Last updated on the 30th September, 2014
When it comes to the topic of Jazz Guitarists, these are a very few of the names that you should know. I also wrote a very little about them so you won’t feel all that lost in these conversations. Other than just knowing them, it’s always a wise practice to listen to many musicians and their music. Listening to these musicians will benefit you and also you would have a better understanding about the “real” conversation of jazz guitarists; their music, their playing styles, their creativity, etc.
An American guitarist commonly known as Mr. Guitar
Known for his finger picking style
He received 14 Grammy awards
Popularized country music style
1924 – 2001 aged 77
An American guitarist who uses a gypsy jazz style similar to Django Reinhardt
Also a singer song writer
1943 aged 71
Al Di Meola
From Jersey City, New Jersey
A jazz guitarist who crosses over into other genres such as and well known in Latin jazz
Very solid fan base internationally and is one of the most influential jazz guitarists.
An American jazz guitarist
Known well for his use of walking bass lines, melodic counterpoint during improve, chord melodies, outstanding knowledge of chord inversions and progressions opened new possibilities for jazz guitar and has a huge influence on later guitarists.
Born 1929 died 1994 (65 years old)
Born in Chicago, United stated
He invented the touch technique which is a very advanced tapping technique
Still alive at 55 and pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy
A French guitarist; regarded as one of the greatest and most influential people to the development of guitar in the genre of jazz
His third and fourth fingers were paralysed as a result from burns from a fire hence leaving him to play with only with first and second fingers
This is now a popular technique in jazz playing and in French gypsy guitar culture
Some of his most famous songs include: minor swing, djangology along with others that has become jazz standards
He died at 43 years old 1910 – 1953
An American guitarist famous for his performance of the theme from the TV series, Hill Street blues
Spent a lot of time in session appearances with well-known artists and solo recordings
Also played sub genres of jazz including rock
Born 1948 (aged 66)
Born in Berkeley, California
He is an Emmy nominated composer for network TV series and TV movies
He is an in demand studio musician and can be heard on Monk TV series
An American jazz guitarist
Widely known for his use of octaves
Also an excellent single line or single note player
Has a great tone using his thumb to play making his style very different
This came about as he practiced long hours and his thumb was to make the guitar quiet to his neighbours
1923 – 1648 45 years old.
Fitzroy Coleman (listen to his audio)
A Jazz guitarist from Trinidad and Tobago
Considered to be one of the top jazz guitarists
Had a unique technique in playing the guitar
Michael O'Neill (listen to his audio)
Worked with many artists such as George Benson, Stevie Wonder and contemporary artists as well such as John Legend and Micheal Buble
Has been perform for 30 years at the highest level
Great improvisational style
Bibliography and References
All the information above was research not only from the listing of sites below, but in interviews, academic experiences (lectures, discussions, etc.).
Although there has been a lot of controversy of the accuracy of the information on Wikipedia, my usage of this site has been very cautious, researched, followed through and also as a guideline.