jazz guitar


V.21 No.9 | 3/1/2012
Micky Patten, Bobby Shew, Cal Haines and Michael Anthony
Victoria Rogers

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The Jazz Gospel According to Charlie Christian

Michael Anthony, Bobby Shew and friends celebrate guitarist’s innovations

Using a newfangled contraption, the electric guitar, and a mesmerizing facility for improvisation, Charlie Christian, born in 1916, helped transform the role of the guitar in jazz. The Oklahoma City native first made his mark in the swing era, joining Benny Goodman’s sextet and orchestra in 1939. (As the third black man hired by Goodman, he helped bury bandstand segregation.) He then helped transform jazz itself, collaborating with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk as they worked out the rules of a brand-new musical language: bebop. He managed to accomplish all of this in just 25 years, passing away in 1942, a victim of tuberculosis.

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V.20 No.12 | 3/24/2011
Jim Hall
jimhallmusic.com

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Jim Hall Quartet

Jazz icon fields questions from local guitar heroes

Jazz guitarists hereabouts have been in a lather ever since the Outpost appearance of NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall was announced. One of the music’s most distinctive voices, Hall has captivated listeners with a playing style that relies on space and lyricism, and he’s earned distinction as a composer, as well. Still recovering from back surgery that kept him off his instrument for about two years, the 80-year-old icon has released a brand-new album, Conversations (ArtistShare), and is back on the road.