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Jazz Concert Features Custom Made Guitar

Charles Crosman to play at library

The public is invited to attend A guitar is Born: A Concert on Jazz Guitar with musician Charles Crosman on Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the White Salmon Valley Community Library.

Crosman's performance will feature a unique hand-built solo nylon string jazz guitar by local luthier Craig Wilson of "White Salmon Guitar Company."

Enjoy this evening concert of 'Tin Pan Alley' era Jazz standards along with a discussion of the commission of this custom guitar from its initial design phase through its completion.

Charles Crosman, whose earliest music experience was on the piano, has been playing guitar since he was 10. As a 'chordal-style jazz guitarist,' he has a passion for advanced jazz harmony and re-harmonizing jazz standards.

Crosman attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has focused his career on the solo performance. He also enjoys sharing his musical expertise as a teacher.

Luthier Craig Wilson began building guitars in 1992 at a workshop with Canadian luthier David Freeman. He secured an apprenticeship at the Franklin Guitar Co. in Portland, working side by side with renowned steel-string luthier Nick Kukich.

This experience gave Wilson the opportunity to become a part of the vibrant community of instrument builders and acoustic musicians of the Pacific Northwest. In 2001 he re-located to White Salmon where he opened the White Salmon Guitar Co. and collaborates with individual musicians to create unique instruments.

For more information on this and other library programs and services call the library (509) 493-1132 or visit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library home page www.fvrl.org

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