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Mitch Seidman: Bio

Mitch Seidman was initially inspired by a Kenny Burrell record to pursue jazz guitar, and then by the late Attila Zoller through study and a close friendship that began in 1974. A professional musician and music educator for well over forty years, he has performed at festivals, nightclubs, adjudicated, and presented clinics throughout the U.S., as well in France, Germany, and Costa Rica, where he was also an artist-in-residence. Seidman has recorded with Harold Vick, Harvie S, Ted Brown, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, Tony Zano, and Charlie Kohlhase. Seidman has performed with John Pisano, Teddy Kotick, George Garzone, Herb Pomeroy, Hal Crook, Joe Beck, Michael Formanek, Holly Hofmann, Don Friedman, Vera Auer, Tyrone Brown, Eddie Jones, Steve LaSpina, Ray Drummond, Ron McClure, George Duke, Billy Harper, Elliott Zigmund, and numerous other renowned jazz musicians. He had led recordings on Jardis (Germany), Cadence, Kyran Music, and Brownstone Records. Seidman is a Professor of Ear Training at Berklee College of Music, was a contributing editor to 20th Century Guitar Magazine, and co-authored the book entitled Playing the Changes:Guitar on Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.

Homepage Photo Credits;
Gordon Bernstein (top photo)
Chi-Sun Chan (concert photo)

Selected Discography

As a Leader

For One Who Waits (Kyran Music KM 003)
with Jamie MacDonald, Claire Arenius, 2012

Triangulation (Kyran Music KM 001)
with Jamie MacDonald, Claire Arenius, 2010

How 'Bout It? (Jardis JRCD 20135)
with Mark Shilansky, Paul Del Nero, Luther Gray, 2001

Congeniality (Cadence CJR 1118)
with Charlie Kohlhase, Jeff Galindo, 2000
(Jazz critic Richard Kamin's selection
in Cadence Magazine's 2001 Record Poll)

This Over That (Jardis JRCD 9816)
with Fred Fried, featuring Harvie S, 1998

Ants in a Trance (Brownstone 9603)
with Harvie S, Ella Lou Weiler, Leonard Hochman, 1996

Fretware (Brownstone BRCD 946)
featuring Harvie S, Alan Dawson,
Charlie Kohlhase, Leonard Hochman, 1995

As a Sideman

Jazzed Up (CD Baby)
Mauro Depasquale (leader), featuring Mitch Seidman, Ed Conley, Phil Madison, 2015

Jazz Piano Comping (Book & CD/Berklee Press)
Suzanne Davis (author/leader), featuring Mitch Seidman, Tal Shalom-Kobi, Gillian DeLear, 2012

Two Views (Fresh Vinyl)
Ed Harlow (leader), featuring Pernilla Aidt, Mitch Seidman,
Todd Baker, Take Toriyama, 2002

Mooin' (Brass Taco)
Rich Greenblatt (leader), featuring Mitch Seidman, Joe Hunt,
Chris Taylor, John Turner, 1998

Until Tomorrow (Brownstone BRCD 951)
Leonard Hochman (leader), featuring Eula Lawrence, Mitch Seidman,
Harvie S, Alan Dawson, Chris Taylor, 1995

Articles and Interviews

20th Century Guitar, October, 2002
Just Jazz Guitar, November 2000
La Nacion(Costa Rica), May 21, 1997
Bostonia, Summer 1996
20th Century Guitar, July 1996
Cadence, February 1996
Jazz Player, June/July 1995
20th Century Guitar, April 1995

Book Citations

The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide
The Jazz Guitar; Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1900
All Music Guide to Jazz
Music Hound Jazz; The Essential Album Guide
The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson

Articles Contributed by Mitch

20th Century Guitar, October 1999
20th Century Guitar, May 1998
Just Jazz Guitar, February 1998

Mitch Seidman's recordings have been reviewed in Jazztimes, Jazziz, Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe, 20th Century Guitar, Cadence, College Music Journal, Northeast Performer, New England Jazz News, Bostonia, L.A. Jazz Scene, Vintage Guitar, L.A. Jazz Scene, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, Jazz Weekly, Signal to Noise, Akustik Gitarre, and Jazz Review.

Selected Website interviews

Monterey Jazz Festival
(Digital Music Education Project)

Jazz Guitar Life