I remember Joe Pass from the wide array of teaching videos and books he put out during the 1970’s, books that are considered required textbooks for beginning jazz players. He seemed to love imparting his knowledge of the guitar to other players as much as he loved to play himself. One video I found while going through the videos available on YouTube was from a guy who had a chance meeting with him at a music store. Joe took the time to show the guy an exercise, just because he was sitting there playing.
Joe was a great sideman, playing with greats such as Louis Bellson, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. He made a couple of albums with Ella in the mid-1970’s that featured just his playing and her singing. The first video is him with Ella doing “I’m Beginning to See the Light” by Duke Ellington and “One Note Samba” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The second is one of the many examples of his solo playing, here playing Ellington’s “Satin Doll.”
Joe Pass, your Two for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.