Danny Gatton (1945-1994) was a legendary Washington D.C.- based guitarist who was often called the greatest unknown player in the world. A guitarist's guitarist, he was an encyclopedia of American styles, jazz, rockabilly, blues, country, and rock n' roll, a virtuoso of the highest order who yet remained humble and true to his roots. Gatton counted as his admirers Vince Gill, James Burton, Mike Stern, Les Paul, and Russell Malone. These are the first NYC concerts to honor Gatton since the memorial shows that were held after his death in 1995 at Tramps.
Seven guitarists will perform the Danny Gatton repertoire. In keeping with the Guitar Summit's mission to foster daring and inventive approaches, curator Joel Harrison has invited both the old and new to perform. A mixture of Gatton allies from the D.C. area will combine with cutting-edge New York mavericks.
Of special note is the appearance of longtime Gatton band mates John Previti and Barry Hart. This occasion will mark the NYC debut of the Anacostia Delta band featuring a frontline of three Telecasters (Chappell, Pirog, Harrison) propelled by Previti and Hart.
The Alternative Guitar Summit, founded in 2010, is a yearly summit of daring, inventive players who emphasize new and unusual approaches to the guitar. The music we present celebrates the guitar's enormous range, beyond style or genre. The AGS seeks to commission new work, whether improvised, notated, or both, and is devoted to promoting new music through education and performance in the New York City metropolitan area and beyond.