Joe Negri is the quintessential professional guitarist and educator with an enormous capacity for sharing his love of jazz. Millions of children over several generations remember him as Handyman Negri from the PBS television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. But jazz guitarists think of him as a dedicated, knowledge-filled, versatile straight-ahead player with elder-statesman status and a common-sense approach to music.
Joe has managed to easily straddle the line between performing artist and educator. He is at home performing with the symphony, teaching in the classroom at Carnegie Mellon or Duquesne University, inspiring young children with his Jazz in the Neighborhood program, or performing with a jazz quartet at a nightclub or society party.
Joe plays a custom Bravo model.
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