Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein (left to right), New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the ensemble tours extensively through the United States and abroad giving concerts and masterclasses.
Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, New West Guitar Group infuses its latest disc 'Big City' with its signature blend of laid-back virtuosity and expert arrangements that “sometimes verge on the orchestral” (All Music Guide). 'Big City' is the group's second release on Summit Records and the music regularly featured on NPR and jazz/americana radio stations all over the country.
Graduates of USC’s Thornton School of Music, the trio’s versatility as players and composers have given them the reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble.
- “Smith, Stein and Storie play seamlessly together. Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent musical landscape these three players create.” - Metronome Magazine
- “Shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords...tight cracking interplay and complementary playing.” - Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine
- “The group’s creativity in not being afraid to stretch boundaries is helping to forge a new area of music that should inspire other guitarists...” - Vintage Guitar Magazine