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JACK GRASSEL - Jack's music career began early when his father started him on music lessons at age three. By age four, he was performing professionally with the "Bar O Ranch" a live variety show and on local television and radio. Mr. Grassel has played over 11,000 performances in every conceivable musical situation. Among his favorites are: duets with Luciano Pavarotti, concerts with Melvin Rhyne, Nancy Wilson, Tal Farlow and other name artists too numerous to mention. Jack enjoyed years of personal tutelage by his mentors, Tal Farlow, Billy Bauer and George Van Eps which helped father his unique style. In the March 2000 issue of Guitar One magazine, fans voted him as one of the "10 Best Guitarists in America..." This winner of seven WAMI awards as Jazz Artist and Guitarist Of The Year maintains a busy schedule of performances. In 2007, the readers of the Milwaukee Shepherd newspaper voted Jack as Milwaukee's "Best Jazz Artist." For decades, guitarists the world over have studied his many guitar books and recordings which feature his 70 compositions. In 1996, Jack was acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator in Who's Who of America's Teachers. His ex-students are a legion of the world's finest musicians. Mr. Grassel's popular Big Ax book trilogy is the groundbreaking system for playing bass lines, melody and chords simultaneously. He can be heard playing guitar and bass at the same time on his invention, "The Superguitar."

His columns have enlightened readers of Guitar Player and Just Jazz Guitar magazines.

Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night benefits the Music For Life Alliance