Modern-jazz-guitar

Jazz Guitar Today

Many things about jazz guitar have stayed the same. The epicenter of the hottest jazz is still New York City by most accounts, the improvisational qualities of it are the same, many of the traditions are the same.

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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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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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Bucky Pizzarelli (1926-2020)

Bucky Pizzarelli was an influential jazz guitarist and studio musician. He enjoyed a prolific studio career, playing with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli was known for his rhythm guitar...

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George Van Eps (1913-1998)

George Van Eps was an innovative guitarist and inventor, also known as the "father of the 7-string guitar". His pianistic approach to the guitar utilized harmonized scales and inner moving voices to create entire chord solos, which had previously...

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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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