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Joe Pass


JOE PASS (guitarist) was born Joseph Anthony Passalaqua on January 13, 129 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and passed away on May 23, 1994. Sometimes referred to as the “Art Tatum of Guitar”, Pass was renowned for his technique, influencing such artists as Pat Metheny and George Benson. Largely a studio and television sidemen in the 1960s, Pass’ career blossomed after being signed by producer Norman Granz in 1970, which produced Pass acclaimed solo album “Virtuso”. Pass teamed with Oscar Peterson and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen earning a 1975 Grammy Award for “The Trio” and many more opportunities for Pass to work with jazz greats including four albums with Ella Fitzgerald.