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San Diego, CA
WOLF MARSHALL: D’Angelico Artist
Wolf Marshall is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, author and educator.
He's a unique hybrid. An active performer, he leads his own trios and quartets and headlines weekly at the most prestigious venues in the Southern California area. He has also recently appeared in concerts and shows with Kenny Burrell, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Burt Bacharach. Wolf balances his demanding performance schedule with a distinguished career in music education and publishing. He also conducts international tours as clinician, lecturer and guitar pedagogue.
Wolf’s tremendous range of abilities and talents as musician and musicologist in the rock, jazz and blues worlds, and in recording studios, has earned him the nickname "the Rich Little of Guitar", while his cover story in Just Jazz Guitar dubbed him "the best kept secret in jazz guitar".
Here’s what some of his friends and colleagues have said over the years:
"We’re all indebted to Wolf. He has done so much for the guitar." —Johnny Smith
"Wolf’s ability to consume the intensity of an artist and cause it to re-emerge in a different language with extraordinary precision is astonishing." —Pat Martino
"Wolf is the foremost authority on all aspects of the guitar, both past and present." —Jimmy Bruno
"Wolf is probably the only guy I know who could be considered a jack of all trades AND a master of all." —Henry Johnson
"I am impressed and touched at the same time by Wolf’s playing. Thank you, Wolf, for carrying the torch!" —Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland
Wolf set the standards for modern guitar education in the 1980s. Then, his innovative transcription books, audio "licks" releases (on Star Licks, Music Sales, and Cherry Lane labels), and videos created the basis for an industry that continues to boom today and shows no signs of abating. He is a highly prolific and popular author with more than 60 books and CDs on the market.
Through his many products and publications, Wolf has gained an enormous worldwide following and status usually accorded only to "famed players" in "name bands", and has been listened to on his recordings by more aspiring fretboard enthusiasts than most so-called guitar heroes.
Wolf is the leading "impressionist" in the industry, emulating, on record, the styles of the greats with unerring accuracy. And not only does he perform the most challenging licks and tricks of players like Pat Martino, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and countless others on his best-selling book/CD packages, but he explains and demonstrates their special techniques and approaches to legions of guitar students globally.
Wolf has contributed long-running articles and columns to Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Guitar, Guitar School, Guitar Edge and Jazz Improv since 1984. Wolf’s regular column "Fretprints" has run every month in Vintage Guitar for the past 14 years. Music magazines in France, Germany and Holland as well as domestic newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Nashville Tennessean and the New York Times have interviewed him as a celebrity educator and music expert. Moreover, he has been cited in important books on the Beatles and Jeff Beck as well as Julia Crowe’s My First Guitar.
Wolf Marshall’s GuitarOne was an industry milestone. Never before in history had a major music magazine borne the name and likeness of an individual or embodied one’s personal approach to the instrument in its pages. Wolf created the format, served as its editor-in-chief and managed the magazine’s content in its first three years.
Wolf’s personal approach to guitar instruction is fully exploited in the Wolf Marshall Guitar Method and Power Studies. This is a comprehensive eight-volume, book/audio series (Hal Leonard Publishing), available in several foreign languages, that is considered by his peers and those who follow his teachings to be the absolute state-of- the-art in contemporary guitar education.
Wolf commands an enormous online audience. His online presence was highlighted by his participation with Riff Interactive and content development for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project in 1999 and 2000. He hosted live online shows for EMP that featured luminaries Hank Garland, Steve Lukather, Albert Lee and many others in this period. Between 2003 and 2006 Wolf produced a vast body of work in multi- media form for Line 6’s Guitar Port Online web site. Wolf’s video instruction is currently featured in the star-studded Guitar Instructor and D'Addario web sites.
Recommended and recruited by the legendary jazz artist Kenny Burrell, Wolf has been on the faculty of the UCLA Jazz Department since 2007. He currently teaches Jazz Improvisation and advanced guitar master classes in the Ethnomusicology section of the university.
In the past, Wolf has worked closely with a number of manufacturers, and featured their instruments prominently on his recorded releases and in public performances. He
has endorsed, and been endorsed by, prestigious companies such as Fender Musical Instruments, D’Addario, Fishman, Sibelius, Heritage Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, Gibson USA, Martin Guitars, Paul Reed Smith, Thomastik-Infeld, Jazz Kat amplifiers, Jim Dunlop, Acoustic Image, Raezer’s Edge, National Resophonic, and Dobro, as well as Takamine, Line 6, Kahler, Gitane, Akai, Gemini and Digitech.
Wolf is currently a proud D’Angelico guitar endorsee and is working closely with the company to create a special Excel model that will marry the excellence, elegance and reputation of D’Angelico with the diverse traditions and requirements of classic jazz, bebop, blues, rock and R&B.
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