The NYC Jazz Guitar Blog

Welcome to the NYC Jazz Guitar Blog, it is great to find you here.

This blog is the newest feature of and is my chance to share with you my experiences as a jazz guitarists living in NYC. As always, feel free to share your thoughts below any post.

~ Sam Blakelock |

How To Play Happy Birthday on Jazz Guitar

I recently arranged happy birthday for jazz guitar. It was well received on instagram: Happy [ soulful ] Birthday from NYC // #jazzguitar #riffwars #jazzguitarist #guitaris #guitarvideo A video posted by Sam Blakelock (@pickupjazz) on Aug 14, 2015 at 10:55am PDT So I decided to upload my video to YouTube and write out TAB. Let […]

Pickupjazz News: Bossa Nova, Blues and more

I’m please to announce the release of two brand new videos and lessons. These are really just the tip of the iceberg of the material I will be releasing in the coming weeks. Exciting times ahead for! Bossa Nova Guitar   How to Jazz Up Your 12 Bar Blues

The 4 Best NYC Jazz Clubs (for jazz guitar)

Looking for a New York City jazz club to catch a world class jazz guitarist? Me too. Read on to discover your best options for an inspiring evening of top notch jazz. Smalls Jazz CLub, NYC. Photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg Why are these jazz clubs the best? I’m a musician, so when it comes […]

John Scofield Clinic | Interview

I’m a big fan of John Scofield. This blog post is my opportunity to share insights and inspiration from a recent masterclass I checked out of John’s in NYC. Kudos to NYU for presenting this amazing opportunity to learn all about John’s rich musical history and his thoughts on jazz. I give all credit to […]

How To Play Guitar On A Cruise Ship

Do you want to get paid to play creative, original music to appreciative audiences all over the world? Well, playing guitar on a cruise ship probably isn’t for you.  To find out if it is, read on. The Cruise Ship Guitarist Can you sight read music well? Good! Do you enjoy drinking drink beer? Great! Want […]

20 Jazz Standards Often Called at Jam Sessions

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You’re going to a jazz jam session but you aren’t sure what tunes you should know? Me too, so I decided to do some research and came up with this list of 20 jazz standards often called at jam sessions (in NYC). Why did I choose these Jazz Standards? I have heard all these tunes […]

15 Contemporary NYC Jazz Guitarists

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Looking for an inspiring jazz guitar gig in NYC? Me too. Here are 15 top young contemporary jazz guitarists who perform regularly in NYC. Why these “Young” NYC Jazz Guitarists? Why did I chose these guys? Two reasons. 1: Money It won’t cost you a stupid amount of money to see these jazz guitarists. Many of […]