Recorded Live on January 28, 1999, Remastered for DVD, 2010
at La Ve Lee nightclub, Studio City California.
Hosted by Greg Howard
The magic and incredibly divergent artistry of eight of the most
experienced Stick players has now been captured on our 106-minute
DVD release entitled Stick Night '99.
Joining host Greg Howard are Larry Tuttle, Don Schiff, Steve
Adelson, Third Door Down (featuring Casey Arrillaga), Bob
Culbertson, Emmett Chapman and Jim Lampi, who had gathered in Los
Angeles for the NAMM Convention. The diversity of sounds, Sticks
and styles make for a unique night of music, and an excellent
viewing and listening opportunity for the fan of tapping music.
As producers of this new video, Sal Guitarez, Greg and Emmett have
gone to great lengths to provide the sounds (audio mastering by
Bruce Hanifan and DAT recording by Chuck Ivy), the camera angles,
dissolves and visual effects (video editing by Alan Popkin at Time
Warner Studios), and the graphics (by Dan Chapman) that best
complement the inspiration of each artist.
Larry Tuttle, of Freeway Philharmonic fame sets a high
standard for the night, starting things out on Grand Stick with
four solo instrumental pieces, from his new
Through the Gates CD.
He was followed by Don Schiff who played and sang three
songs from his Timeless CD, with Casey Arrillaga jamming
along on percussion. Don's NS/Stick piece will give many their
first taste of this diverse 8-string multi-technique instrument.
New York jazz Stick guru Steve Adelson plays his versions
of jazz standards with guest drummer Roman Cho.
Third Door Down: The sweetly dramatic vocals of Kira
Arrillaga and Heather Niss hitch a ride on Casey Arrillaga's
Bob Culbertson contributes two beautiful solo instrumentals
from his CD. Sitting with his Block-equiped Grand Stick on a
crossbar over his knees, Bob employs a mulititude of playing
Next we hear the Latin sound of trumpeter Shyam Kannan, drummer
Roman Cho, and Greg Howard, playing two songs from Greg's
Sol CD. Greg uses his Baritone Melody ten-string in every
solo and accompaniment mode the music calls for.
Emmett begins with an improv he calls "Stick Reunion '99",
then embarks on an extended version of the Irish folk song "Kerry
Dancers". His Block-equipped 12-string, processed through
distortion, ambients and the Patch of Shades.
Winding up the performance is Singer/Stickist Jim Lampi,
whose soulful singing and dynamic play show what a complete
instrument for accompanying a vocalist The Stick can be.
Eight performances, each showcaseing a completely different aspect
of The Stick as brought to life by these artists.
Read a review of
"Stick Night 99" written by Emmett Chapman
Larry Tuttle: solo Grand Stick
Don Schiff: Grand Stick,
NS/Stick and vocals
Steve Adelson: Grand Stick,
with Roman Cho on drums
Casey Arrillaga: Grand Stick
with Third Door Down
Bob Culbertson: Grand Stick
Greg Howard: 10-string
Stick with Shyam Kannan
on trumpet, and Roman Cho
Jim Lampi: Grand Stick