Fender Presents '50th Anniversary Jazzmaster Concert' On Sept. 12 At New York's Knitting Factory Performances By Celebrated Jazzmaster Artists Tom Verlaine (Television); Nels Cline (Wilco); Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) And J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)

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To celebrate the rich legacy of the Jazzmaster® guitar, Fender is hosting the 50th Anniversary Jazzmaster Concert on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at New York's famous Knitting Factory nightclub. The event will feature live performances by acclaimed Jazzmaster artists Tom Verlaine (Television); Nels Cline (Wilco); Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.). There will also be a special performance pairing the talents of Norton Wisdom and Edison Glass.

To celebrate the rich legacy of the Jazzmaster® guitar, Fender® is hosting the 50th Anniversary Jazzmaster Concert on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at New York's famous Knitting Factory nightclub. The event will feature live performances by acclaimed Jazzmaster artists Tom Verlaine (Television); Nels Cline (Wilco); Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.). There will also be a special performance pairing the talents of Norton Wisdom and Edison Glass.

Fender introduced the Jazzmaster in 1958 as a high-end alternative to its omnipresent 1950s elder siblings, the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars. The Jazzmaster became an unexpected hit with youthful players who were blazing new trails in surf and garage pop music. More than a decade later, the Jazzmaster was rediscovered be new generations of edgy new guitarists who loved its great looks, versatile sound and subversive cool. The guitar continued to attract those who dared to be different; the boundary pushers and the up-and-coming fringe talent.

A look at the instrument's 50 years shows that whenever rock music experienced major stylistic shifts, the underdog Jazzmaster was always right there--be it surf, punk, new wave, goth, grunge, indie or any other subgenre in which the guitar was prized. The guitar remains a star instrument in the Fender galaxy, with three new models--the J Mascis Jazzmaster, the Elvis Costello Jazzmaster and the Classic Player Jazzmaster Special--introduced in 2007-2008. A detailed history of the Jazzmaster and more information of the 50th Anniversary Jazzmaster Concert can be found online at: http://www.fender.com/jazzmaster50th

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