Cory Wong

Cory Wong

Cory Wong is a Grammy-nominated American guitarist, bassist, songwriter, podcast-host, and producer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has released several works as a solo artist and in partnership with others. His background spans several genres including jazz, rock and funk. He has performed with Vulfpeck, Dave Koz, Stay Human, The Fearless Flyers, Ben Rector, Dr. Mambo's Combo, Chris Thile and Dirty Loops. He released seven albums in 2020, including Live in Amsterdam, a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, and Meditations, a new-age album with Jon Batiste. (Source: Wikipedia)

In 2024, Cory Wong asked me to make photos of his studio recording with the Metropole Orkest in Hilversum (NL). Six days of recording with the best pop & jazz orchestra of the world, winner of several Grammy Awards. What a joy! Two photos below, more will follow later.

In the last few years, I made photos of many Cory Wong concerts: North Sea Jazz (Rotterdam), TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht), Paradiso (Amsterdam) and JazzOUT! Fest (Roermond). What a pleasure! Cory has such a happy energy and joy in his playing. His funky, rhythmic groove is a big inspiration for me. And his band is totally fantastic too.

In Utrecht I gave Cory the magazine "Gitarist" at the end of the soundcheck. In this Dutch magazine he was elected voted as "the #1 best jazz/funk/fusion/world guitarist of the world". Cory was delighted to hear this. On the photo below he proudly showed the magazine to the Utrecht audience, pointing at the list where he was #1. The next day in Amsterdam Paradiso he did the same.

Cory Wong - guitar
Kevin Gastonguay - keyboard/Hammond
Michael B. Nelson - trombone
George Hogg - trumpet / flugel
Alex Bone - saxophones
Yohannes Tona - bass
Charlie Hart - drums
Cory Wong, showing his #1 position in the Dutch magazine "Gitarist".
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Paradiso, Amsterdam
Q&A at the JazzOUT! Fest in Roermond
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