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Guitarist John Westmoreland grew up in Pittsboro, NC playing blues and rock in various groups. As a teenager he began playing jazz and eventually studied jazz performance and classical composition. Enjoy $4 Drafts on Thursday evenings and the fine guitar of a talented young musician.Save
Sounds Like: Bill Frisell, Djelimady Tounkara, Jim Hall
Bio: A native North Carolinian with deep roots in the blues, John Westmoreland is a multidimensional musician. He studied jazz and classical composition at Berklee College of Music where he was also a recipient of the BEST scholarship. His teachers have been some of the foremost in the nation, includi...See Full Bio
“Diali Cissokho & Kairaba! — Resonance (self-released) Diali Cisshokho packed his kora and left Senegal for love. He joined his wife, a Pittsboro, N.C. native, stateside, but carried with him a long line of griot tradition. Upon finding a quartet of American musicians — guitarist John Westmoreland, bassist Jonathan Henderson (also of Midtown Dickens), and percussionists Austin McCall and Will Ridenour — Cissokho founded Kairaba!, whose name translates, tellingly, to “peace and love.” The CD’s liner notes shrink the language barrier, offering exposition of Cissokho’s calls for positive change. The music, though, needs no translation. Cissokho plays his kora with rock-like exuberance, well complemented by Westmoreland’s crisp guitar work and the polyrhythmic funk the rhythm section provides.”