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Historic Emily Performance Emerges From Worcester Jazz Festival

The New England Jazz Society has put together an incredible and growing online library of notable jazz concerts and related material from their archives which includes an extraordinary recording of Emily from 1985 featuring some of her most intimate solo playing ever captured on audio. Visit this Link and agree to the terms of listening to revel in familiar and first ever songs alike. The set list is not provided so refer to the index below for Track details.

Track 1    Folk Song ~ Trinity Track 2    Afro Blue ~ E Samba ~ Manha De Carnaval ~ How Insensitive Track 3    Mocha Spice ~ Pedals ~ Moanin Track 4    A Blues Track 5    Fried Pies (guitar/bass duo) Track 6    A Taste Of Honey ~ Eleanor Rigby ~ D Natural Blues Track 7    Watch What Happens (guitar/bass duo) Track 8    Polka Dots and Moonbeams ~ Cisco Track 9    Autumn Leaves (duo with Jane Miller) Track 10  Blue Bossa (duo with Jane Miller) Track 11  Summertime

The Jazz Network ~ A new place for everything jazz

The Jazz Network is a hip site for all facets of the jazz world. Whether you are a musician, promoter, historian, artisan, educator, student or simply a fan of the music, the Network has something for you that will assist or enlighten. For jazz connoisseurs and the curious, this is the premier place to start. Check it out and be inspired to belong.

Open Mic

A page for players to share performances of Emily songs or tributes. Simply email your Youtube link or MP3 file to this link and it will be posted to share with our loyal listeners.
It doesn't have to be one of Emily's original compositions but please limit it to the songs and composers she recorded. Don't be shy, anything of or for Emily is the most honored she could be.

If you enjoy these or other artists found throughout the website, please stop by their links and tell them so. There's no finer compliment musicians can savor more than knowing someone listened.


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Del Sasser ~ Sweet Georgie Fame

French Guitarist Jean-Christophe and his Double Take Jazz Duo bring warm smiles with this swinging Sam Jones composition from Emily's third album, Transitions. He's a fan and player of many Emily inspired tunes including Blues For Herb, Inception and the now included Sweet Georgie Fame, played to perfection. Check out their band channel on Youtube or Jean-Christophe's personal page to hear more. They're fabuleux!

The Red Blouse

Fredero, also of France offers a confident and splendid rendering of this lovey bossa original by Antonio Carlos Jobim. His seemingly effortless performance reflects countless hours honing his skill and gift. Merci beaucoup, Fredero.

The Red Blouse ~ Afro Blue

Michael Wilson is an old school player from Ypsilanti Michigan learning first by ear, then much later with formal lessons after encouragement by a fellow musician who also introduced him to Emily's sound at the same time. From there he has simply been on fire with his learning. Emily's rendition of Jobim's Red Blouse is his latest obsession. I can't help but smile when I hear someone playing an Emily influenced song because I know that her spirit is alive and well. * His second video was actually his first and the delight he displays in playing her arrangement of Santamaria's Afro Blue is irresistible and inspiring. For gear heads, his guitar is a Heritage Sweet 16, so appropriate for how this song is delivered. Play on Michael.

Joy Spring Head & Solo

Richie Bielak lends his silky style to Emily's arrangement of this Clifford Brown standard. Enjoy his smooth transitions around the fretboard. A transcription of the solo is available on the Guest Transcription page courtesy of Mario Abbagliati so between the two we have a great start for adding elements of this song to our repertoire. Watch and Learn.

The Red Blouse

This rendition of a Jobim tune colored with overtones of Emily's swinging version is courtesy of Guatemalan Allan Urbizo. Allan's goal is to also make a trek to Boston someday for further studies, in the meantime he is polishing his skills and passion for the piano between his other academic requirements. What draws him to Emily's sound... "her ability to transmit all her satisfaction for music, and how she enjoyed being a guitarist." Indeed, Emily did radiate a love for the songs she choose to play. It was easy to feel her enthusiasm, now enjoy his.

How Insensitive

Rumor was that the Mike Outram Quartet with Kate Williams had an entire show dedicated to Emily Remler music to celebrate the memory of her 50th birthday this year . Here is the first video to be smuggled out, an abbreviated performance of How Insensitive. Enjoy Mike's silky retouch of Emily's favorite Jobim song and hopefully one of many to come from this quartet based in London.


A fine finger style jazz guitar performance of a composition appropriately titled, Blues For Em by Felipe Rosenbaum of Chile. Felipe hopes to make his way to Berklee School of Music someday and I can't imagine a more fitting audition song to offer than a tribute to alumni Emily that contains all the elements she strove to make shine in her own playing and philosophies. Let's all wish him well on his journey but with such genuine ability and creativeness so apparent, success is already his.


Key Lime Pie

Rick Stone and his superb Jazzand Quartet serve up a delicious treat for Em's memory with this Latin infused original composition based on the rhythms from her album This Is Me. While Rick never got the chance to perform with her, he too is a graduate of Berklee and traveled in the same NYC circles back
in the day. He has remained an avid admirer of her work and it shows in this world class tribute. What's in the name.... look closely and you will find emiLy there. Lovely, vibrant song, fitting for the one it honors.

Jazz guitarist/composer Kenny Wilson and bassist Ed McGlaughlin take us through a soothing daydream memory with this satiny guitar ballad to Emily. Hauntingly beautiful. Listen to more of his incredibly diverse compositions by clicking on the link below. Kenny Wilson @ Soundclick Artists.

Harvey Cedars gives us some traditional hardcore blues style dedications to Emily, including a new revamped version of "Emily By The Sea.
Press play to hear this master bluesman do his thing.
Check out more from the desertbluesman by visiting his SoundClick page.

OctoberQuetzel by October Browne
This freestyle guitarist started in London at age 11 and after moving to NY years later was able to take lessons from Emily as she continued to define her art.
Click Here for October's MySpace page where you can hear Quetzel, her composition for Emily. Miss Browne met Emily in New York City around 1980 when Em accompanied Astrud Gilberto's band. She had never witnessed a woman as featured guitarist before this encounter, she recalls being mesmerized with Emily's haunting, sensual playing of Jobim and it made a big impact on her own ideas to pursue the life of a guitarist.
KittelBlues for Herb performed by Jeremy Kittel Here's a lovely taste of something different, a violin rendition of Emily's composition for Herb Ellis, from the album, Jazz Violin. Click here for more information.


A click-able list of unique jazz sites found along the way that have heaps of great tips, tricks, learning material, sheet music, interviews, instructional dvd's, album reviews, gear critiques, guitar repair links and anything else you can think of.

An excellent resource for interviews, articles, lessons, reviews and so much more.

John Horne Guitar Studio

Rich and informative student resource site from dedicated Teacher/Musician/Performer John Horne

Jazz bassist extraordinaire, composer, writer, teacher, advocate, Kelly Roberti.

jazzguitar More lessons, articles and reviews.

A world of jazz knowledge at your fingertips.

jazz corner just jazz jazz times ~ Transcriptions and More from Teacher/Composer/Performer Andy Key

Jazz Guitar Online

Internet Radio broadcasts and Podcast sites.

There are many - here are a few of my favs click on the graphic to be linked.

Serious Jazz programing from NRP affiliate WFIU out of Indiana. Check out the archives and listen to the March show, Emily Remler: a Musical Remembrance.

Covering the eras of jazz--with special attention to recent recordings by both established artists and newcomers. Friday is usually "Vinyl Friday," which features memorable LPs.

The best extended excursions into Rock, Blues and Jazz.

No Idle Frets

A Nick Carver podcast that features only jazz guitar artists.

Ladyslipper Music

Ladyslipper Music. All women, all the time. Music performed by women, past and present. It streams very nicely to my iTunes or it has it's own media player. It features all genres, so don't expect jazz only, but it's still a great place when you're in a ladies only kind of mood.


Places to go and people to read: Books and articles of interest that include Emily. Click book icons for buying options.

Titles we've overlooked ? click here to share your suggestions.



Masters of Music: Conversations with Berklee Greats:

~ Small & Taylor ~

master of music Culled from exclusive interviews from Berklee Today, the alumni magazine of Berklee College of Music, this collection of candid interviews with such illustrious alumni as Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, Steve Vai, Paula Cole, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell and many others is a gold mine of wisdom, humor and insight. Read about the unique, unexpected challenges that success can bring.

Lots of great conversations with some notable names from Berklee, and maybe the last interview ever done with Emily.



Waiting For Dizzy

~ Gene Lees ~

waiting on dizzy Jazzletter publisher Gene Lees profiles 13 veteran jazz musicians. Warm and often funny elder statespersons reflect on their art and personal lives while he records their influence in the larger context of jazz history. Drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge and his own experience as a performer, Lees debunks jazz myths and confronts racism. His final essay honors trumpet superstar Dizzy Gillespie, and other equal coverage to musicians like Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Al Grey, and of particular merit, an essay with the late and wonderful, Emily Remler.

In depth and revealing interview of substance by one of the most talented conversationalists in the business. Truly one of the better windows on her world.



Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists

~ Lesile Gourse ~

madame jazz A jazz enthusiast, Gourse brings lots of energy and knowledge to this upbeat survey of contemporary women jazz musicians. Although male jazz musicians considered women jazz singers "ladylike," women blowing horns and pounding on drums were just plain unacceptable. That prejudice didn't stop women instrumentalists who, finally, in the early 1970s, began to have greater success in "crossing the gender barrier." Gourse assesses the changes in attitude that made that progress possible, but she focuses most of her attention on the women themselves, describing their drive, confidence, and talent, capturing the essence of each musician's personality while sharing tales of their trials and triumphs.

Will open your eyes to many women in jazz. Only a short chapter on Em but it does include some lesser known facts of her life.



Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz Women

~ Linda Dahl ~

stormyweatherThe jazz scene in New Orleans, the Age of Swing, the Big Band Era of the 1940s and the ever present dark, smoky blues clubs have been the domain of men-but not entirely. Stormy Weather is a tribute to the women who made the scene, profiling the jazz and blues women from the turn of the century until now. Finishing off this work are interviews with ten women who have been part of the jazz industry and an extensive discography. Highly descriptive and enlightening, this engrossing reading brings alive a subculture that is as much a part of jazz as the music itself. Within these pages is the history and lives of women who often walked in its shadows. - Ilene Rosoff
No new revelations about Emily here but it does have great information about Mary Osborne and Marian Gange. A rich resource on the history of all women in jazz.

Thinking In Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation

~ Paul Berliner ~

Thinking in Jazz This will certainly be the definitive source on improvisational jazz. A leader in the field, Berliner (ethnomusicology, Northwestern) covers all aspects of improvisation as art form, science, and way of life. Cutting no corners, he includes a vast range of article topics (from inspiration and arrangements to evaluation and audience interaction), music texts (from the 1920s to the present), artist interviews, and disc-, video-, and bibliographies. Of the caliber of Grove's Dictionary of Music, this book is no less important to any serious music collection. Practicing musicians will be satisfied by the text and musical examples, while lay readers will come to understand the significance of jazz in American history and culture. ~ Cynthia Ann Cordes.

If you want to immerse yourself deep into jazz and get some insight from legendary players like Emily, this is the book. Very theoretical and incredibly detailed accounts of how the greatest minds in jazz developed and created a legacy into the diverse free form structure that is improvisation.



50 Unsung Heroes of The Guitar

~ Guitar Player Magazine, Michael Molenda, editor ~

50 Unsung Guitar Heroes
Scores of lesser-known pioneers such as Tommy Bolin, Danny Cedrone, Tampa Red, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe contributed vast numbers of licks, riffs, solos, tones, compositions, techniques, and musical concepts that inspired generations of guitarists and advanced the art of playing guitar. Guitar Player Magazine presents their stories as critical elements to modern guitar music. Guitarists of any genre will enjoy learning the wacky, off-kilter, unfamiliar, and creative concepts of the unsung greats included in this book.

Features insights from Emily, Lenny Breau, Mary Osborne and many more.



The Jazz Guitarists

~ Stan Britt ~

The Jazz Guitarists Author Stan Britt presents a selection of modern masters of the guitar giving an in depth profile of twelve leading jazz guitar players and even includes an eight bar phrase of their music, in tablature notation, to give the reader a brief passage in the style of each master, that can be played on their own instrument at home. This 1984 book might be a little outdated but it mentions some of the best players on the planet and gives a short summary of their impact at the time written.

Has a concise and informative style featuring many of the greats: Emily, Scofield, Metheny, Pass, Ellis, Benson, Burrell, Christian, Green, Hall, Osborne, Johnson and Montgomery.



Masters of Jazz Guitar

~ Charles Alexander ~

master of jazz book Skillfully mixes more than 200 color photos of musicians and album-cover art with 25 insightful essays by notable writers. Beginning with jazz guitar roots, Alexander--publisher of Jazzwise magazine--traces the use of the guitar from swing to bop to bebop, cool, hardbop, and fusion. It contains such icons as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery; devotes sections to specialty areas such as Brazilian guitarists; and showcases some of the new talent on both sides of the Atlantic. A visually stunning, informative compendium of the many styles of jazz guitar during the last century. Includes photographs of prebop giants such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong as well as lesser-known artists.

Meet Your Makers. Excellent information from a time line and historical point of view. Great pictures you never knew existed of your favorite artists.



The Gibson 335: Its History and Its Players

~ Adrian Ingram ~

Gibson 335 Gibson's first "semi-acoustic" the ES-335, which was neither totally solid nor fully acoustic, is the guitar of choice used by many famous guitarists such as Andy Summers, Elvin Bishop, Lee Ritenour, Jay Graydon, Robben Ford, Freddie King, John McLaughin, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Tony Mottola, Johnny Rivers, Jack Wilkins, Bono, Grant Green, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Emily Remler, Otis Rush, Pete Townshend, John Lee Hooker, and Larry Carlton.

Every detail, every angle, every aspect of Gibson's history with the 335 and its many variations.


Kiss And Tell: Autobiography from Martin Taylor who toured with Emily in the 80's, shares his views. From his experience playing with her he says: "Of all the guitarists I've played with in a duo situation, Emily was the player I enjoyed working with the most. She was a great accompanist as well as soloist and that isn't always the case. I've played with some great players who tend to let the accompaniment sag a bit, but with Emily we complemented each other perfectly and swapped solos almost seamlessly." - It's almost too hard to think about all the magic lost to us.
The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990: With hundreds of interviews along with enlightening commentary, we are presented the origins and adventures of musicians themselves from the place where jazz was born. An interesting look and history from W. Royal Stokes.

Improvising: My Life In Music: Larry's Bio mentions Emily on several occasions. See the Good Words page for one of the nicer passages or click the icon to read more at Amazon.


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Gene Lees Interview from Waiting For Dizzy.
Emily article, First Impressions in Berklee Today from the fall of 1989.




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NY times

POP JAZZ: EMILY REMLER, NEW GUITAR VIRTUOSO, AT BLUE NOTE - Decent length article that has some insights.

BLUE NOTE FESTIVAL - Just a blurb but we'll take it.

CONCERT: GUITAR FESTIVAL - Less than a blurb, still taking it.

ASTRUD GILBERTO, SINGER - Short article about upcoming performance from Astrud that at least gives Emily a mention.

MUSIC: NOTED IN BRIEF: Emily Remler, Guitarist, and 2 Singers Perform - Brief yes, flattering, no. It wasn't roses all the time.


Then Later

An article written in July about her appearance at a downtown club titled, "Electric Guitars Ricochet In Fat Tuesday's Series", suggests that the idea of four modern guitar masters playing together, (Emily, John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb & Vic Juris) might have been better in thought than performance.

Evidently the piano player backing this group was really amped up and overbearing on the sound. As John Wilson wrote in his review,
with the low ceilings, narrow room and walls lined with mirrors, the highly amplified sound of an electric guitar, much less four of them, set up a powerful ricochet of ringing that was not helped by the over-amplification of Mr. Willi's piano.

He goes on to say that "Mr. Abercrombie and Mr. Loeb, gave the room the sound of a shooting gallery while much of Miss Remler's mixture of chorded and single string playing was obscured by the piano all together."

I can clearly imagine the backstage bitching session that ensued after this gig, can't you?

Complete list of performance reviews from coast to coast

Sophisticated's Lady Guitarist; an interview by Leonard Feather: Los Angeles Times Feb. 1982 Intense Remler Jazzes up Crowd: by Alan Greenblatt: The Cavalier Daily Sept. 29th 1987 Blues Alley Jazz Club review by Mike Joyce : The Washington Post Dec. 1987 Jazz Peers Respect Her Talent: by Lonna Baldwin: Spokane Chronicle Jan 15th 1988 Vine St. Bar & Grill review by Leonard Feather: Los Angeles Times Feb. 1989 Double Gutiars Pass Sellout Crowd's Test: by Bob Karlovits: The Pittsburgh Press Feb. 25th 1989 Guitarist Learns To Live In A Man's World by Bob Protzman: St. Paul Pioneer Press July 1989 Emily Remler and All That's Jazz by Neil Nelson: The Washington Post July 1989 Dakota Jazz Club review by Bob Protzman: St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov. 1989 Emily Remler Plays One Smokin' Guitar: by Don Adair: Spokane Chronicle Nov. 24th 1989 Remler Warms Cold Night For Crowd: by Don Adair: Spokane Chronicle Nov. 28th 1989 Worcester Jazz Festival review by Peter Landsdowne: Worcester Telegram & Gazette Feb. 1990

Emily's  Inspiration

Darkness, Darkness

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Vic Juris ~ For The Music

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