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Vic Juris

Visiting Affiliate Artist

A native of Jersey City, N.J., Vic Juris took up guitar at age 10, in 1963. By the mid-1960s, he was playing with rock and R&B bands in his area. He discovered jazz in his late teens and subsequently studied with Philly jazz guitar legend Pat Martino.

In 1975, Juris made his recording debut on alto saxophonist Eric Kloss’ Bodies’ Warmth (Muse). He later gigged with fusioneer Barry Miles before hooking up with alto-sax burner Richie Cole, appearing on two hot, boppish offerings in the 1977 Alto Madness and 1978 Keeper of the Flame (both on Muse). In the early ’80s, Juris immersed himself in acoustic guitar, performing duets with Larry Coryell and Biréli Lagrène, and by the late ’80s he joined bassist Gary Peacock’s group.

Juris has been a member of the David Liebman group since 1991. This band has recorded 10 CDs, traveled throughout Europe, Japan, Israel, and the United States throughout the 1990s, and is still going strong. He was a member of the Gary Peacock Quartet and musical director of the Charles Mingus Guitar Quintet. Juris performed at George Wein’s JVC Festival, in duets with John Abercrombie and Russell Malone. He performs with Jeremy Steig, James Moody, and Charlie Mariano, among others.

Juris performs in the U.S. and Europe, and his quartet includes saxophonist Dick Oatts. Juris’s band has recorded albums on Steeple Chase: Night Tripper, Pastels (1997), Moonscape (1998), and Remembering Eric Dolphy (2000). His CD Songbook hit top 10 pics in 2000. Juris has also recorded on Double Time Records’s Music of Alec Wilder. Juris’s 2004 release of Blue Horizon listed him as top pics for the year 2004. 

Juris teaches at Rutgers University and Lehigh University and has conducted clinics throughout the United States and Europe.