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Vic Juris
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Vic JurisInitially influenced by rock guitarist Chuck Berry, Vic Juris first came to the notice of jazz fans by playing with saxophonist Eric Kloss. From there he went on to a stint with jazz-rock fusioneer Barry Miles before settling into an important role with saxophonist Richie Cole's fine late-1970s group.

His guitar playing showed Juris to be adept in the wide range of styles covered by these leaders: jazz, rock, funk, pop. Juris's ability to move between styles without loss of integrity ensured popular acceptance and records sold well.

It was while playing for Cole that Juris got the chance to record under his own name, an opportunity that resulted in three albums for Muse Records (now out of print). Since his days with Cole, he has played a supporting role in organ groups led by Don Patterson, Wild Bill Davison, and Jimmy Smith in addition to working in Mel Torme's backup band.

Juris's most recent long-term employer has been saxophonist Dave Liebman. Juris has also worked in tandem with some of the finest jazz guitarists of the 1980s and 1990s, including Larry Coryell and Birelli Lagrene. In the same vein, Juris took part in a 1997 concert with Coryell, David Fiuczynski, Russell Malone, and Jack Wilkins, called Five Guitars Play Mingus. In addition to his regular musicianly duties, Juris has worked the academic angle, teaching jazz improvisation and guitar at the New School (Mannes College), Lehigh University, and William Patterson University.

Juris plays with fluent lyricism, choosing to seduce his listeners with subtle phrasing and engaging romanticism. Not surprisingly, therefore, his playing of ballads is particularly attractive, allowing the romantic element to blossom. In addition to his inventive playing, Juris has also composed many songs, some of which he has performed on record.


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