Guitarist Gary Wittner has been delighting audiences of all ages for over 30 years, performing music on 5 continents world wide. He has represented the United States three times: twice as a Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador and once as a Fulbright Grant recipient. Gary has worked in many contexts from solo guitar to larger jazz ensembles. His arrangements of traditional Blues/Folk Americana for solo guitar have been performed worldwide and can be heard on 3 of his CDs. He also performs Latin music with several bands in the northeastern United States and in South America. Gary has recorded 2 CD's and toured twice with tuba legend Howard Johnson. Most recently he has been performing his original vocal compositions, and integrating the voice with his music. In addition to composing and singing lyrics, Gary has been experimenting with harmonizing voice/guitar and singing bass lines while playing guitar. To date this new material has been heard live in concert, on NPR radio and on his most recent CD, "Did I Say That Out Loud?". This CD contains 8 original vocal tunes which span an emotional spectrum from humorous ('I'll Quit Tomorrow', 'Did I Say That Out Loud?') to heartfelt ('Elijah's Room' written for his grandson, 'Early Bird' written for his deceased Aunt). In concert, many of the songs make audiences laugh out loud. A specialist in the music and life of Thelonious Monk, Gary has presented concert/lectures on Monk at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world including the Berklee College of Music (Boston), The New School (New York), The Guild Hall School of Music (London), The Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory (St. Petersburg), and Indiana State University (Bloomington). His book, "Thelonious Monk for Guitar", published by Hal Leonard, continues to be popular throughout the guitar playing world. Additional articles written by Gary have been published in Guitar Player, Coda, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal. A friend of the Monk family, Gary has performed for Mrs. Nellie Monk, and been interviewed on the radio with Thelonious Monk, Jr.