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Joe Pass (1929–1994)

Joe Pass was born on January 13, 1929 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Joseph Anthony Passalaqua. He was married to Ellen Lüders. He died on May 23, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Shaft's Big Score!
Shaft's Big Score! Music Department


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 2007 Midnight Son (Short) (performer: "Love for Sale")
 2002 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Eloise (2002) ... (writer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me" - uncredited)
 1995 Just Cause (performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You")
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 1972 Shaft's Big Score! (musician: guitar - uncredited)
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 1983 PASS/NHØP - Copenhagen jazzfestival '82 (TV Movie documentary)
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 2004 Improvisation

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CD: "Virtuoso in New York" (Fantasy)

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Jazz and big band guitarist. Began with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet and Tony Pastor. His career was interrupted for nearly a decade by severe drug addiction. He returned to music in the 1960's after rehabilitation at a clinic in Santa Monica, California. Was helped by Norman Granz of Pablo Records. Recorded duos with name artists like Oscar Peterson and Zoot Sims and established a reputation... See more »


His Gibson ES-175 guitar.

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