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Rolling Stone

We assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else. Featuring Keith Richards on Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana on Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty on George Harrison and more.

THE VOTERS: Trey Anastasio, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Brian Bell (Weezer), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), James Burton, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gary Clark Jr., Billy Corgan, Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder (The Eagles), David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Peter Guralnick (Author), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), Brian Hiatt (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Brian May, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Scotty Moore, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tom Morello, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Brendan O’Brien (Producer), Joe Perry, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Robbie Robertson, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carlos Santana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Marnie Stern, Stephen Stills, Andy Summers, Mick Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Vieux Farka Touré, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Nancy Wilson (Heart)

CONTRIBUTORS: David Browne, Patrick Doyle, David Fricke, Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Alan Light, Rob Tannenbaum, Douglas Wolk

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Joe Negri

Background information
Birth nameJoseph Harold Negri
Born (1926-06-10) June 10, 1926 (age 94)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Years active1929–present

Joseph Harold Negri (born June 10, 1926) is an American jazz guitarist and educator.[1] He appeared as himself and as "Handyman Negri" in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe segments on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[1] He appeared on the 1959 children's television program Adventure Time and with Johnny Costa on the 1954 TV series 67 Melody Lane hosted by Ken Griffin.

Negri taught jazz guitar for 49 years at the University of Pittsburgh,[2] where jazz guitar was first offered as a discipline in higher education.[3][4] He taught for 46 years at Duquesne University,[3][1] as well as at Carnegie Mellon University.


Joe Negri began performing on radio at age three, playing the ukulele and singing. He joined the local musicians' union and began playing professional engagements. In the 1940s, he toured nationally and was a member of the Shep Fields Orchestra for several years. Then he entered the Army for two years.

After returning home, he performed in Pittsburgh with his brother, pianist Lonfellow Negri. He enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, concentrated on music composition, and taught guitar to students, including Ralph Patt,[5] the inventor of major-thirds tuning.[6][7] Negri and Patt recorded in 1989.[8]

Negri spent the next twenty-two years working in television as music director. He met Fred Rogers and appeared as a regular, Handyman Negri, in the children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for nearly 40 years.[1]

In 2010 he recorded an album with Michael Feinstein[1] and performed with him during the next year at the Newport Jazz Festival. Negri was the subject of a profile in the September 2010 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine.

Joe Negri archives[edit]

The Joe Negri archives consist of the collection of manuscripts, recordings, memorabilia, and original hand-written scores that document his life, work and influence. The collection was donated by Negri in 1999 to the Center for American Music within the University Library System (ULS) at the University of Pittsburgh. The donation became the 1,000th collection at the ULS to have an electronically accessible finding aid (i.e., a guide that describes the contents of an archival collection and creator).[9][10][11] The archives contains correspondence, commissioned commercial musical compositions, scores, recordings and television archival footage. His donation also included his college coursework, compositions written for the River City Brass Band, television scores, commercial jingles, and film work.[10][12] Companies that commissioned work from Negri included McDonald's, Alcoa, Kaufmann's, and Westinghouse.


As leader[edit]

  • Afternoon in Rio (MCG Jazz, 1998)
  • Guitars for Christmas (MCG Jazz, 2003)
  • Uptown Elegance (MCG Jazz, 2004) with Buddy DeFranco

As sideman[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • A Common Sense Approach to Improvisation for Guitar (Mel Bay, 2002)


  1. ^ abcdeRose, Joel (August 9, 2010). "Joe Negri: From handyman to jazz guitarist". All Things Considered. NPR, National Public Radio. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^Harrop, JoAnne Klimovich (April 25, 2019). "Iconic Pittsburgh musician Joe Negri retires from Pitt". Pittsburgh Triune-Review. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  3. ^ abKirkland, Kevin (April 26, 2019). "Joe Negri retires from teaching at Pitt. But he's not putting away his guitar". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  4. ^Iconic Pittsburgh musician Joe Negri(MP4). April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  5. ^Patt, Ralph (14 April 2008). "Biography". Patt's jazz web page. Biography: Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  6. ^Griewank (2010, p. 1):Griewank, Andreas (1 January 2010), Tuning Guitars and Reading Music in Major Thirds, Matheon preprints, 695, Rosestr. 3a, 12524 Berlin, Germany: DFG research center "Matheon, Mathematics for key technologies" Berlin, MSC-Classification 97M80 Arts. Music. Language. Architecture. Postscript file and Pdf fileCS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^Patt, Ralph (April 14, 2008). "The major 3rd tuning". Ralph Patt's jazz web page. Ralph Patt for 6-, 7-, and 8-string guitars: cited by Sethares (2011) and Griewank (2010, p. 1). Retrieved June 10, 2012.CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. ^Slater, Neil; LaRocco, Dave; Negri, Joe; Patt, Ralph; Ryan, Rodger (1989). "Streaming audio index: Audio clips". Like Someone in Love. Ralph Patt's Jazz Web Page. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  9. ^"Joe Negri Archives". Benedetto Guitars. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  10. ^ ab"Joe Negri collection". Guides to Archives and Manuscript Collections at the University of Pittsburgh Library System. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  11. ^Tipping, Emily. "Joe Negri Donates Musical Collection to Pitt". Pitt Campaign Chronicle. University of Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on June 30, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  12. ^Barlow, Kimberly K. "Guides untangle 1,000 ULS collections". University Times. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

Further reading[edit]


  • Anderson, George. "Where Are the Bucks for 'Bucs' Song?". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 13, 1990.
  • Apone, Carl. "Song Writers Beaten To Bucks". The Pittsburgh Press. October 22, 1971.
  • Apone, Carl. "Musical Negris: Tale of 2 Brothers". The Pittsburgh Press. April 17, 1980.
  • Blank, Edward L. "Personality Profile ..Negri: Composer, Performer, Teacher, Music Director". The Pittsburgh Press. January 25, 1971.
  • Cloud, Barbara. "Joe Negri still finds magic in music". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 5, 2006.
  • Clark, Jo Ann. "For Your Entertainment: Jazz Happy Hours". The Beaver County Times. August 13, 1987.
  • Fanning, Win. "Little Lake Has Original 'Fink' Revue". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 4, 1962.
  • Fanning, Win. "Mike Douglas Gets Evening Specials; Thanks to Fred Galtieri". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 29, 1967.
  • Fanning, Win. "Pittsburgh's Aglow In 'Summer Sounds'". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 24, 1966.
  • Fanning, Win. "'We Dialed the World': McCully-Negri Revue at Beck's a Smash". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 17, 1968.
  • Fanning, Win. "On the Air: Musical Comedy 'Pittsburgh!' Set on Ch. 4 Monday Evening". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 23, 1970.
  • Fanning, Win. "On the Air: Christmas with Joe Negri". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 24, 1969.
  • Guidry, Nate. "Galleria Budget Cuts Sounding Somber Notes For Jazz For Juniors". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 1, 2002.
  • Heimbuecher, Ruth. "They're Jazzing Up Poetry Again". The Pittsburgh Press. February 4, 1983.
  • Kienzle, Rich. "Pittsburgh's Guitar Man: Joe Negri". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 25, 2011.
  • King, Peter B.. "The Buzz: For the Record". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 18, 1998.
  • Kirkland, Kevin. "Joe Negri's jazz guitar is his legacy". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 25, 2011.
  • Leonard, Vince. "On Anniversary: Today Going The Right Way With Garroway?; All 'Adventure Time'". The Pittsburgh Press. January 5, 1967.
  • Leonard, Vince. "Camera, Modern Music Illuminate Pittsburgh". The Pittsburgh Press. December 24, 1964.
  • Leonard, Vince. "Porter's 'Kate' to TV: Goulet, Carol in Leads; Either Fate or Planned That Way". The Pittsburgh Press. October 19, 1967.
  • Leonard, Vince. "To Play's The Thing". The Pittsburgh Press. January 16, 1969.
  • Leonard, Vince. "Triple-Threat Man". The Pittsburgh Press. June 1, 1969.
  • Miller, Jane. "Jazz Profs String 'em Along". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 13, 1996.
  • Moffitt, Mary Irene. "Joe Negri Credits Success To Gene Kelly". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 2, 1961.
  • O'Keefe, Mark. "Handyman Negri Handy With A Guitar". The Beaver County Times. December 24, 2003.
  • Peticca, Carole Elaine. "What I Really Wanted to Be". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 1, 1988.
  • Smith, Matthew P.. "Eugene 'Babe' Fabrizi': Percussionist Who Touched The Lives Of Many Musicians". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 29, 1996.
  • Ward, Henry. "Jazz Beat: Something New Has Been Added To Local Scene; Joe Negri, Nina Stewart Star In Unique recital". The Pittsburgh Press. February 4, 1964.
  • Ward, Henry. "Great Fun: McCully-Negri Patio Revue Hits Mark". The Pittsburgh Press. June 23, 1969.
  • "Negri Joins Morning Show". Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter. March 16, 1979.
  • "A Jazz Father's Day With Joe Negri And Friends". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 2002.
  • "Baldwin Church Plans Parade and Carnival". The Pittsburgh Press. June 19, 1970.
  • "Joe Negri to Teach at D.U.". The Pittsburgh Press. August 3, 1973.
  • "Joe Negri in Lecture". Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter. March 24, 1977.
  • "Negri Will Perform With Jazz Ensemble". Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter. March 30, 1985.


  • Barth, Joe (2006). Voices in Jazz Guitar : Great Performers Talk About Their Approach to Playing. Pacific, MO : Mel Bay.
  • Chapman, Charles. (2001). "Joe Negri (September 1999)". Interviews with the Jazz Greats... and More!. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications. pp. 48–50.
  • Negri, Joe (2002). A Common Sense Approach to Improvisation for Guitar. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay.
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