DENNY’S GRAND SLAM OR THE WRECKING CREW INTERVIEW PART II? BY ED HUERTA
So much has transpired since we brought you our first interview with Denny Tedesco concerning The Wrecking Crew Film. The Kickstarter was just underway and there was that huge hope that the $250,000 benchmark would be reached.
Many thanks to our readers and so many others who believed in this project and supported it. The Kickstarter had 4,245 backers for a total sum of $313,157 pledged, way beyond the $250,000 goal.
This allowed Denny Tedesco to cut some more special footage back into the movie allowing some great additions since the time when many saw the screening for the first time.
As you probably have heard, the distributor, Magnolia Pictures opened the movie in Canada on February 20th and will be opening it in the U.S. this coming Friday, March 13th.
THE WRECKING CREW FILM: ONE OF THE COOLEST MUSIC FILMS TO COME ALONG…EVER
IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR THE GREAT THEATRICAL RELEASE OF THE WRECKING CREW FILM
As we’re patiently waiting for this great film’s theatrical release to the masses, Jackaboutguitars.com has decided to move the article and interview that we did with Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, just prior to The Wrecking Crew Film Kickstarter, to the top, front & center of the site for any of those out there who may have missed this cool story and interview the first time around.
Many thanks to EVERYONE who helped make Denny Tedesco’s Dream a REALITY!And most of all,THANK YOU DENNY!
In the very near future we will be running a brand new interview with Denny Tedesco – just completed by “The Prince of Primitive”, Jackaboutguitars.com’s Ed Huerta, as the countdown to the major theatrical release of the movie is quickly approaching.
The film is opening in my neck of the woods on March 13th at The Hollywood Theater, here in Portland, Oregon, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about that.
SOME MORE DATES AND PLACES FOR THE RELEASE OF THE FILM IN THEATERS
The movie will be opening on these dates in these cities so far…
Halifax, NS: Carbon Arc Cinema Co-op
Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Vancouver, BC: VanCity
Hamilton, ON: Art Gallery Of Hamilton
Saint John, NB: TIFF Film Circuit
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Dallas, TX: Magnolia Theatre
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
New York, NY: IFC Center 5
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
Santa Ana, CA: South Coast Village 3
Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8
Jefferson City, MO: Capitol City Cinema
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
Santa Fe, NM: Jean Cocteau Cinema
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
Gainesville, FL: Hippodrome – Gainesville
Phoenix, AZ: FilmBar
San Francisco, CA: Opera Plaza Cinemas 4
San Luis Obispo, CA: Palm Cinema
Seattle, WA: SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
Waterville, ME: Railroad Square Cinema 3
Fort Worth, TX: Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth
Bethlehem, PA: ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
Springfield, MO: Moxie Cinema 2
Lafayette, LA: Acadiana Center for the Arts
Memphis, TN: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Albuquerque, NM: Guild
…AND I’M SURE there will be more dates and places to follow as this picks up momentum!
OUR PREVIOUS INTERVIEW WITH DENNY TEDESCO
In the meantime, here’s the first interview that Ed Huerta did with Filmmaker Denny Tedesco and the accompanying article.
Enjoy it and keep yourselves tuned in to Jackaboutguitars.com for the new interview with Denny Tedesco which will be here real soon.
MY DINNER WITH DENNY TEDESCO (WELL, NOT REALLY…JUST PICKING THE MIND OF THE MAN BEHIND ONE OF THE COOLEST MUSIC FILMS TO COME ALONG EVER…THE FILM “THE WRECKING CREW”) by ED HUERTA
WELL, THE TIME IS AT HAND, AND THE WAY COOL MUCH ANTICIPATED WRECKING CREW FILM IS ALMOST HERE…
KICKSTARTER IS IN PLACE AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE TO DO WHAT EACH OF US CAN
That’s right. It’s finally almost here. Getting closer to the release of THE WRECKING CREW FILM. Many of you have heard thebuzz. Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, son of the late, great guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, is getting very close to releasing his “labor of love“, The Wrecking Crew Film. Talk about excitement building…
This isthe story that has needed to be told and it’s time for the final pushfor funds to get this amazingfilm up on the BIG SCREEN for all to see and enjoy, to be WOWED and AMAZED. And what a story it is…
Let’s all helpDennyTedesco to get this story out to the masses. Kent Hartman, thank you so much for writing “The Wrecking Crew” Book (“The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best Kept Secret)! I just wish that I would have discovered it before writing this article as I would have certainly asked your permission to draw from it. What a GREAT read!
To date, many dollars have been raised as the film contains over a hundred songs of which the music rights and licensing had to be worked out and paid for. The process is almost complete which will allow the film to be released.
Read on and find out how youcan become a part of all this through the Kickstarter Program. You can actually help in a very modest (or generous) way to get this fantastic film launched onto the big screen!!! There are so many ways to help out from attending screenings, giving a small or large donation, and even getting an actual dedication that will appear on the DVD. THE WRECKING CREW FILM: ONE OF THE COOLEST MUSIC FILMS TO COME ALONG…EVER!
One song comes to mind that takes me back to a time when I was fortunate enough to play guitar in a very cool, very authentic 60s cover band called Route 66 – (This band was hatched from The Tangents and Eddie & The Trays. Great memories.) The song Im referring to that was really fun to play now feels like it has really become the anthem of my life. It was by Booker T. and The MGs and is called Time Is Tight. Boy is it and thats all Ive got
I was hoping to do so much with the site this year and I cant believe thats its already summertime. Im hoping the living is easy for you but Im beginning to have my doubts even about that for myself as work has been plentiful and when one freelances, one must go for it while the gettin is good.
In the mean time Im going to move a GREAT guitarist story to the top again that was run mid February as we now have some cool add ons that are put after the story (so as to not interfere directly with the pictures and flow of the story as it was originally presented by Jas Obrecht.)
The story, Tommy Tedesco and Friends On The Age of Studio Guitar by Jas Obrecht caught the eye of one of Tommy Tedescos sons, Wrecking Crew Filmmaker, Denny Tedesco. After Denny saw the article, he shot me an email saying that he remembered the party and that he could get me some pictures to add to the story if I could use them. I thought to myself that this was way cool. (Thanks so much Denny and my sincerest apologies for it taking so long to get the photos up.)
Im going to call this my disclaimer just in case there were any mistakes made in identifying some of the greats in the pictures. Even though I had help in trying to figure out just who everyone was in the photos, it wasnt an easy task by any means. So here goes: My apologies to any persons, living or no longer with us, who might have a wrong name attached to the photo that was thought to be you. It was purely accidental if it happened and if there were any mistakes, please contact me through the site and well get things all sorted out.
Special thanks to Denny Tedesco and his mother Carmie Tedesco for use of the photographs, and the help of Denny, Mitch Holder, and Bobby Fury (aka Bob Mytkowicz) for their help in confirming the identities of those in the photos. The b&w digital images used were taken from scans of 34 year old color snapshots which had faded and lost out to time, standard color processing, etc., etc., etc.,. As mentioned in the story, The occasion was a sendoff for longtime session guitarists Al Hendrickson and Michael Anthony. Enjoy! Jack
One really way cool thing about having this “fun little guitar site” has to do with the people that I have had the privilege to have contact with. Jas Obrecht is one of these people.
Jas was an editor at Guitar Player Magazine for some twenty years and has interviewed so many great guitarists it would make your head spin. Not only is he a noteworthy author and a fine guitarist in his own right, but he is also a founding editor of Pure Guitar Magazine. Jas has an immense amount of music knowledge.
Be sure to check out his way cool blog at Jas Obrecht.com. It’s truly a GREAT site! Please enjoy this really cool article that Jas has so graciously shared with all of us through Jackaboutguitars. – Jack
TOMMY TEDESCO AND FRIENDS ON THE GOLDEN AGE OF STUDIO GUITAR BY JAS OBRECHT
Tommy Tedesco, the most recorded guitarist in history, was also one of the most beloved characters to ever work the Los Angeles music scene. And work it he did: After arriving from Niagara Falls in 1953, Tommy spent four decades playing sessions for countless films, TV shows, record albums, commercial jingles you name it. A ferociously good sight-reader, this wonderful, big-hearted Italian maestro of the strings became the towns first call guitarist, meaning he was the first person to call for sessions.
Beyond being a brilliant player, Tommy was renowned for his mischievous sense of humor and willingness to help talented newcomers navigate the studio system. He was a much-loved character, and everyone who as part of that scene has choice Tedesco stories to share. I too have many fond memories him, and one stands above the rest. First, some background.
Before arriving at Guitar Player magazine in May 78, Id never heard of Tommy Tedesco. That all changed my first day on the job, when I was handed my regular monthly assignments. Among them were editing columns by Jeff Baxter, Barney Kessel, and Tommy Tedesco. Baxter, I learned, liked to dictate his over the phone. Kessel carefully hand-wrote his on a yellow legal pad. Tommys Studio Log column showed up in the mail, neatly typed and with an attached page of music from a recent session. These columns provided unsurpassed insight into studio life at the time, as Tommy detailed who each session was for, what gear he played, how he modified the music, and what he was paid. Hed always call to ask if the column was okay. I found him to be a wonderful guy through and through, and I ended up editing his column for fourteen years. I always enjoyed being around him at seminars, trade shows, studio dates, and when hed visit our office.
My fondest memory of the man dates to May 18, 1980. That night Tommy and his wife Carmie threw a party at their spacious home in Northridge, California. The occasion was a sendoff for longtime session guitarists Al Hendrickson and Michael Anthony. By early evening, cars of all shapes and sizes had pulled up in front of the house. The signatures in the guest book included Bob Bain, Dennis Budimir, Larry Carlton, Steve Carnelli, David Cohen, Joe DiBlasi, Herb Ellis, Ron Eschete, Robben Ford, Grant Geissman, Jay Graydon, Al Hendrickson, Mitch Holder, Carol Kaye, Pat Martino, Tim May, Greg Poree, Lee Ritenour, Alan Reuss, Tony Rizzi, Thom Rotella, George M. Smith, and Barry Zweiss. In retrospect, this party proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of Los Angeles top studio guitarists.
As I reported in the April 1981 issue of Guitar Player, The tenor of the evening was laid-back and polite, with no sign of inflated egos. Over clinking glasses and infectious laughter, most conversations centered on families, girlfriends, memories of old pals and times gone, humorous events in the studio, scams at the golf course, and friendly wagers. Although several instruments were inconspicuously stacked in a corner of the living room, none of these sharpshooters opened a case all night. Several times that evening, I heard the quip, If someone dropped a bomb on this party, L.A. would be a wide-open town for guitarists!