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Jazz Guitar Legends


 

On these pages we'll have a closer look at the lives, careers and guitar technique of the great jazz guitar masters.

Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian represents the birth of jazz guitar as we know it. He was the one that got the guitar out of its rhythmic role into the spotlights as a solo instrument. He was also the first successful guitarist who amplified his guitar. Unfortunately he died at the early age of 25. Read on...

Charlie Christian

Freddie Green

Freddie Green, aka Mr. Rhythm, is "the" rhythm guitarist, playing almost his entire career in Count Basie's big band. He always played acoustic archtops in his own (technically challenging) style. His sound is subtle, yet legendary and copied by rhythm guitar players all over the world. Read on...

Freddie Green

Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt, gypsy jazz guitarist from Belgium, was one of he most influential guitarists of all time. An accident caused him to reinvent his guitar technique, but didn't stop him from developing a virtuose and unique style that inspired generations to come.
Read on...

Django Reinhardt

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith is a living legend in the world of jazz guitar. Smith's virtuosity has remained almost unparalleled in the history of jazz solo guitar. Representative of the cool jazz genre, his playing is characterized by a graceful, melodic touch combined with virtuosic skill. Read on...

Johnny Smith

 

 

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