August Offers a Gala for Guitar Enthusiasts

Jazz Guitar is front and center starting August 9th through August 13th as we welcome two internationally celebrated guitarists for shared performances and intimate workshops in Bozeman.

Beginning Monday the 9th at Bozeman Public Library, the wildly popular series:
Jazz & More with Kelly Roberti
rolls out the red carpet for critically acclaimed guitarist [tippy title=”Joshua Breakstone” header=”off”]

“Fire in velvet”. A fitting description of Joshua Breakstone’s jazz guitar, wrote Paul Weidman in The Sante Fe New Mexican.
“His flowing lines on up-tempo cookers are impeccably clean and fiery, bearing the mark of a first-rate improviser, while his chordal work on heartbreaker ballads is the final word in finesse.” Guitar Player magazine

Japan’s Jazz Hihyo (aka Jazz Critique) recognizes that “The style in which Joshua develops his fluid single-note solos used to be thought of as the Grant Green school, but now this man leads the school.”

Downbeat also has written that “There is no shortage of young, knock-out jazz guitarists about us these days. And Joshua Breakstone is among the best of them.”

    A fine bop-based guitarist, Joshua Breakstone discovered jazz when he was 14. He studied for several years with Sal Salvador, yet at the time was gigging regularly with a rock group. He attended Berklee, and in 1977, toured Canada with the reed player Glen Hall, making his recording debut on Hall’s Sonora release. During and after teaching guitar at the Rhode Island Conservatory of Music (1979-1981), Breakstone worked in New York with Wayne Marsh, Emily Remler, Dave Schnitter, and Vic Juris. In 1983, he recorded his first album (Wonderful!) for Sonora. While that date had Barry Harris on piano, his follow-up featured Kenny Barron. Breakstone went on to record for Contemporary (including a quartet date featuring Pepper Adams), Capri, Evidence, and Double-Time, helping keep the legacy of quiet bop guitar alive. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


No One New :
with Lisle Atkinson, Eliot Zigmund.
Capri Records 1/8/09.

Memoire: The French Sessions, vol. 2 :
with Louis Petrucciani, Christian Ton Ton Salut.
Capri Records 8/25/04.

Tomorrow’s Hours :
Joshua Breakstone Plays The Music of Wes Montgomery
with Earl Sauls, Keith Copeland.
Capri Records 8/30/01.

The Music Of Bud Powell :
with Earl Sauls, Keith Copeland.
Double-Time Records 6/7/00.

Japanese Songs :
with Earl Sauls, Al Harewood.
Special Collectors Limited Edition of 1000 7/22/99.

This Just In :
with Sid Simmons, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington.
Double-Time Records 2/17/99.

Let’s Call This Monk :
with Dennis Irwin, Mickey Roker.
Double-Time Records 12/11/96.

Sittin’ On The Thing With Ming :
with Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Keith Copeland.
Capri Records 1/29/93.

Remembering Grant Green :
with Jack McDuff, Al Harewood, Kenny Barron,
Ray Drummond, Keith Copeland.
Paddle Wheel Records 1/29/93 and 3/5/93.

Oh! Darling :
with Kenny Barron, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington.
Paddle Wheel Records 6/92.

I Want To Hold Your Hand :
with Kenny Barron, Dennis Irwin, KennyWashington.
Paddle Wheel Records 6/92.

Walk Don’t Run :
with Kenny Barron, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington.
King Records 8/26/91.

Nine By Three :
with Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington.
Contemporary Records 10/30/90.

Self Portrait In Swing :
with Kenny Barron, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington.
Contemporary Records 1/18/89.

Evening Star :
with Jimmy Knepper, Tommy Flanagan, Dave Shapiro, Keith Copeland.
Contemporary Records 12/11/87.

[/tippy] and his straight-ahead style, who will be interviewed by Kelly and then also perform duet with Roberti to close the evening in high fashion.

” His flowing lines on up-tempo cookers are impeccably clean and fiery, bearing the mark of a first-rate improviser, while his chordal work on heartbreaker ballads is the final word in finesse..”
Guitar Player Magazine

This weekly show as always, starts at 7:00 p.m. Don’t be late!

Jazz and More is sponsored by Montana Ale Works.

Following on Wednesday, August 11 the concert rolls on with Jazz at the Story Mansion featuring Breakstone with Kelly Roberti and drummer Brad Edwards. This performance is sponsored by The Friends of the Story and starts at 7:30. There is a $25.00 suggested donation and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Continuing our gala on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00, a true rising star in the guitar world joins Joshua and Kelly as highly regarded [tippy title=”Sheryl Bailey” header=”off”]

    Guitarist Sheryl Bailey is rated among the foremost bopbased guitarists to have emerged in the 1990’s. Her attack can be direct and hard swinging, but she also exudes subtlety, elegance of phrase and a pure, warm, liquid sound.

“A modernist burner with an abundance of Pat Martino-style chops, Bailey prefers angular lines, odd harmonies and the occasional touch of dissonance as she sails up and down the fretboard with fluid abandon.” Bill Milkowski– JazzTimes Magazine, Februrary 2005

Her musical activities aren’t confined to groups working strictly in the orthodox, bop based jazz tradition, as she has toured and recorded with bassist, Richard Bona and is a member of David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness. Other artists are tenor saxophonist, Gary Thomas, Urban Folk and Jazz artist, KJ Denhert, and pop diva, Irene Cara. While her mid 1990’s CD Little Misunderstood sees her playing with total familiarity and command of the fusion idiom, her later releases, Reunion of Souls, The Power of Three, and Bull’s Eye represent her love of contemporary straight-ahead jazz.

In 1995 Sheryl was awarded third place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition, and has toured South America on behalf of the US State Department as a Jazz Ambassador, honoring the music of Duke Ellington. She currently leads her own trio, The Sheryl Bailey Three (Gary Versace on Hammond B3 and Ian Froman on drums). Her 2002 release, The Power of Three was critically acclaimed and charted in the top 20 of the Jazz Week radio charts. The trio conjures the essence of the Grant Green/ Larry Young/ Elvin Jones band of the late 60’s. Her latest release, A New Promise, is a CD dedicated to the memory of late jazz guitarist Emily Remler which includes 3 arrangements of Remler compositions as well 2 standards and one original Bailey tune written for Emily.

Sherly is also in demand as an educator, she has been an Assistant Professor of Guitar at the esteemed Berklee College of Music since 2000 and a popular clinician at the National Guitar Summer workshop, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, The Duquesne Jazz Guitar Seminar, Uarts in Philadelphia and at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.

Bailey is also working on a book in her free time for Mel Bay Publications, about modern approaches to jazz improvisation and keeps a hectic itinerary touring, teaching, and recording.


A New Promise: 2008 MCG Jazz

Live in NYC: 2008 Mel Bay Records

Little Misunderstood: Pure Music Records 1993

Reunion of Souls: Pure Music Records 2000

The Power of 3: Pure Music Records 2002

Bull’s Eye!: Pure Music Records 2004

Live @ the Fat Cat: Pure Music Records 2006

Live in Krakow with David Krakauer: Label Bleu 2003

Munia – Richard Bona: Universal Japan 2004

Bubbemeises – David Krakauer: Label Bleu 2005

The Golem Shuffle – Dan Gotschall : Timbre 1997

[/tippy] blazes into Bozeman to play a duo of concerts.
Bailey, Breakstone and Roberti will perform together at the cozy venue of the Cikans Residence. This show is co-sponsored by Jazz Montana and reservations are strongly urged as this venue is hugely popular and has limited seating. Admission is $25.00, secure your reservations or get further information by emailing

To round out the week, Sheryl will perform with Kelly Roberti and Brad Edwards in trio style again at Cikans Residence.

Always lush and lyrical with just the right amount of angularity and tangy dissonance. Her Sound displays a lovely sinewy edge that allows the listener to glean every nook and cranny of her wonderful style.
Darrin Fox, Guitar Player Mag.

Memories and merriment will flow this evening with certainty, a show that can’t be missed as Sheryl’s latest CD, A New Promise, dedicated to the late jazz guitar legend Emily Remler, tugs intensely on the heart strings of both Edwards and Roberti who were personal friends and touring companions with Remler for many years. This three way connection is sure to transcend the energy of the evening. Admission is $20 and as before, reservations are recommended.

To attend all three unique performances of these world class musicians, a $60 pass is available. For more info regarding this week of jazz guitar giants and a workshop/clinic for guitarists and all instruments showcasing Breakstone and Bailey currently in the works, contact Kelly.

For more information on these two incredible jazz guitarists visit and respectively.