Photo: Linda Manzer | © Andy Howell. Some Rights Reserved.
The next show will air on Sunday, April 29 2018 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast presents an interview with luthier (guitar maker) Linda Manzer.
Linda (Jane) Manzer, born in Toronto, is a Canadian luthier renowned for her archtop and flat-top acoustic guitars.
Linda received her training from Jean Larrivée between 1974 and 1978 and later with Jimmy D’Aquisto in New York. Her greatest claim to fame is that she has and still does build many custom guitars for renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny including the Pikasso which has 42 strings and three necks. Carlos Santana, Stephen Fearing, Julian Lage, Henrik Andersen, Doug Macaskill, Craig Snyder, Milton Nascimento, Liona Boyd, Heather Bishop, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Mike Francis (Pepe), Marie Lynn Hammond, Sherry Shute, John McGale and Gordon Lightfoot have to be mentioned as special customers too.
Manzer says, “I’ve been making guitars for over 43 years. I love what I do. The most important thing to me is that the player is inspired by the guitar. And plays it.”
(Bio adapted from the Manzer Guitars website.)
This program is hosted, engineered, produced, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Watch Pat Metheny perform “Into the Dream” with the Manzer 42-string Pikasso Guitar.
Watch Julian Lage perform a duo with the Manzer Blue Note Guitar.
Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman College in the City University of New York system.