And then there’s Raul Midon.
If you just heard him sing, you say his voice is a blend of Al Jarreau and Donnie Hathaway. But you’d have to see him play the guitar to realize there’s probably no one who compares.
Raul Midon talks persistence and culture
Raul Midon is an accomplished musician and natural born performer. Listening to his music gives you an opportunity to dwell inside of the mind of a genius. His expression is musical and his dexterity is mind blowing. We spoke with Midon about his music, his upcoming project Bad Ass and Blind and his artistry.
Multi-talented musician Raul Midón joined us recently for a session in the Paste Studio. With a little bit of funk, a little Latino influence and a ton of intricate guitar-picking, the New Mexico native gave us an incredibly unique and inspirational performance. Blind since birth, the artist produces lyrics, styling and musical ability that a level of artistry and intelligence that not too many people are lucky enough to have.
This past month, cyber-savvy guitarists rejoiced in yet another exciting guitar video gone viral, this one featuring blind acoustic picker Raul Midón ripping though John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” (in all 12 keys!), playing chords beneath his trademark “mouth trumpet” one moment, and the next dropping the jaws of jazz connoisseurs with his unaccompanied single-note lines, unleashed on his Traugott Model BK ax.
Guitarist Raul Midón plays outside the jazz box
Guitarist Raul Midón pulls from several styles and influences. Although jazz is his number one passion (he stole a Charlie Parker record from his dad as a kid, and has been hooked ever since), he’s also inspired by pop and rock artists, like Jason Mraz and the Who.
YLong before Raul Midón made his name as a genre-bending singer-songwriter and innovative guitarist, he had dreams of being a jazz musician. So when Midón was asked to perform as part of the acclaimed Monterey Jazz Festival tour, he embraced the idea of taking a break from being a solo performer and joining the accomplished ensemble.
Raul Midon with All-Star Tour Band Hits the Road in Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, returns to the road in 2016. Featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists, the latest edition of the all-star tour band includes Raul Midón on guitar and vocals; Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophones; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; musical director Gerald Clayton on piano; Joe Sanders on bass; and Gregory Hutchinson and Kendrick Scott on drums.