The PGS Guitar Ensemble began in 2011 for the 3rd Philadelphia Guitar Summit. It was my intention to honor the diverse music of the legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green. In order to do this I enlisted some of the best guitarists in Philadelphia and one New Yorker to make it happen and happen it did. The audience was quite pleased. Mike Boone on Bass, Webb Thomas on drums, with guitarists Tom Giacibetti (now deceased), Chalres Ellerbee, Matt Davis, Avi Rothbard, and yours truly Monnette Sudler.
Matt Davis is a guitarist, teacher, and composer based in New York. Hailed as “Inspired” by Downbeat magazine, “incredible” by the Philadelphia Daily News, and “eloquent” by Jazztimes Magazine, Matt’s original jazz group, called “Aerial Photograph”, has released three CD’s and performs regularly in and around the tri-state area. Matt has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Mickey Roker, The Silk Road Ensemble, Dave Liebman, Dick Oats, John Swana, Terrell Stafford, Jon Hollenbeck, and many others.
Charles Ellerbee for years was the music director and guitarist for Ornette Coleman, he has also worked with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Noel Pointer (Violinist), and
The Trammps (RnB Disco Group)
Charles' current band is called
in addition to The Denardo Coleman Vibe (Led by Ornette Coleman's son Denardo).
The Lincoln Center, August 2017
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Luther D. Dowdell
Grammy nominated composer/jazz guitarist/vocalist/band leader Monnette Sudler is also known as the “First Lady of Jazz Guitar”. Ms Sudler began playing jazz in the tradition of Avante Garde Jazz playing with drummer Sunny Murray, David Murray, Khan Jamal/ Sound of Liberation and Byard Lancaster. Sudler has also played with Hugh Masekela, Grover Washington Jr., Poets Sonia Sanchez & Trapeta Mayson, Odean Pope, Steve Turre and Kirk Waylum among others. Monnette’s dynamic and eclectic guitar stylings are experienced by audiences all over the world. Monnette is a graduate of Temple University College of Music. She is featured on dozens of CD’s including her highly acclaimed Other Side of the Gemini featuring Grover Washington and Reggie Workman. Founder of the Monnette Sudler’s Philadelphia Guitar Summit, Sudler brings national and international master guitarists to Philadelphia/ Montgomery County stages “Fusing guitar styles one string at a time”.
Guitarist and composer Avi Rothbard is one of New York’s prominent jazz guitarists and a jazz clinician.
Born and raised in Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, Israel, Avi Rothbard has moved to Boston Mass in the summer of 1995, after receiving a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. During his Berklee years, Mr. Rothbard has received The Jimmy Hendrix Award, Boston Jazz Society Award, Guitar Dpt. Achievement Award and The William Leavitt Award. Mr. Rothbard holds a Masters degree in jazz studies from the City College of New York and is also a 2013 recipient of the Bronx Council on The Arts award(BRIO) in the instrumental music category.
There's no description more apt for Sheryl Bailey than "A sizzling guitar goddess", coined by Elliot Simon of All About Jazz. He's not alone with his superlatives-Adam Levy of Guitar Player Magazine calls Sheryl "One of the most compelling tones of her generation", and Frank Forte of Just Jazz Guitar ranks her "among the best bop guitar players with a fresh approach and something new."
From left to right: Matt Davis, Mike Boone (bass guitar), Monnette Sudler, Tom Giacabetti, Webb Thomas (drums), Avi Rothbard and Charles Ellerbee.
Photo by: Michael Donnella