Craig Hlady: Six Shades of Blue / Tomo Fujita
Guitar Department faculty member Craig Hlady leads his quartet of original blues-influenced music.
In the second half of the show, the Tomo Fujita Trio will perform tunes from Pure, Fujita's latest album with Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Steve Jordan, and Will Lee featuring original compositions that mix blues and funk. For Fujita, a Boston-based guitarist, music is not just about playing—it's about feeling. Throughout his extensive career, Fujita has proven that he possesses all the elements of great musicianship: astounding technical ability, flawless rhythm, and a total command of his instrument. But he has also shown a remarkable ability to inject emotion into every phrase he plays, whether the style be blues, jazz, funk, or rock.
Fujita earned a degree at Berklee and has been a faculty member since 1993. Perhaps the most famous of his former Berklee students are Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno ("Kraz") and John Mayer. Fujita is also affiliated with the major music schools in his native Japan. His articles have been published in the Japanese magazines Jazz Life and Jazz Guitar, and he is a regular contributor to the Japanese edition of Guitar magazine. His instructional materials are especially popular in Japan, where players have bought more than 100,000 copies of his videos and books. He has performed with some of the best, including Phil Collins, Ronnie Earl, and Susan Tedeschi. He also enjoyed a guitar-playing gig in a Boston production of the musical Rent.