Sixteen-year-old jazz guitar phenom Henry Acker was recently awarded the DownBeat magazine’s Student Award for Outstanding Performance – Guitar.
The DownBeat awards are given to top student performers in the U.S. and Canada annually and are now in their 43rd year. Henry performed the Duke Ellington classic “Caravan” as a blazing gypsy jazz arrangement. This is Henry’s fourth award from DownBeat in as many years. Henry is a long time student of guitarist extraordinaire Frank Vignola (with Henry in above photo). Along with performing with his own trio that includes his father Victor Acker and uncle Dana Acker, Henry has shared the stage with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Vic Juris, and many others.
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