Lowell Fulson
Jul04

Lowell Fulson

Lowell Fulson Biography Lowell Fulson recorded every shade of blues imaginable. Polished urban blues, rustic two-guitar duets with his younger brother Martin, funk-tinged grooves that pierced the mid-’60s charts, even an unwise cover of the Beatles’ “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road!” Clearly, the veteran guitarist, who was active for more than half-a-century, wasn’t afraid to experiment. Perhaps...

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Charlie Byrd
Jul04

Charlie Byrd

Charlie Byrd Biography Tasteful, low-key, and ingratiatingly melodic, Charlie Byrdhad two notable accomplishments to his credit — applying acoustic classical guitar techniques to jazz and popular music and helping to introduce Brazilian music to mass North American audiences. Born into a musical family, Byrdexperienced his first brush with greatness while a teenager in France during World War II, playing with his idol Django...

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Kenny Burrell
Jun28

Kenny Burrell

Kenny Burrell Biography One of the leading exponents of straight-ahead jazz guitar, Kenny Burrell is a highly influential artist whose understated and melodic style, grounded in bebop and blues, made him in an in-demand sideman from the mid-’50s onward and a standard by which many jazz guitarists gauge themselves to this day. Born in Detroit in 1931, Burrell grew up in a musical family in which his mother played piano and sang...

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Grant Green
Jun28

Grant Green

Grant Green Biography A severely underrated player during his lifetime, Grant Green is one of the great unsung heroes of jazz guitar. He combined an extensive foundation in R&B with a mastery of bebop and simplicity that put expressiveness ahead of technical expertise. Green was a superb blues interpreter, and while his later material was predominantly blues and R&B, he was also a wondrous ballad and standards soloist. He was...

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Johnny “Guitar” Watson
Jun28

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson Biography 3 February 1935, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 17 May 1996, Yokohama, Japan. Before Watson made a name for himself in the 70s playing funk R&B, he had a long career stretching back to the early 50s. His father played piano, which also became Johnny’s first instrument. On seeing Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown perform, he convinced himself that he had to play guitar. He inherited a guitar from his...

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Herb Ellis
Jun28

Herb Ellis

Herb Ellis Biography An excellent bop-based guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound, Herb Ellis became famous playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio during 1953-1958. Prior to that, he had attended North Texas State University and played with the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey (1945-1947), and the sadly under-recorded trio Soft Winds. While withPeterson, Ellis was on some Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and had a few...

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