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John Patitucci Clinic At NYC's Aguilar Artist's Loft

By Chris Jisi | June 24, 2013

Aguilar introduced its stylish new Chelsea space with a substantive two-hour master class by John Patitucci. The sleek Aguilar Artist’s Loft at 148 West 24th Street (just east of 7th Avenue) boasts a spacious lounge/showroom area (the rear of which is set up for artist and product photos and videos), plus a separate tuned, carpeted clinic room, where Patitucci and his guest, guitarist Jay Azzolina, held court to a packed house. During a candid session punctuated by four duet performances (three on his Yamaha signature 6-string and one on Aguilar President/CFO Dave Boonshoft’s flatwound-strung vintage P-Bass), Patitucci—steered by audience questions—addressed touch, tone, phrasing, and articulation (“I try for a vocal sound by singing through the bass”), action (“going from my upright to my 6-string is like going from a mini-van to a Ferrari”), muting, Bay Area influences, Wayne Shorter quartet concepts, reading, using space, drummers, his role on the new J. Cole CD, and advice for young upcomers. He also gave a dead-on replication of Charlie Haden’s musical approach on upright, on 6-string!