoy. In 2012 Fender Guitars bestowed Jim the honor of the Campilongo Signature Telecaster, a high quality instrument made by Fender’s elite Custom Shop.
Brooklyn-based guitarist and producer Luca Benedetti has been performing in a wide variety of Roots, Jazz, Country, and Americana-inspired projects since moving to New York in 1996. His most recent collaborations include performances, production and recordings with Jim Campilongo, Martha Redbone, Speeding West, Honeyfingers, Tubby, The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, Erik Deutsch, Jon Cowherd, Zephaniah & The 18 Wheelers, The Dang-it Bobbys, Jason Loughlin & The String Gliders, Kelli Scarr & North of Amarillo, The National Reserve, and Margo Valiante.
As an original member of Honeyfingers, Luca co-produced and performed on the Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers album "Last Night, This Morning" hailed by Vintage Guitar as "a brilliant record with magic and artistry" and by Guitar Player Magazine as "....a hoedown throwdown that looks to be one of the top guitar records of the year". Along with Campilongo, Luca also co-produced and performed on the highly praised release, "This Highway" by rising country star Zephaniah O'Hora. The album was hailed as "...classic country mastery” by Saving Country Music and "“Classic country perfection” by Wide open country.
His 2010 debut record "Ta Da...", was recorded with his own Jazz & Roots inspired group, Luca Benedetti's Thermionics, which Relix magazine called "...a knock-out collection of instrumentals that will warrant repeated listens." Shortly after moving to NY, Luca became a founding member of the hard-edged Jazz/Funk group, ULU. After his tenure with ULU, Luca continued touring and recording in the U.S., Europe, and Japan with numerous artists including Cuban Surf Rockers, The Cuban Cowboys, Soul/R&B artists, Cooly's Hot Box, Angela Johnson and Alt-Bluegrass/Folk group, The Dang-it Bobbys.
From 2014-2016 Luca lived in Vancouver, BC where he co-founded with Speeding West with local guitar/pedal-steel ace, Scott Smith. The group developed a loyal following and released their self-titled album in 2017.
Luca holds a Bachelor's Degree from The Berklee College of Music and a Master's Degree from The City College of New York. While attending the latter, Luca studied with Jazz legend, Ron Carter, who quickly became a mentor and friend. On several occasions Mr. Carter invited Luca to perform, including a memorable trio performance for the ASCAP Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Milt Hinton and Artie Shaw.
Luca's session work has been featured on numerous advertisements.. He also scored the music for The Cuban Cowboys inspired soundtrack for KPI TV's “Lucha Libre: Life Behind The Mask." An active music instructor, Luca has taught privately as well as at The City College of New York, The Long Island Conservatory & Larchmont Music Academy.