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Dana Guitar Studio to host virtual jazz master class Friday

The event will feature guitarists Jim Campilongo and Luca Benedetti.
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Jim Campilongo, left, and Luca Benedetti. (Contributed photos)

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s Dana Guitar Studio will host a virtual jazz master class featuring Jim Campilongo and Luca Benedetti from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday.

To access the Zoom master class, which is free and open to the public, click here. The password is 260191.

Campilongo has 11 albums of original material and guest appearances on dozens of recordings — including a contribution on Cake's million-selling “Prolonging the Magic” and lead guitar duties with The Little Willies and his band with Norah Jones. He has earned two Gold records and has written music for national ads for National Grid, Volkswagen, SBC, Michelin and Jack Daniel's.

Campilongo is a published guitar teacher and contributing editor for Guitar Player magazine. His  TrueFire instructional video "Sonic Tele" continues to be a best-seller, along with his homespun "Lessons By Mail," offered on his website.

Benedetti, a Brooklyn-based guitarist and producer, has been performing in a wide variety of roots, jazz, country and Americana-inspired projects since moving to New York in 1996. His most recent collaborations include performances, production and recordings with Hermine Deurloo & Steve Gadd, Campilongo and a variety of other artists.

As an original member of Honeyfingers, Benedetti co-produced and performed on the Campilongo and Honeyfingers album "Last Night, This Morning," and also co-produced and performed on Zephaniah O'Hora’s "This Highway." 

Benedetti has a bachelor's degree from The Berklee College of Music and a master's degree from The City College of New York, where he studied with jazz legend Ron Carter, who invited him to perform for the ASCAP Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Milt Hinton and Artie Shaw.

For more information, call the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.