Friday September 7th: NATE NAJAR
Nate Najar, is an American guitarist, music producer, and composer who plays mostly as a fingerstyle guitarist, playing the classical guitar within the jazz tradition
As a teen Najar, originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, studied classical guitar under Frank Mullen. Through Mullen, Nate developed an instrumental style for which he'd receive most recognition, thus being selected to perform locally, nationally, and abroad among notable jazz musicians, including both veterans and contemporaries, such as Ken Peplowski, John Lamb, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jonathan Fritzén among others.
Najar's musical style is influenced by the late Charlie Byrd, a fingerstyle guitarist known for encompassing Bossa nova and Brazilian jazz music styles. Najar plays one of Byrd's own instruments, a 1974 Ramírez (brand) 1A classical guitar.
4 years after Aquarela Do Brasil Najar releases Under Paris Skies with Woodward Avenue Records.