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Grand Masters of Guitar

Free Pop-Up Show July 11 | Doors open at 6PM


In collaboration with MCG Jazz, Live from THIS IS RED will capture six of the most insanely ripping, swinging guitars players with you in the live audience. Come listen, hang and vibe at our Pop-Up guitar show and party.


Dan Wilson

Dan has been touring nationally and internationally with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco. Dan’s composition, “Who Shot John” was featured on Joey’s 2015 release, “Trip Mode.” Dan can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated “Project Freedom,” by Joey Defrancesco & The People, released in 2017. In April of 2017, Dan joined legendary bassist Christian Mcbride’s “Tip City.”

Dan plays a Benedetto GA-35.


‘King’ Solomon Hicks

He is the real deal…the next great thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.

Solomon is also at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area.

Solomon plays a Benedetto GA-35.


Beth Marlis

Beth has carved out an important path in the jazz guitar world. In an industry dominated by male players and professors, Beth’s has brought her to the pinnacle of the west coast jazz guitar universe. With an undergraduate degree from UC and a Master of Music USC, she has risen from instructor to department head to now Vice President of Education for Musicians Institute. Still a gigging guitarist, composer, studio player, published writer and arranger, she is an integral bridge to new generations of jazz guitarists.

Like many of today’s great guitarist/educators, Beth’s command of music crosses many genres from jazz to rock to classical to latin to funk and R & B. Her credits include sharing the stage with artists from every style and sound.


Mark Strickland

Mark Strickland is an American guitarist influenced by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass and Jazz and R&B legends.

Mark began playing in 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA, mentored by the regional R&B and Jazz greats such as Luther Dejarunett (performed with Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes), Pete Henderson (performed with Stanley Turrentine, Ahmad Jamal), J. Spencer Bey (performed with Sonny Stitt) and the many others who performed in the renowned Jazz clubs of the region such as the Crawford Grill, the Hurricane, the Loendi and the Roosevelt Theatre.

Some of the many singers and musicians that Mark has performed with over the years include Grady Tate, Groove Holmes, Michelle Benson, John Heard and Gene Ludwig. Also an accomplished sound engineer, Mark has produced and/or engineered projects for musicians both regionally and nationally, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dakota Staton, Tommy Flanagan, and Jimmy Smith.

Currently, Mark maintains a full-time performance schedule as a Jazz guitarist, playing in Jazz Clubs, festivals, universities and theatres, and also is a dedicated music educator with a private guitar studio for motivated students.


Marty Ashby

Marty Ashby is a musician and producer of a wide variety of Jazz music and educational events. He has been performing as a guitarist since age eight and has been fortunate to perform around the world with many of his musical mentors. As a Jazz presenter he has produced more than 3000 concerts in multiple markets in both festival and concert hall settings.

Marty has produced and/or performed on over 75 recordings including five GRAMMY® Award winners and six additional nominations. In 1987 he developed MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG). MCG is a multi-disciplined center for arts and learning in Pittsburgh, PA that complements traditional humanities education with studio-based art and performance programs that serve as a catalyst to academic achievement. Marty has been the Executive Producer for MCG Jazz ever since and continues to work as an advocate for Jazz at local and national levels.


Howard Paul

Howard Paul leads a busy life as President of Benedetto Guitars and as a professional guitarist. In Savannah he oversees the factory, and performs at regional jazz clubs and festivals. He’s a recurring member of The Tony Monaco Trio, The Lenore Raphael Trio, and The Savannah Jazz Orchestra. He also performed extensively in a duo with pianist Bob James, and for more than twenty years with bassist Ben Tucker. Howard has worked with Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Oberg, Jimmy Bruno, and many more. He is chairman of the Savannah Jazz Festival, and a 2011 inductee in the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame. His most recent CDs include “Tony Monaco/Howard Paul: New Adventures,” “Bob James & Howard Paul: Just Friends: The Hamilton Hall Session released in 2011,” and Ali Ryerson: Jammin’ At The Jazz Corner” are available on iTunes and other media outlets.



605 E 9th Ave
Munhall, PA

Near the Waterfront and the Carnegie Library Music Hall