Rochester , N.Y.
First guitar 1961 a little "no name" from Shebarassi Music, and Saturday lessons w/ Marty.
In my mother's mind, guitar meant classical/flamenco. A style I've perfected over the years which I like to call Clamenco . My Conde Hermanos flamenco guitar from Madrid set me on a whole different course than originally planned. All good, 3 years later I started studying with Stan Watson at Hochstein Music School where I was taking lessons along with my brother (studying with Vinnie Ruggiero) and two sisters on flute and piano.
Early teen years I spent learning current tunes off the radio, House of The Rising Sun, Simon and Garfunkel. That sort of thing. The Beatles, acoustic guitars, and coffee houses .
A first band with Paradise Hotel led me to electric guitars and amps another whole world divided from
nylon strings , acoustic guitars and playing without a pick.
Stan Watson, A great talent who inspired me to keep moving ahead on the guitar, and take chances.
Moving to Arizona in 1977 led me to studying at Mesa College, playing corporate events, and putting together a career that allowed me to work and play with many fine performers and
Vinnie and Mary Ruggiero in our living room in Perinton, NY. my parents had good taste in friends. Sweet, intelligent people I loved them both, and they me. Vinnie was just a monster drummer around NY. After moving to Rochester, he and Mary had 3 kids. All musically insightful.
Dennis Sexton & Yonattan Miller, Sedona wedding
Grant Wolf ; I got kicked out of band in high school. Bad rap if you ask me.
Grant Wolf let me back in when I decided to return to school in 1980. I became his secretary, a job which opened doors for me. I'll always be grateful for his support, humor, and guidance .
John Knowlton, and Dennis Sexton are veterans of the Phoenix music scene. The two have performed together and separately in many musical groups and productions around Arizona and the Phoenix area. Most recently, a ten year steady engagement in Chandler has allowed John and Dennis to tap into spontaneity and dynamics that only comes with many performances together.
Occasionally paired as a duo, playing jazz and pop standards, John and Dennis have lately focused on the music of Mose Allison who passed away in 2016. Since the late 70's, Mose used Mr. Sexton as his bassist when touring Arizona and surrounding western states. Having admired the work of Mose for many years, John performs several of his obliquely humorous compositions.
My wife Kathy has been a tremendous support, and has given me strength to move creatively through life.
Our daughter Janelle reminds me that there are good people all around that want to help.
Love and Happiness,
Jai Guru Dev,
Cheers and Ciao!
REGAL Model 27
Often, players will gravitate toward one particular style of music and or instrument. This hasn't been the case with me. as I mentioned before, my early nylon string playing was not self induced, nonetheless It did give me a sense of the guitar as a fluid medium to play with.
Fast forward, I'm now feeling like a kid again because I've acquired these 2 new voices quite unexpectedly through a family connection.
Both from the same household, The original owners John and Jaretty both musicians in the Ozark area of Missouri, were good players judging from the fret board wear, and general condition of the instruments. Nonetheless, one could tell that they were kept in repair
at least to the point of playability.
What they didn't realize in guitar history is that the medal body National Triolian had many features that were engineered by John Dopyero. He wasn't quite satisfied with the bridge /biscuit assembly and wanted to change it but the owner of National Guitars wanted to hurry the production of their new instrument.
Unsatisfied with National for a variety of reasons, John Dopyero leaves National, and forms Dobro with his 2 brothers, thus the name Dobro.
Below, the National Triolian is a good example of the guitar that spun into Dobro. The Regal company for about a decade was the Dobro brand east of the Mississippi. This wooden body model 27, although being their least expensive model, has the "improved" resonator design which John Dopyero wanted to use for the Triolian.
John and Jaretty Nesbit
A special thanks to the Pitchford family for placing their family heirlooms in my care. Here's to another 80 years of music.
Thanks also to Marc Schoenberger from National Guitars for his superb knowledge about the Triolian and the restoration of my instrument to playability. I have no doubt that it will probably outlast me. Play on....
Regal model 27
Medal body, National Triolian