John McLaughlin

32m · August 15, 2020

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin has been called the "greatest guitarist in the world" by Jeff Beck & Pat Metheny. In the 60's he gave guitar lessons to Jimmy Page and in 1963, John played with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in the band Graham Bond Quartet. They played an eclectic range of music genres, including bebop, blues and rhythm and blues. In 1969 he played with Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his electric jazz-fusion albums Bitches Brew (which has a track named after him), Jack Johnson and On the Corner. At the suggestion of Miles Davis, John formed the iconic fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971, which included Billy Cobham on drums, Jan Hammer on keyboards, Jerry Goodman on violin and Rick Laird on bass fusing virtuosity with electric jazz, rock and Indian music. GUITAR TRAX hosted by Brian Tarquin featuring in- depth interviews with today’s hottest guitar legends and airs every Monday night from 10pm-12pm on WFIT 89.5FM on the Florida space coast and can be streamed on In 2019 Tarquin received a Global Music Gold Award for his release Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) Tarquin received “Best Album Of The Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for his releases Guitars For Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven and Guitars for Veterans. On which, Tarquin shows his guitar prowess along side such world-class shredders as: Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb (FourPlay). In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin has graced the Top Billboard Charts with such commercial releases as: This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2, Sweet Emotions, and Bossa Brava: Caliente on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Smooth Jazz Radio R&R and Gavin charts. Brian has appeared on 38 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career.


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