WHO WE ARE

Trevor Laurence is an award winning filmmaker and editor. Woody Mann is a recording artist, performer and a well known author of music books and DVDs. Both veterans in their fields, they have combined their artistic talents and business skills to form Street Singer Productions, which will focus on innovative and educational arts projects.

Trevor Laurence and Woody Mann met back in 1999 when Laurence heard Mann's solo guitar albums Stories and Stairwell Serenade and sought him out as a teacher. It wasn't long before they realized they both had film backgrounds (Mann was a prop master before launching his music career) in addition to similar musical tastes, and began working together. Their first project was International Guitar Seminars (IGS), where they produced and taught week-long workshops with world-renowned musicians. Shortly thereafter they founded Acoustic Sessions Inc, a video production company specializing in instructional videos and DVDs. Years later, after many workshops, video projects, and recording sessions, they produced the documentary Harlem Street Singer: The Reverend Gary Davis Story, a tribute to the life of one of the 20th century's greatest ragtime blues guitarists, and Mann's first guitar teacher.

Their partnership continues now with Street Singer Productions.

Trevor Laurence 
Is an independent film editor, director, producer. His award-winning feature documentary work includes Florent: Queen of the Meat Market (2010, PBS, Sundance Channel), Harlem Street Singer (2013, premiered at DOCNYC, IFC theatrical run), Saving Jamaica Bay (2014, PBS, narrated by Susan Sarandon), and Crashing the Party (2016, AFI Docs, Comcast, featuring President Bill Clinton & Rev. Jesse Jackson).  Additionally his editing work includes a long list of short form (narrative, documentary, promo, corporate), music performance & instruction, TV and feature film development reels, and comedy web series. He is currently editing a feature length documentary on PTSD in war veterans.Trevor was a co-founder of both International Guitar Seminars (IGS) in 2000 where he produced and taught week-long music seminars with world renowned musicians at Columbia University, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego and other universities.

During that same time period he also opened Avalon Guitar an online retail store for guitar-related products and co-founded Acoustic Sessions, a video production company that produced over sixty instructional and performance videos.  Each DVD in this series contained hundreds of pages of special features and was more  complex than almost any DVD ever released in Hollywood.  Artists included Andy Summers, Buddy Guy, Brian Setzer, Joe Pass, Eric Johnson, Jimmy Bruno, Ronnie Earl and many others.

He has also written liner notes for The Essential Country Blues Guitar Box Set for German record label Acoustic Music Records, as well as material for the Music Sales DVD series. Additionally he has written for web comedy series as well as comedy speeches for TV's Samantha Bee. He has also written several original screenplays, and is currently developing one into a feature film.

 

FILM & VIDEO PROJECTS

Untitled feature-length documentary on PTSD in war veterans (2017) - editor

Tempo Rubato (2016) - Editor. Documentary short (22 minutes) on Latin Jazz percussionist Samuel Torres.

Crashing the Party (2016) - Editor, Co-Producer. Feature-length historical/political documentary featuring Bill Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Supervised music, graphics and research departments. Comcast, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.

Saving Jamaica Bay (2015) - Editor, Co-Producer. Environmental documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon. Premiered March 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image, winner Audience Award. Winner of several other festivals. PBS 2016-17.

Harlem Street Singer (2013) - Producer/Co-Director/Co-Editor. Feature-length documentary on blues, gospel and ragtime musician Rev. Gary Davis. Premiere at DOC NYC 2013. Winner of several festivals. Distribution on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.

Florent: Queen of the Meat Market (2010) - Editor, Producer.  For 23 years, the all-night eatery in the city's Meat Packing District was prime stomping ground for a surprising mix of A-list celebrities, tourists, families and club kids.  This feature-length documentary stars Julianne Moore, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Musto and many other famous (and infamous)  New Yorkers who frequented the legendary Florent diner.

Daredevils & Dreamers (1998) – Editor.  Hour-long doc on the history of early aviation on Long Island.  PBS, WLIW. Emmy nomination for Best Historical Cultural Film.

Avalon Guitar (1999-2007) – Founded and operated an online guitar-related retail store.

International Guitar Seminars (1999 - 2006) - Event Producer/Partner 1999-2006.  Produced and taught week-long music seminars with world renowned musicians at Columbia University, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego and other universities.

Acoustic Sessions - (2003 -2008)  Director/Producer/Camera/Editor.  Partner in a DVD production company which produced over 60 multi-camera concert and music-instruction DVDs for the music publishing industry including “Andy Summers – Guitar,” “Buddy Guy – Teachin’ the Blues,” and “The Guitar of Brian Setzer.” Also organized and taught guitar at music workshops throughout the US and Europe.

“Uncle Sam’s” Editor, April, 2017
Sizzle reel for reality TV show, Jarrett Creative Group.“Night Train” Assistant Editor, February 2017
Season 2 for series on Seeso.Merrill Lynch, Spring 2014 – present
Freelance editor, various shorts in documentary and promo styles.“PBS NewsHour” Editor, January-February 2016
Freelance editing of field pieces. Production company: Education Week.

“Odyssey-Desire” Producer, 2013
Narrative short.

“If, the Ruins of Narrative” Producer, 2014
Narrative short.

“Faces of NYC Audubon” Editor, September-October, 2013
Documentary short for NYC Audubon.

“Rockhounds” Editor, June-July, 2013
Noise Productions. Sizzle reel for reality TV show.

“Radically Human” Editor, September-October, 2012
Sizzle reel for reality TV show.

“The Housewives of Dusseldorf” Editor, August, 2012
and various shorts for Unitard comedy group.

“Wild Harvest” Producer/Editor, 2010
Sizzle reel/pilot in the reality/outdoors/cooking genre.

“East End Girl” Producer/Editor, 2009
Documentary short on 20th century English artist Clara Klinghoffer.

“Man From Nebraska” Editor, 2009
Narrative short based on the play by Tracy Letts.

“Toolin’ Around Woodstock with Levon Helm” Editor, 2008
Documentary on the making of the album.

Woody Mann
Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career; he has performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to stages worldwide, recorded extensively, and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs including “The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar” DVD series, “The Complete Acoustic Blues Guitar Method”, and his latest DVD “Take Command of Your Fretboard”, for Homespun Tapes.From his first solo recording “Stairwell Serenade” that Guitar Player Magazine included in their “guitar recordings of destiny”, Woody has since recorded over a dozen releases as a soloist and in collaboration with others including blues greats Son House and Bukka White, as well as vocalists Susanne Vogt and Dori Previn. His latest CDs are “Tribute to the Reverend”, and “Conversations”, a jazz outing with saxophonist Charley Krachy. Both feature Mann’s original compositions.

As a producer, writer and filmmaker he has produced the award winning feature documentary, “Harlem Street Singer – The Reverend Gary Davis Story", produced the soundtrack CD “Empire Roots Band”, and penned his latest book “Just Play” that combines history and stories of artists Woody has known and worked with including his early mentors Reverend Gary Davis and jazz great Lennie Tristano.

Mann has taught at the major guitar workshops in the USA and Europe including Fur Peace Ranch and Port Townsend Centrum, been a faculty member at the New School in New York City, co- founded International Guitar Seminars, and created his own innovative online teaching website. Acknowledging his artistry, the C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the release of the “Woody Mann” signature model guitar. Presently, he is a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he is teaching a new generation of musicians.

 

Woody on NPR

Recent press

 

Recordings
Conversations; Woody Mann & Charley Krachy New Artists Records
Tribute To The Reverend Acoustic Sessions Records
Empire Roots Band (with Bill Sims.Jr, Dave Keyes, Brian Glassman) Acoustic Sessions Records
Originals Acoustic Sessions Records
Out of the Blue (Woody Mann & Susanne Vogt) Acoustic Music Records
Road Trip Acoustic Sessions Records
Donna Lombarda (Italian music interpretations) Barcode Records
Waltz for Joy (Woody Mann & Susanne Vogt) Acoustic Music Records
Heading Uptown Shanachie Entertainment
Stairwell Serenade Acoustic Music Records
Stories Greenhay’s / Rounder Records
Together in Las Vegas (with John Cephas & Orville Johnson) Acoustic Sessions Records
When I’ve Got the Moon (with Susanne Vogt) Acoustic Sessions Records
Been Here and Gone (with Son House & JoAnn Kelly) Acoustic Music Records
Get Together (with Bob Brozman) Acoustic Music Records
Cat Burglar Lee Haywood Recordings
International Guitar Festival Acoustic Music Records
First Takes Acoustic Sessions Records
Every Road I Take (compilation) Shanachie Entertainment
Groovemasters (compilation) Acoustic Music Records
Acoustic Guitar Highlights (compilation) Acoustic Music Records
World of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar (compilation) Grossman Guitar Workshop
 
DVDs & Videos
Take Command of Your Fretboard Homespun Tapes
Woody Mann in Concert Acoustic Music Videos
Songs From The Blues – Guitar Artistry of Woody Mann Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
Stairwell Serenade Acoustic Music Records
The World of Jazz Guitar Vestapol Videos
New Dimensions and Explorations for Acoustic Guitar Vestapol Videos
Art of Acoustic Blues Video Series: The Basics
Acoustic Sessions Inc. /Music Sales Inc.
 Fretboard Logic  Acoustic Sessions Inc. /Music Sales Inc.
 Ragtime & Gospel: The Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis Acoustic Sessions Inc. /Music Sales Inc.
 Do That Guitar Rag  Acoustic Sessions Inc. /Music Sales Inc.
 Handful of Riffs  Acoustic Sessions Inc. /Music Sales Inc.
Early Roots Acoustic Sessions Inc. /Music Sales Inc.
Acoustic Blues Guitar Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
Country Blues Masterpieces Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Robert Johnson Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Blind Blake Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Lonnie Johnson Mel Bay Publications
The Roots of Robert Johnson Mel Bay Publications
 
Books
Lisboa, The Guitar of Woody Mann Music Sales Inc. / Oak Publications New York, 
The Complete Acoustic Blues Guitar Method Music Sales Inc
The Anthology of Blues Guitar Music Sales Inc.
Six Early Blues Guitarists Music Sales Inc.
The Blues Fakebook Music Sales Inc.
Bottleneck Blues Guitar Music Sales Inc.
The Complete Robert Johnson Music Sales Inc.
The Guitar of Blind Blake Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy Mel Bay Publications
The Guitar of Robert Johnson Mel Bay Publications
The Roots of Robert Johnson (co-authored with Stefan Grossman) Mel Bay Publications
The Gigbag Book of Alternate Tunings Music Sales Inc.
The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar Series Music Sales Inc.
Blues Roots Acoustic Music Books (GERMANY)
Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar T.A.B. music  (JAPAN)
Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop (co-authored with Davide Mastrangelo Carisch Publisher (ITALY)