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Getting to Know Your Musical Heroes

Jazz guitarist Frank Potenza is a protégé of the great Joe Pass, and Chair of the Studio and Jazz Guitar Department at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition to his academic duties, he has also recorded seven solo albums, appeared as a sideman on numerous albums, and has appeared in concert with artists like Gene Harris, Joe Pass, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith and George Van Eps, among many others.

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Jazz guitarist and USC Thornton School of Music professor Frank Potenza discusses his twenty-year relationship with one of his idols – jazz guitar great Joe Pass – and why seeking out and getting to know the musicians you revere can be a great way to keep yourself motivated and growing as a musician and a person.

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November 2007
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