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    Hi,
    I’m looking for someone to take a few jazz guitar lessons with in San Francisco CA or maybe other parts of the Bay Area. Happy to come to you. I usually play or teach piano in the evenings so most of my availability is in the mornings and afternoons. Looking for a teacher who has significant experience teaching jazz. I’ve taken some lessons with some good players and not all of them can teach well. Thank you for any help!
    Julian

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    You can't go wrong with Jeff Massanari in Oakland.

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    This is not an endorsement, but I think both of these chaps have been playing jazz and teaching for a long time:

    Barry Solomon (in Alameda) Services
    Mike Wollenberg (in Canyon, CA) Mike Wollenberg, guitarist

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    I don't know if Jack Riordan teaches but I believe he's based in the city and he f**ing rips. In the east bay, I think Jeff is a very good teacher and great player. If you're into monk (which looks like you are), holler at John Schott.

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    Thank you guys! I checked out everybody and have a lot of people to call now. I know Jack a little bit, and man he does rip! Took a lesson yesterday from Bob Brumbeloe and found it really helpful. I’d like to check out a few of these others as well, so many killer layers thank you guys for the help!

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    If you want insight into jazz styles of the 30s and 40s, I also recommend you check out Nick Rossi in the Mission. He’s a great player and also a scholar. Studying with him is a serious education.

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    My pals Duncan James (he played with George Barnes in George's last band, hows that for a reference?) and Ned Boynton both teach. Having played gigs with both, I can say that they are superb jazz guitarists.

    My friend Mimi Fox also teaches (over in the east bay). Mimi is a world class player and educator. I have worked with her and can say that her knowledge is immense.

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    And Terrence Brewer in S.F. And Randy Vincent up in Santa Rosa (though Randy can be hard to schedule with, as he's always teaching, including his regular gig at SSU, and playing out).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    My pals Duncan James (he played with George Barnes in George's last band, hows that for a reference?) and Ned Boynton both teach. Having played gigs with both, I can say that they are superb jazz guitarists.

    My friend Mimi Fox also teaches (over in the east bay). Mimi is a world class player and educator. I have worked with her and can say that her knowledge is immense.
    I haven't heard Duncan's name in yrs. I have an lp or two on Concord w/Barnes

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon
    I haven't heard Duncan's name in yrs. I have an lp or two on Concord w/Barnes
    I have done many duet gigs with Duncan over the last 15 years. He is in his 70's, but can still play as well as anyone. He always tells me that George Barnes would have loved my playing. High praise from a cat whose opinion matters to me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    I have done many duet gigs with Duncan over the last 15 years. He is in his 70's, but can still play as well as anyone. He always tells me that George Barnes would have loved my playing. High praise from a cat whose opinion matters to me....
    Duncan's playing on George Barnes' final album, a live performance, is superb.I took a few lessons from him in the distant past. I'm probably now better situated to benefit from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    My pals ... and Ned Boynton both teach. Having played gigs with both, I can say that they are superb jazz guitarists.
    Ned tunes in fourths. Do you think that would be an obstacle to teaching a player interested in standard tuning only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourOnSix
    Ned tunes in fourths. Do you think that would be an obstacle to teaching a player interested in standard tuning only?
    We all tune in fourths except for the B string. Ned's tuning (fourths on every string, like a bass player) makes the fretboard more symmetrical for him (he also tunes down a half step to make his guitar more suitable for flat keys). But his understanding of music, jazz and the guitar combined with his serious chops, would make him a fine teacher for any jazz guitarist looking to advance their playing.

    I have done a LOT of gigs with Ned and we regularly sub for each other. He is highly recommended.