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Last Stop Before World Tour: Practice In Nyack

by Dave Bassist

Al Di Meola is one of the great jazz fusion guitarists of all time — and he has local area roots. He started his musical journey honing his skills while in high school in Bergenfield, NJ. At age 19, Al became a member of fusion supergroup Return to Forever – joining up with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White. The band made three albums, including the Grammy winning No Mystery record in 1975.

Di Meola then went on to achieve success as a leader of his own groups. He has played with many of jazz and pop’s greats including Paul Simon, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.

For the past few years, Di Meola has been writing, recording and touring with his current band – Al Di Meola World Sinfonia. Al brought his international band to downtown Nyack for a run of rehearsals at Anjel Blue Rehearsal Studios. Di Meola also enlisted the Anjel Blue crew to provide sound equipment and tech work for the Al DiMeola Haiti Relief Effort Benefit Concert at Charles DeWolf Middle School in Old Tappan, NJ.

For now, Al Di Meola is busy touring the world – playing in Australia, Israel, Europe, Russia and Japan. Catch him in March 2011, when he returns to the US for a run of shows.

Dave Bassist manages Anjel Blue Rehearsal Studio and Nyack Music School,
and plays in several local bands including Mr. Breakdown and the Ryan
Liatsis Trio.

Photo: Al Di Meola, courtesy of

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Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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