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Jazz Guitarist Cal Collins on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jul 25, 2013 1:52 PM

 Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. on witf's Center Stage



Cal Collins


The career of the late Cal Collins included a stint in Benny Goodman’s band from 1976-1981. That association also led to a long association for Collins with Concord Records, one of the leading mainstream jazz labels for 30 years. He recorded as guitarist for many of the label’s big artists, including Rosemary Clooney, as well as making many recordings of his own.

Collins was from Indiana, where he began his career by playing bluegrass mandolin. He switched to jazz guitar after hearing recordings by Django Reinhardt and became one of the most widely respected jazz guitarists of his time.







He spent a good deal of time in Central PA, often filling in for pianist Steve Rudolph, one of the founders of Central PA Friends of Jazz.  The two made a recording together called That Was Good shortly before Collins’ death in 2001.  Our Center Stage concert with Cal Collins was recorded at the Harrisburg Hilton in 1993 by Russ Neff and John Uhl. Cal Collins is joined by bassist Hassan Shakur, who has performed with many jazz greats.    




Steve Rudolph was good friends with Cal Collins, and spent some time in our studio reminiscing about the guitarist and their many performances together. You can listen to our feature with Steve below:


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