Wirechoir

Wirechoir is the reinvention of Tony Rizzi's famous 5 guitar ensemble. The group plays harmonized arrangements of jazz and swing tunes based on the solos of jazz guitarist, Charlie Christian and jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker solos. Tony Rizzi's original group formed in the 70's and was made up of studio musicians that got together to rehearse, record, and perform these amazing and difficult tunes. Although the group went thru several line up changes throughout it’s tenure, some of the orginal guitarists that played in the group were Tony Rizzi, Jimmy Wylbe, Tim May, Grant Geissman, and Mike Rosati with guest soloists such as Barney Kessel and Joe Pass. Today's group continues the tradition and rehearses every sunday in Los Angeles at Carter's Coyote Pass Studios. The group consists of some of the finest guitar players in the area that include Sid Jacobs, Ken Rosser, Brandon Bernstein, Jimmy Cheesman, Willis Clow, Matt Ritvo, Putter Smith, John Atkinson, and leader Terry Carter.

Some of the venuses that they have performed and recorded at include The Board Stage in Santa Monica, The Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, and Carter’s Coytoe Pass Studios in Los Angeles. You can see clips of the group at www.terrycarter.com/wirechoir and become a fan at www.facebook.com/wirechoir. Some of their tunes include Rose’s Loom, Carvin’ The Bird, Relaxin’ at Camarillo, Round Midnight, Four, I Surrender, Yardbird Suite, 7 Come 11, Four Brothers, and Lemon Cake. 
 
Wirechoir had an awesome gig as part of the RCC Guitar Festival and Competition. It was great to see all the young and talented guitar players and to have Dr. Peter Curtis share his guitar skills on a few tunes with the band. Thank you for all that came out to the event.
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Wirechoir playing a holiday classic, Silent Night, arranged by Terry Carter. Solos by Fred Garbutt (Wurlitzer) and Sam Hoffman (guitar). The group is: Terry Carter, Jimmy Cheesman, Miles Jensen, Sam Hoffman, Alex Medina, Jon Kleinhans, Jimmy Cormier, Matt Dievenhorf, Michael Carver (Bass), John Atkinson (Drums).

Silent Night

Wirechoir Review at ELAC

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Wirechoir at East Los Angeles College on Friday Nov. 8th, 2013 at 8:00PM.

Wirechoir at East Los Angeles College on Friday Nov. 8th, 2013 at 8:00PM.

Wirechoir featuring Pete Christlieb

Wirechoir had an amazing show on Friday November 8th, 2013 at ELAC (East Los Angeles College). Besides the usual cast of characters, Wirechoir will have 4 members that played with Tony Rizzi's original band, who include Pete Christlieb on tenor saxophone, Paul Kreibich on drums, Luther Hughes on bass, and Joe Jewell on guitar.  We are honored and excited about playing for part of the East Los Angeles College's Jazz Series in their new recital hall. Come out and hear a great night of jazz as we plays hits from our "Release The Fury" CD and also dust off some of Tony Rizzi's original arrangements from the 70's.

Giant Steps feat. Pete Christlieb

Four feat. Ron Eschete

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Wirechoir: Release The Fury

Wirechoir - Release The Fury (CD)

Wirechoir - Release The Fury (CD)

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  1. Tom Thumb (feat. Grant Geissman & Joe Bagg)
  2. I Surrender (feat. Pete Christlieb)
  3. Carvin' The Bird (feat. Ron Escheté, Pete Christlieb, Joe Bagg, Ryan Mcgillicuddy)
  4. 7 Come 11 (feat. Larry Koonse & Joe Bagg)
  5. Lemon Cake (feat. Tim May)
  6. 'Round Midnight (feat. Pete Christlieb)
  7. Jordu (feat. Frank Potenza, Tom Ranier, & Pete Christlieb)
  8. Rose's Loom (feat. Howard Alden & Pete Christlieb)
  9. Four (feat. Ron Escheté & Steve Huffsteter)
  10. Giant Steps (feat. Bruce Forman, Steve Trovato, & Pete Christlieb)

Wirechoir is Sid Jacobs, Ken Rosser, Jimmy Cheesman, Brandon Bernstein, Willis Clow, Matt Ritvo, Eric Jensen, John Atkinson, Ryan Mcgillicuddy, Putter Smith, & Terry Carter

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Wirechoir (MP3 Download)

Wirechoir - Release The Fury (MP3 Files)

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  1. 1 Tom Thumb (feat. Grant Geissman & Joe Bagg) 05:23
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  2. 2 I Surrender (Jazz/Swing) Instrumental 04:10 Info
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  3. 3 Carvin' The Bird (feat. Ron Escheté, Pete Christlieb, Joe Bagg, Ryan Mcgillicuddy) 05:08
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  4. 4 7 Come 11 (feat. Larry Koonse & Joe Bagg) 05:09
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  5. 5 Lemon Cake (Jazz/Swing) Instrumental 05:03 Info
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  6. 6 'Round Midnight (feat. Pete Christlieb) 07:27
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  7. 7 Jordu (feat. Frank Potenza, Tom Ranier, Pete Christlieb) 06:25
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  8. 8 Rose's Loom (Jazz/Swing) Instrumental 04:47 Info
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  9. 9 Four (feat. Ron Escheté & Steve Huffsteter) 05:45
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  10. 10 Giant Steps (Jazz/Swing) Instrumental 04:50 Info
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Lemon Cake feat. Ken Rosser

Let It Snow (feat. Pete Christlieb)

Wybleland feat. Ken Rosser

I Surrender feat. Pete Christlieb

Relaxin' at Camarillo feat. Pete Christlieb

Carvin' The Bird feat. Pete Christlieb

Sleigh Ride

Wirechoir In The Studio

Studio guitarist and original Wirechoir member Mike Anthony came and played thru some tunes with us at the last Wirechoir rehearsal. Mike was playing with Tony Rizzi in the early 70's when Wirechoir was just getting started, a few years before they did the first album. Mike read thru some charts with us and then gave an interview about his time with Tony Rizzi and the studio scene in Los Angeles during the 60's, 70's and 80's. It was an honor to have him come down.





We just finished 2 days of recording the main tracks for our debut album at Grandma's Warehouse Studio in Echo Park. We are recording most of the album live and have some very special guests artists playing with us including three members of the original Wirechoir, Tim May, Grant Geissman, Tom Ranier, and Pete Christlieb. Some of the other guests on the album include Frank Potenza, Larry Koonse, Ron Escheté, Putter Smith, John Pisano, John Stowell, Steve Trovato, and Joe Bagg. I will keep everyone updated with the album and about the CD release party that we are going to have. We are also filming the entire process. Here are some photos from the sessions:

 
 
 
 
The concert with Wirechoir featuring Ron Escheté at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA. 

Check out the review by Sherm Clow on the performance!





Rose's Loom at SMC

Lemon Cake at Riviera

Carvin' The Bird at SMC

Relaxin' At Camarillo at Carter's Coyote Pass

Rose's Loom from Alvas

Brandon Bernstein - For Jimmy Wyble

Sid Jacobs - In Honor of Jimmy Wyble

Daniel Gilbert - The "4th" Chord Part 1

Daniel Gilbert - The "4th" Chord Part 2

I Surrender at Carter's Coyote Pass

Rose's Loom at Carter's Coyote Pass

Riviera Gig

Wirechoir played an amazing show on Friday October 15th. The set included Rose's Loom, Lemon Cake, A New Baby, Round Midnight, Four, Carvin' The Bird and Tom Thumb. The band was Ken Rosser, Joe Jewell, Brandon Bernstein, Willis Clow, Matt Ritvo, Eric Jensen, John Atkinson (drums), Ryan Mcgillicuddy (bass) and leader Terry Carter. Check out the video for Lemon Cake (Tribute to Jimmy Wyble) and photos below.

Alvas Gig

Setlist, videos and photos of Wirechoir at the Alvas Showroom on Sat. April 10th. It was our first big gig and we pulled out all the stops.

Set 1:
1. Rose's Loom
2. I Surrender
3. Three For Two
4. Theme from Taxi Driver (Ken Rosser, Sid Jacobs, Putter Smith - Bass, & John Atkinson -Drums)
5. How About You (Brandon Bernstein, Putter Smith, & John Atkinson)
6. Four Brothers
7. Relaxin' At Camarillo

Set 2:
8. Estate (Joe Jewell and Ken Rosser Duet)
9. A New Baby
10. Yardbird Suite
11. Round Midnight
12. Four
13. Jimmy Wylbe Etudes #1, 3, & 5 (Sid Jacobs solo guitar)
14. Carvin' The Bird.

The band cosisted of Sid Jacobs, Ken Rosser, Joe Jewell, Daniel Gilbert, Matt Ritvo, Jimmy Cheesman, Brandon Bernstein, Eric Jensen, Terry Carter, Putter Smith on bass and John Atkinson on drums.

Wirechoir (WAV Downlaod)

Wirechoir - Release The Fury (WAV Files)

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  3. 3 Carvin' The Bird (feat. Ron Escheté, Pete Christlieb, Joe Bagg, Ryan Mcgillicuddy) 05:08
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  4. 4 7 Come 11 (feat. Larry Koonse & Joe Bagg) 00:05
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  5. 5 Lemon Cake (feat. Tim May) 05:03
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  6. 6 'Round Midnight (feat. Pete Christlieb) 00:11
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  7. 7 Jordu (feat. Frank Potenza, Tom Ranier, Pete Christlieb) 00:11
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  8. 8 Rose's Loom (feat. Howard Alden & Pete Christlieb) 00:05
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  9. 9 Four (feat. Ron Escheté & Steve Huffsteter) 05:45
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  10. 10 Giant Steps (feat. Bruce Forman, Steve Trovato, Pete Christlieb) 04:50
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