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Jazz Guitar Bios - Master List

Discover the great masters of jazz guitar, all in one place. All the biographies on this page are arranged in chronological order, with new entries added monthly!

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Eddie Lang (1902-1933)

On March 30, 1933, over two thousand people gathered in Philadelphia for the funeral of the legendary jazz guitarist Eddie Lang. Just four days earlier, Lang had tragically and unexpectedly passed away at the age of 31 during a routine...

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John Abercrombie (1944-2017)

John Abercrombie was a modern jazz guitarist known for his many recordings on the ECM record label with musicians including Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Marc Copland. Historically, he represents a bridge between the...

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Billy Bauer (1915-2005)

Billy Bauer was a key guitarist in jazz history, considered to be one of the fathers of modern jazz guitar. He had extraordinarily varied stylistic ability, ranging from traditional swing guitar to 'cool' jazz and even free jazz. Bauer played...

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John Pisano (1931-)

John Pisano is an influential jazz guitarist and studio musician, known for his mastery as an accompanist. He can be heard on recordings with artists including Joe Pass, Herb Alpert, and Chico Hamilton, and live at his weekly Guitar Night in Los...

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Ralph Towner (1940-)

Ralph Towner is a guitarist and composer known for his organic fusion of jazz and classical music. He performs primarily on classical and 12 string guitars, and is also an accomplished pianist. Towner established himself as a mainstay of the ECM...

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