Joe Pass

Birth Name Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua
Born January 13, 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Died May 23, 1994 (aged 65), Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz
Instruments Guitar
Associated Acts Oscar Peterson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Ella Fitzgerald

Joe Pass, (JOSEPH ANTHONY JACOBI PASSALAQUA), U.S. guitarist (born Jan. 13, 1929, New Brunswick, N.J.—died May 23, 1994, Los Angeles, Calif.), was a technically skilled jazz virtuoso who overcame drug addiction to become an internationally renowned sideman, performing with such jazz greats as Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. He was also a spellbinding soloist whose fluid fingering and impassioned improvisations defined his incomparable artistry. Pass, a self-taught guitarist, was given his first instrument at the age of nine and was performing with big-name bands by the time he was a teenager.

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All the Things You Are
All the Things You Are
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Ain't Misbehavin
Ain't Misbehavin
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Solo Guitar on 'Joe's Blues' [Live]
Solo Guitar on 'Joe's Blues' [Live]

Though his career was stalled by heroin addiction and a five-year jail sentence, he kicked his habit after enrolling in the Synanon drug-rehabilitation program and emerged from obscurity with the 1973 release of a solo album, Virtuoso. That same year he became a member of a celebrated trio that included pianist Oscar Peterson and the bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen. Pass then found recording opportunities with Norman Granz, producer and head of Pablo Records, and worked as a regular member of a studio band. In later years, however, it was his work as a concert soloist that made him a standout.

Top 3 Joe Pass Recordings

How to Play Guitar Like Joe Pass