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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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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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Barney Kessel (1923-2004)

Barney Kessel was a masterful and highly influential jazz guitarist that played with Oscar Peterson, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and the Wrecking Crew. His universally-loved style also helped him forge a career as a session guitarist in Hollywood,...

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Emily Remler (1957-1990)

Emily Remler (1957-1990) was an explosive jazz guitarist known for her extraordinary time feel, technique, and mastery of traditional bebop language. During her lifetime she was considered one of the top guitarists in the lineage of Charlie...

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Improve Your Comping With Diminished Chords

When you're first learning how to comp it's easy to feel "stuck" with the same handful of chord shapes. How are guys like Joe Pass or Wes able to connect so many chord shapes so effortlessly? The answer is that, yes, they do know a lot of ...

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4 Ways To End A Chord Melody

If you've ever tried to arrange your own chord melody, you'll know that finding a good final chord can be quite tricky. This is because the vast majority of standards end on the root of the I chord. There simply aren't a lot of voicings that...

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