Song of the Day: Joe Pass, “All The Things You Are”

Jazz guitarist extraordinaire Joe Pass was born Joseph Anthony Passalaqua on this day in 1929. He played with many jazz greats, including Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and George Shearing, and backed Ella Fitzgerald on six of her albums in the ’70’s and ’80’s, backing her in concert for over ten years. He wrote a number of guitar instruction books, several of which I owned, and seemed to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the fretboard, scales, and chords. This video of him playing Jerome Kern’s standard “All The Things You Are” was taken during the 1991 Brecon Jazz Festival.

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