NEW WEST GUITAR GROUP
“Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent musical landscape these three players create.”
— Metronome Magazine
New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has developed a widespread reputation as one of the premier jazz guitar ensembles in the world. Featuring guitarists Perry Smith (NYC) John Storie (LA) and Will Brahm (LA), they perform exciting originals, jazz standards and popular covers. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars.
Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, the New West Guitar Group has released 7 full length albums since 2005. Each project features their unique style of laid-back virtuosity and finely crafted arrangements. Their latest album "Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House" was filmed and recorded near Allentown, Pennsylvania at a legendary opera house built in the 1800s. The project features original compositions and popular covers captured in an exciting live setting for a sold out crowd.
In August of 2015, New West Guitar Group released a collaborative project 'Send One Your Love' on Summit Records. The recording features renowned jazz vocalists: Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, Becca Stevens, Tierney Sutton and Peter Eldridge. Downbeat Magazine gave this CD the prestigious Editor's Pick in their August 2015 issue.
Starting in the Fall of 2020, NWGG started a podcast series called High Action. Interviewing a variety of legendary and influential guitar players, the member of NWGG have provided a space to build community, share experiences and learn from some of today's leading voices on the Guitar.
Smith and Storie founded the group at USC's Thornton School of Music. Today they continue to tour as a trio with Brahm throughout the United States and abroad. Their music is regularly featured on NPR and jazz radio stations, while their repertoire is performed throughout the country by college and high school guitar programs. New West Guitar Group's versatility as players and composers have given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble.
“A rare chemistry...shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords, tight cracking interplay and complementary playing. ”
— Downbeat Magazine
“They're masters of their caressing, cascading sound, best categorized as chamber jazz...dexterously peppered, now and again, with Gypsy fire, flamenco zest and steel-string twang.”
“The group’s creativity in not being afraid to stretch boundaries is helping to forge a new area of music that should inspire other guitarists.”
— Vintage Guitar Magazine