Vic Juris

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Vic Juris
Birth name Victor E. Jurusz, Jr.
Born (1953-09-26)September 26, 1953
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, author
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Muse, SteepleChase
Associated acts Dave Liebman
Website www.vicjurisjazz.com

Victor E. Jurusz, Jr. (born September 26, 1953), known professionally as Vic Juris , is an American jazz guitarist.

Music career[edit]

Juris was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, but he moved with his family to Parsippiny early in his life.[1] In 1963, at the age of 10, he began learning guitar.[2] At 11, he studied guitar at the home of his teacher, Ed Berg, and got interested in jazz listening to Berg's records of guitarists Django Reinhardt, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney, and Johnny Smith. When asked about albums that made an impact on him as a kid, Juris cites Rubber Soul by the Beatles, The Dynamic Duo by Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith, Larry Coryell's debut album, and Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix. What he played in bands in his teens was the rock music of the 1960s. When he was 19, he met blind saxophonist Eric Kloss and they became friends.[1] He made his first recording on Kloss's album Bodies' Warmth (Muse, 1975).[2] Around the same time, he met guitarist Pat Martino, who became a friend and mentor.[1]

He recorded with Richie Cole during 1976–78 and released his debut album as a leader, Road Song in 1979.[3] In the early 1980s, he turned to acoustic guitar in duos with guitarists Larry Coryell and Biréli Lagrène and in the late 1980's worked with Gary Peacock's band. Since 1991 he has spent much of his career with saxophonist David Liebman.[2]

His work as a sideman in the 1990s included time with Lee Konitz and Peggy Stern (1992), Benny Waters (1993), Jeanie Bryson (1993–94), Gary Peacock (since 1994), Steve LaSpina (since 1995), Judi Silvano (1996), Ken Serio (1996, 2007) and Joe Locke (1998).[4]

Juris has taught at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Lehigh University, and Rutgers University and has written instructional books for guitar.[1]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Roadsong (Muse, 1979)
  • Horizon Drive (Muse, 1979)
  • Bleecker Street (Muse, 1981)
  • Night Tripper (SteepleChase, 1994)
  • Pastels (SteepleChase, 1996)
  • Music of Alex Wilder (Double-Time, 1996)
  • Moonscape (SteepleChase, 1996)
  • Remembering Eric Dolphy (SteepleChase, 2000)
  • Songbook (SteepleChase, 2001)
  • Songbook 2 (SteepleChase, 2002)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (SteepleChase, 2004)
  • Blue Horizon (Zoho, 2004)
  • A Second Look (Mel Bay, 2005)
  • Journey (Jardis, 2005)
  • Bohemia (Jazzpoint, 2006)
  • Live.... in the Moment (2007)
  • Seven Steps to Heaven (SteepleChase, 2008)
  • Omega Is the Alpha (SteepleChase, 2010)
  • Listen Here (SteepleChase, 2011)
  • Free Admission (SteepleChase, 2012)
  • Welcome to This New World (SteepleChase, 2013)
  • Walking on Water (SteepleChase, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Richie Cole

  • 1976 New York Afternoon
  • 1977 Alto Madness
  • 1988 Signature
  • 1992 Popbop
  • 1996 West Side Story
  • 1998 Richie & Phil & Richie
  • 2006 Rises's Rose Garden

With David Liebman

  • 1991 Classic Ballads
  • 1994 Miles Away
  • 1994 Songs for My Daughter
  • 1995 Voyage
  • 1996 Return of the Tenor
  • 1998 John Coltrane's Meditations
  • 2000 Contemporary Standards & Originals
  • 2001 Liebman Plays Puccini
  • 2001 The Unknown Jobim
  • 2003 Beyond the Line
  • 2003 Conversation
  • 2004 In a Mellow Tone
  • 2007 Back on the Corner
  • 2007 Blues All Ways
  • 2010 Live: As Always
  • 2010 Turnaround: The Music of Ornette Coleman
  • 2013 Lineage
  • 2014 A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

With Steve LaSpina

  • 1995 When I'm Alone
  • 1996 Story Time
  • 1997 Road Ahead
  • 1997 When Children Smile
  • 2008 Moments
  • 2011 Destiny

With Arthur Lipner

  • 1991 In Any Language
  • 1993 The Magic Continues
  • 1998 Portraits in World Jazz
  • 2015 Two Hands, One Heart

With Barry Miles

  • 1976 Sky Train
  • 1977 Fusion Is...

With Mel Tormé

  • 1977 Mel's London Mood
  • 1977 The London Sessions

With Don Patterson

With Judi Silvano

  • 1996 Vocalise
  • 2000 Songs I Wrote, Or Wish I Did

With Biréli Lagrène

  • 1993 Live at the Carnegie Hall
  • 2001 A Tribute to Django Reinhardt

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Schermer, Victor L. (28 July 2009). "Vic Juris: Tension and Release". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Milkowski, Bill (August 2002). "Vic Juris". Jazz Times. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Vic Juris | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Barry Kernfeld, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd edition. Oxford, 2002, v. 2, p. 467.
  5. ^ "Vic Juris | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2016.