December 2, 1998 |
On the rare occasions in recent decades when guitarist George Van Eps--who died Sunday at 85--would go on tour, fans in the jazz stronghold of New York would line up outside a club in the snow for a chance to see him play. It was far easier to see Van Eps play in his home turf of Orange County, yet he wasn't always accorded the same respect here.
December 2, 1998
William Baxter, 69, the federal antitrust lawyer who orchestrated the dismantling of AT & T and reorganization of the telephone industry. As antitrust chief in the U.S. Department of Justice during the Reagan administration, Baxter settled the government's seven-year case against the telephone monopoly and established the framework for its breakup into Baby Bells. His work on the AT & T case earned him, along with Thomas E.
June 23, 1998 |
What could be more appropriate than a Father's Day appearance from George Van Eps? After all, the 84-year-old guitarist, veteran of the Benny Goodman orchestra and the Hollywood studio scene, is considered the father of the seven-string guitar. Musicians from seven-string mainstream master Ron Eschete to youthful grunge-jazz bandleader Charlie Hunter (who plays an eight-string) often cite the well-traveled Van Eps as an important influence.
July 3, 1997 |
The youth and vigor that George Van Eps instills in his guitar artistry make it hard to believe he'll turn 84 on Aug. 7. He doesn't seem to buy it, either. "I'm just a kid," he says, laughing. Then, in his typically soft voice, he adds something that takes away the air of joviality: "I wasn't supposed to live past 20. That's what I heard a doctor tell my parents." Van Eps, who grew up on Long Island, contracted rheumatic fever at age 9 and spent over a year in bed.
July 12, 1993 |
George Van Eps is more than just a guitarist. He's a one-man orchestra. At times Friday during his appearance at Vinnie's Ristorante with bassist Luther Hughes and drummer Jay Lecaire, the 79-year-old Van Eps brought so much harmonic depth to his playing that a listener without a view to the bandstand might have thought there were two, or maybe three guitarists at work. But then three guitarists wouldn't have blended sounds as smoothly as this one man did.
May 9, 1992 |
The innovative George Van Eps remains one of the wonders of the guitar world. Holding forth with fellow guitarist Ron Eschete on Thursday at Mucho Gusto, the 78-year-old inventor of the seven-string guitar--whose extra string allows him to concoct his own bass-line accompaniment--entranced his audience and received enthusiastic ovations after each rendition.